In this article we’ll show you the best caravan parks near the Spirit of Tasmania, Devonport.

When we were travelling to Tasmania on the ferry we wanted a caravan park with some specific features:

Distance to the terminal.

Ability to leave your van hitched up.

Family friendliness.

And:

A fair price.

Here’s the ones we ended up choosing.

1. Mersey Bluff Caravan Park: Our top pick for staying in Devonport near the Spirit of Tasmania

We stayed here the night before travelling on the Spirit of Tasmania from Devonport to Melbourne.

Why?

It was the most recommended.

Best Near SOT Devonport - Mersey Bluff Caravan Park

Photo Credit: Caravanning Tasmania

And the result?

This is our number one pick for staying the night before travelling on the Spirit…

…and we’d definitely recommend it as an option when getting off the ferry too

Pros:

  • A large grassy area which means there’s A LOT of drive through sites
  • You can easily leave your van hooked up for a quick morning getaway
  • It’s close, only a 12 minute drive from the Spirit of Tasmania
  • Great owners… Luke guided us into our site and helped connect our cables and hoses!
  • Quick walk to a great playground, restaurants and the lighthouse
  • You can watch the Spirit of Tasmania come in (the kids loved this)

Mersey Bluff Caravan Park in Devonport - Best Near Spirit of Tasmania

Cons:

  • We didn’t have any!

Watching the Spirit of Tasmania from the Mersey Bluff Caravan Park in Devonport

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Mersey Bluff Caravan Park is our number 1 choice if you want a decent priced park that’s easy. You can drive in, go about your evening, and then just get up and go the next morning.


This photo of Mersey Bluff Caravan Park is courtesy of Tripadvisor

2. Bay View Holiday Village: Very close and great value

We stayed here the night we arrived on the Spirit of Tasmania from Devonport.

Why?

It was very close. And cheap.

[About $38 for a site with an ensuite]

At 4.5 stars on WikiCamps, it’s not just us:

Bay View Holiday Village - Caravan Park Close to the Spirit of Tasmania in Devonport

Pros:

  • Very close… only 5 min (2.4 km) from the terminal
  • Sites large enough to leave your van hooked up for a quick getaway
  • Ensuite sites that are cheaper than most standard sites at other parks
  • Craig the Manager was super helpful
  • Great foreshore path nearby
  • A quiet, clean park with mostly retirees… felt very safe.

Bay View Holiday Village - Caravan Ensuite Sites Very Close to the Spirit of Tasmania in Devonport

Cons:

  • Not a huge number of sites, so best book ahead
  • Very minor, but our site was a bit tight to reverse into

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Bay View Holiday Village is great if you aren’t self-contained and want a caravan park that’s close, inexpensive, and easy to get to and from the Spirit.

Come to think of it, we’re self-contained and still liked it!



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3.  Abel Tasman Caravan Park: A great option for families travelling to Tasmania on the Spirit

Caravan parks charge $5-$25 per child per night.

That adds up pretty quickly.

That is, unless you’ve got a Travelling Australia with Kids (TAWK) Membership and you’re staying a participating TAWK caravan park…

Best Caravan Park Discount Cards - Travelling Australia With Kids (TAWK) Membership Card

Like the Abel Tasman Caravan Park.

Pros:

  • 2 night’s free camping for the kids
  • If you stay longer, there’s ALSO 10% off for the whole party (even though it’s pretty cheap anyway)
  • Only 4 min (1.3 km) from the ferry terminal
  • Right by the beach at the mouth of the river (watch the Spirit sail right past)
  • Next to children’s playground
  • Little shopping centre nearby (IGA, RSL and pizza!)
  • Lots of drive-through sites
Abel Tasman Caravan Park in Devonport - Watch the Spirit of Tasmania Sail Past

Abel Tasman Caravan Park – Watch the Spirit Sail Straight Past

Cons:

  • Amenities a bit dated (although kept very clean)

This is the best caravan park near the Spirit of Tasmania Devonport if…

Abel Tasman Caravan Park is great if you have a few kids and want to keep the costs down. Like our top pick, you can drive in, go about your evening, and then just get up and go the next morning.

Summary: The best caravan parks near Spirit of Tasmania, Devonport

Sure there’s more options for caravan parks near the Spirit of Tasmania in Devonport…

…but when we were travelling we were after something specific.

We wanted a caravan park where we could pull in, set-up for the night, and make a quick getaway.

[And only pay a price that reflected that]

Based on these factors these are the caravan parks that we’d recommend.

 

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