Auswalk Walking Holidays
Award-winning Auswalk with its decades of expertise is an excellent way to explore the Tasmanian wilderness. Having two knowledgeable guides means they can offer a choice of easier and harder pack free walk options each day. At the end of each day, guests can enjoy a hot shower, good food and wine in the company of like-minded friends in one of their hand-picked comfortable accommodation options.
Their walks include the Tasmanian Wilderness Hiker, Mount Field and Anne, Lake St Clair and Cradle Mountain; the Tasmania Coastal Hiker, Freycinet, Bay of Fires and the highlights of the Three Capes; or their Tarkine Cradle Mountain walk.
If your passion is about authentic exploration, about unplugging and re-connection, to have a deeper experience of a destination, so that in the end you perhaps triumphed, had some fun and ultimately the experience has left you feeling better than you did before you started; then you have come to the right place.
Please select a tour service below to find out more information:
- Bay of Fires, Freycinet, Wineglass Bay & Three Capes - Group-Guided
- Franklin River, Mt Field, Lake St Clair & Cradle Mountain - Group-Guided
- Three Capes, Tasman Peninsula & Port Arthur - Self-Guided
- Cradle Mountain & Lake St Clair - Self-Guided
- Bay of Fires & Freycinet - Group-Guided
- The Tarkine & Cradle Mountain - Group-Guided
- Flinders Island - Group-Guided
- Flinders Island Long Weekend - Group-Guided
- Three Capes & the Tasman Peninsula - Group-Guided
Start the journey off at the Bay of Fires, one of Australia’s most startling natural wonders renowned for its magnificent outcrops of pink granite, orange lichen boulders, breathtaking white beaches and azure blue skies. This remote corner of Tasmania’s unfettered coastline is also teeming with wildlife making the walking here an absolute delight. Next is a jewel amongst Tasmania’s National Parks – the Freycinet Peninsula and Wineglass Bay. The imposing granite peaks of the Hazards, beautiful pink granite craggy tors and white sandy beaches that dot the peninsula are among the many highlights of walking in this park.
Boasting large tracts of World Heritage area, Tasmanian wilderness hiking takes you through the last great temperate rainforest. Approximately 20% of the entire state is World Heritage listed. Huon pines, some of the oldest trees in the world grow here, some more than 2000 years old. We’ll walk through isolated rainforests, alpine meadows studded with a sparkling mosaic of crystal-clear lakes, wild rivers and rugged mountains. Here, unspoiled beauty abounds in all directions.
The Three Capes and Tasman Peninsula walk is a chance to feel Tasmania at its end-of-the-world wildest, without the heavy packs and without throwing yourself completely to the wind. It’s a wild feeling walking this stunning landscape with just the people of your choosing but punctuated each night by staying in excellent accommodation and eating ala carte meals long the way. There’s great variety on the Three Capes, as the route winds in and out of heathland, dry woodland and striking sections of rainforest. Throw in massive views every day and you have a one of a kind self guided walking experience.
Part of the World Heritage–listed Tasmanian wilderness, the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park incorporates glacier-sculpted mountain peaks, river gorges, lakes, tarns and tracts of wild alpine moorland. Few places in the world offer such pristine scenery and diverse hiking options. Filling a valley carved out by ice during several glaciations over the last two million years, Lake St Clair is the deepest lake in Australia and the headwaters of the Derwent River. It is ringed by some remarkable mountain peaks which are covered in snow for much of the year. It is also the end point for those bushwalkers tackling the Overland Track which runs between Lake St Clair and Cradle Mountain. We will walk the northern and southern-most sections of the world famous Overland Track through the Tasmanian Wilderness of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, plus some of the best of Tasmania’s Great short walks of this region. We have included the iconic Cradle Mountain walks including the Face Track and Dove Lake as well as many other hikes. Ancient rainforests and alpine heaths, pine-fringed glacial lakes and icy streams that cascade down rugged mountains make the walks at Cradle even more special.
