Three Capes Track
For those who have never done a multiday hike, the Three Capes Track is ideal for beginners – not to mention it’s one of the most stunning hikes in Australia. Opening in 2015, the four day/three night hike is famous for hugging the cliffline and offering up panoramic views from Cape Pillar, Cape Hauy and stunning views of Cape Raoul. The Three Capes Track is open all year but with only 48 people allowed on the track a day, you’ll need to book well in advance.
There’s no need to bring a tent, as cabins are offered to all hikers, including a communal area with cooking facilities. It’s a great opportunity to socialise with other hikers, especially if you’re taking the track solo. With a new cabin to greet you each night, the one way hike takes you past features such as the ‘totem pole’ dolerite sea stacks, Tasman Island, The Blade at Cape Pillar and (if you’re lucky) the Aurora Australis has even been known to make an appearance!
Due to its relative ease, The Three Capes Track is child friendly and a great walk for families and friends. Check the website when booking in for the most up to date information.
Time: 4 days
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Wukalina/Bay of Fires walk
This relatively new walk is a four day, three night Aborigional owned and operated guided experience. It’s the only one of its kind in Tasmania. The walk incorporates the nature, culture and community of the region and the importance of Wukalina/Bay of Fire to the Palawa - Tasmanaia’s indigenous peoples.
Departing from Launceston each Sunday in small groups of 10, this walk takes you through the stunning natural landscape as you learn about the history and culture of Tasmanaia’s first people. Staying in Palawa-inspired domed huts and a renovated lighthouse keepers cottage, there is so much to take in from this amazing opportunity.
Find out more about this unique way of experiencing the Bay of Fires region.
Time: 4 days
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Possibly the most famous hike in Tasmania, the Overland Track is a bucket list must for those wanting to experience hiking in the wild and rugged Tasmanian landscape. The track takes you through fields of buttongrass, waterfalls, rainforests and snow-capped mountains. Parts of the hike can be done as day trips, including a walk around Lake St Claire where the track finishes. For those completing the full hike, the Overland Track also offers up some challenging side walks if you’re feeling adventurous.
There is a good chance you’ll run into one of the many residents who call this part of Tassie home. Wallabies, wombats, pademelons, snakes and echidnas are all found along the hike and if you have a sharp eye you may spot some of the more endangered species that live in this area, including the elusive Tasmanian Devil.
The Overland Track has amazing facilities maintained by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife. Check out their website for any updates on track conditions. The best time to go between October and May.
Time: 5 - 6 days
Difficulty: Moderate - Difficult (but can be broken into smaller walks)
Don’t let the name fool you, Crater Lake is actually the result of a glacial melting of ice and snow that hollowed out the crater-like shape that we see today. Located next door to Cradle Mountain, this two hour circuit walk has stunning alpine views and takes you past three different alpine lakes. Crater Lake is a great alternative to some of the harder and longer hikes in the area. Although some bushwalking experience is required and there are a few steep inclines, overall this walk is suitable for most ages and is a great way to experience Cradle Mountain National Park.
A four-hour drive from Hobart, this walk could be done as a day trip, but if you’d like to relax and explore the national park some more, why not check out the accommodation on Lake St Clair? If the weather allows, camping is also a great option.
Time: 2 hours return
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Mount Anne Circuit Walk
Boulder fields, mountain ascents, dense rain forests and glacial lakes: the Mount Anne circuit walk is the epitome of adventure in the remote Jurassic landscape of Tasmania's south west corner. If you’re brave enough to embark on this walk and conquer Mount Anne, you’ll be rewarded with impossibly stunning views and some of the best remote camping in Australia.
A symphony of nature will greet you as you begin the hike, with the crescendo being the climb to the summit of Mount Anne, around 1,425m in elevation. The hike will take you to areas known for changeable weather, which coupled with remote trekking along exposed ridges and some rock scrambling means you’ll need to pay close attention to any track changes.
Although not for the faint of heart, the Mount Anne circuit walk is a once in a lifetime experience, and can be something to work towards as you tick off some of the most epic hikes in Tasmania. Stay up to date with the latest track information and alerts by visiting Tasmania Parks and Wildlife.
Time: 3-5 days
Distance : 33.7kms
Flinders Island Coastal Walk
This wild and rugged island is located at the northeastern tip of Tasmania and boasts diverse and unique wildlife. The largest of the group of 52 Furneaux Islands located in the Bass Strait, Flinders Island is home to some of the best day hikes in Tasmania. Take your pick of landscapes for your walk, coastal track, or mountain summit – the walking trails here circumnavigate the island allowing you the freedom to choose where you go and how far.
Although the island has a small population of less than 1000 people, accommodation on the island is still available, including camping, B&Bs and cottages. Getting to Flinders Island is half the fun and will require booking either a flight from Melbourne or Launceston, or a ferry leaving once weekly from Bridport to Lady Barron on Flinders Island.
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate (mountain walks optional)
Freycinet National Park
Full of interesting and beautiful walks, the Freycinet National Park has something for everyone. You could spend a few days exploring all that park has to offer, but why not start with the sunrise walk to Wineglass Bay lookout and catch the morning rays as they make their way over the turquoise waters of the bay. The path to the lookout is well kept and takes around 40 minutes, but remember to bring a torch! After sunrise you can take the two hour return walk out to the bay itself and walk along its pristine white sand beach.
Other highlights in the national park include Honeymoon Bay, accessible by car. This tranquil bay has lots of interesting sea life that can be viewed through its crystal clear water. Enjoy walking along the rocks and, if the weather permits, why not enjoy a refreshing dip?
Finish your day with a walk up to Cape Tourville lighthouse. The walk contains interactive and educational pictures and information for kids, as well as a viewing platform and telescope looking out to ‘The Nuggets’, a group of four granite islands home to an array of sea and bird life, including fur seals and little penguins - see if you can spot them!
Distance: Shortest 500m, longest 13kms
Walls of Jerusalem
The Walls of Jerusalem National Park is located in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Named for its resemblance to the real walls of Jerusalem, the stunning natural dolerite structures are found alongside natural pools (gaining the area its other well known name ‘the land of a thousand lakes’), snow-capped peaks and a thousand-year-old pencil pine forest. This picturesque and pristine alpine region can be explored as day trips or as a multiday hike.
For those wanting to complete the full hike, which includes a summit walk to King David’s Peak, a good level of fitness is recommended. The remoteness of the area also means hikers should bring everything they will need with them. All the preparation will pay off though once you begin your walk, and you find out why this is one of Australia's most highly-acclaimed walks.
This place is remote! But that means star gazing to your heart's content, waking to the sounds of wildlife all around you, and enjoying the peace and tranquility of such a remarkable place.
The best time to walk the Walls of Jerusalem is between December and April, when the light is longer and the days are warmer.
Time: Can be done as day trips, full hike: 2-4 days (detours available)
Distance: 34kms (full hike)
Difficulty: Moderate - Difficult
Header image: Three Capes Track - Via Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Services