Tasmania is an archipelago located south of Melbourne. The main island is Tasmania. It’s a perfect place for nature lovers! There are a lot of hikes or simple walks to do.
It is the only island state and also the smallest in Australia. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a wilderness area and is a unique destination for its preserved flora and its many endemic species including the Tasmanian devil.
We stayed there for ten days in November 2019.
More info on the hikes here: https://laglobecroqueuse.com/escape/randonnees-tasmanie/
Before you go
Here we use the Australian dollar (AUD). 1AUD = 0.62 euros in November 2019.
There is wifi in a lot of cafes and restaurants but also free wifi in the city.
You can buy phone cards with a lot of internet.
At Vodaphone, for 30AUD you have unlimited calls and messages and 30GB of internet for 30 days.
Even though it’s summer in Australia it can be very cool in Tasmania. Remember to take something warm in the evening and when hiking.
Sunscreen essential in Australia of course.
There are mosquitoes in places.
Swimsuit just in case … but it’s fresh!
I recommend that you download these applications:
– Great walks: The application of hikes in Tasmania. She will give you a list of the biggest hikes in every corner of Tasmania.
– MapsMe: The best application for up-to-date offline maps.
-Wikicamps: This application lists all camping sites (free / paid), water points, and certain 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 the petrol stations.
There is a flight from Melbourne that takes less than an hour.
The ferry leaves in the evening around 7:30 p.m. and arrives early in the morning. Details and prices on the Spirit of Tasmania website. It is a very good ferry, very modern, clean, with many amenities (WC, cabins, armchairs, reading lounge, restaurant with buffet, snack bar …).
Note: It is very cold in the reclining seats section, so remember to take a down, sweater etc … They provide a small pillow and a blanket but one more would not be luxury if you are chilly!
IMPORTANT! Do not take food with you, fruits and vegetables are prohibited!
Website: https: //www.spiritoftasmania.com.au
* Car & Motorcycles
You can hire a car / motorbike on site or bring one back from Melbourne by ferry.
Special for Campers and Campervans
You can also come with your motorhome to the main island by taking the ferry. You will not be able to access your vehicle during the journey so remember to take what you need before reaching your space.
Note: If you are shopping for your stay and tell yourself that it will cost you less than buying locally, be careful not to take fruits and vegetables because you will not be allowed to bring them to Tasmania.
Site web du ferry :https ://www.spiritoftasmania.com.au
There are many hotels on the island.
For campers and people in motorhomes there are also plenty of sites to leave your vehicle at the most touristy places in particular.
Here are the places we tested (we advise you to use the Wikicampers app):
- Bay of Fire – Swimcart Beach Campground
- Freycenet National Park - River and Rock Campground
- Triabunna – Bar's garden
- Cape Hauy
- Holiday Park de Port Arthur - Port Arthur
- Eldee Campsite – Carlton
- Land of the Giants Caravan Park – Mount Field National Park
- River Derwent – Lake St Clair
- Strahan Beach Camping (next to Kitty’s place)
- Cradle Mountain - Lake Lea & Railway Crossing Gravel Pit
- Greens Beach Caravan Park
Type of campsite: Perfect place to rest. In front of the beach. There are pitches all along. You can also go to the campsite at the beautiful Jeannet Beach next door.
WC / Shower: Only toilets, very clean.
Type of campsite: About fifteen minutes from the start of the Wineglass hike. View of the sea. The terrain is sandy so be careful where you park.
WC / Shower: Only toilets (not very clean).
Type of campsite: In the garden behind the bar next to the tourist office.
Price: Donation of the amount you want. We gave 5 AUD.
WC / Shower: Public toilets (24/7), tourist office toilets (8.30am to 5.30am) and those of the bar (until 8pm). Shower possible at the tourist office for 4 AUD (you must have 2 * 2AUD in parts).
Water: Right next to the tourist office.
Type of campsite: Campsite in the park which welcomes all types of travelers (campers / motorhomes / 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 don’t know, you have to go see the rangers when you arrive otherwise there is a terminal if you ever arrive after the office closes.
WC / Shower: Yes.
Type of campsite: A large campsite, really well equipped and super well organized. There are sites with and without electricity, bungalows, camping areas, shared rooms. The common room is very pleasant with a fireplace. The kitchen is large and well equipped. There is very good wifi, hot showers and clean toilets. There is also a mini-market and the possibility of washing your laundry by hand or in the machine; 4 AUD for the washing machine and 4 AUD for the dryer. It’s a thirty minute drive from the start of the Cape Raoul hike.
Price: AUD 33 for two people without electricity (but you can charge in the common room).
