Best Tasmanian Wilderness Walks

2 October 2012

Tasmania is a bushwalker's dream, offering a host of coastal and forest trails, walks and treks. Explore the World Heritage Wilderness in the southwest or head into the Central Highlands to discover magnificent scenery and unique flora and fauna. Select a meandering coastal path in the east and stop to enjoy the fishing spots along the way. Cap off your walk with a helicopter trip to get a bird's eye view of the terrain you've covered. The world's last vast temperate wilderness, Tasmania's National Parks and World Heritage regions are just waiting to be explored, photographed and remembered long after you leave.

Here are the best wilderness walks in Tasmania.

 The Stunning Cradle Mountain

The Overland Track
Tasmania's most iconic walking track is a six-day 65km trek through the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park. At 1545m above sea level, this is Tasmania's most visited national park and the island's most challenging wilderness walk. Arrive at Ronny Creek and walk into the heart of ancient Tasmanian rainforest. Travel through changing landscapes, including eucalypt forest, alpine meadows, moors, waterfalls and mountain peaks before finally putting up your feet when you reach Australia's deepest lake, Lake St Clair.

The South Coast Track
For the more experienced, self-sufficient and fully equipped bush-walkers, stretching between Melaleuca and Cockle Creek in Tasmania's Southwest National Park is the rather remote South Coast Track; it's the road less travelled. A challenging walk accessible by light aircraft from Hobart, The South Coast Track takes you over 85km of untamed land in around six to eight days. Enjoy stretches of untouched coastline and rugged country. Not for the faint hearted, The South Coast Track will stay etched on your memory.

The Tasmanian Trail
Walk or ride The Tasmanian Trail, a 480km inland trail inspired by The Bicentennial National Trail, opened on the mainland in 1988. From Devonport on the north coast to Dover in the south, you'll travel through some of Australia's oldest towns and original farmlands, and across spectacular public and privately owned land. Dedicated volunteers maintain The Tasmanian Trail.

Freycinet Penisula Circuit
Incorporating a couple of Tasmania's most glorious Great Short Walks, Freycinet Penisula Circuit leads you from Hazards Beach, across the mountains to the beautiful Wineglass Bay, one of Australia's most photographed locations. The 30km track takes around two days to complete and walkers must take their own drinking water, tents, food, cooking equipment and fuel stove. Expect snow if you walk in winter months.

The Walls of Jerusalem
In just four days, over 38.2km, traverse the Walls of Jerusalem National Park in Tasmania, one of the world's last great wilderness areas. Start at Mersey Forest Road, where you'll need to register before you make your way with everything you need, through dense forest, lush valleys and rugged mountain tops. On this walk be prepared to experience some extreme weather, including snowfall throughout the year. Be sure to explore the nearby Mole Creek caves before you head out and home.

Xanthe Coward

Xanthe's favourite travel destinations are the Greek Islands, Indonesia, Fiji and Vanuatu. With a background in performing arts, fine food, wine and good times, Xanthe enjoys travel that brings her close to the locals and their leisure activities. Being a theatre reviewer means that Xanthe will always do dinner and a show before checking out the late night city scene and still be up early to find the markets and a decent pot of chai.