From the easy day walk to Wineglass Bay, to the tough hike up to Frenchmans Cap, Tasmania has a smorgasbord of treks on offer for all fitness abilities.
Here are five top hikes in Tasmania:
Best multi-day trek: Overland track
Tasmania’s most famous and popular walking track is the Overland Track, covering over 65km of fine mountain wilderness. The six-day trek takes walkers through the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
It starts at Ronny Creek in Cradle Valley, beside Cradle Mountain, and weaves its way through a landscape of alpine meadows, glacially-carved valleys, ancient rainforests and eucalypt forest. It concludes at Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest lake.
Best tough walk: Frenchman’s cap
The three to five day hike up to the Frenchman’s Cap mountain peak is not for the faint hearted. The track (23km each way) can be rough, muddy and steep.
But it’s worth the effort, along the way you’ll pass through buttongrass plains, unique rainforest where Huon pine grows alongside King Billy pine and glacial valleys.
The start is signposted beside the Lyell Highway, about 200km from Hobart.
Prettiest short walk: FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK
Freycinet National Park has a series of great bushwalks – and one of the best is the trip to Wineglass Bay, at Coles Bay, roughly 200km north of Hobart.
The 8km return trip starts at the carpark of the National Park, and is a 1.3km ascent up a loose gravel track to a rocky lookout, perched between the twin peaks of The Hazards – Mt Anos and Mt Mayson. From the lookout, the Wineglass Bay Track descends to the sparkling blue waters and blinding white sands of the beach. After a picnic, you can pack up your things and do it all again in reverse order.
Most dramatic scenery: WAlls of jerusalem
The Walls of Jerusalem are located in a remote area of the Tasmanian highlands, near Deloraine. This area has a landscape of alpine lakes, dolerite peaks, ancient forests and unique alpine vegetation.
Similar to the Frenchmans Cap walk, this trek is for the hardy walker. It also covers some rough, muddy ground and weather conditions can be harsh. Track markers are also limited so it’s important to have some navigational skills.
You can approach the walk as a day walk or spend a night or two camping at Wild Dog Creek, giving you a full day to explore the inner Walls.
Best coastal walk: Bay of fires
The Bay of Fires on the Apple Isle’s east coast extends from Binalong Bay in the south to Eddystone Point in the north. The bay got its dramatic name from Captain Tobias Furneaux, in 1773, who noticed numerous fires along the coast.
The four-day walk is a guided trip; you can’t do it alone as there is no water on the route so no place to overnight. Walkers usually start in Launceston, where they are picked up and driven to Mt William National Park, where they then walk to the permanent camp at Forester Beach.
The second, longer day (14km) finishes at the stunning Bay of Fires Lodge, where walkers drink fine wine and indulge in some lovely food. Day three is based at the lodge, where you can have a spa treatment, go fishing or snorkelling in the marine nursery. The last day is an easy 4km walk back to the carpark.