Springlawn, Narawntapu National Park, Tasmania
Author: Tahlia Maynard Date Posted:31 December 2016
Springlawn’s ability to introduce you to the abundance of wildlife that earns the Narawntapu the title of ‘Tasmania's Serengeti’.
Average Winter Temp: 13.6°C
Average Summer Temp: 20.7°C
Traditionally inhabited by: Palawa people
The highlight of the northern Tasmanian coast, Narawntapu National Park is replete with natural beauty – more than enough to douse your city blues in. Located at the entrance to this unique nature reserve is Springlawn, the gateway to the National Park.
Springlawn welcomes visitors to camp under the stars, in their caravans, or in comfortable on-site cabins, and experience first-hand the magical ambiance of Narawntapu National Park. From here, tourists can embark on a wide variety of nature trails (both ranger-led and self-guided), go horse riding, or spend all day sunbathing or swimming at the lovely Bakers Beach. Returning to the camp at dusk, you’ll be joined by kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and pademelons. If you’re lucky, you can glimpse some of the rarest bird species in the world, including the hooded plover, the swift parrot, and the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle.
Narawntapu National Park is strategically located near Port Sorell and Devonport, and is well connected to other Tasmanian towns via road. Any time of the year is a good time to visit this beautiful nature reserve, though its immense popularity demands that you plan your trip well in advance.
Attractions & Activities:
- Ranger Led Nature Trails
- Self-Guided Nature Trails
- Bird Watching
- Horse Riding
- Wildlife Photography
- Bakers Beach
- Badger Head
- Archers Knob
Caravan Parks / Accommodation:
Springlawn Camping Area
Narawntapu National Park, Tasmania
Springlawn itself happens to be the most popular camping area within the Narawntapu National Park, and offers powered caravan parking sites in addition to regular tent sites. Facilities include septic toilets and showers, along with electric barbecues and sheltered picnic areas. In addition to this, proximity to the Visitor Centre gives this campsite access to telephone facilities and information on the Park and its surroundings. Visitors can also pre-book hikes and trails from here.
$13/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $5 for every additional person; $2.50 per child (5-17 years)
$16/night for 2 persons, powered sites; $7 for every additional person; $3.50 per child (5-17 years)
(Discounted rates for group bookings are also available. Park entry charges will additionally apply.)
Port Sorell Lions Caravan Park
Port Sorell, Tasmania
Located right outside Narawntapu National Park, Port Sorell Lions Caravan Park comes with its fair share of scenic beauty, offering lovely views of the Park and the northern Tasmanian coast. In-house amenities include showers, toilets and laundry facilities, all of which have wheelchair access. Besides these, the immediate precinct of the property provides access to shops and the local jetty. Visitors can engage in a variety of activities including swimming, golfing and tennis, or spend time at the Rubicon River just outside.
$22/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $5.50 for every additional person (extended stay discounts available during off-peak season)
$33/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $5.50 for every additional person
(En-suite cabins are also available; tariffs start at $90/night.)
Discovery Parks - Devonport
For caravanning tourists who prefer some proximity to urban centres, Discovery Parks – Devonport is a good stay option, about a half-hour’s drive from Narawntapu National Park. The property comes with hot showers, modern toilets, barbecue facilities, internet access, a movie room, and tons of fun activities for kids. Caravan sites are powered and have lovely coastal views. Pets are welcome as long as they’re on a leash. Guests can also book ‘Spirit of Tasmania’ tour packages from the main office or the Discovery Parks website.
$39/night for 2 persons; powered sites
$49/night for 2 persons; powered sites with en-suites
(Cabins and cottages are also available.)
Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:
Free camping areas can be found throughout Northern Tasmania. These range from campsites within national parks (made cheaper with a National Parks all-year pass), to secluded, self-contained sites along rivers, creeks and lagoons. Try O’Neills Creek, about 15km south west of Sheffield, which allows caravanning tourists to stay for 2 nights at $5 per night (honesty box collection), or the volunteer-run Rianna Pioneer Park, which offers decent facilities starting at just $8 per night (for 2 persons).