A walker on the track from Archer knob to Bakers Beach in Narawntapu National Park.
Archers Knob track to Bakers Beach (photograph: Jess Bonde)

Narawntapu National Park

Abundant wildlife in a coastal haven.

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​Wide open plains that are abundant in wildlife create a wonderful location to meet some of Tasmania’s friendliest locals. Narawntapu National Park is a great place to get to know the local marsupials and you’ll likely spot Forester kangaroos, Bennett's​ wallabies and pademelons grazing or resting on the open grassland near the visitor centre at Springlawn.

Narawntapu’s landscapes are diverse, including coastal heathlands and grasslands, wetlands and dry sclerophyll woodlands. This variety in turn attracts many bird species, including honeyeaters, green rosellas, black cockatoos, raptors, robins, wrens and fantails.

Walking within Narawntapu rewards visitors with vistas of long sweeping beaches set against a unique Tasmanian coastal landscape. Enjoy a day of wandering along to Archers Knob for the best views in the Park or take a stroll at dusk around Spring​lawn Nature Walk. For more of a relaxing day, spend time beachcombing along Bakers Beach then stay the night and enjoy some of the best camping in Tasmania.

With its diverse scenery, plentiful native wildlife and cosy coastal camping opportunities, this understated national park leaves a lasting impression.

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​Narawntapu is the ideal location for nature lovers to experience Tasmania's wildlife in a variety of coastal environments.

The main park entrance and central visitor facilities are located at Springlawn; here you'll find a Visitor Centre with interactive, interpretive displays, park office and full picnic and toilet facilities. The Springlawn barbeque facilities are free of charge. There are additional picnic facilities at Bakers Point and Badger Head, and toilets are also available at Griffiths Point and Bakers Point.

The peaceful coastal waters of Bakers Beach and Springlawn Beach are generally safe for swimming. They are also popular locations for line fishing. Please note that beaches are unpatrolled, please exercise care and check conditions prior to entering the water​.

​Narawntapu is best explored on foot, with many different walk options for all walker experience levels. For those interested in exploring more challenging bushwalks, there are a number of fire trail walks inland from Springlawn, providing a change of scenery as you ​walk through a variety of bushland. Views over Bass Strait and inland to the Western Tiers are obtained from between vegetation, at the higher points of the track.

Also a popular location for horse riding, with holding yards and a 26 kilometre return trail for visitors to use. A permit is required to bring a horse into the park, and this can be obtained by contacting the Visitor Centre. Bookings must be made for use of the yards at least 48 hours in advance. For more information on horse riding in Tasmania, see our ​Horse riding activity page.

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Experiences in Narawntapu National Park

Narawntapu National Park

Archers Knob

See some of the best views in the Park from the superb Archers Knob lookout. This walk is a beautiful combination of birds, beach, and paperbark swamp.

3-3.5 hours circuit (9 km) via Bakers Beach, or 2–2.5 hours return. The Bird Hide walk is 30 mins return, Grade 2
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Bird Hide Walk

Stroll through the undercover of a paperbark forest, along a boardwalk and into the bird hide on Narawntapu National Parks most popular short walk.

30 minutes return, 1 km, Grade 1
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Coastal Traverse, Bakers Beach

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Coastal Traverse

Why drive when you can walk? Follow the coastal border of Narawntapu National Park between Bakers Beach and Greens Beach for an epic day-long adventure.

7 to 9 hours, 21 km one way, Grade 3
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Coastal view from Badger Head, Narawntapu National Park

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Copper Cove/ Badger Head walk

A coastal walk featuring superb views and a variety of wildflowers.

6 to 8 hours return, Approximately 23 km return, Grade 3
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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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Horse riding, Bakers beach Narawntapu

Hobart and South, Launceston and North, North West

Horse riding

Explore sites around Tasmania where you can experience our wilderness on horseback.

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Bennetts wallaby, Narawntapu National Park

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Point Vision Track

Located in Narawntapu National Park, The Point Vision Track takes you to the highest accessible summit of the Asbestos Range, and provides stunning coastal views across the Port Sorell estuary.

5 to 7 hours return, 15 km return, Grade 4
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Bird Hide walk, Narawntapu National Park

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Springlawn Nature Walk

Meander around the Springlawn lagoon, abundant in wildlife and ideal for birdwatching and photography.

2 hours circuit, 4.8 km circuit, Grade 2
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Wedding at Highfield Historic Site

East coast, Hobart and South, Launceston and North, North West

Weddings

There are a number of locations around the state that offer a unique setting for your wedding ceremony.

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Accommodation

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  • Narawntapu camping

There are a number of campsites at Narawntapu National Park, suited to both tent and campervan stays. This peaceful, coastal setting is full of opportunities for viewing native fauna, fishing, boating, walking and the perfect base for your explorations of the North-West Coast.

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Campervan at a powered site, Narawntapu National Park

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