Hartz Mountains National Park
Hartz Mountains National Park overlooks Tasmania's south-west wilderness and offers great walks and stunning views of remote mountain ranges that stretch as far as the southern coast. The park at the southern end of the Huon Valley is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
A dolerite range runs through the centre of the park and small glacial lakes dot the plateau. The diverse vegetation ranges from wet eucalypt forest to alpine heath on the exposed mountains.
The area supports a wide range of wildlife, with many native animals that only venture out at night. Echidnas, Bennetts wallabies and pademelons can be seen during the day, and you may be lucky enough to spot a platypus in a nearby stream.
There are short scenic walks that take in the many natural wonders of the Hartz Mountains, including the Waratah Walk - just a few minutes walk to a lookout platform with sweeping forest views.
The Arve Falls Walk follows an easy path through alpine fields and woodland to the edge of a plateau overlooking the waterfalls and valley below.
The short walk to Lake Osborne along the Hartz Plateau passes through forest and moorland to the picturesque glacial lake, with distant views of the giant boulders known as the Devil's Marbles.
Walks up the high country to Lake Esperance reveal fragile cushion plants and ancient King Billy pines, and the most challenging walk takes on the Hartz Peak itself. This difficult trek for experienced walkers rewards with spectacular views from the highest point in the park over Tasmania's southwest wilderness.
Camping and accommodation
There are no camping facilities at the park but camping is allowed 500 m from any road. Day facilities are basic, with a toilet, running water and a picnic shelter near the entrance to the Waratah Lookout track with an open fireplace, gas barbecue and tables.
A range of commercial accommodation can be found in any of the towns in the Huon Valley, including Huonville, Geeveston and Southport.
Hartz Mountains National park is 84 km south-west of Hobart.