Running from the entrance to Hendersons Lagoon in the south to Dianas Beach in the north, the Scamander Conservation Area (473 ha) runs along a 12 kilometre stretch of Tasmania's tranquil east coast. The reserve lies midway between St Helens and St Marys, and takes its name from the coastal town of Scamander
The white sand beaches are a major drawcard, and offer a range of activities for visitors, such as swimming, surfing and fishing. The Scamander River is noted for its bream. Offshore, dolphins and whales in migration season can be spotted.
Just south of the Scamander Conservation Area are the waterfalls, pools, gorges and dry eucalypt forest of Douglas-Apsley National Park, and further south, the magnificent granite peaks of the popular Freycinet National Park.
Drinking water is not available at the coastal camping areas but can be obtained at St Helens or Scamander.
A public boat ramp can be found at Scamander next to the old Scamander Bridge, while beach launching (4WD only) is available at Paddy’s Island, near Beaumarris, and Henderson Lagoon at Falmouth.
The stretch of coast is a nesting area for shore birds. Nests can be hard to see. They are vulnerable to trampling on or being run over by vehicles. You may find eggs unattended nestled in the sand. Please do not touch, as these nest sites are not abandoned.
Please use existing access tracks only across the dunes as there are many fragile cultural sites present.
For your safety, be aware that beaches are not patrolled! Be water safe – on surf beaches, look out for rips and undertows.