Scottsdale Northeast Park – 2wk Free Camp – Tasmania

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Scottsdale Northeast Park is a free camp but has a donation box. The donation box is to help with the maintenance of the park. Please give a donation, you will see it’s well worth it!

Scottsdale is an hour form Launceston. I had heard that Amish lived in the area and that they had a baked goods and veggie stall on the side of the road. That and the fact it had a cheap camp made the decision to stop here easy.

Scottsdale Northeast Park

Wow, this camp is not what I expected. I was expecting basic but this camp has everything but power. They have roughly marked parking areas for people to set up. Most, if not all are next to water taps.

Toilets are available 24/7 and also showers for a small cost. A dump point is also on site if you prefer. They also have a BBQ and undercover seating area. A washing line is a available if you need it.

Some parking spots looking over a stream form part of the Peoples Park behind it. That’s something else we were not expecting.

You can camp at the Scottsdale Northeast Park whether your a big rig, rooftop tent or a small tent. In fact one guy set up in the back of his ute to sleep in. He and some other people we had happy hour with made our stay more interesting. A few laughs were had.

Have a walk

The Northeast Park is right at your door (literally). This was first constructed as a Peoples Park back in 1930s, with swimming carnivals and such. Now it’s a lovely place to go for a stroll and try and spot a Platypus.

There are meant to be Platypus here but we didn’t spot any, only ducks. You can walk around the ponds and streams, the gardens and the walking tracks.

Have a game on the large grass areas or a stroll through the lush forest kind of area.

This area has a playground as well as a huge undercover BBQ area. It also has a stage if you fancy getting up and playing air guitar like Larry did 😀 Keep walking and you will find the bike and dog walking trails.

Have a drive into Scottsdale

Scottsdale is only 800 meters up the road so you can actually walk to the pub or shops if you wanted to. We headed in for some groceries at Woolies and to one of the cafes for lunch. Its a big, small town, if you know what I mean 😛


On the other side of town is the Amish stall I was wanting to see. I highly recommend a visit here if you are in the area. A 3kg bag of onions for $3 & 4 beautiful cinnamon scrolls for $3.50 bargains! Also, to see and hear an Amish person in real life was was a little bit cool as well. They did say hello then stay away until we were ready to pay and I didn’t take a photo of them out of respect.

Other Drives


Bridport is only 20 minutes away from Scottsdale Northeast Park. On a normal day it would be lovely, unfortunately it was a smoky day for us. The bush fire smoke from the mainland or south of us at Fingal was effecting the north east coast. Bridport is a nice little seaside town with cafes and caravan parks. Larry had a haircut and then we headed east to Musselroe Bay

Musselroe Bay Back Beach

Musselroe is 88 km from Scottsdale and is a beautiful white sandy beach that goes on and on. Smoke was blocking the sun but we still had a walk along the beach. On a clear day this would be stunning. You will also find lots of camp along this stretch.

The Little Blue Lake

On the way back to Scottsdale we stopped by the Little Blue Lake lookout. Obviously called Blue for a reason, this is a beautiful Turquoise BLUE. This was once part of the tin mining industry. Now the water is so blue due to the clay exposed in the tin mining operations reflecting the sky.


Any mountain bike enthusiasts out there? If so this is your mecca. If not, you still might want to stop at one of the cafes and feel fat like we did 🙁 No, seriously, I was in awe of these bike riders young and much older. The hills around Derby must be a mountain bikers dream.

There are also two camps right there in town. Both were packed when we passed them. Everything is set up for bikers here, from the cafes and the bike hire places to the bike wash down taps and tours. Derby is only 25 minutes away from Scottsdale so might be worth a visit.

Scottsdale Northeast Park is a great camp, in a lovely town. Stop for a night or enjoy checking out the surrounding areas over the two weeks allowed. We defiantly recommend staying here.

More Information

  • Location : Scottsdale
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  • State: Tasmania
  • Pets: Yes
  • Camp type : Free camp but with donation box
  • Price : $0/donation
  • Water ? : Yes
  • Power ? : No
  • Will suit: All sized vehicles
  • Is it on Wikicamps ?: Yes
  • Drive time to nearby shops: 1 minute
  • Amenities : Toilets, showers
  • Other : BBQ’s, Undercover seating, Walking tracks, ponds, Ducks, Platypus, Bike tracks, Playground, washing line, bins
  • WIFI & Phone Reception – Tested with Boost Mobile: Yes

We use Boost for our phone and internet while travelling as it has 3G & 4G coverage on the Telstra Mobile network.

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1 thought on “Scottsdale Northeast Park – 2wk Free Camp – Tasmania

  1. Luv the Blogs guys, especially Spirit Tasmania episode. Top information. Thanks.
    Trinh and me have been discussing the Apple Isle as a future venture, especially in winter, as she has never seen snow or experienced extreme cold. “Shock Horror” coming…LOL
    Am so happy to read your updates…super great info.
    Me & Trinh

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