Camping at Encampment Cove, Maria Island National Park.
Camping at Encampment Cove, Maria Island National Park. (photograph: Dan Broun)

Maria Island camping - Encampment Cove

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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.


Closed area: Notice of works: Maria Island jetty and campground
From 20/11/2019, last reviewed 20/11/2019

Works to improve Maria Island’s wastewater system and jetty are currently underway.

There will be some noise disturbance to Darlington campground campers and day visitors during the critical infrastructure work which will be carried out during daylight hours to keep the disturbance to a minimum. The amenities will remain open during works. The work will be complete by the end of the year.​

Work on the Maria Island jetty will improve safety and provide a better experience for visitors accessing the island is due to begin this week. There will be some noise, large machinery and safety barriers during the work. Installation of the six new marine piles will take about four weeks, weather depending. Please note, swimming and diving near the jetty while the large machinery is in place will not be permitted.


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

​Camping at this campground is free with a valid parks pass​​.

Bookings:

​Bookings are not available for this campground.

About

​​The small and sheltered campground is located alongside the calm waters of Encampment Cove. An overnight stay here allows you to explore the convict ruins that once made up the Long Point Probation Station at nearby Point Lesueur.

Access to Encampment Cove is via a 3 hour and 45 minute walk from Darlington, where the ferry service operates. Encampment Cove can also be accessed by private boat, which can be moored in the bay.​

Portable stoves are preferred for cooking; however, campfires are permitted within existing metal fireplaces (unless fire restrictions are in place). Bring your own firewood if you plan on having a fire​.​

A limited supply of non-treated tank water is available. Frequent dry weather and high seasonal demand make water a precious resource. Please use it with care.