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An adventurer's guide to New Year's: 7 unique places in Tasmania

Ah, New Year's Eve. That one evening that can often set the tone for the year ahead with promises to exercise more, eat better, trek often and have adventures.

And while you might have big aspirations for the night, if you’re not careful you could end up welcoming the new year with a vague sense of déjà vu – same old parties, same old fireworks display in your same old hometown. Why not welcome the new year somewhere inspiring and kick it off with an adventurous foot forward? 

These multi-day trips will promise one of the most fulfilling and memorable starts to the year that any party could ever give you. But you better secure your place early as the holiday season books out fast.

If you do miss out on trips running over New Year's Eve, you can still find plenty of summer departures in December, January and February.

New Year's trip ideas for adventurous travellers

Walls Of Jerusalem Circuit


Experience spectacular mountains, pristine wilderness and unique flora and fauna on this stunning walk. During this six-day full-pack expedition, you'll bushwalk through Tasmania’s only true alpine National Park, the Walls of Jerusalem. The first three days are spent exploring the more remote parts of the national park.

Alpine herb fields and highland lake country abound as you visit Lake Adelaide, Lake Meston and Junction Lake – to name a few. In the southern confines of the national park, you'll also have the opportunity to summit Mt Ragoona and Cathedral Mountain. View dates and trip details.

Tarkine/Takayna Rainforest Walk and River Cruise

Rainforest River, The Tarkine |  <i>Peter Walton</i>


Feel as if you have the ancient forest to yourself with private access to sections of the Tarkine. The rainforest's natural history dates back 100 million years and provides a sanctuary for at least 60 rare or endangered species, with coastal plains that provide important feeding grounds for the world's rarest and fastest parrots: the orange bellied and swift parrots.

You'll also enjoy a cruise to the mouth of the Pieman River, bordered by a dense forest filled with myrtles, sassafras, celery-top pine, laurels, blackwoods and giant tree ferns.

Explore this incredible wilderness area guided or as a shorter self-guided experience. View dates and trip details.

Flinders Island Walking

Spectacular coastal walking on Flinders Island |  <i>Andrew Bain</i>


With a mesmerising mix of spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and aboriginal and European history, Flinders Island is the gem in the crown of island walking in Tasmania. Over this diverse and rewarding itinerary, you will experience six days walking the rugged peaks and sweeping coastlines, taking the time to swim in the crystal clear waters and photograph the endless picture-perfect vistas.

You have the opportunity to summit the dramatic granite peaks of both Mt Killiecrankie and Mt Strzelecki, the second of which is the highest point on the island at 756m giving you spectacular 360-degree views of Flinders Island in its entirety. View dates and trip details.

South Coast Track


The south coast of Tasmania is, quite simply, awesome! Look south and feel the tingle of Antarctic air. This remote, rugged track follows Aboriginal trade and migration routes which were more recently utilised by shipwrecked European seafarers who found themselves washed ashore by the wild southern seas.

The track leads eastward along wild beaches, across streams and rivers frequently swollen with torrential rain. You'll climb several mountain ranges well above sea level into alpine conditions – at times, complete with snow! This is a challenging trek with some long days, big packs, and trying conditions. For our guides, they consider it one the hardest trips but, for the few that lead it, it's also their favourite.

The South Coast Track is a stunning place and those that venture there come away inspired, invigorated and re-energised. View dates and trip details.

Overland Track

Barn Bluff, one of the highlights when hiking the Overland Track |  <i>Emilie Ristevski</i>


The Overland Track is Australia’s premier extended bushwalk. The Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is renowned for its beauty, featuring abundant wildlife, rare and unusual vegetation and dramatic scenery. Starting at Dove Lake, situated beneath Cradle Mountain, we head south for the wilderness adventure of a lifetime.


The itinerary follows a moderately graded trail for 70kms, finishing our journey with a ferry crossing of Lake St Clair. Averaging just over 10km per day to walk the track, this allows you to best appreciate highlights and side trips along the way. View dates and trip details.

Cycle, Kayak and Walk Tasmania's East Coast


Selected as one of National Geographic Traveler magazine’s '50 Tours of a Lifetime', this complete active adventure traverses all the must-see highlights of Tasmania’s spectacular East Coast. With a combination of vehicle supported cycling, kayaking and walking you will make the absolute most of this adventure playground.

