It's simple but I really do love the various tracks on Mt Wellington. There is a high chance that you might be staying somewhere close to the city so it's great for something to do if you're in the city for a day.
There are a range of tracks going up the front of the mountain, in a range of difficulties, but the exciting ones get half way or all the way up and then head over the back. You can spend numerous days just wandering around them, and they have some pretty awesome end points.
Added bonus of having Hobart so close, or the Fern Tree tavern, for a quality pint afterwards as well! almost 12 years ago
Ahh forgot to mention Walls of Jerusalem, this is really beautiful, like being in another world! and less populated than the Overland Track. It is a steep climb up the hill but once on the top its all worth while. Lots of little waterholes, pencil pines and all things beautiful and ancient. Also where they filmed the backdrop for BBC's ''Walking with Dinosaurs''. Truely spectacular! almost 12 years ago
Best kept bushwalking 'secret': Lake Rhona. The only problem is there aren't any toilet facilities there, and there is only so much room around the only campsites . . . so the chances of stumbling upon something unwanted are a little high. A beautiful lake with a quartz beach surrounded by a few impressive peaks.
Three day walk:
Day 1: drive (maybe 3 hrs from Hobart?) medium 6 hour walk in (the last 45 minutes is a killer uphill slog)
Day 2: Circuit around the peaks surrounding the lake (if you want that is)
Day 3: out almost 12 years agoAnswered by richard maddock via Travellr.com
It all depends upon what you are looking for. Tasmania bushwalking heaven and so it depends upon your definition of 'top'. Here's a few recommendations...
- Hartz Peak (easy-medium) - a relatively accessible way to get away from it all.
- Wellington Park - Mt Wellington is riddled with myriads of trails for a quick day walk whenever you feel the urge.
- Overland Track (including Cradle Mt) - the most famous multiday walk in Tassie. With adequate fitness you could walk it in 3 days in summer, but budget at least 5 days to give ample time for side trips, including Mt Ossa (highest point in Tassie).
Actually, if I were to give a top mountain walking destination, you can't go past Pelion Plains around halfway along the overland track. With Pelion East and West, Thetis, Ossa and Oakleigh all a day walk away, you can't go wrong.
- Port Davey Track & South Coast Track - an epic 10+ day adventure. If you're crazy enough, you could spend 28 days in the area exploring lesser trodden paths, like the dude me and my cousin met on trip there.
And if you're really lazy, just fly into Melaleuca and take one of the tours into Bathurst Harbour for a day.
- You should also check out Mt Field (there's a two day circuit) or the Freycinet Peninsula with attractions such as the ever-touristy Wineglass Bay and the mildly hairy Mt Amos which I haven't done for far too long.
- If you're more keen than me, you can spend 40 days doing the 'West Coast Track'. You'll want to get some food drops along the way. Very few people attempt this, obviously, but that's no reason why you shouldn't.
Have fun :)
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Don't be put off by his old-fashioned bland website. He is also very helpful when emailed any questions you may have about bushwalking. almost 12 years ago
I would highly recommend a walk to Cape Roual and Shipsterns Bluff down Port Arthur way. It is a must see and great photo opportunities along the way. Shipsterns Bluff is a 5 hour return walk and cape Roual is about the same from memory. Otherwise the overland track at Wineglass bay is a nice one either the day track or the overnight….
Many beautiful place to go bushwalking around Tasmania! Enjoy. almost 12 years ago
I recently did the Cape Pillar walk on the Tasman Peninsula. We did it as an overnighter, but you could do it as a long day walk if you were keen, although its nice to have time to enjoy the spectacular views over Tasman Island.
I agree with Courtney, the Walls of Jerusalem are also very impressive.
You can't go too wrong picking a walking spot in Tassie! almost 12 years ago