Tasmania

The island state of Tasmania is well known to walkers. It provides some of the longest and most challenging walks in Australia. Glaciated features dominate much of the landscape. There are also many short walks. A permit system for many areas is under consideration.

Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair: A glaciated landscape with lakes, cliffs, peaks and plains providing grand scenery. The major feature is the famous Overland Track which is a five-day walk on constructed tracks. There are also many good one-day walks and overnight walks on lesser-used tracks. Summer is the best period to visit and experienced walkers can be found here all year round. In winter, ski touring is often possible at Cradle Mountain and Mt Rufus.

Central Plateau: The area to the east of Cradle Mountain is an elevated nearly-flat plateau covered with low vegetation. The Walls of Jerusalem is the most popular feature and has good tracks for one-day walks. The remainder of the plateau is an essentially trackless region which you can walk across in most directions. A good area for overnight trackless walks. Summer is the main walking period. In winter ski touring is sometimes reasonable after recent snowfalls.

South West: Rugged, glaciated scenery surrounded by flat plains and dense scrub. Most of the area is a huge wilderness park. The South Coast, Port Davey and Arthur Plains Track form a horseshoe-shaped walking track. This is the only track in the area. Walking any part of these tracks is fairly easy in good weather, but can be very challenging in the severe weather which can occur in the area in any season. Off the track, the walks become harder and popular destinations are Federation Peak, Mt Anne, the Western Arthurs, South West Cape and Precipitious Bluff. Summer is the best period for a visit but even then storms and snowfalls are common on the peaks. Winter snow cover is spasmodic and it is not a suitable ski touring area.

Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers: Another huge wilderness park located between the South West and Cradle Mountain parks and with similar scenery. There is only one marked track—the three-day walk to Frenchmans Cap. The Denison Range, the King William Range and the Prince of Wales Range are all tougher off-track trips, ranging from several days to several weeks.

Mt Field: An elevated plateau near the centre of the island. A good track system provides many good one-day walks and some easy overnight walking. Summer is the best walking season. Snow covers the range in winter and ski touring is often reasonable.

Hobart: Mt Wellington towers over the city. The mountain and the plateau behind provide many one-day walks and some good overnight walks. Suitable for walking for most of the year except winter. Good snow cover is rare in winter and it is not a reliable ski touring area.

Tasman Peninsula: Spectacular coastal cliffs near Port Arthur. A track system exists to most features. There are many one-day walks and an excellent three-day walk to all the main features. Suitable for year-round walking.

Ben Lomond: A high plateau in the north east. The rocky landscape provides rough summer walking. In winter, there is good ski touring when there is sufficient snow cover.

East Coast: Maria Island, Freycinet Peninsula and Douglas-Apsley are the three major parks. They all have marked track systems and provide good one- to three-day walks. The area is suitable for year-round walking as the climate is much drier than the rest of the state.

North Coast: Mt William, Asbestos Range and Rocky Cape are three smaller parks with one-day walks. Good for year-round walking.