When-Where-Why?

Tasmania is an archipelago south of Melbourne. The main island is the island of Tasmania. It’s a perfect place for nature lovers! There is a lot of hiking or simple walks to do.

It is the only island state and also the smallest in Australia. It is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as a wilderness area and is a unique destination for its unspoiled flora, and its many endemic species including the Tasmanian Devil.

We stayed there for ten days in November 2019.

In this article I will give you details on some hikes (not all); only those we have made. For more information on our trip to Tasmania, see this article: https://laglobecroqueuse.com/escape/tasmanie/

There are tons of possibilities for hiking, some can go from a few hours to a few days. There are some for sportsmen and less sportsmen.

Before going there, think about these things:

Before you go

I recommend you download these applications:

– Great walks: The application of hiking in Tasmania. She will give you the list of the biggest hikes in every corner of Tasmania.

– MapsMe: The best app to have offline maps up to date.

-Wikicamps: This app lists all campsites (free / paid), water points, and some places of interest. It works offline.

– Camper Mate: This application gives you access to campsites but it does not work offline.

-FuelMapsAustralia: This application lists all gas stations.

Be prepared for all weather, especially if you are camping.

Here is a small list of things to remember:

– hat & gloves

– windbreaker & rain coat

– fleece or sweater & down jacket & under-sweater (make diapers wholesale)

– good shoes & socks

– swimsuit & towels

– gourd

National Park Pass

You will need to get a pass to go to the national parks. It costs $ 60 per vehicle (not per person!) For 2 months or $ 24 per vehicle for a day. If you do not have a car it’s half as cheap. There are annual packages too. It is possible to buy it in tourist offices.

Hikes

Wineglass

What: There are several hikes in the park Freycenet. We have chosen to make the loop that leaves the parking lot first passing Hazard Beach then Isthmus Track, which goes through Wineglass Bay, and ends at the parking with a stop at the point of view on Wineglass Bay. The beaches are very beautiful. If you are not chilly, take your jerseys!

Difficulty: The part that joins the parking towards the point of view goes up well and there are stairs for a moment. Coming from Wineglass Bay it is also a climb but with only stairs (good for thighs!). Otherwise, the rest of the ride is easy.

Duration: On the panels it is written 5h round trip. We took 3h30min round trip with photo breaks and bird watching.

What: You take the road to leave the site and on your right you will have a road that will take you to a nice lighthouse. There is a breathtaking view of the bay and Friendly Beaches. If you have a little time do not miss this stop because the view is really beautiful.

Difficulty: Easy. There is even access for the disabled.

Duration: 20min.

– Good to know: You can take drinking water at sanitary level.

– Accommodation: There are lodges and campsites not far from the hiking site. You have to pay at the tourist office before it closes (or maybe on the internet). Alternatively, you can find a free camping 15min drive / van: the River and Rock Campground.

Type of campsite: About fifteen minutes from the start of the Wineglass hike. The sea is sandy so be careful where you park.

Price: Free.

WC / Shower: Only toilet (not very clean). Ask about the tourist office, I was told that there were showers not far.

Water: No There is enough to fill his gourds at the beginning of the hike. To have water for the vans, there is a tap at Honeymoon Beach.

Maria Island

Maria island is a beautiful island 30 minutes from Triabunna. You can spend the day or several days there.

How to get there: By ferry from the port of Triabunna. Ferry schedules change depending on the season, so check before you leave. We were able to pick one that left at 9am and came back at 5pm. You can leave the day.

Price: AUD $ 45 return, 30min trip. You will also need the pass for national parks.

What: Beautiful geological formations next to the beach. You will also cross a white sand beach, and will see lots of ruins.

How: From Darlington Harbor, head towards the village and continue to Hopground Beach. You can walk on the sand at low tide otherwise there is a trail behind.

Difficulty: Easy.

Duration: 2 hours round trip.

Tip: Go at low tide.

What: Very nice hike that will give you a breathtaking view of the bay and the mountains.

Difficulty: Medium to difficult. You go on a mountain so it goes up. The trail is steep in places. You will go through a forest and then you will have a big climb on pebbles before reaching the big stones of the end. Some are quite tall.

Duration: From Darlington Harbor, we took a 3h30min round trip approximately but the signs indicate up to 5h round trip.

Tip: Take the first ferry and start the hike directly upon arrival. You will have more time if you are on the island by the day and in addition you will see lots of animals.

What: Do you want to see fossils of shells? It is the place ! They are millions of years old and are encrusted in the rock. The site is pretty because it faces the bay.

