The most epic hikes in Tasmania that you cannot miss

Whether you’re a hiking expert or a beginner, there’s a trail for all fitness levels in Tassie. Here are five of the best.

  • Rachel Gray
  • November 2018

Overland Track (Central Highlands):

65km/medium

Push past your comfort zone on this gruelling six-day, 63-kilometre trek that snakes along the famous Overland Track opens in new window in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Starting at Ronny Creek, a scenic two-hour drive west from Launceston Airport, the Overland Track is the place to snap Insta-worthy shots with wombats, platypus and other wildlife. Or save your battery for emergencies and make this the perfect digital detox as you take in Tasmania’s ever-changing landscape. For hardcore types, there are extreme options such as a climb of Mount Ossa, Tasmania’s highest peak, or over the grey dolerite jewel known as Cradle Mountain.

South Coast Trek (South-West):

100km/expert

The Southwest National Park opens in new window is a nine-day, 91-kilometre hike that tracks eastwards along Tasmania’s expansive south-western coast. It’s so remote, it takes a one-hour flight from Hobart to the Melaleuca airstrip just to start the hike. In this Peter Pan-like paradise, traverse rainforests hugging ancient mountains with captivating Southern Ocean views. “If you imagine Neverland – well, it is sort of like that,” says Trek Tasmania’s Nick Scharm. By day, hikers can ditch their heavy backpacks for a well-earned rest at Little Deadmans Bay and enjoy fishing or exploring hidden sea caves. From there, it’s a four-day hike to the final destination at Cockle Creek before a two-hour bus ride back to Hobart.

The south coast is a remote paradise.

Maria Island (East Coast):

25km/easy

The “epic” of this journey is in the epicurean delights served every night of the four-day hike – and you wouldn’t want to miss it. There’s plenty of time to walk off those nightly three-course gourmet dinners paired with a glass of local wine during the 24-kilometre hike across Maria Island opens in new window, off the state’s east coast.

Getting there is a breezy 30-minute boat ride from Triabunna Wharf, about an hour’s drive from Hobart. When you arrive at Shoal Bay, the adventure kicks off with a mystery lunch. It’s a fairly gentle four-day walk but on the third day, hikers have the option to add an additional nine kilometres and climb either Bishop and Clerk or Mount Maria. Crossing the paper-white sandy beaches, you can learn about the island’s rich Indigenous, Dutch, English, French and Italian history.

Walls of Jerusalem (Central Highlands):

40km/easy or 55km/medium

The biblical place names – Solomon’s Throne, Pool of Bethesda, The Temple – lend a spiritual touch to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park opens in new window. After a two-hour drive south-west of Launceston, it’s a five-hour walk to the starting point and Tasmanian Expeditions’ base camp at Wild Dog Creek. Then hikers can choose either the four-day, 38-kilometre trek, or six-day, 53-kilometre circuit walk exploring Australia’s last-standing ancient pencil pine forests and beautiful lakes set among towering Jurassic-era mountains with running glacial waters.

You can find wildlife such as wombats in their natural habitat in these hiking trails.

Wukalina Walk (North-East):

at least 40km/medium

This four-day walkabout is Tasmania’s newest hike. Indigenous guides take you 35 kilometres through Mount William National Park, teaching walkers about bush tucker and bush medicine along the way. The starting point is two-and-a-half hours from Launceston, from where the camp at Cobler Rocks is an 11-kilometre trek. Highlights include Eddystone Point Lighthouse, the Bay of Fires and a sit-down with an Aboriginal elder.
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