Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service
Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service
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7 unforgettable walks in Tasmania

Alice Hansen
Tasmania and walking go together like one foot in front of the other. Whether it’s a quiet little stroll through tranquil forests or challenging full-pack treks that last for days, with over 2800kms of trails, there’s a walk in every direction.

1. Flinders Island Walking Tour

Flinders Island is a well-kept walking secret. Seek it out and you’ll be treated to crowd-free beaches and turquoise waters, sharply contrasted by Mt Strzelecki’s jagged peaks. Uncover abundant wildlife, wildflowers and strands of old growth forests. Trek Tasmania’s wilderness guides offer a 6 day (60km) walk around the island Knowledgeable guides double as your cooks, sourcing lots of local produce so every meal is one to look forward to between island views.

A man standing on a rock overlooking the beach at Flinders Island
Stu Gibson
Stunning coastline of Flinders Island

2. Three Capes walk

Three Capes has already built a stellar international reputation and won multiple awards for its dramatic scenery, unforgettable storytelling and brilliant environmentally sympathetic design. Begin your journey from Port Arthur with an eco-cruise taking in coves, ancient cliffs and ocean wildlife. Then it is just you, a pack, and 3-4 days (48kms) of breathtaking, untouched south-eastern Tasmanian wilderness. With overnight cabins provided and a comprehensive Encounters on the Edge guidebook to light your way, all you need are clothes, supplies and an adventurous spirit. With only 48 walkers per day allowed on the track, booking in advance is essential.

A person sitting on rocks with with a coastline and and island in the background
Ben Hansen
Tasman Island from the Three Capes Track

3. 60 Great Short Walks

Not all walks need to be a trek, so if you’re after an easier stroll Parks and Wildlife Services have 60 Short Walks available through an easy -to-use app that takes in every corner of the island. Lasting between 20 minutes and 2 hours these walks take in some of Tasmania’s most iconic scenery, including kunanyi/Mt Wellington’s Organ Pipes, Lake St Clair and Wineglass Bay. For the more adventurous there are also plenty of walks off the beaten path taking in peaceful forests, tumbling waterfalls, raging rivers and serene lakes. No matter where you are travelling to, there’s bound to be a short walk nearby that’s just right for you.

An aerial photo of Dove Lake showing walking tracks that circumnavigate the lake at the bast of Cradle Mountain
Jason Charles Hill
Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain

4. Great Walks of Tasmania

Looking for an expertly guided walking tour with unique accommodation and a feast of the finest Tasmanian food and wine along the way? Be spoilt for choice on our 8 Great Walks, each unique in their own way. Drink in pristine coastlines on the Bay of Fires Lodge or Freycinet Experience Walks, or breathe the pure sea air of the South Coast Track. If altitude is more your style, there is Cradle Mountain Huts Walk or the Walls of Jerusalem Experience, and the Tarkine Rainforest Walk will take you to a silent and eerie ancient forest where time stands still. Or discover your own island treasures on the Maria Island Walk or Bruny Island Long Weekend. With walks to suit every fitness level, the hardest thing is which one to pick.

A group of walkers on an island beach
Joe Shemesh
Maria Island Walk

5. The Overland Track

The iconic Overland Track situated in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park will lead you through glacially carved valleys, thick rainforests, buttongrass moorlands and alpine meadows from Cradle Valley to Lake St Clair. Taking roughly 6 days, this walk isn’t for the faint-hearted and is recommended for well-prepared walkers, with good fitness levels and a proper understanding of remote alpine walking and camping. If you are up for the challenge the Parks and Wildlife Service website has further information on this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

A wooden walking track heading towards a pointed mountain in the Tasmanian wilderness
Emilie Ristevski
Barn Bluff, Overland Track

6. wukalina Walk

The 4 day (26km) wukalina Walk explores Tasmania’s north-east coastline, featuring the Bay of Fires’ ribbons of sand punctuated by huge orange lichen-covered boulders. The walk has an important story to tell dating back 40,000 years when Tasmania was connected to mainland Australia. Learn the culture of the palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal). Attend a traditional smoking ceremony, eat local palawa foods and listen to Dreamtime stories. At night tuck yourself up in contemporary dome huts and a lighthouse keeper’s cottage.

outdoor wood hut tasmanian aboriginal walk experience
Rob Burnett
Sleep under the stars on the wukalina walk

7. Wineglass Bay Sail and Walk

Ever finished a bushwalk and had a linen-topped table waiting with oysters and Tasmanian sparkling? Dinner on day two of the Wineglass Bay Sail and Walk is barefoot and on the beach at Schouten Island. Explore the east coast travelling by yacht from one stunning walking destination to another. Explore beaches and mountains, kayak, snorkel and swim, or stay on board the Lady Eugenie and relax. The trip takes in the Freycinet Peninsula and Maria Island, with the option of 6 days, including the Tasman Peninsula. Walking has never been so luxurious.

A yacht sailing up the east coast of Tasmania
Courtesy of Tasmanian Walking Company
Sail to islands and secluded beaches

Before walking in Tasmania be prepared for changing weather conditions and stay informed of any road or track closures by visiting the Parks & Wildlife Service website and Facebook page.

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