WC / Shower: Yes and very hot.
Type of campsite: In the middle of nowhere, not far from the Carlton river and lakes, Mick manages a very well-equipped campsite. The common room is warm with its old armchairs and its fireplace. There is a well-equipped kitchen. Outside there is enough to do your sport!
Price: AUD 24 for two people without electricity (but you can charge in the common room).
WC / Shower: Yes and very hot. 1 AUD every two minutes.
Water: Yes, but to drink it you have to boil it.
Type of campsite: Park campsite. It is very well laid out and there are lots of spaces. Everything is clean. You will be in the forest at the start of several hiking trails.
Price: AUD 16 for two without electricity.
WC / Shower: Yes.
Type of campsite: In nature in front of the river where large white trees drown.
How to get there: On the A10, after the Derwent Bridge and after the road which takes you to Lake St Clair. Campsite not easy to find, just in front of the river in the forest. You will have to turn into one of the entrances where the national park is indicated on the road on the river side and then get off. Beware, part of the campsite is flooded because the river overflowed, so there are not many places.
Price: Free (but you must have a national park pass).
WC / Shower: No. By cons you can shower at the visitor center between 10 am-4pm.
Good to know: If there is no more space at the campsite, you can drop your vehicle (tents prohibited) in the parking lot of the restaurant Derwent Bridge Wilderness Hotel which is really just after the road that you will have to take to go at Lac St Clair (we read that camping at the lake was really to be avoided); in return you will have to consume a drink or dinner at the restaurant. There are toilets on the other side of the road.
Type of campsite: Well-equipped campsite with two ovens, a fridge, a barbecue and electric hotplates. The pitches are very clean. Everything is functional. There is a small grocery store close by and the beach next door.
Price: 35 AUD without electricity.
WC / Shower: Yes.
Type of campsite: The campsite next to the park is overpriced! It’s just under AUD $ 60 to park your vehicle! So we looked for free campsites with the “Wikicampers” app. We found two places, one of which was very nice, but only with good weather conditions. The closest (friendliest) is on the road to Lake Lea. There is a first place where you will surely see certain vehicles but if you continue even further the road you will have a very nifty 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 ok: on the A10 towards Waratah. You will have to take a road on your right and cross the railway. It is a large stony space but little visited.
WC / Shower: No.
Type of campsite: A campsite run by two nice old pensioners. There are a few pitches with and without electricity. It’s clean and in three minutes you are on a very pretty beach.
Price: 27 AUD out of season without electricity.
WC / Shower: Yes, 1 AUD every 4 min.
Good to know: There is a washing machine (2 AUD) and a dryer (2AUD).
There are many shopping centers for shopping. One who often makes cuts is called “Coles”.
There are many producers of fruits, vegetables and dairy products on the road, do not hesitate to go and buy from them.
They produce wine and beer in Tasmania.
There are so many great things to see in Tasmania. I advise you to see depending on the length of your stay. Here I only mark what we have done.
You will need to obtain a pass to be able to go to the national parks. It costs AUD 60 per vehicle (not per person!) For 2 months or AUD 24 per vehicle for one day. If you don’t have a vehicle it’s half the price. There are also annual plans. You can buy it at tourist offices.
- From Devonport to « Bay of Fire »
- From « Bay of Fire » to Wineglass
- From Wineglass to Triabunna
- Maria island
- Triabunna to Cape Hauy
- Cape Hauy to Cape Raoul
- Cape Raoul to Carlton
- Carlton to Mount Field National Park
- Mount Field National Park to Lake St Clair
- Mont Rufus
- Lake St Clair to Strahan
- Strahan to Dove Lake (Cradle Mountain)
- Dove Lake to Greens Beach & Narawntapu National Park
What: For our first day we chose to make the northeast of the island but quickly enough, to get to the “Bay of Fire” the same evening.
Duration: All day.
Type of road: Asphalt road except towards “William National Park” and “Bay of Fire”.
–Denvoport to Launceston
Route: 1 hour.
Interest: There are parks including a pretty one in a canyon, the Cataract Gorge Reserve. There are several trails, not difficult.
-Launceston to Low Head Conservation area
Route: 45 min.
Interest: There is a nice lighthouse with a magnificent view of the bay. You can also observe penguins (there are tours but you can see alone) and other animals.
–Low Head Conservation area to Bridport
Route: 1 hour.
Interest: A small town with magnificent beaches and pink granite. Go north of the city for the beaches, it’s calm and beautiful; there are a few trails for walking.
– Bridport to Little Blue Lake
Route: 1h-2h following by where you pass because of the types of road.
Interest: A beautiful turquoise blue lake.
