A Walk for Everyone - 60 Great Short Walks
Tasmania is home to some of Australia's most iconic walks – the Bay of Fires, Maria Island and of course the Overland Track, to name a few. But one doesn't have to embark on a multi-day trek to experience the best of Tassie on foot.
I've been traveling through the state for just over three months and am working my way down the list of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks. They give just about anybody the chance to explore some of Tassie's most scenic and iconic regions, in walks ranging from about 20 minutes to a couple of hours.
I've just completed the two-hour Dove Lake circuit and am standing in the shadow of the Tasmanian icon, Cradle Mountain.
It's been an easy stroll around the lake experiencing the harsh beauty of this ancient landscape. Its colour palette of oranges and yellows of the buttongrass plains is punctuated by little red and white blossoms pushing their way out onto the scene.
We've walked along the boardwalk, passing over a plush green carpet of moss on the Ballroom Forest floor and a trickling stream that's been winding quietly through the scar of torrents that have torn through the bush in past rainy seasons.
It's early morning and we're the only people on the track. We're surrounded by a silence that's broken occasionally by wallabies scurrying in the brush or the beat of the Currawong's wings as its startled from the undergrowth.
The stream continues its whisper and leaves sway gently in the breeze. One could easily spend hours meandering along the track in this serene scene that's framed by the jagged crags and peaks of the mountain backdrop.
I've had the chance to stroll along the pathways beneath the towering Big Trees of the Derwent Valley. I've done the 20-minute loop to stand in the spray of Russell Falls in Mount Field National Park. I've marvelled at sprawling vistas of Bass Strait from the plateau of the Nut in the North West. And I've tackled one of the more challenging short walks through the pink granite of the Hazards, to be rewarded with spectacular views of Wineglass Bay.
There's no doubt that walking is the way Tasmania was meant to be seen and there really is a walk here for everyone.