Over six days you will cycle through the picturesque rural landscape, past vineyards and lush orchards, along the stunning coastline, and down deep forested valleys. Kayak the sparkling aquamarine waters of Freycinet National Park and walk to one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Wineglass Bay, and spend two days discovering Maria Islands’ rich history, world-class scenery and extremely friendly wildlife.

Each day you will make the most of the great outdoors, and each evening is spent celebrating and relaxing over a delicious 3-course meal showcasing the finest of Tasmania’s famous produce. View dates and trip details.

Franklin River Rafting

Rafts and reflections on Tasmania's Franklin River |  <i>Glenn Walker</i>

The Franklin is one of the world's last great wild rivers and it forges through the rugged southwest of Tasmania, through deep gorges, quiet pools and magnificent temperate rainforest. This expedition provides a true wilderness adventure, an experience we pioneered back in 1978.

 

Regardless of the river level, you will be in good hands as our professional guides have an exceptional safety record.

Any descent of the Franklin is demanding and while previous rafting experience is not required, some wilderness knowledge, along with a sound level of fitness, is essential. View dates and trip details.

Things to do in Tasmania the second time around

Tasmania is one of those places where one trip just isn't enough. There are so many experiences to uncover on the Apple Isle and while we still have our list of favourites, why not mix your love of the outdoors with something fresh?

These alternate adventures offer a break away from the popular trails with fewer visitors and more wilderness. You can join us knowing our truly sustainable adventures will unlock local gems in the company of our fantastic guides.

Rediscover this beautiful Australian state and venture here instead...

If you delight in thrills and spills ↷ switch your boots for a paddle
 

Kayak along the Three Capes for a different perspective of this beautiful part of Tasmania

Raft the Franklin River, one of the last wild rivers in the world sustainably, and see why it was voted the ‘Best white-water rafting journey on earth’. If you prefer a more comfortable adventure on the shores, make a splash on a range of kayaking trips – from the Three Capes to Bruny Island – with opportunities to spot Australian fur seals, dolphins and fairy penguins, amongst other wildlife.

If you loved the Overland Track ↷ visit the Walls of Jerusalem
 

Pool of Siloam, Walls of Jerusalem National Park |  <i>Luke Tscharke</i>

Trek through a natural fortress of peaks and crags in the region dubbed as the 'Land of a Thousand Lakes' – venture the epic Walls of Jerusalem guided or self-guided (no permits required!).

If you want a new challenge ↷ bucket the South Coast Track
 

Expect river crossings when trekking Tasmania's South Coast Track |  <i>John Dalton</i>

Traverse 85km of pristine, wild and ever-changing landscapes with an experienced team backing you across every muddy moor and steep ascent. Check out the epic itinerary.

Not for the fainthearted, expect creek and river crossings that could be waist-deep while carrying a full pack of up to 20 kilograms, which increases the difficulty. It is an extremely demanding trek but one of Australia's finest long-distance walks.

If you enjoyed coastal walks on Maria Island ↷ explore the Flinders Island
 

Flinders Island's spectacular coastline

With three of Tasmania's listed 60 Great Short Walks found on Flinders Island, it's island walking at its finest. Highlights include the opportunity to summit the dramatic granite peaks of Mt Killiecrankie and Mt Strzelecki, giving you spectacular 360-degree views, as well as an amazing array of ecosystems from dunes and lagoons to woodland and mountainous granite ridge.

If you can't get enough of Tassie's fresh produce ↷ take a foodie pilgrimage with Peter Kuruvita
 

Tasmanian lobster with truffle sauce creme |  <i>Peter Kuruvita</i>

Set amidst Tasmania's icons – Bay of Fires, Freycinet Peninsula and Cradle Mountain, join one of Australia's foremost chefs, Peter Kuruvita, for a hands-on, deluxe culinary adventure. It's the ultimate food lover's tour of the Apple Isle which includes a once in a lifetime seafood tour in Hobart, truffle hunting, savouring Tasmania's boutique wine and whiskey, and plenty of cooking experiences.

If you enjoyed the alpine wonders of 'the Walls' ↷ head to the Tarkine's 'Wild West'
 

The Tarkine rainforest provides a sanctuary for at least 60 rare species

Explore a sanctuary for at least 60 rare or endangered species which brims with a natural history dating back 100 million years. Discover incredible river systems and dramatic coastlines as you venture off the trails in the Takayna region.