Immerse yourself in the splendid isolation of Tasmania on the Bay of Fires walk, famous for crystal-clear waters, pristine white beaches and orange lichen-covered granite boulders. Explore the 38-km long Freycinet Promontory, a wild pristine coastline with beautiful beaches, clear blue seas and ancient forests scattered with rare wildflowers. Take a boat trip to a secluded beach away from the crowds to climb Mount Freycinet where you’ll witness unobscured, unprecedented views back across the Freycinet Peninsula and over Wineglass Bay. Overlook Wineglass Bay and its perfect arc of blond sand and ice-blue water.
Walk among Tasmania’s Tarkine wilderness, the largest tract of unbroken cool-temperate rainforest remaining in the Southern Hemisphere. This 65-million-year-old forest houses hidden gems and ancient relics including tree species that exist elsewhere only as fossils. We have designed the Tarkine Wilderness walks in order to unlock the beauty of the region that includes mountains, wild rivers, the sublime coastline with its ferocious oceans and iconic open plains. A real highlight of the trip is the boat journey down the Pieman River and then the walk out along the coast. As part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is renowned for its glacier-sculpted mountain peaks, river gorges and icy streams cascading down rugged mountains, glacial lakes, tarns and tracts of wild alpine moorland. We get up close and personal to Cradle Mountain by walking a part of the iconic Overland Track, the Cradle Mountain Face Track and Dove Lake.
A visit to the remote and mostly uninhabited Flinders Island is like stepping back in time. The pace of life here is slower, the locals friendlier, and the air, perhaps the cleanest in the world. Imagine the Bay of Fires meets Wilsons Promontory, and it’s no wonder this was all part of the same mountain range when Tasmania was still joined to the mainland. The Flinders Island walks are so impressive and so breathtakingly gorgeous it’s a wonder that this place remains so unknown. There are rocky coastlines to explore, interspersed with beautiful sandy beaches. There are serene river estuaries and picturesque inlets. And there’s an opportunity to climb the highest peak on the island Mt Strzelecki as well as several smaller peaks. Wildlife abounds too; numerous wallabies (far too many for the locals!), huge Cape Barren geese, wild peacocks, pheasants, birds of prey and large numbers of seabirds roam unfettered all over the island. Walking amidst the peace and tranquillity on this un-spoilt island paradise offers a wonderful panacea to the stresses and strains of modern-day life. We take care of every last detail so you can relax and fully experience this fantastic place on foot.
This is literally a walker’s paradise, with mountains, forests, and incredible beaches at every turn. To put it simply, the diversity of walking here is astonishing. A visit to the remote and mostly uninhabited Flinders Island is like stepping back in time. The pace of life here is slower, the locals friendlier, and the air, perhaps the cleanest in the world. The walking here is so impressive and so breathtakingly gorgeous it’s a wonder that this place remains so unknown. Imagine the Bay of Fires meets Wilsons Promontory on steroids, and it’s no wonder this was all part of the same mountain range when Tasmania was still joined to the mainland. Mt Strzelecki is the tallest mountain in this mountain range and definitely the most striking. Wildlife abounds with wallabies, Cape Barren geese, wild peacocks, pheasants, various birds of prey and large numbers of seabirds all calling this place home. One evening we will cruise over to the Short Tailed Shearwater birds feeding grounds, which are three small island off Flinders Island, and watch the clouds of birds swoop in to feed their young.
The Tasman Peninsula is famous for the Three Capes Track walk and its’ dramatic coastline of sea caves and towering sea stacks, the highest vertical sea cliffs in Australia. We get to wander over the 180 million-year-old dolerite columns and a lot more as we explore on foot the Tasman Peninsula National Park. There’s great variety on this Three Capes hike, as the track winds in and out of heathland, dry woodland and striking sections of rainforest. The wildflowers add extra colour with bursts of yellow, white and pink along the track. The turquoise waters and white sandy beach of Fortescue Bay, Waterfall Bay and the unique rock formations are stunning bookends to this 4-day walking adventure. Travelling only at the optimum time to walk the Three Capes Track, autumn and spring coincide with the ideal time to get up close to the migrating whales, something we may experience on our ocean nature tour. The water is absolutely ripe for wildlife-spotting; albatross, sea eagles, diving gannets, cliff-nesting cormorants and peregrine falcons all populate the area.