Introducing Mt William National Park
The little-known, isolated Mt William National Park (www.parks.gov.tas.au) brings together long sandy beaches, low ridges and coastal heathlands – visit during spring or early summer when the wildflowers are at their bloomin’ best. The highest point, Mt William (a 1½-hour return walk), stands only 216m tall, yet projects your gaze over land and sea. The area was declared a national park in 1973, primarily to protect Forester (eastern grey) kangaroos, which have been breeding themselves silly ever since. Activities on offer in the area include bird-watching and wildlife-spotting, fishing, swimming, surfing and diving.
At Eddystone Point is the impressive Eddytone Lighthouse, built from granite blocks in the 1890s. A small picnic spot here overlooks a beach with red granite outcrops. A short drive away beside a tannin-stained creek (and yet another magnificent arc of white sand and aqua water), is the idyllic campground at Deep Creek. Camping here is very basic, with pit toilets, bore water and fireplaces – there’s no power, and bring your own drinking water and wood. You can also camp at Stumpys Bay and Musselroe Top Camp. National park fees apply; pay camping fees on-site (unpowered sites $6). Bookings not required.
The park is well off the main roads, accessible from the north or south. The northern end is 17km from Gladstone; the southern end around 60km from St Helens. Try to avoid driving here at night when animals are bounding about.