Tasmania is home to a huge variety of walking opportunities including some great short walks spread all around Tasmania and some major multi day treks including the South Coast Track, The Walls of Jerusalem, Three Capes and the famous Overland Track just to name a few.
Great Short Walks
If you look hard enough there are great short walks everywhere you look. If you are looking to go exploring for a day or even just an hour or two there are plenty of amazing walks everywhere you go including plenty close by to the Hobart CBD. These walks are great if you just want to stretch your legs during a long car trip or looking for some nice scenery and a waterfall or two. If you are looking for a nifty guide to short walks in Tasmania make sure to check out Parks Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks guide.
The Overland Track
The Overland Track in the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park is one of our most popular multi day walks. The walk starts near Dove Lake and travels through the National Park finishing up on the shores of Lake St Clair.
The Overland Track can be walked throughout the year though skis or snow shoes may be required during winter. There are a number of shelter huts along the way and the track has been raised over recent years making the track safer and also a lot less muddy.
Over the summer months this walk is incredibly popular and bookings must be made in order to secure your place on the track. Generally most fit walkers will do the track in around five days with an optional ferry ride available to get across Lake St Clair at the end.
The overland track includes a number of side trips along the way which you can use to extend your walk or just check out the view. One in particular, Mt Ossa takes you up Tasmania's highest peak.
Regular guided tours are also available allowing walkers to carry less gear and using food drops along the way.
The South Coast Track
If you want to explore deep into Tasmania's South West Wilderness then this track is for you. Taking around 10 days to complete, this epic walk starting at Melaleuca and ends at Cockle Creek takes in some stunning and harsh terrain. Often wet, muddy and steep walkers are rewarded with stunning beaches and a real sense of remote isolation away from the world.
Bruny Island is one of our favourite places for a weekend away with heaps of amazing food and wine and some stunning beaches to explore. The island is also home to some amazing walks taking you through forests, button grass and around stunning beaches.
Walls of Jerusalem
The Walls of Jerusalem National Park offers remote alpine walking only a short hours drive from Launceston. This walk is a lot shorter than most of the multi day options in Tasmania but due to the rough alpine terrain and the climbing involved is best left to experienced walkers only.
The Three Capes Track
On the edge of the southern ocean this track can feel like it's on another planet. The Three Capes Track takes you deep into the mountains and cliff tops along the edge of the Tasman Peninsula. The Walk starts with a boat ride from Port Arthur taking in Cape Raoul before dropping you at the start of the walk on the main part of the Peninsula.
The walking section of the track takes in Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy which provide stunning views out over the Southern Ocean from the tops of the tallest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. At night stay in specially designed eco cabins which helps to minimise the amount of gear you need to carry with you.
The track can be walked all year round and bookings are essential. Check out the Three Capes Track website for more info.