Lime Bay
Lime Bay (photograph: Peter Grant)

Lime Bay State Reserve

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Fire ban: Campfire restrictions are in place
From 21/10/2019, last reviewed 28/10/2019

​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 the east coast 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.


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Located on the north-west corner of Tasman Peninsula, Lime Bay is tucked well away from the major road network. Its sheltered beaches, shady nooks, great walks and convict history make it a favourite weekend retreat for locals, a family-friendly location for extended stays and a refuge for weary nomads seeking a change of pace from busy caravan parks.

But the campers can't claim this idyllic place all to themselves. Its proximity to the World Heritage Listed Coal Mines Convict Site and the Port Arthur Historic Site brings a steady stream of picnickers and beachcombers to round off a perfect day of sight-seeing.

Whether walking along the secluded beaches, skimming across the bay in a kayak or dropping a line off a dinghy, the tranquillity and isolation of Lime Bay's pretty lagoons and eucalypt woodlands have a calming effect.

For more information on our wildlife please see Tasmania's wildlife.

Visit our caring for wildlife page for more information on interacting with and protecting our native animals.

While the facilities are basic in the laid-back Lime Bay State Reserve, there are plenty of compensations.

There are 1300 hectares of sheltered beaches and dry coastal woodlands to explore. The shoreline alternates between rocky sandstone bluffs and calm, sandy beaches supporting large populations of shorebirds.  Lime Bay is adjacent to the camping area and is safe for youngsters. Although safe for youngsters, do be aware of unfenced cliffs in the area.

Picturesque Lagoon Beach lies in the lee of Sloping Island and is an easy 40 minute walk. Be on the lookout for wildlife. To the south of the track is a large lagoon frequented by black swans. Once over the dunes, the crystal clear water and the long stretch of glittering Lagoon Beach lies ahead. If you'd prefer to ride a mountain bike​, there are a number of shared trails for family rides and some to test the hard-core adventurer.

Experiences in Lime Bay State Reserve

Fishing on the rocks at Friendly Beaches, Freycinet National Park

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Fishing

Tasmania has a wealth of excellent inland and ocean fishing locations where you can cast your line.

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Mountain biking Meehan Range

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Mountain biking and cycling

Tasmania is fast creating a name for itself as a premier mountain biking destination and a must see on your mountain biking holiday.

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Group rafting on the Franklin River

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Rafting and kayaking

Tasmania’s oceans and rivers have a well-deserved reputation as some of the cleanest in the world, and what better way to explore these wondrous waterways than up-close and self-propelled.

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The Lime Bay State Reserve is well off the beaten track and an ideal place to recharge your batteries. Stay for the day but better still bring some camping gear and get in touch with nature.

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