Oatlands – Donation – Tasmania

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Oatlands is the place we chose to catch up with our mates at Not Grey Nomads. Another travelling couple in there 40’s, who like us, travel full time around Australia. We were heading back to the mainland in a couple days and had only spent a few hours with them in Tasmania. It was so great to actually spend some quality time with them. Oatlands is 84Km north of Hobart.

Oatlands Camp

You have a choice between two areas to camp. The first one is by lake Dulverton, it had very little water at this time. This is a small area that can fit around eight or so vans depending on size. In this area is a water tap, fire pit, picnic bench and some cool Topiary. A donation box is also here. A BBQ area and toilets are a minute or two walk away.

Oatland Tasmania camp water
Photo: Water Tap

The second area is the largest and will fit any size van. This is a large grassed area surrounded by old brick walls. This used to be the old sheep stock yards and still has some of the old fencing and history. Toilets are also a two minute walk away showers are a couple of minutes in the other direction at the back of the radio station.

Tent World
Oatland Tasmania camp
Photo: Heaps Of Room
Oatland Tasmania camp
Photo: Top Camp

Outside Oatlands Camp

On the other side of the wall from the camp is a playground, part of which has carved out wooden animals on an old tree. A big undercover BBQ area with a tap and more history from the stock yard days is also in this area. The windmill is also a lovely feature to look at from your van.

Oatlands History

Oatlands is a pretty town with so many old sandstone buildings. A short stroll from the camp and you will find the stocks outside the court house? And there is the old jail, both of which have a key symbol on the door but we were not sure where you get them from? The jail has all the information on hangings and it’s odd to see the layout of the old jail, the woman’s part is now the local swimming pool. They would never imagined what would be there now.

Walk In To Town

A two minute walk and you are in Oatlands main street. They seem to close on Monday and Tuesday’s as with a lot of small towns who’s busy days are on the weekend. You will find cafe’s, bakery, IGA and antique shops.

Bargain Avenue
pancakes and crepes Oaklands Tasmania
Photo: Pancakes & Crepes In Town

We headed to the RSL on two nights with Frannie and Crispy from Not Grey Nomads for dinner. This is the friendliest town we have visited while in Tasmania. From the lady in the chicken shop to all the staff at the RSL and the local who messaged us after seeing our sign on the ute. He messaged to see if we were liking our stay. Even the guy servicing the local dump point was helpful and friendly.

Dinner and drinks at RSL Oaklands Tasmania
Photo: Dinner and drinks at RSL Oaklands

Have A Drive

Oatlands is a central location so you can drive to Hobart in 1 hour, Launceston is 1 hour 20 minutes and if you don’t mind a bit of a road trip from this great location both “The Wall” at Derwent Bridge and Wineglass Bay are both 2 hours away.

We definitely recommend this camp and this town. Base yourself here so you can see the town and the surrounding areas.

Topiary at the camp in Oatlands Tasmania
Photo: Horse Topiary

More Information

  • Location : Oatlands
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  • State: Tasmania
  • Pets: Yes
  • Camp type : Donation
  • Price :  donation
  • Water ? : Yes in the lower camp is one tap by fire pit
  • Power ? : No
  • Will suit: All sized vehicles in upper camp
  • Is it on Wikicamps ?: Yes
  • Drive time to nearby shops: 1 minutes walk to main street
  • Amenities : two minute walk to toilets and shower
  • Other : 2x lots of BBQ, Playground, History, Windmill, Firepit, seating, Topiary
  • WIFI & Phone Reception – Tested with Boost Mobile: Yes – We use Boost Mobile while travelling around Australia as it has 3G & 4G coverage on the Telstra Mobile network
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2 thoughts on “Oatlands – Donation – Tasmania

  1. “Rippa Rita”…………another top blog.
    I do love history, and seems Tassy is filled to the brim with it.
    And you guys have have helped future travelers to to the Apple Isle……Cheers, Beers & White Wine.

    1. Cheers you two 😀
      Back to the mainland adventures now

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