Camping at Shipwrights Point
Shipwrights Point Camping Ground is sited on a small promontory at the junction of the Huon and Kermandie Rivers, 17 km south of Huonville on the Huon Highway. It is open all year and suitable for travelers with tents, caravans or motor homes. Amenities include a dump point, public toilets, town water and 3 electric BBQ’s. There are picnic shelters, a children’s playground and two public jetties. There is a public boat ramp beside the northern jetty that gives access to the Huon River and adjacent waterways.
The camp ground is 1.2 km from the Port Huon Trading Post Cafe and store, and 1.8 km from the licensed Kermandie Hotel. There is a marina opposite the hotel. The nearest town is Geeveston, 5 km south of the campground. Geeveston has most facilities including a garage with a mechanic, general store, hardware shop, post office, medical center and several restaurants and coffee shops. There is also a tourist center with information on the local National Parks.
Shipwrights Point is a good starting place for exploring Tasmania’s far south – the road is the southernmost in Australia and extends 50 km to Cockle Creek in Recherche Bay, the start point for the South Cape Bay walk. Publicly accessible forestry roads from Geeveston give access to the hinterland areas of Hartz Mountains National Park and the Southwest National Park.
There are no boat building facilities at Shipwrights Point any more, but it was a thriving shipyard in the 19th century when river traffic was the main connection to Hobart for passengers and freight. The Huon Yacht Club is located on the eastern shoreline of the reserve. Regular races are held here in the summer months.
The camp is administered by the Huon Valley Council. Camping fees for the 2014 -15 season are $10 per vehicle per night and fees are collected each evening.
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