Lake Mackintosh Camping Area


Have you ever pulled up to a camp spot and been so blown away by the view, that you get out your camp chair and a beverage and literally just sit down and take it all in for hours? Well, that’s exactly what happened when I got to Lake Mackintosh Camping Area!

After a short 5 km  drive from the heart of Tullah, on Tasmania’s West Coast, you’ll find yourself driving directly over the Lake wall. Continue on for another km and you’ll arrive directly at the camping area and boat ramp.

Crossing the lake wall. Photo taken from camping area side.

There’s roughly only 10 camping spots around the whole lake, so don’t leave it too late in the day if you plan on getting one. In saying that, I arrived mid day over the Christmas break and managed to get the best spot in the whole place.

The view of Mt Farrel, from our camp spot.

While most of the camping areas were rock base, there were a few that would suit tents. Between us we had two swags and a caravan, so the place really does suit any camping style. Most of the sights are rather large also, the one in the above photo would easily fit 10 or so 4wd’s. Whether you’re traveling alone or in a group, there’s something to suit everyone’s needs and if worse comes to worse and there’s no spots on the lakes edge, we did come across plenty of bush camping spots in the same area.


The Lake is all a great place for fishing and I was actually very surprised with just how busy the boat ramp was all day. We found it much easier to launch our boat right from our camping area and noticed all the other campers were doing the same thing. Just keep an eye out for the occasional tree that’s sticking out, or hiding just below the surface. The lake can be fished by fly, bait or artificial lures and is stocked with brown and rainbow trout. Just remember, you’ll need an inland angling license if you plan on fishing.


There’s very little fire wood around the camping area, unless you have a boat and want to venture to the other side of the lake to collect some, I’d suggest bringing it in with you. Because after all, is it really camping without a fire?

Just keep in mind, there’s no toilet, BBQ or bin facilities at the lake, come prepared and if you bring it in, you can take it back out. After all, no body likes a litter bug.

For those people that love their social media or simply like checking in with family back home, you’ll be happy to know there’s great phone reception at the lake.

And if all of the above hasn’t sold you yet, I’ve left the best till last. IT’S PET FRIENDLY! That’s right, you can bring along your four legged friends.


We were lucky enough to spend 3 nights here and did experience the typical Tasmanian weather. But on our last night, we were absolutely blown away by the show the night sky put on for us! We spent the best part of the night sitting around the camp fire, watching the satellites cross the night sky.


Lake Mackintosh is easily my favourite camping spot in Tasmania, the view just blew me away from the second I arrived. I would highly recommend it to anyone and will definitely be heading back there shortly with my friends.


Check it out and let me know what you think of it.

One Comment on “Lake Mackintosh Camping Area

  1. Great review, Em. Looks like a beautiful spot. I can’t wait to get back to the West Coast.


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