Walking in Tasmania
Cradle Mountain Tasmania - Photos Courtesy Bjørn Christian Tørrissen
Tasmania a haven for walkers across the world. Almost half of this small and scenic state is protected within national parks and reserves and 20 per cent is World Heritage-listed. The 17 national parks are crisscrossed with thousands of kilometres of trails ranging from daredevil to dreamy. Long and short, gentle and giant, here are just some of the wonderful Tasmanian walks that can take you away from it all.
From Hobart its 20 minutes to rugged Mount Wellington, where the three to four hour Organ Pipes Walk takes you over dolerite cliffs. Other areas near Hobart include Bruny Island, Penguin Island, Tasman National Park, South West National Park etc
Along the East Coast - The best way to soak up the invigorating beauty of Tasmania’s east coast is on foot. Head east from Hobart to Triabunna, where you can take a ferry to Maria Island. Do a gentle walk to Fossil Cliffs or a challenging four hour hike along the clifftops. Back on the mainland, head north to Coles Bay. From here you can take the short trek across the Hazards in Freycinet National Park. Travel around the Hazard Mountains to Hazards Beach on the 30-kilometre Freycinet Peninsula Circuit. Further along in Douglas-Apsley National Park, walks of all lengths weave you amongst the rivers, waterfalls, rainforest, eucalypts and pines.
From Launceston and the North West - From Launceston, the walking wonderland of Cradle-Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is just a few boot laces away. Follow the 20 minute Enchanted Walk past magical old-growth rainforest or take an hour or two to wander around Lake Dove to Cradle Mountain. Trek to the top of Cradle Mountain on an eight-hour return hike or pitch yourself on the six-day Overland Track.