View of Mayfield Beach at Mayfield Bay Conservation Area and two walkers along the centre of the image.
Mayfield Beach cropped (photograph: Natalie Mendham)

Mayfield Bay Conservation Area

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​​​​​Mayfield Bay Conservation Area is a popular stop-off on the Great Eastern Drive self-drive experience. The area was initially reserved in 1981 for its diverse natural and cultural values.

The reserve is loved by locals who regularly return, but also interstate and international travellers looking for a coastal camping option.​

Here you can watch eagles soar overhead and hear the waves roll onto the beach.  Vantage points offer superb views across Great Oyster Bay towards the Freycinet Peninsula and Schouten Island.

​Mayfield Bay Conservation Area is popular for swimming and also diving, snorkelling and fishing.

Mayfield Beach is a 1.5 km sandy beach and is accessible from Mayfield Campground and Mayfield Jetty Road.

Mayfield Campground offers easy access camping – shady tent, campervan and caravan sites that are a stone's throw to a sandy family-friendly beach.

Nearby boat launching at the southern end of the reserve is permitted at Mayfield Jetty Road, a 4WD only access for small boats.

Part of the reserve is incorporated into the Rocky Hills Road Station and Rocky Hills Probation Station Heritage Site.  The convict-built Three Arch Bridge is a product of the Probation Station and is preserved under the Tasman Hwy. A short 150m walk from Mayfield Campground will allow you to explore the convict-built bridge and transport you to a bygone era.

Day use picnic facilities at Mayfield Beach and Tirzah Beach pull-off at Rocky Hills are a popular addition to the site.

Experiences in Mayfield Bay Conservation Area


Dogs in parks

Searching for somewhere to take your four-legged friend? There are a number of reserves around Tasmania that are open to visitors with canine companions.

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Fishing on the rocks at Friendly Beaches, Freycinet National Park



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

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Beachside snorkelling


Snorkelling and scuba diving

Bring your wetsuit, mask and fins to discover the underwater life.

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Stay Overnight

  • Mayfield Bay camping

Mayfield Campground offers easy access camping – shady tent, campervan and caravan sites that are a stone’s throw to a sandy family-friendly beach.

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A motorhome and campervan amongst trees at Mayfield Bay campground

Mayfield Bay camping