If you want more activity on your holiday ↷ traverse Tasmania's top East Coast highlights on foot, by bike and by kayak
 

Amazing views of Wineglass in Freycinet National Park |  <i>Toni Wythes</i>


When you can't decide whether to hike, bike or head for a paddle, why not do it all? Our Cycle, Kayak and Walk Tasmania trip offer plenty of time to enjoy various activities and take in the island state's spectacular surrounds.

10 ways to save space, money and weight when packing

Pack your gear smarter and take on lighter luggage with these 10 clever travel hacks when packing. They could even save you money to put towards your next outdoor adventure!

Use soft merino wool apparel

Clothing that is suitable for diverse weather conditions will help reduce the amount of clothing you take. Soft merino wool thermals and t-shirts will be appropriate for nearly all weather conditions because they regulate the body temperature extremely effectively.

The other benefit is that they are odour resistant, which allows active travellers to wear them for nearly twice as long as cotton and synthetic clothing, rather than buying numerous pieces. You’ll be surprised how many days you can wear a quality base layer or pair of hiking socks before they really need to be retired.

LED torches

Opting for your camping head torches with LED bulbs will avoid the need to get a bulb replacement. They are a lot more conservative on battery power, which means fewer spare batteries to purchase and carry. Cheaper torches can often cost a lot in replacement batteries, and eventually, to replace the torch itself.

Save on laundry costs

Bringing along environmentally-friendly, concentrate laundry soap can help save the need to submit your clothing for cleaning. Plus, the chance to wash smaller articles of clothing, like socks, underwear and some inner shirts, also means packing fewer garments with a fresh, clean pile to turn to.

Quick-drying clothes

To help with the drying process and for when you get sweaty on the trails, packing quick-dry clothing that is made from synthetic fabrics, like board shorts, merino t-shirts, technical pants and shirts from outdoor stores, is encouraged. Plus, they tend to be pretty lightweight too.

Footwear

When planning to pack for an active adventure – especially when it's a walking holiday, footwear and socks become a top priority. But you don't need to be packing different pairs. Packing one good pair of shoes that will enable you to do everything – that is, opting for a pair that will suit various terrain, means you can invest its use on multiple adventures down the track too.

A spare can be handy if you know you'll be hiking on possibly wet or muddy terrain and want to avoid walking in soaked boots the next day. However, having one quality pair on hand should be enough, depending on the length and type of trek you are undertaking.

Refer to your detailed itinerary notes and gear list supplied in your pre-departure kit to find the appropriate footwear for your outdoor experience.

Small repair kit

Heading out into the wilderness on an adventure can bring unexpected surprises, so bringing along a small repair kit can help save you from having to purchase replacement items along the way if they do break, tear or get damaged. This kit can include things like a needle and thread, spare buckles, buttons, safety pins, and Gaffa tape for mending tears.

Shop light

You may even avoid having the need to bring a repair kit if you know you have quality and enduring gear that will last the miles. Plus, specialised gear brands tend to be lightweight because they know every gram counts when out on the trails.

While the price tag from professional gear stores can seem hefty, the items can be seen as an investment for future use. Some brands even ensure their gear's quality by offering a long warranty time on them.

Hiring kit

When you want quality gear, but can't afford the price tag, renting out gear or equipment can help you save big time.

We provide high quality bushwalking gear on the Overland Track |  <i>Aran price</i>

Have a look at the inclusions of your trip where sleeping bags, sleeping mats, tents or snowshoes are covered. This will mean you have less to worry about come trip day!

Essential toiletries only

Avoid purchasing small-sized liquid soaps, shampoos and conditioners whenever you take a trip. Instead, pour sunscreen and soaps into smaller re-usable bottles and simply label their contents. It not only means travelling more efficiently, but you'll also save on single-plastic use.

Packing cubes

These lightweight compartments help to organise your clothing and gear so you can find what you need quickly, separate the ‘clean’ from ‘dirty’ and well as make room for big-ticket items like your hiking boots that can take up quite an amount of space in your luggage. This could even mean switching to a smaller and less bulky bag, so a big tick to these space savers.

With some well thought out planning, smart preparation, as well as a comprehensive pre-departure kit and briefing before your big adventure, you can save time, money and space when packing.

