Stop for a moment. Drop the backpack. Take a deep breath and look around. Beneath that big sky there’s nothing but you, fresh air, and a wild, uniquely Tasmanian landscape.
Call it bushwalking, hiking, trekking or tramping – regardless, one of the best ways to connect with these ancient landscapes and fascinating flora and fauna is on foot.
The island’s environmental diversity is remarkable, from alpine wilderness to rare temperate rainforest, rugged coastlines flanked by sea cliffs to buttongrass plains. These landscapes can be explored on more than 2800 kilometres of managed walking tracks comprising some 880 separate walks in national parks, reserves and conservation areas across Tasmania. Choose your adventure: a quick and easy coastal stroll or a multi-day alpine adventure; a DIY independent trip or a guided pack-free experience.
Expect sightings of some of the island’s most intriguing creatures. Among the most prominent are platypus and echidnas (egg-laying mammals, called monotremes) and marsupials including wombats, wallabies, quolls, and the endangered (and elusive) Tasmanian devil.
While many trailheads are within easy reach of the island’s gateways and major centres, it’s easy to feel a million miles from anywhere.
60 Great Short Walks
For those who prefer to keep a walk to within a day (or even under 20 minutes), Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks cover diverse terrain and scenery right across the state.
Some of Tasmania’s best short walks include the Dove Lake Circuit at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park (2-3 hours), Wineglass Bay Lookout at Freycinet National Park (60-90 minutes), and Hartz Peak in Hartz Mountains National Park (3-5 hours). Tracks range from short and gentle to challenging full-day walks.
Tasmania has a reputation as a world-class bushwalking destination for good reason. Its multi-day walks allow for total immersion in remarkable wild landscapes.
Some of the most popular walks are in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, including the 65-kilometre Overland Track, 85-kilometre South Coast Track, 46-kilometre Frenchmans Cap Track and routes in Walls of Jerusalem National Park. On the east coast, trek the 30-kilometre Freycinet Peninsula Circuit, or traverse Maria Island. Walk independently or join a guided experience.
The Great Walks of Tasmania is a collection of eight outstanding guided walks that showcase over 300 of the most beautiful kilometres on the island with guides who make walking an experience to remember.
Tasmania is also home to five of the 12 Great Walks of Australia. Guests can explore the wilderness with local guides, enjoy fresh produce and wine, and stay in luxury tented camps and lodges along the way.
Tasmania's newest walks
The 48-kilometre Three Capes Track traces Australia's highest sea cliffs in Tasman National Park. It features environmentally sensitive cabins to rest in comfort each night, host rangers on-site and some of the most impressive views in Tasmania’s south-east.
Located in the island’s north east, the wukalina walk is a four-day Aboriginal-owned and operated guided walk in the larapuna/Bay of Fires and wukalina/Mount William areas. This immersive cultural experience gives insight into palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) culture and history, and is the first major indigenous experience of its type in Tasmania.