Mayfield Beach Conservation Area is located near the town of Swansea about halfway up the east coast of Tasmania. Also know as Mayfield Bay Coastal Reserve and Mayfield Bay Conservation Area, the small preserve runs along the west side of Great Oyster Bay across from Freycinet Peninsula and has a free campground set just behind a long sandy beach. The campground is just off Tasman Highway (A3), making it a convenient and scenic stop for travelers heading to Freycinet National Park from places like Hobart and the Tasman Peninsula in Southern Tasmania. While this campground is fairly primitive, with no running water or rubbish collection, the beach is lovely and the price can’t be beat.
The numerous campsites at Mayfield Beach Conservation Area Campground are suitable for tent camping and RV/Campervan camping. There are no power hook-ups for RVs though. The campsites are shaded by eucalyptus (gum) trees and cooled by sea breezes. The campground has a pit toilet, but no running water, so bring your own water for drinking, food prep, and dishwashing (there are no showers). This campground does not have picnic tables dispersed at each site. There are fire rings at each site and you will need to bring your own firewood if you intend to use them (no wood gathering). There is no rubbish collection at this campground and as a result, you may see garbage littered around the campground. Pack out your trash and do not burn rubbish in the fire rings.
The year-round campground does not accept reservations and is first-come first-served. Campers can stay for up to four weeks. Dogs are allowed on leashes. The campground is free, but donations are accepted to maintain and improve the facilities.
Just a thin row of vegetation separates the campground from a long sandy beach, so enjoy the sound of waves washing up on shore as you fall asleep at night (which should drowned out the sound of any late motorists on nearby Tasman Highway). A short path next to the toilet leads from the campground down to the beach where you can stroll a long distance on soft sand. The beach runs along Great Oyster Bay, a long bay with a large population of Australian black swans. The blue-green mountains on Freycinet Peninsula create a lovely backdrop across the bay from the campground.
Mayfield Beach Conservation Area is a small reserve along Tasman Highway (A3), making it a convenient place to camp for the night while traveling along the east coast of Tasmania. Fishing and swimming are primary attractions, but the campground is otherwise less-suited to host a multi-night family camping trip. Mayfield Beach Conservation Area Campground has a fine beach though, making it a good one-night stop for travelers.
Directions to the campground: The entrance to Mayfield Beach Conservation Area is located on east side of highway 15 kilometers south of Swansea (57.5 kilometers south of Bicheno) and 41.5 kilometers north of Orford (where A3 crosses the Prosser River). The dirt road into the campground is marked by a sign that reads, “Mayfield Bay Conservation Area campsite and day use.” Coming from the north, you will see campsites below the road before coming to the campground entrance.
Campground address: Tasman Highway (A3), Rocky Hills, TAS 7190, Australia
Campground coordinates: -42.240522, 148.012342 (42° 14′ 25.87″S 148° 00′ 44.43″E)
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