Situated in Bells Parade at Latrobe, near Devonport, the park provides for the motoring tourist (no permanent residents) with Hostel and Cabin accommodation, 36 powered sites, numerous unpowered camping sites and a camp kitchen.
The complex is conveniently situated so as patrons are able to enjoy the pleasant gardens and park settings alongside the Mersey River but also enjoy the convenience of being able to walk to the CBD which offers fine restaurants, clubs, hotels, shopping, etc.
The Park is convenient central base for visiting the state’s northern attractions and is only twelve to fifteen minutes drive from the Ferry Terminal and 11/2 hours from Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park.
Opposite is the ‘Axemans Hall of Fame’ and the ‘Trout and Platypus Interpretation Centre’ where patrons can view displays of Tasmania’s timber history and woodchopping events, or just enjoy a meal or coffee in the restaurant.
Next to the Axeman’s Hall is ‘Sherwood Hall’, the restored pioneer cottage of Dolly Dalrymple, the aboriginal wife of settler Thomas Johnson, which gives a wonderful example of life in that era and an account of how the early pioneers and the Tasmanian Aboriginals struggled to accept each other’s culture and live harmoniously which often created great conflict. Some of these conflicts are described in detail during the tour through the cottage.
Bells Parade is a 100-year-old garden creating a picnic setting under old English Oaks beside the banks of the tranquil Mersey River and features a wood–chopping arena where competitions are a regular event during the summer months and an under cover free BBQ facility is available for public use.
The Landcare group has created pleasant tree-lined grass pathways alongside the river where Platypus work the river banks for food at dusk and early morning and can be easily observed going about their routine of diving and rising in the shallow edges and eddies.
The Sheean memorial walk has been constructed in remembrance of ‘Teddy’ Sheean who was a gunner in the navy during WWII and is remembered for his courage. Eye witness accounts tell that as his ship was sinking, Teddy was seen firing his gun at enemy planes even after he and his gun were submerged, The walk begins just outside the Park’s entrance and continues to the town centre, and along the way, plaques give accounts of some of the battles fought during the campaign. Following a long public campaign, on 12 August 2020 His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia announced that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had approved a posthumous award of the Victoria Cross to Ordinary Seaman Sheean. In doing so, Ordinary Seaman Sheean became the first member of the Royal Australian Navy to be awarded Australia’s highest honour for valour.
‘Unisex’ ensuite styled amenities, modern laundry, flat level parking and excellent TV/digital reception are features of the Caravan Park along with the quiet, pleasant surrounds and the ease of access to the town. The security offered by managers who live onsite and the ease of parking make this park a very pleasant experience for the weary traveller or a family camping holiday where the family dog is also welcome.
12 minutes from
the Ferry Terminal
Situated near the historic river gardens of Bells Parade, this caravan park is central to all of north western Tasmania’s attractions and provides for an ideal base for discovering Tasmania’s north west.
- All bathrooms private, modern and clean
- Tourists only (no permanent residents)
- Drive through sites
- Excellent TV and phone reception
- 850m walk to CBD
- Very quiet and natural location
- Grassed sites
- Large covered camp kitchen