How: When you are at the port you have two options, turn right and turn left. On the right it will be longer.

Difficulty: Easy.

Duration: 1-2 hours round trip.

– Accommodation in Maria Island:

There is a lodge and a campsite. For fares check at the tourist office. For camping you will have to bring your food because there is nothing to buy food.

– Accommodation in Triabunna:

Type of campsite: In the garden behind the bar next to the tourist office.

Price: Donation of the amount that we wish. We gave 5 AUD.

WC / Shower: Public toilet (24/7), toilets of the tourist office (8.30am to 5.30am) and those of the bar (up to 8pm). Shower possible at the tourist office for 4 AUD (must be 2 * 2AUD in pieces).

Water: Right next to the tourist office.

Cape Hauy

What: A beautiful hike that starts in Fortescue Bay. You cross a forest of eucalyptus and other plants. You will go up and down stairs all along. The cape is beautiful but very windy.

Difficulty: Medium to Difficult, everything depends on if you like the stairs because it is 80% of the minimum hike.

Duration: Between 3h and 4h.

Good to know: The beach of Fortescue is very beautiful.

Type of camping: Camping park that welcomes all types of travelers (campers / campers / campervans). There is a place facing the bay and another place closer to the starting point of the hike (we went to the campsite near Cape Raoul after the hike).

Price: I do not know, you must go see the rangers arriving otherwise there is a terminal if you ever arrive after closing the office.

WC / Shower: Yes.

Water: Yes.

Cape Raoul

What: Very nice hike from the end of Stormlea Road. You will cross a beautiful forest really rich in plants, flowers and trees. It smells great all along the way! When you arrive at both points of view you will see huge basalt blocks overlooking the sea. This is impressive. Look down, you will see sea lions!

Difficulty: Medium. You will climb a little gently and then descend for a good hour until you reach the flat area on the cape. The return will be muscular! There is a portion with steps.

Duration: 3-5h round trip with possibility to extend to go see a bay.

Holiday Park Port Arthur

Type of campsite: A big campsite really well equipped and super well organized. There are sites with and without electricity, bungalows, camping areas, shared rooms. The common room is nice with a fireplace. The kitchen is large and well equipped. There is a very good wifi, hot showers and clean toilets. There is also a mini-market and possibility to wash your laundry by hand or machine; 4 AUD washing machine and 4 AUD tumble dryer. It’s a thirty-minute drive from the start of the Cape Raoul hike.

Price: 33 AUD for two people without electricity (but can be charged in the common room).

WC / Shower: Yes and hot.

Water: Yes.

Mount Field National Park

What: A kind of loop from the visitor center that will take you to see very beautiful waterfalls. You will pass through a sumptuous forest where you can admire some of the tallest and oldest trees in Australia.

Difficulty: Easy.

Duration: Less than two hours.

What: A kind of loop but you can really do what you want, there are many different paths and paths that go to the same places. You will pass near Bodson Lake, then climb the heights along the road to reach a beautiful view of lakes and a large river. You will descend by another path that will take you through a beautiful forest along the shore of Lake Dobson, before returning to the parking.

Difficulty: Easy – Medium (because of the climb).

Duration: Three hours taking his time.

Good to know: There are many birds including cockatoo so look good! You can also see platypus!

Land of the Giants Caravan Park

Type of campsite: Camping du park. It is very well laid out and there are lots of spaces. Everything is clean. You will be in the forest from several hiking trails.

Price: AUD 16 for two without electricity.

WC / Shower: Yes.

Water: Yes.

Lake St Clair & Mont Rufus

What: From the visitor center you will go in a few hours (less than 3 hours) to the top of Mount Rufus. You will cross a beautiful green forest. Then, after having admired the superb panorama, you will descend by the path that goes to the right. It descends gently for a long time and you will walk on wooden planks as you cross a new landscape rich in plants and shrubs. You will then enter the forest of Merlin the Enchanter, she is beautiful! The landscapes will change during the next hours until arriving at the visitor center.

Difficulty: Medium. There is nothing very difficult. The most boring thing will be walking on a lot of pebbles (in wet weather, mud).

Duration: 5-7h, 19km; it all depends on your pace.

Good to know: If you are fed up or have bad weather, you can shorten this hike by turning back and going through Cynthia Bay (5h). There is a 5-7 day long hike from here, the Oberland Track. He leads you to the Craddle. There are also other shorter hikes than this, check with the rangers.