What are some packing hacks you use?


6 reasons why you should consider a self-guided trip

Whether you want to be the master of your own travel destiny or enjoy the journey of travelling solo, choosing to travel independently doesn't have to be a daunting task.

Enter self guided holidays. They provide the freedom of moving at your own pace and being challenged further. When there's a lot to consider on an active adventure – from transfers to accommodation, route mapping to gear hire – it helps when the hassle of organising is taken out of your hands.

What does a self guided walking or cycling trip involve?

A self guided holiday is pretty much letting you control the steering wheel but having a personalised Siri navigator – i.e. an experienced travel company – help you along the way.

Especially when seeking out paths less travelled, a self guided adventure combines the flexibility, comfort and freedom of independent travel with the benefits of an organised tour.

Our self-guided departures don't compromise on security and organisation, with 24/7 support and logistics taken care of by our ground team. You can get the perks of gear hire included, have most meals (or food drops when out in the wilderness) provided, camp equipment use, maps and route details on hand, luggage transfers and more. All you need to do is arrive on the day of your great adventure and start navigating.

How different is a self guided hike or ride to independent exploration?

Independent tours are for travellers that want to go it alone, seeking out a unique experience with that extra freedom to venture where and how one pleases. And thanks to the internet, the boom in DIY has become the rage. But that means planning, researching, making calls, organising bookings and schedules, budgeting, doing more research, making more phone calls... I think you get the drift. Planning an itinerary and managing all the logistics can get tedious and exhausting. So is saving a few bucks worth sacrificing the overall experience, not to mention the time taken to co-ordinate a one to two week holiday? And, do you actually save that much money in the end?

Self guided walking and cycling holidays take the hassle away with expertly planned itineraries and service both on and off the trail with plenty of wiggle room to tailor your travel experience to suit your style, budget and needs.

While travel styles are continually evolving, a regular constant is people's need to seek out value for experience and value for money. So a boom in self guided tours makes a lot of sense for those that like the feel of independent travel but with the luxury of the expertise, advice, assistance and safety of a travel company.

Self guided walking or cycling trips offer a multitude of advantages, regardless of whether you are an experienced active traveller or a first-timer.

6 benefits of opting for a self guided walking or cycling trip:

1. Convenience: Researching all the possibilities can get exciting, but it is also time-consuming, overwhelming and even exhausting at times. Choosing our self guided holidays means we do all the leg work with specialist knowledge of your destination from our experienced team of adventures and experts. You'll save a lot of screen time not scouring the internet researching ideas and reading reviews with the luxury of an expertly crafted itinerary, based on years of experience and local knowledge of a destination. It allows you to make the most of your time and ensure you can travel worry-free with all the logistics sorted.

2. Competitive pricing: Travel companies can get a better price thanks to their volume. We can help pre-book accommodation, gear hire and activities at great prices and our team can help tailor your trip to meet your budget. Plus, with plenty of inclusions in the trip cost already, you can better budget for your adventure holiday and eliminate many out of pocket expenses. 

3. Luggage transport service: Having your bags transferred for you each day is a major plus where you simply leave your bags at the reception of your accommodation in the morning with our luggage tags attached and they’ll be picked up and dropped off at your following destination accommodation.

4. Travel at your own pace: With more flexibility, you can pick and choose what you want to do, where you wish to spend more time and not have to worry about keeping up with a tour group. (You can even choose your own travel buddies!) Under your own steam, you’ll have time to savour the sights and delights of the region.

5. Up-to-date and well-thought-out route notes and maps: These get updated more often than a guide book does and they always benefit from local insights and knowledge. Rest assured that we'll look after the logistics, so you can concentrate on the trail ahead.

6. Added security: If something goes wrong on your trip when travelling independently with a small group of friends or solo, who are you going to call? There's no need to go into 'survival mode'. Our self guided trips offer 24-hour local emergency contacts, which can be the difference between you getting back on the trail in a matter of hours, or aborting the trip completely. Travel with a peace of mind knowing that there is help only a fingertip away, especially when the unexpected has a way of happening.

Rather than thinking and worrying about trip logistics all day, isn’t it worth treating yourself to a trip where someone else takes on this thankless task, so you can focus on all the amazing reasons you came to the destination in the first place? We don’t doubt that independent travel doesn’t have its place, but there are certainly plenty of perks when you have expert support and advice on hand.