– Little Blue Lake to Mount Williams National Park
Route: 45 min. The road is not paved in the park.
Interest: A beautiful national park to see animals and go hiking. There is a hike to go up the mountain (allow 5 hours round trip). There is a pretty lighthouse in a beautiful bay at the tip of Eddystone.
– Mount Williams National Park to Bay of Fire
Route: 1h15min. The road is not always paved.
Interest: A splendid bay with white sandy beaches and a turquoise sea. Along the beach there is vegetation that is full of animals and beautiful pink granite rocks. The Jeanneret beach is very beautiful as well as Swimcart Beach. There is a lagoon that flows into the sea, the Sloop Lagoon. You can also go to view points towards Binalong Bay.
– Swimcart Beach to St Helens
Route: A few hours taking your time and making stops at: The Garden, Jeanneret Beach, Sloop Lagoon and Binalong Bay.
Interest: The places mentioned above to admire the bay and its different colors. In St Helens you can get water.
– St Helens to Bicheno
Route: 1h-2h with stops on beaches and viewpoints.
Interest: On the road there is a very beautiful place, the Four Mil Creek Beach. The sand is pink, there is a beautiful view of the bay and some kinds of lagoons. Bicheno has some interests like seeing penguins, the Blow Hole, and a watchtower to try to see whales. Otherwise it’s a simple little town.
– Bicheno to Friendly beaches (Freycinet National Park)
Interest: Friendly beach is a very beautiful place. White sand beach, turquoise sea, beautiful view of the bay, and pink granite. There are many animals to watch.
– Friendly beaches to Wineglass
Interest: There are surely walks to do while going to Wineglass but the point of interest and to go to make the circular hike of Wineglass which lasts 5h otherwise, a shorter walk, about 1h30min which brings you to a point of view (see special article on hiking in Tasmania).
Interest: On the road there are very beautiful beaches and bays. We stopped at Spiki beach which has two magnificent coves. Right next to it is the Spikey Bridge; it’s a very old stone bridge that is worth a look. There are other beaches on the road which in my opinion are very beautiful. We moved to Triabunna to take the ferry the next morning at 9am.
Route: Ferry times change depending on the season, so ask before you go. We were able to take one that left at 9am and returned at 5pm. You can leave during the day.
Price: 45 AUD round trip, 30min journey.
Accommodation: There is no possibility of accommodation with a motorhome but it is possible to camp if you bring your equipment and your meal (no supermarket on site!)
Interest: There are beautiful hikes and walks to do on the island. The beaches are superb and it is possible to snorkel and rent bikes. For the walks there are two that you can do easily, one that goes to a coast with a particular geology, “painted cliffs” (2h round trip) and the other that goes to a coast full of fossil, “fossil cliffs »(1h30 round trip). For the hike to the top of the mountain, “bishop and clerk”, you will need more time (3-5h round trip) because it is not easy; start there as soon as possible. More details here.
-Triabunna to Pirate Bay
Interest: There are several views of Pirate Bay which are very nice. There is a very interesting place from a geological point of view, it is the Tessellated Pavement. You will see the bay and below some sort of large tiles on the stone. Then you have the beach which is very pretty, a little further. Continuing the route you will have a circuit that will allow you to walk along the coast for 1-2 hours with different views. If you don’t want to walk you can stop at some by car, there are very beautiful landscapes. They are all listed on maps.me.
– Pirate Bay to Cape Hauy
Interest: On the road there is a zoo to see Tasmanian devils but it is quite expensive. There is also a chocolate factory which makes very good chocolate (note that it closes at 5pm).
– Cape Hauy
What: A wonderful hike that starts at Fortescue Bay. You cross a forest of eucalyptus and other plants. You will go up and down stairs all along. The cape is splendid but very windy. More details here.
Difficulty: Medium to Difficult, it all depends on whether you like the stairs because it is 80% of the minimum hike.
Duration: Between 3h and 4h.
Good to know: Fortescue beach is very beautiful.
–Cape Hauy t
Route: 1h15min – 2h.
Interest: On the road to go to Cape Raoul, there is a cave to see, it will be necessary to change direction. Its name is Remarkable cave. It is very beautiful, the coast is splendid and not far away there is a superb beach.
Interest: Do not miss the Cape Raoul hike (see below) and you can also go see the ruins of Coal Mines, 40 minutes’ drive from the Cape Raoul car park. There are several walks leaving from the sites (these are ruins so don’t expect anything super well preserved).
What: Very nice hike that starts at the end of Stormlea Road. You will cross a superb forest really rich in plants, flowers and trees. It smells great all along the way! When you get to the two viewpoints you will see huge basalt blocks overlooking the sea. It is impressive. Look down, you will see sea lions! More details here.
