Mount William Nat Park

Where: Mt William National Park, East Coast Tasmania
Permits: National Park Entry Fees .
Costs: National Park Entry Fees (we have a two month permit which cost $60 and provides access to all National Parks in Tasmania)
Difficulty: Easy gravel roads
Days required to do it justice: 2+ days

Almost everyone that visits Tasmania heads straight to the Bay of Fires on the east coast, runs out of time, nips quickly to Hobart to eat fish and chips by the harbour and gets back on the plane home. But right at the top of the Bay of Fires is a National Park which camouflages itself very well. The crowds haven’t found it yet and not many people seem to realise it has exactly the same to offer as the Bay of Fires and a little bit more. Welcome to Mount William National Park.

Good views at Mount William National Park...the northern end of the Bay of Fires

Good views at Mount William National Park…the northern end of the Bay of Fires

Exploring Mt William National Park

Exploring Mt William National Park

The park is split into two sections – the northern end at Musselroe Point and the southern end at Eddystone Lighthouse. All up there are 7 beachside campsites to choose from. Our favourite was in the southern end at Deep Creek where there are a handful of spacious campsite nestled between shady trees on the banks of a still inlet. The pristine clear blue ocean is a stones throw away where you can walk for miles in either direction on an icing-sugar-white beach.

Eddystone Lighthouse

Eddystone Lighthouse

There’s lots of easy gravel tracks for exploring the area and a climb up Mount William (216m) offers stunning views across the park to the Bay of Fires and out to the Bass Strait islands. There’s wombats, pademlons, echidnas and Tassie’s only native kangaroo – the Forester Kangaroo – which even has its own gravel discovery trail within the park.

Catching fishies in Mt William National Park

Catching fishies in Mt William National Park

And best of all – there’s lots of fish to be caught off the orange, lichen-covered rocks. Just beware of the possums however who will make the noise of a bunch of elephants as they maraud around the campsite at night thinking its funny to jump on the roof of the van from a great height!

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