Tasmania is a wonderful place. For visitors attracted to the outdoors, especially bushwalkers and hikers, Tasmania is the ultimate destination in Australia. Over 2000 Kilometres of walking tracks are covering a very diverse and beautiful landscape. You can chose from a huge variety of tracks covering everything from 8 minutes or 8 hours to 8 days. The beautiful landscape, abundant wildlife, the mountains, beaches and the many National Parks are the perfect ingredients for people who like to go hiking and enjoy mother nature. So if you have planned to visit Tasmania, don’t forget to bring your hiking boots, a daypack with some snacks and a camera with enough memory.
Cradle Mountain National Park – Hiking in Tasmania at its best
We have spent six weeks on Tasmania, the island that is a state of Australia. What we wanted to do is hiking in Tasmania. In six weeks we have seen a lot of this beautiful Australian state but we could easily spend even more time to explore more of this beautiful state. Tasmania is quite mountainous and the landscape reminded us sometimes a bit of New Zealand or even our home country Switzerland. We have not brought the equipment for multi-day walks, so we concentrated on day walks only. For hikers that bring the right equipment, there are also many possibilities for longer tracks like the Overland Track or the South Coast Track.
In the visitor centres of Tasmania you can get a booklet that is called “60 Great Short Walks Tasmania”. The perfect brochure for hikers. We found that booklet very handy and it helped us to decide which places and National Parks we’d like to visit. The booklet contains, as the name already tells, a selection of 60 Great Shorter Walks. Whether you are looking for a gentle stroll along a beach or a physical challenge; a seaside ramble or a mountain vista; a long day’s outing or just a short wander, 60 Great Short Walks has plenty for you to discover. The walks are located throughout Tasmania and they are covering a diverse variety of environments.
On the 60 Great Short Walks you will see alpine places, waterfalls, mountains, forests, glacial lakes, beaches, tall trees, seascapes, historic sites, islands, wildlife and much more. If you will do all the 60 Great Walks, you will cover around 300 Kilometres and you will have spent a substantial amount of time out in the nature. You will have burned quite some calories and you will have experienced some different weather.
We have done almost half of the 60 Great Short Walks and covered about 150 Kilometres in the six weeks we spent on Tasmania. We have walked along some beautiful beaches with crystal clear water. We have had beautiful weather with the sun burning down on our heads. On other days, we have climbed mountain peaks like Cradle Mountain in alpine environments over 1500 Metres. We also have experienced very cold weather with clouds and rain and where happy, that we have packed this extra jumper and a raincoat. It’s important, that you take dramatic weather changes into account and be prepared. One minute you need sun protection and the other minute a raincoat comes handy. The 60 Great Short Walks booklet also helps you with recommendations of items you should bring along a walk, the grade of the track, some hazards and other useful information.
A lot of the walks are in National Parks and for entering some of these National parks you need to buy a permit. If you plan on spending a few days in the National Parks in Tasmania, then we can highly recommend you to buy the Tasmanian National Parks Pass that is valid for 8 weeks. The Holiday Vehicle Parks Pass for 8 weeks costs 60 AUD and is valid for one vehicle with up to 8 visitors in all the National Parks across Tasmania. A single day pass to Cradle Mountain National Park for example already costs 24 AUD, so do the math. If you have no car, then the Backpacker Parks Pass is a even cheaper alternative and costs 30 AUD. This pass is valid for one person and gives you access for up to 8 weeks in all the National Parks across Tasmania. It covers walkers, cyclists and motorcyclists.
The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service manages nearly 800 reserves covering over 2.8 million hectares, or over 40% of the area of the State of Tasmania. Imagine the possibilities you have to explore the beautiful wilderness of Tasmania. We can highly recomend the walks in the Cradle Mountain National Park, the walk to the Cape Hauy in the Tasman National Park and the walk to the Wineglass Bay and the Hazards Beach in the Freycinet National Park.