If wilderness and nature is your calling, you are spoilt for choice. Tasmania has 19 national parks, including the world-famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and The Freycinet National Park. There is no need to follow the crowds, however, for there are many other lesser-known and visited national parks and countless private reserves, as well as the vast area of World Heritage Wilderness (WHWA) that encompasses a huge area of Tasmania. It is possible to stay very close to the entrance at many of the national parks, even inside a few of them, and within the WHWA.
If you are ‘in the know’ you can even stay on a private bird and wildlife reserve. For those who prefer to get away from the well-trodden tourist path, this can be a far better option than staying in or near a national park. Instead of a tourist lodge or B&B, you will most likely need to stay in a private cottage or cabin.
It is important to be aware that there is unlikely to be much in the way of tourism infrastructure in these regions. The clue is in the word ‘wilderness’! While there is little accommodation to be found in these more remote regions, what is there has generally been thoughtfully designed to allow guests to self-cater with varying degrees of cooking amenities.
For those who like the luxury of dining on someone else’s cooking, Tasmanian Odyssey has exclusive arrangements in several private reserves for our guests to enjoy delicious homecooked meals at very competitive prices, but these must be booked in advance.
Whether you choose to eat in, eat out or cook for yourself, paying careful attention to our advice for planning ahead, shopping for provisions, booking a local restaurant (if indeed there is one) and filling up your car with fuel is essential.
Don’t forget you will need to have a National Parks Pass to be permitted to stay within a national park (or even to visit one). Tasmanian Odyssey can make all the necessary permit arrangements on your behalf.
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