Planning your Overland Track permits – don’t be caught out

Did you know only around 50 permits* are available a day to trekkers on the Overland Track during the summer season? Here's what you need to know about securing your permits to walk Tasmania's world-renowned trail.

If you have your sights set on completing the Overland Track but are unsure how the permit system works, we have you covered. This guide will give you the ins and outs of obtaining a permit for guided and self-guided walks on the track, what it covers, why they are necessary, when the permits are released and what options you have if you miss out.

Organising your Overland Track permits

You are required to have a permit pass when walking the Overland Track, however, Tasmanian Expeditions takes the hassle out of organising this with the permit and the Cradle-Mountain-St Clair National Park pass covered.

As an operator on the trail, Tasmanian Expeditions secures the National Park passes and associated track passes each year for all their trekkers. It is a process that takes place well in advance before the season commences to ensure that when you want to go, we can get them locked in. However, permits and passes are issued in limited supply, so booking in early is your best shot at securing them.

This is especially the case if opting for a self-guided walk. These permits are released from July 1 and tend to sell out within days during the peak season.

*Originally only 60 permits were available a day to trekkers on the track during the summer season (October to May), however, in light of COVID, this has been reduced to around 50 a day – 24 of which are for independent walkers. This may again change, so contact us or visit the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Services website for the latest information.

RELATED: Everything you need to know about the Overland Track >

 

Why do I need a permit to walk the Overland Track?

The Overland Track permits help avoid overcrowding on the track and the fee contributes to the sustainable management of the track.

As most of the track is not serviceable by road, the permits manage the record of walkers entering the fragile environment to account for the impact of the track and surrounding wilderness. The preservation of the wilderness is essential to safeguard the area for its flora and fauna and for people to experience the beauty of Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Everyone who walks the Overland Track will need to purchase an Overland Track Permit if planning to do it from October to May. However, for the months June to September, while no permit is needed, you do need to register.

What about the National Parks pass?

All walkers are also required to possess a current Tasmanian National Parks Pass regardless of the time of year.

What happens if I miss out on a self-guided permit?

Missed out on a permit on your preferred date? Don't stress! You can jump onto our guided Overland Track where we have permits secured in advance.

If you prefer a self-guided walk, why not explore the Overland Track's underrated neighbour, Walls of Jerusalem? This more remote World Heritage alpine wilderness of Tasmania does not require the purchase of permits, with equally spectacular natural landscapes that are only accessible on foot.

Plus, it attracts much fewer visitors than the Overland Track making it very alluring for those who want to get away from it all. Read more about the Walls of Jerusalem walk versus the Overland Track in this blog post.

Does my Overland Track permit confirm a spot in the huts on the track?

While your booking confirms your place and date of departure, when walking self-guided, this does not guarantee a place in the huts along the track.

The public huts cannot be booked and are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, therefore walkers are required to carry a tent if a hut is full. But rest assured that when travelling with Tasmanian Expeditions, quality gear use is part of the package so you aren't caught out in bad weather.

If camping-based trekking isn't your thing, you can experience a private luxury hut stay on the Cradle Huts Overland Track trip to add a little more comfort to your walking holiday. The exclusive huts are well hidden away from the public huts and campsites with the luxury of returning to a hot shower, a potbelly heater, comfy beds and a Tassie wine after each day's walk on the Overland Track.

Does my permit include transport transfer to and from the track?

If you purchase your permit independently, the Overland Track permit fee does not include transport to/from the track, or the privately-owned Lake St Clair Ferry. It would be your responsibility to organise these transport links. However, if travelling with an experienced operator, like Tasmanian Expeditions, transfers can easily be organised.

Ways to experience the Overland Track & Cradle Mountain area

The Overland Track is internationally renowned, home to the famous Cradle Mountain and Tasmania’s highest mountain Mt Ossa at 1617 metres. The 65-kilometre trail begins at Ronny Creek with the majestic Cradle Mountain towering in the distance. Winding through ancient rainforests, alpine meadows, waterfalls and mountain ranges leading to the summit. Viewing the native endemic flora and wildlife the track ends at scenic Lake St Clair.

