Mt William National Park
Mt William features sparkling granite boulders covered with bright orange lichen, long sandy beaches and clear, blue seas.
Located in Tasmania's far north-east corner, the park is significant for the conservation of Tasmania's coastal heathlands and dry sclerophyll plants and is a colourful place in spring and summer, when the park's open grasslands are ablaze with fields of wildflowers in bloom. The Xanthorrhoea plant, with its grass-like skirt and tall flower spike, is common throughout the park.
There's an amazing diversity of animals here too, including rare Forester kangaroos, wombats, echidnas, Tasmanian devils, Bennetts wallabies and pademelons.
Birds are particularly abundant, with honeyeaters, wrens, robins, finches and pardalotes found in the park. Yellow-tailed black cockatoos are common, and migratory birds such as mutton birds, silver-eyes and swamp harriers also drop by, while Albatross, white-bellied sea eagles and wedge-tailed eagles soar overhead.
Walks in the park range from easy strolls on long, empty beaches to longer journeys through a range of habitats. Mt William summit is an easy 90-minute return walk, with extensive views of the landscape, coast and distant Bass Strait islands. The Cobler Rocks walk takes two hours and passes lagoons teeming with wildlife.
Luxury guided walks, including meals and accommodation, are also available.
Aside from the excellent walks, there's fishing and swimming as well. The offshore reefs at Georges Rocks and Eddystone Point are among the best dive sites in the state, with excellent visibility, and anglers can take bream and Australian bass at Ansons Bay.
Accommodation and camping
Camping is permitted throughout the park, and a day-shelter with gas barbecues can be found near campground No. 4 at Stumpys Bay in the park's north. Picnic tables, fire places and pit toilets are provided near most of the campgrounds.
Mt William National Park is a 3-hr drive north east from Launceston via Gladstone. The southern end of the park can be reached via gravel road from St Helens.