Important: It can snow at any time (we had rain and snow) and there is very cold wind at the top, so do not leave without covering yourself well.

River Derwent

Type of campground: In the nature in front of the river where large white trees are drowning.

How to get there: On the A10, after the Derwent Bridge and after the road that leads to Lake St Clair. Camping not easy to find, right in front of the river in the forest. It will turn in one of the entrances where is indicated the national park on the river side road then down. Beware, part of the campsite is flooded because the river has overflowed, so there are not many places. Price: Free (but you must have the national parks pass).

WC / Shower: No. You can shower at the visitor center! It’s free from 10am to 4pm.

Water: No

Good to know: If there is no more room at the campsite, you can go and put your vehicle (prohibited tents) on the parking of the restaurant Derwent Bridge Wilderness Hotel which is really just after the road you will have to take to go at Lake St Clair (we read that the lake campsite was really to be avoided); in return you will have to consume a drink or dine at the restaurant. There are toilets on the other side of the road.

Dove Lake & Cradle Mountain

Good to know: You will not be able to drive in the park with your vehicle. You will have to park it at the visitor center. Once there, on presentation of your pass for parks only, you will be given a bus ticket valid for 24 or more days. You will have to take the bus to get to the different places of the park. Ask for a map with the different hikes and bus stops.

Weather Point: We had snow, rain and heavy gusts of wind. We had to extend our stay because of bad weather to give us a chance to see the Cradle. At night we got really cold. Do not neglect your equipment and be careful because you can really have all the weather conditions in the same day.

What: There are several hikes that leave in the forest. Some hard a few minutes and others several hours. We did all the shorter ones (Rainforest Walk & Enchanted Walk & King Billy Walk & Knyvet Fall). They are all very beautiful because the forest is beautiful. You will see plenty of colorful plants and trees covered with moss.

Difficulty: Easy.

Duration: Between 10min and 1h. The times on the map were really too long compared to what we did.

What: Failing to be able to make the summit of Cradle (very bad weather) we opted for the lookout. The view is beautiful in clear weather. You will start from the “Dove Lake” car park. From there you will have a beautiful view of the lake and the mountains if it is clear (you can go around the lake in about 3 hours). You will then take a path that begins to climb gently on your right. You will have nice views all along and walk along the Wombat Pool. Then the path will climb a little more and you will have more pebbles and steps. You may be walking on water (melting snow). You will reach the crater and be amazed by the view! You will also have a beautiful view of the valley on the other side. Then it gets bored with the climb to the lookout, especially if you have wind. You will have big stones, big puddles and sometimes it will be a little steep; but nothing insurmountable unless you do not have good shoes! We had snow on the way and the lookout. The view from above is beautiful!

Difficulty: Medium. The most difficult will be the big bursts of wind and not to fall on the wet and wet rocks and on the snow (do not go under-equipped!).

Duration: A little less than 3 hours.

Lake Lea & Railway Crossing Gravel Pit

Type of campsite: The campsite next to the park is overpriced! It’s a little under $ 60 to park your car! So we searched for free campsites with the application “Wikicampers”. We found two places of which one very nice but only with good weather conditions. The closest (the friendliest) is on the road to Lake Lea. There is a first place where you will surely see some vehicles but if you continue even further the road you will have a very nice space with a great view and you will certainly be alone with the wallabys! The other place, the Railway Crossing Gravel Pit, is further but it is correct: on the A10 towards Waratah. You will have to take a road on your right and cross the railway. It is a big stony space but little used.

WC / Shower: No.

Water: No

Narawntapu National Park

What: Tasmania’s first national park to bear an aboriginal name. It is in front of a beautiful beach. There are a lot of kangaroos and wallabies. We hiked to the top of the Knob Archers. You will walk on sand a moment then on some pebbles during the climb. The view of the bay is beautiful at the top of the mountain. You will see 360 ​​degrees at the top. For the return you can take the same path or go through the beach. There are two exits once on the beach (if you go out at number 1 you will catch the trail from the beginning).

Difficulty: Easy (average for the climb to Archers Knob).

Duration: 2-3h, depending on your pace.

There is a campsite on site but we stayed at Greens Beach, the Greens Beach Caravan Park.

Type of campsite: A campsite run by two old friendly pensioners. There are some pitches with and without electricity. It’s clean and in three minutes you are on a very nice beach.

Price: 27 AUD off season without electricity.

WC / Shower: Yes, 1 AUD 4min.

Water: Yes.

Good to know: There is a washing machine (2 AUD) and a tumble dryer (2AUD).

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