The track can be experienced in the main season with our guides or self-guided where all the logistics, food (you get to choose from a menu!), equipment, support and passes are included. You can choose from camping or use private huts along the track. It can also be explored in the winter for a guided walk into a white snowy wonderland where you can try out snowshoeing. View our range of trips.

Whichever walking experience on the Overland Track you choose – guided, self-guided, in summer or winter, staying in tents or private huts, rest assured your National Park passes will be provided to you when booking with Tasmanian Expeditions. But don't leave your decision too long as they do sell out!

Last updated 20 July 2021.

Everything you need to know about the Overland Track

Considering walking the Overland Track, one of Australia's most iconic and world-renowned trails? Here's the 411 on what to expect, including phone reception, shower facilities, water purification requirements, tents, charging facilities and more.

QUICK LINKS:
THE TRACK
• When is the best time to walk the Overland Track?
• What flora and fauna can I expect to see on the Overland Track?
• What is the terrain like on the Overland Track?
• Are there leeches on the Overland Track?
GEAR & FOOD
• What kind of hiking boots should I wear on the Overland Track?
• What day pack do we need?
• Should I bring trekking poles?
• Do I need water purification tablets on the Overland Track?
• What type of food do we eat on these trips?
FITNESS & PREPARATION
• How fit do I need to be to complete the full track?
• How should I prepare for my Overland trek?
• If I prefer travelling independently, would a self-guided trip be for me?
• Do I need to organise my own permits on the Overland Track?
CAMPSITES, TENTS & FACILITIES
• What are the campsites like on the Overland Track?
• Are single tents available?
• Is there luggage storage?
• What shower facilities are available on the track?
• Can we charge phones and cameras on the Overland Track?
• Will I have phone reception?
• What is the Leave No Trace policy?

THE TRACK

When is the best time to walk the Overland Track?

The peak season to walk the Overland Track is in the summer months of December to February. However, trekking in the shoulder seasons and even during Winter can provide a unique and memorable experience that is worth considering. For a detailed guide on when to trek the Overland Track, check out our article "when to trek the Overland Track", which details the seasonal nuances for each month. For more detailed weather information, please visit our Overland Track weather and climate page.

What flora and fauna can I expect to see on the Overland Track?

The Overland Track is a unique landscape offering a variety of localized climates, with a surprising amount of life that thrives in the National Park. Find out more about the flora and fauna you can expect to see on the trail.

What is the terrain like on the Overland Track?

The terrain is rugged and remote. Tracks may be rough and steep in sections. Over the trip, you will walk along boardwalks, up and down steps, through overgrown forests, through muddy sections and if you choose some of the side trips you will scramble over rocks.

Are there leeches on the Overland Track?

It’s not uncommon to encounter leeches on the Overland Track, particularly in areas with a lot of leaf foliage and tree coverage. Leeches tend to breed in warm moist areas, so can be spotted during the summer months in marshy areas. Leech bites do not hurt, however, if they bother you, we suggest bringing a salt solution to remove them from your skin if you come into contact with them.

GEAR & FOOD

What kind of hiking boots should I wear on the Overland Track?

We highly recommend that you have high cut hiking boots for this trail. There are lots of slippery tree roots in the rainforest areas, so ankle support will be beneficial. Also, you may encounter mud along the way, so if they are waterproof, you will hopefully have nice dry feet at the end of the day.

What day pack do I need?

The day pack that we recommend for the Overland Track should be a small compressible day pack that folds down to as small as your hand if not smaller. This is only to be used when you do side trips, as you will leave your 70-90L backpack at the trailhead and return to it after the side trip. It is not mandatory that you have the day pack, but we find that it is convenient to have one. An example of what we suggest for a daypack is the Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack.

Should I bring trekking poles?

Hiking poles can definitely assist you with going up and down the inclines and for stability in mud or slippery tree roots. If you have not used them previously, we recommend that you do some training with them before you head out on the hike.

Do I need water purification tablets on the Overland Track?

Tasmania prides itself on clean pure water and most of the water along the track is safe to drink without purifying. Fresh rainwater tanks supplied by Parks and Wildlife can be found at each of the campsites, and you can also fill up your water bottle at many of the springs along the way.

What type of food do we eat on these trips?

You’d be surprised how much food you’ll eat after a day’s trekking along the Overland Track. Our guides are experienced when it comes to preparing meals along the Overland Track. Thanks to a food drop on day 3, we are able to have fresh produce every night along the trail. Lunches usually consist of vegetable wraps with hams, chicken or salami, while evening meals can vary from curries, stroganoff and pasta.

