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Some of Tasmania's world famous and magnificent scenic walks are described here. Please consult the linked websites for full information on these walks. In may cases, traffic on the walks is strictly limited and bookings are required to conduct the walk. In all cases where a walk is conducted in a National Park, an entry fee is required. There's in formation here on costs and on preparation for a walk.
The Overland Track is a six day walk, travelling 65 kilometres through the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair. It is a true wilderness walk which travels through spectacular dolerite mountains, past beautiful waterfalls, through a variety of fascinating ecosystems and close to Tasmania's highest mountain, before finishing at Australia's deepest lake, Lake St Clair.
The stunning scenery and the physical challenges of this mountain walk have ensured that the Overland Track has a national and international reputation as one of the world's great wilderness bushwalks. As a result, demand for experiences on the Overland Track is high. You can do the Overland track by yourself or with a guiding company. Further details are on this TripAdvisor page here.
Frenchman's Cap Walk leads to the summit of the magnificent white quartzite dome of Frenchmans Cap (1446 m), the most prominent mountain peak in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The track passes buttongrass plains, unusual rainforest where Huon pine grows alongside King Billy pine, and spectacular glacial valleys, up to Lake Tahune, perched under the huge and spectacular cliff face of Frenchmans Cap. The silvery Precambrian quartzite is some of Australia’s oldest exposed rock.
The track is considerably more arduous than many other Tasmanian walks, including the Overland Track, so it is recommended that you gain experience on other Tasmanian walking tracks before attempting Frenchmans Cap. The track is rough and muddy over extended sections, especially across the Loddon Plains, and is steep in places. To do the summit climb you must have good weather and a good head for heights and exposure. Most walkers spend between 3 and 5 days completing the return trip, a distance of about 23 km each way.
Tasman Coastal Trail follows along the cliffed coast-line from Waterfall Bay through to Fortescue Beach, out to Cape Hauy and on to Cape Pillar. The track lies within the Tasman National Park . Walkers need to be prepared by taking water, food, tent and wet weather gear. Walkers should allow 3-5 days to complete the trip one way - although the trip can be cut short if time frames are insufficient or the weather is not agreeable to walking.
Freycinet Peninsula Circuit takes in both the Wineglass Bay and Hazard circuit. The 30 kilometre Freycinet Peninsula Circuit travels around the Hazard Mountains to Hazards Beach. The track continues south to Cooks and Bryans Beaches. Walkers then cross the Peninsula over a heathland plateau next to Mount Freycinet where spectacular views are possible before descending to the white, quartz sands of Wineglass Bay.
The walk should be undertaken in an anti-clockwise direction to help stop the spread of a deadly plant pathogen - Phytophthora - or root rot. Walkers should allow at least two days to complete the trip - although the trip can be longer depending on the number of restful days you have on the beach.
You can do this walk as a guided four-day tour with Freycinet Experience Walk.
South Coast Track goes 85km between Cockle Creek and Melaleuca. There are no roads to Melaleuca, so walkers must either fly, sail or walk in and out. Most people take about 6 to 8 days to complete the South Coast Track, depending upon time spent enjoying the beaches. Walkers should note that the track surface may be rough and muddy over extended sections. Two companies fly to Melaleuca: Tasair and ParAvion.
Port Davey Track goes 70 km between Scotts Peak Road and Melaleuca. Most people take about 4 to 5 days to complete the Port Davey Track and can either fly out at Melaleuca or continue along the South Coast Track to Cockle Creek, a further 6-8 days walk. The Port Davey Track has some steep and muddy sections.
Tarkine Rainforest offers a variety of walks of up to 43km into Tasmania's remote temperate rainforest wilderness, and can include river crossing by raft. Tarkine Trails conducts tours of the Tarkine wilderness.
Bay of Fires in the far north east of the state comprises two park areas: the bay of Fires Conservation area and Mount William National Park.
Maria Island off the east coast of Tasmania was a convict era prison and is the site of World Heritage listed Darlington - the most intact convict probation station in Tasmania. Access to the island is by the Maria Island ferry.
Walls of Jerusalem in the north of Tasmania's Central Plateau wilderness is a fascinating combination of temperate forest, sub-alpine heathland and craffy moonscape. Tasmanian Expeditions offers overnight walks using cabins. Tasmanian Wilderness Experiences conducts camping tours.
The tour companies mentioned in the preceeding paragraphs conduct guided walks of many of the tracks mentioned. It's worthwhile perusing their websites.
60 Great Short Walks is the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service's website on shorter walks in its parks. The Walks offer the best of Tasmania's walking opportunities. Whether you want a gentle stroll or a physical challenge; a seaside ramble or a mountain vista; a long day's outing or a short wander, Great Short Walks has plenty for you. The walks are located throughout Tasmania and can generally be accessed from major roads and include a range of environments.
Short Walks in Forestry Tasmania's forest reserves are described here.