Looking towards Cradle Mountain from Lake Dove |  <i>Andrew McIntosh</i> Kayaking in Coles Bay beneath the Hazards |  <i>Ashton Sayer</i> Cycling the quiet backroads of Tasmania |  <i>Amy Russell</i> The spectacular alpine lakes of the Walls of Jerusalem |  <i>Rachel Duthie</i> Spectacular coastal walking on Flinders Island |  <i>Andrew Bain</i> Rafts and reflections on Tasmania's Franklin River |  <i>Glenn Walker</i> Mt Strzelecki, the highest peak of the Furneaux Group of islands |  <i>Stu Gibson</i> Trekking through pristine landscape in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park |  <i>Don Fuchs</i>

About Tasmania

Australia's island state

Tasmania is 240 kilometres south of the Australian mainland. At 68,000 square kilometres Tasmania is less than one–third the area of Victoria and is comparable in size with the Republic of Ireland, West Virginia (USA) and Hokkaido (Japan). Tasmania boasts 19 National Parks and has more variation in landscape over short distances than any other part of Australia.

At Tasmanian Expeditions we do our best to get you out there amongst our rich and diverse scenery. Our program of guided walking tours, bushwalking expeditions, cycle holidays, rafting adventures and rock-climbing throughout Tasmania explore in one way or another the following National Parks.

Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park

Situated in central western Tasmania, the Cradle Mountain- Lake St. Clair National Park is now one of the most famous of Tasmania's sublime National Parks. Its rugged mountain peaks and alpine moorlands offer some of the finest scenery and bushwalking opportunities in Australia. The landscape is extremely old, and its dramatic shapes were carved about 10,000 years ago in the last ice age when a 6km ice cap carved the landscape into the distinct valleys and mountains we see today.

The Walls of Jerusalem National Park

The Walls of Jerusalem National Park is an alpine wilderness and it forms part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Formed during the Jurassic period some 165 million years ago, the landscape has been carved over time by Pleistocene glaciations, which resulted in many of the tarns, lakes and moraines found in the park today. From ancient and enchanting Pencil Pine forests, to mounds of verdant green cushion plants, this diverse landscape offers the chance to escape into a truly wild and remote area of Tasmania.

South West National Park

Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, South West National Park is unlike any other in Australia. Over six hundred thousand hectares of inspiring, wild and remote countryside make this the largest National Park in the state. It's a varied region of wild rivers, jagged mountain ranges, rolling button grass plains and silent green rainforest. With little human influence in the region, the area has diverse plant and animal species, occupied by an abundance of wildlife including wombats, pademelons and quolls. Walking along the remote beaches, you can often spot aquatic bids such as the oystercatcher, gulls and albatross, as well as elephant seals- the largest of all seals, reaching 4-5m in length, and weighing up to 2,200 kg.

Wild Rivers National Park

A pristine region of dramatic mountain peaks, beautiful temperate rainforest, and spectacular gorges, this park protects some of Tasmania's wildest and most unpredictable rivers, the Franklin, Jane, Gordon and Denison. As you forge your way along the Franklin River, through deep gorges, quiet pools and magnificent temperate rainforest, the sense of isolation becomes apparent as it dawns on you that apart from the Aboriginal paintings in the Kutikina Cave you will have seen very little evidence of human impact along the river.

Freycinet National Park

The spectacular red granite peaks of Freycinet Peninsula and the sheltered sandy beaches offer great diversity, magnificent scenery and a wide range of habitats for many types of flora and fauna. The Freycinet National Park also includes the Friendly Beaches and Schouten Island. Wineglass Bay is without doubt the jewel in the crown on the Freycinet Peninsula, with its perfect combination of sparkling blue water and dazzling white sandy beach, framed against the grey and pink peaks of the Hazards.

Tasman National Park

In the far southeast corner of Tasmania lie the Forester and Tasman Peninsulas, joined by a narrow isthmus. The cultural and natural richness of these peninsulas is rare in the world. In this region of Tasmania you will find the highest vertical sea cliffs in Australia, towering 300metres above the Southern ocean, with chances to view the seals, penguins, dolphins and whales that live off the coast. Marvel at the spectacular geological features and the most renowned penal settlement in Australia - the Port Arthur Historic Site.

Maria Island National Park

Maria Island, which lies just off the east coast of Tasmania, is rich in history. From its first inhabitants - the Tyreddeme, Aborigines the island has been inhabited by whalers and sealers, it was a penal colony during the convict era, a stronghold for the varied enterprises of Italian entrepreneur Diego Bernacchi, and a base for blossing industry. This tranquil island is now a protected historic site and rich in flora and fauna. 

Strzelecki National Park

Covering the south western part of Flinders Island, Strzelecki National Park is rich in spectacular coastal and granite mountain landscapes. Home to a variety of ecosystems, plant species and rare flora and fauna, it's a haven for wildlife spotting and coastal day walks. With opportunities to explore pristine secluded beaches, or walk through the island;s casuarina woodland and coastal heath, travellers on the island can experience a myriad of landscapes and environments in a single day.

South Bruny National Park

With its pristine environment, fine fresh produce and sparkling beaches, it’s no wonder why Bruny Island is referred to as Tasmania’s shining gem. With towering sea cliffs, coastal scrub, rich eucalypt forests and heathland, the island provides a home for endemic and endangered flora and fauna.

Mt. William National Park

The far northeast of Tasmania is visually striking due to its low relief, differing vastly from most of Tasmania which is mountainous in comparison. Within the Mt. William National Park is the start of the Bay of Fires Conservation Area. Brimming with aquatic life, the area is a fantastic destination to go beach combing and swimming, where you can spot sponges, weedy sea dragons, rock lobsters, abalone and more. This conservation area also has a number of birds, including yellow-tailed black cockatoos, wattlebirds and honeyeaters, while seabirds seen in the area include magnificent white-breasted sea eagles, Pacific gulls, gannets, petrels and albatross.

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