Deserts include improvised apple pie, and even a chocolate mousse if you’re lucky! Start your day with a hearty porridge or muesli, with snacks throughout the day including fruit and nuts, muesli bars and some fruit.

As this is a full pack adventure, each trekker is required to carry a portion of the group’s food, whether it be a couple of cucumbers, lettuce heads or a bag of pasta. All types of dietary requirements are catered for, including vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose-free and nut-free.

On the Cradle Huts version of the Overland Track, more gourmet meals can be expected, including antipasto platters, minestrone soups and risottos.

FITNESS & PREPARATION

How fit do I need to be to complete the full track?

You will need a good level of fitness and must be in good health. You will be carrying a full pack of around 15-20kg and trekking for up to six or seven hours a day. Over the trip you will walk along boardwalks, up and down steps, through overgrown forests and through muddy sections.

The terrain can get rugged and steep with potential variable weather conditions. This trek should not be underestimated as it can be tough and challenging.

How should I prepare for my Overland trek?

We recommend one hour of strenuous exercise 3-4 times per week (this can be cycling, jogging or walking) interspersed with relatively demanding bushwalks carrying a full pack weight (up to 20kg).

At least once a week, you should walk with a weighted day pack (5–7kg) for several hours for leg strengthening and aerobic fitness. The best exercise is multi-day bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents and in variable weather conditions.

If I prefer travelling independently, would a self-guided trip be for me?

Self-guided trips require individuals to use problem-solving skills, be adaptable and have a keen eye. It is recommended that you are comfortable in the outdoors, with map reading, referring to route notes and that you have a good sense of direction (or are willing to work on improving this!). The trail is marked but with variable weather conditions, you need to be adept at route finding and map reading.

Do I need to organise my own permits on the Overland Track?

You are required to have a permit if walking the Overland Track, however, Tasmanian Expeditions takes the hassle of organising this with the permit and National Park Pass costs included in the trip price.

As an operator on the trail, Tasmanian Expeditions secures the National Park passes and associated track passes each year for all their trekkers. It is a process that takes place well in advance before the season commences to ensure when you want to go, they are available as passes are issued in limited supplies.

If opting for a self-guided walk, it is best to book well in advance as permits for these are released from July 1 and tend to sell out during the peak season. Only 60 permits are available a day to trekkers on the track during the season (October - May) to avoid overcrowding and for sustainable management of the track. Read more about the Overland permits in this blog post.

CAMPSITES, TENTS & FACILITIES

What are the campsites like on the Overland Track?

If completing the full Overland Track, five nights of the trip will be spent along the track at designated commercial campsite areas. These wilderness areas have timber platforms for tents to be pitched on. There are nearby rainwater tanks and composting toilet facilities.

Tasmanian Expeditions provides strong, 2-person bushwalking tents (twin-share), which provide each occupant with a personal access door and vestibule for individual use. They are high quality 3-4 season tents which have been trialled and tested to withstand all weather conditions that may be encountered in Tassie.

The tents weigh between 2 and 2.5kg and this weight is shared equally by each occupant.

Are single tents available?

Unfortunately, we do not have a single tent supplement on our Overland Track trips. While we can certainly put a request for a single tent on your reservation, this cannot be guaranteed. It depends on the makeup of the group and the number of people booked on the departure. Travellers who have a single tent will also find that a single tent is heavier than carrying half of a 2-man tent.

Is there luggage storage?

If you are flying into Launceston and have excess baggage you do not want to take with you on your trip, we are able to store these at no cost at our Launceston office in Invermay. While there is not a separate secure luggage room, our offices are secure and we have had no issues of missing items in over 40 years of operation. If you would like a secured luggage room, we recommend asking your hotel if this facility is available.

What shower facilities are available?

Unfortunately, there are no shower facilities on the camping expeditions along the Overland Track. For those who are concerned about washing, the closest you’ll come to a bath are the alpine lakes that are accessible each day, where you can have a quick refreshing dip. However, for a real cleanse we recommend you bring baby wipes (remember to take them out with you as well!).

If a hot shower at the end of each day is a ‘make or break’ component for you, consider joining the Cradle Huts version of the Overland Track. This version has hot showers available each night at the cabins.

