Derwent Bridge – Free* Camp – Tasmania

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Derwent Bridge Wilderness Hotel has a large parking area out the front that is suitable for many rigs of every size. This is a great spot to stay and go and see “The Wall” as so many do. More on that later for those who haven’t heard of the amazing Wall.

Camping At The Hotel

Camping at Derwent Bridge is free to those buying a drink or having something to eat. And you really do want to go in and have at least one drink by the majestic fireplace.

As well as the main parking area people seemed to find little nooks and crannies to park in. It is a basic parking area but worth the stop.

Derwent Bridge Wilderness Hotel

This is a huge hotel with wooden beams and an enormous double sided fireplace. It wouldn’t look out of place in a ski resort. A couple of pool tables are on one side and the restaurant on the other. Not to mention the huge couch that seats so many in front of the fire.

We had a few drinks and dinner on both the nights we stayed. Having a drink with fellow campers around the fireplace was a highlight. The day prior to staying here we had 34c and sun.

The following night ( and in late January) we had 1c at night and sleet, so this fireplace was our best friend.

Over The Road

Toilets and a dump point are over the road as are bins and some seating.

Near By

The Wall In The Wilderness

The Wall is located at Derwent Bridge, a short 5 minute drive from the hotel. This is a 100 meter x three meter high wooden wall that is being carved by Greg Duncan.

I can’t quite put it in to words how amazing this is and you can’t take photos. Greg has carved the past and the present history of the Tasmanian Highlands into wood.

The detail is astonishing. The realism in the carved vein’s in the hands and the Adams apple through to the detail in jeans and clothing is mind blowing. How he makes chains from one piece of wood or coats that look like you can take it off the coat stand and put it on, is beyond me!

Hungry Wombat Cafe/fuel

A minute drive away is a cafe which is open for breakfast and lunch it also has some essentials but not much. You can also get your fuel from here.

More Information

  • Location : Derwent Bridge
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  • State: Tasmania
  • Pets: Yes
  • Camp type : Free camp with your patronage at the bar/restaurant
  • Price : As above
  • Water ? : No
  • Power ? : No
  • Will suit: All sized vehicles
  • Is it on Wikicamps ?: Yes
  • Drive time to nearby shops: 1 minutes to cafe/fuel stop
  • Amenities : Toilets over the road
  • Other :Drink, Lunch, dinner, Over the road to the dump point, seating, information boards, a short drive to The Wall
  • WiFi & Phone Reception – Tested with Boost Mobile: – Yes

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1 thought on “Derwent Bridge – Free* Camp – Tasmania

  1. Another “Wow” for Tassy, and you guys aren’t wowsers as you do share funds at most places, well done.

    We have to see this mysterious “The Wall”….another for Dear Diary.
    Cheers guys.

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