Scottsdale Northeast Park is a free camp but has a donation box. The donation box is to help with the maintenance of the park. Please give a donation, you will see it’s well worth it!
Scottsdale is an hour form Launceston. I had heard that Amish lived in the area and that they had a baked goods and veggie stall on the side of the road. That and the fact it had a cheap camp made the decision to stop here easy.
Scottsdale Northeast Park
Wow, this camp is not what I expected. I was expecting basic but this camp has everything but power. They have roughly marked parking areas for people to set up. Most, if not all are next to water taps.
Toilets are available 24/7 and also showers for a small cost. A dump point is also on site if you prefer. They also have a BBQ and undercover seating area. A washing line is a available if you need it.
Some parking spots looking over a stream form part of the Peoples Park behind it. That’s something else we were not expecting.
You can camp at the Scottsdale Northeast Park whether your a big rig, rooftop tent or a small tent. In fact one guy set up in the back of his ute to sleep in. He and some other people we had happy hour with made our stay more interesting. A few laughs were had.
The Northeast Park is right at your door (literally). This was first constructed as a Peoples Park back in 1930s, with swimming carnivals and such. Now it’s a lovely place to go for a stroll and try and spot a Platypus.
are meant to be Platypus here but we didn’t spot any, only ducks. You
can walk around the ponds and streams, the gardens and the walking
a game on the large grass areas or a stroll through the lush forest
kind of area.
area has a playground as well as a huge undercover BBQ area. It also
has a stage if you fancy getting up and playing air guitar like
Larry did 😀 Keep walking and you will find the bike and dog walking
Have a drive into Scottsdale
Scottsdale is only 800 meters up the road so you can actually walk to the pub or shops if you wanted to. We headed in for some groceries at Woolies and to one of the cafes for lunch. Its a big, small town, if you know what I mean 😛
the other side of town is the Amish stall I was wanting to see. I
highly recommend a visit here if you are in the area. A 3kg bag of
onions for $3 & 4 beautiful cinnamon scrolls for $3.50 bargains!
Also, to see and hear an Amish person in real life was was a little
bit cool as well. They did say hello then stay away until we were
ready to pay and I didn’t take a photo of them out of respect.
Bridport is only 20 minutes away from Scottsdale Northeast Park. On a normal day it would be lovely, unfortunately it was a smoky day for us. The bush fire smoke from the mainland or south of us at Fingal was effecting the north east coast. Bridport is a nice little seaside town with cafes and caravan parks. Larry had a haircut and then we headed east to Musselroe Bay
Musselroe Bay Back Beach
Musselroe is 88 km from Scottsdale and is a beautiful white sandy beach that goes on and on. Smoke was blocking the sun but we still had a walk along the beach. On a clear day this would be stunning. You will also find lots of camp along this stretch.
The Little Blue Lake
the way back to Scottsdale we stopped by the Little Blue Lake
lookout. Obviously called Blue for a reason, this is a beautiful
Turquoise BLUE. This was once part of the tin mining industry. Now
the water is so blue due to the clay exposed in the tin mining
operations reflecting the sky.
Any mountain bike enthusiasts out there? If so this is your mecca. If not, you still might want to stop at one of the cafes and feel fat like we did 🙁 No, seriously, I was in awe of these bike riders young and much older. The hills around Derby must be a mountain bikers dream. There are also two camps right there in town. Both were packed when we passed them. Everything is set up for bikers here, from the cafes and the bike hire places to the bike wash down taps and tours. Derby is only 25 minutes away from Scottsdale so might be worth a visit.
Northeast Park is a great camp, in a lovely town. Stop for a night or
enjoy checking out the surrounding areas over the two weeks allowed.
We defiantly recommend staying here.