a bush retreat for nature lovers


Base Camp Tasmania (BCT) is a 41-hectare bush property in south-eastern Tasmania, situated in Glenfern in the Derwent Valley, approximately 13 km south-west of New Norfolk and 50 km from Hobart.

Where Tasmania’s unique wildlife abounds

A Protected Area on Private Land (PAPL - subject to a Conservation Covenant), BCT abounds in native Tasmanian wildlife (we are registered Wildlife Carers) including Pademelons, Bennetts Wallabies, Echidnas, Wombats, Spotted Quolls, and Brushtail Possums.  The Conservation Covenant confers the status of a privately owned national park on 37 hectares of BCT, which is protected in perpetuity.


Discover the variety of unique Tasmanian animals, birdlife and flora on the property, or take an easy drive to some of Tasmania’s most renowned World Heritage wilderness areas and National Parks a short distance away:

  • try your hand at trout fishing in the Plenty and Derwent river

  • visit the nearby Salmon Ponds

  • marvel at the forest giants in the Styx Valley

  • journey into the past and explore the Port Arthur convict prison on the Tasman Peninsula

  • visit Russell Falls at Mt Field National Park

  • sample some of the excellent wines amongst the vineyards and wineries of Coal River Valley, visiting Bonorong WildlIfe Sanctuary on the way

  • join us for a guided bushwalking tour in conjunction with Tasmanian Wilderness Experiences

  • dine at the famed Agrarian Kitchen Eatery - the renowned restaurant in New Norfolk


Accommodation and Facilities to suit everyone

Accommodation suits a range of budgets and comforts for families, couples, groups and singles, and the tariff includes all bedding (doonas, sheets, pillows), towels, crockery and cutlery, cooking and kitchen equipment.

Choose from:

  • Self contained cabin (for up to 6 people - 1 x QS bed and 4 roomy bunks) with private facilities

  • Clean and cosy mixed dormitory/bunkhouse accommodation (10 roomy bunks) with rucksack storage

  • Camping area overlooking the beautiful Glenfern Valley for ten 2-person tent sites or three campervan sites


All guests have access to the communal facilities comprising:

  • kitchen and common room

  • toilets and showers

  • free laundry facilities

  • free barbeque facilities

  • free Wi-Fi

Glenfern Valley approaching Base Camp Tasmania

testimonials from some of our recent guests



"Amazing surrounding and close encounter with Wildlfe and the owners philosophy to protect wildlife and its habitat as well as going for ecotourism matches entirely with our own philosophy."  Hammer (DE)

We loved feeling like we got the real Tasmania experience!

"The owner was super nice, I highly recommend his fruit salad! The surroundings were amazing and the wildlife was plentiful. The beds were comfortable and the kitchen well stocked. He provided my daughter with Celiac disease 2 different choices of bread and cereals for breakfast which was very generous. He even mailed brochures to the the US for me prior to our trip. If you want to get away from it all this is the place to be!" Lee (USA)

A cabin in the trees

"A real mountain hideaway. Stunning location amongst the trees. A piece of nature and sustainability with environmental considerations." Susan (AU)

Family Cabin

"We stayed in the family cabin and my friend commented that it was probably the cleanest place she had ever stayed in. It had everything we needed for our 2 night stay as we bought in our own groceries and cooked dinner. Beds were comfortable and warm. It was a very peaceful setting and within a fairly easy driving distance from Mt Field which was where we were spending the day. Graham who owns and runs Base Camp was very friendly and helpful. We really appreciated all of his efforts to be environmentally friendly. The cabin felt like a hiking cabin that you would find in a National park, but cleaner and better equipped."  Lynette (AU)