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Cradle Mountain Tasmania

Pioneer Park Campground

A great spot right outside Penguin.


Pioneer Park is 15 minutes out of Penguin on the Tas northwest coast and is well worth a visit with a campers kitchen, playground and amenities. Not to mention well priced. Site fees are: unpowered $10 per night for one person and an additional $5 for each person after. powered (limited numbers) $17 single $24 double and $5 each extra.

Showers use $1 coins to operate. The caretaker visits each evening to collect fees, cash or eftpos is fine. It's a great base for checking out all there is to do in the area. Pioneer Park is on the western side of the Dial Range which has some great bushwalking, peaks to climb, a Mountain bike park, and for us in particular some interesting geocaching trails.


There is plenty of space around the campsite for anything from RVs to Tents. You can choose to camp alongside others in the space or there are a few spots that are a bit away so you can be social or not as you choose. You can even bring your dog with you, it's good manners however to keep them contained to your campsite and clean up after them but of course that's nothing new to anyone traveling with their best mate onboard.



We wandered up to have a look at the campers kitchen which was nicely set up and seemed to get a fair bit of use by the campers nearby. There was a microwave, kettle and toaster along with a few other appliances. We aren't sure if they are permanent fixtures or belonged to campers who were working at one of the nearby farms. Either way it's a nice space if you are tenting or want to cook away from your campsite. There is also an electric BBQ right next door to the campers kitchen.

The childrens playground is well set up to keep the kids happy and entertained in camp while their parents relax after a big day exploring and who doesn't like the sound of little people having fun? Firepits are scattered about the park for those who don't have their own, one is right near the playground with a shelter and seating, handy to keep everyone happy. You do need to bring your own wood and if you want to BYO firepit it needs to have a base that protects the grass from falling embers. All up this was a great place to stay for a few nights over a long weekend or longer. Reasonably priced, has a friendly caretaker and beautiful surrounds. Definitely worth coming back, perhaps on a sunnier weekend!

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