Tent pitched in a bush camp in the Douglas-Apsley National Park
Bush camping in the Douglas-Apsley National Park (photograph: Dan Broun)

Douglas-Apsley camping

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Fire ban: Campfire restrictions are in place
From 21/10/2019, last reviewed 1/1/2020

​Campfire restrictions are now in place for this site.  This means you will not be able to use campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves. Gas stoves and gas barbecues are still permitted.

Parts of Tasmania are experiencing the driest conditions for the past three years with traditionally wet or damp gullies now dry. An above average fire season has been forecast for the east and south eastern parts of Tasmania due to warmer and drier conditions.

These conditions have increased the risk of unattended or poorly constructed campfires escaping and becoming bushfires. We have a duty of care to our community and want to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable camping experience.

Track closure: Leeaberra Walking Track and Apsley Gorge Walking Track
From 28/12/2019, last reviewed 3/1/2020

​​​​​​To ensure walker safety the Leeaberra Walking Track and Apsley Gorge Walking Track in the Douglas-Apsley National Park​ have been closed due to the current fire danger. 

A valid parks pass is required for entry to Tasmania's national parks.

​Camping in the Douglas-Apsley National Park is free.


​No bookings required.

The small bush camping area near the Apsley Waterhole is about ten minutes from the carpark off Rosedale Road in the south of the park. For park visitors undertaking the multi-day walk along the Leeaberra Track, which begins at Thompson’s Marshes in the north of the park, there are remote bush campsites near Heritage Falls and Tevelein Falls, both on the Douglas River.


​Visitors to the beautiful Douglas-Apsley National Park have a choice of three sites for bush camping.

The Apsley Waterhole site at the south end of the park has no vehicle access but is an easy ten-minute walk from the carpark. This is a pleasant, shaded spot, well-situated for taking a leisurely swim in the waterhole. There are composting toilets nearby. 

The two sites on the banks of the Douglas River – at Heritage and Tevelein Falls – are more remote, do no​t have toilets and mainly used by park visitors who are doing multi-day walks. Both sites are reached by walking along the Leeaberra track​ from the north of the park.

The Heritage Falls site is tucked high on the bank above the Douglas River. Sheltered by a canopy of tall trees, there are several lounging logs for sitting on or against. 

The Tevelein Falls site, further south, is also nestled on the bank above the river. It has direct river views, and cleared communal eating areas. 

Campers will need to bring their own food, water, tent and fuel stove. No booking necessary.