Difficulty: Medium. You will go up a little gently then descend for an 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 the possibility of extending to see a bay.
-Carlton to Hobart
Interest: Visit the city of Hobart even if there is not really much interesting. The botanical garden is very beautiful and very pleasant. The city center is too boring to park. There is a beautiful cathedral, the Salamanca area is also pretty (artists’ corner with art galleries). There are quite a few nice restaurants and cafes.
-Hobart to Mount Field National Park through Bringhton
Route: 1h30min approximately.
Interest: The stop in Brighton is to see the “Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary”. This is a place where volunteers keep iconic Tasmanian animals (like the famous devil “they saved from death, and when they’re ready, they’ll release them. Entrance costs 41 AUD and is used to help the foundation which receives no government aid.
Interest: Mount Field National Park is a beautiful park in the middle of the forest. There are lots of hikes ranging from 20min to 9h. Some are very easy and allow you to see some of Australia’s oldest and tallest trees.
Lake St Clair is the starting point for the Mount Rufus hike (see next tab) and the Oberland Track.
Starting point: The visitor center at Lake St Clair
What: From the visitor center you will reach the top of Mont Rufus in a few hours (less than 3 hours). You will cross a very pretty green forest. Then, after admiring 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 various plants and shrubs. You will then enter the forest of Merlin the Enchanter, it is magnificent! The landscapes will change over the next few hours until you reach the visitor center.
Difficulty: Medium. There is nothing very difficult.
Duration: 5-7h, it all depends on your pace.
Good to know: There is a great 5-7 day hike starting here, the Oberland Track. It takes you to Craddle.
Interests: On the road you can see several waterfalls. First there will be Nelson Falls (20 min round trip); it is very pretty, upstairs, and the path is accessible to all. Then you will have views of a large waterfall, just before arriving in Queenstown. It will be on your left. The third waterfall to see is Hogarth Falls in Strahan. There is a pretty walk in the forest of less than an hour round trip. The waterfall is less beautiful than the Nelson but it is a pretty flat walk.
Trip: 2 hours.
Interests: Stop at the Henty Dunes on the B27. There is a small parking lot and a path that will take you into the dunes. It is a beautiful landscape and will change you a little bit of the mountain! Then continue to Cradle Mountain National Park at Dove Lake for hiking.
Good to know: You will not be able to circulate in the park with your vehicle. You will need to park it at the visitor center. Once there, on presentation of your pass for the parks only, you will be given a bus ticket valid for 24 hours or several days. You will need to take the bus to get to the different places in the park. Ask for a map with the different hikes and bus stops involved.
Weather Point: We had snow, rain and strong gusts of wind. We had to extend our stay due to bad weather to give us a chance to see the Cradle. At night we were really too cold. Do not neglect your equipment and be careful because you can really have all the weather conditions in the same day.
-Depuis le « Interpretation center » parking
Quoi :Il y a plusieurs randonnées qui partent dans la forêt. Certaines dures quelques miutes et d’autres plusieurs heures. Nous avons fait toutes les plus courtes (Rainforest walk & Enchanted walk & King Billy Walk & Knyvet Fall). Elles sont toutes très belles car la forêt est magnifique. Vous verrez plein de plantes colorées et des arbres recouverts de mousse.
– Marions Lookout via Crater Lake
Quoi : A défaut de pouvoir faire le sommet du Cradle (très mauvais temps) nous avons opté pour le lookout. La vue est magnifique par temps dégagé. Ce n’est pas une randonnée évidente, surtout si le temps n’est pas top.
Difficulté : Moyenne. Le plus difficile sera les grosses rafales de vent et de ne pas tomber sur les roches mouillées et trempées ainsi que sur la neige (ne partez pas sous-équipés !).
Durée : Un peu moins de 3h.
Route: 2h35min – 3h.
Interest: We stopped at Green Beach for the night. It’s a place for retirees! But the beach is pretty. The next day we went to the Platypus House at Beauty Point because we couldn’t see platypuses (AUD 25.5 per adult). After that we went for a hike to Narawntapu National Park:
What: The first Tasmanian national park to have an Aboriginal name. It is opposite a beautiful beach. There are a lot of kangaroos and wallabies. We hiked up Archers Knob. You will walk on sand for a while then on some pebbles during the climb. The view of the bay is magnificent at the top of the mountain. You will be able to 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 up with the trail from the start).
Difficulty: Easy (medium for the climb to Archers Knob).
Duration: 2-3 hours, it all depends on your pace.
Good to know: There is a campsite on site.