Can we charge phones and cameras on the Overland Track?

Unfortunately, there are no charging facilities at any of the huts along the Overland Track. We recommend bringing extra batteries or solar chargers for your phones. To conserve battery power on your mobile devices, turn your phones into flight mode.

Will I have phone reception?

As the Overland Track is renowned as being a true wilderness walk, you cannot expect phone reception while on the trail. For trekkers who summit Mount Ossa and Cradle Mountain, there is sometimes sporadic phone reception. However, this cannot be relied upon.

Our guides carry emergency satellite phones which allow them to communicate with our base in Launceston if any emergencies arise. Rest assured you are not completely alone in the wilderness.

What is the Leave No Trace policy?

We strongly adhere to the Leave No Trace, Australia's national minimal impact program on the trips we operate. As part of this philosophy, we encourage travellers to:
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimise campfire impacts
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of your hosts and other visitors

Visit our responsible travel page for more information on how we reduce our environmental impact on the Overland Track.
 

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Best hikes: Tasmania's hardest treks

Renowned for its fantastic and unique bushwalking opportunities, Tasmania is a mecca for people interested in exploring the wilderness on their own two feet. From mountainous peaks, ancient rainforests, white, sandy beaches and button grass plains, there’s no shortage of treks that explore Tasmania’s stunning imagery.

If you like your treks a little more challenging, with a chance to get out of your comfort zone and really test yourself, we’ve narrowed down Tasmania’s best, most hardcore hikes. While they may not require an Olympian level of fitness, you will need to train for these treks. The rewards of incomparable scenery and the satisfaction that comes from a great day on the trail are priceless! Are you up for the challenge?

Tasmania’s hardcore hikes: 8 of the best


South Coast Track

The South Coast Track is undoubtedly one of the last great wilderness treks in Australia and is also known as one of Tassie’s toughest multi-day treks. Crossing the unspoiled wilderness of the island's southernmost shores, this challenging, 9-day trek covers 85 kilometres over a variety of landscapes – from empty beaches, towering rainforests, and alpine heights.

Trekking towards the Ironbound ranges on the South Coast Track in Tasmania |  <i>John Dalton</i>

You can expect to carry a full pack of up to 20kgs, walking 10-15 kilometres each day across remote walking tracks, sometimes across river crossings, muddy moors and steep ascents. The rewards, however, are tenfold. The ever-changing landscape, pristine wilderness and abundance of wildlife make it all worthwhile – not to mention the feeling of elation and pride as you finish the trek!

I highly recommend doing the South Coast Track with Tasmanian Expeditions. The coastal and mountain scenery is great. The walk itself is so varied with plenty of challenges to break up the walking day, e.g. mud, water crossings, beach and rock walking. The leaders, Paul, Will and Vincent, through their planning, hard work and care made the trip feel comfortable, relaxed and so much fun. Their passion for hiking and exploring the natural environment was infectious. I think the entire group would agree that the hike left its mark on us, in terms of amazing memories that we are revisiting often, new friendships, and a thirst for the next adventure.
A. McCormick from Queensland, Australia

Expect river crossings when trekking Tasmania's South Coast Track |  <i>John Dalton</i> The vast expanse of Tasmania's South Coast Track |  <i>John Dalton</i> Looking towards South Cape Rivulet from the high clifftops down the coast   |  <i>Phil Wyndham</i> Trekking behind a waterfall on the South Coast Track |  <i>John Dalton</i> Trekking from Little Deadman's Bay to Osmiridium Beach |  <i>Jon Herring</i> Remote trekking from Melaleuca to Cox's Bright |  <i>Jon Herring</i> Vantage point along the South Coast Track |  <i>Steven Trudgeon</i> Tasmania's South Coast Track is one of Australia's most epic bushwalks |  <i>John Dalton</i>
 

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Mount Anne Circuit

The classic Mount Anne Summit is one of Tasmania’s greatest bushwalking challenges, with all of the ingredients that make up an epic wilderness trek. With deep forests, idyllic lakes, sub-alpine crags and exposed scrambles, the iconic hike tackles terrain in areas that are subject to some of Tasmania’s most changeable weather.

Looking over Lake Judd towards Mount Anne |  <i>Tourism Tasmania & Geoff Murray</i> Views over Lake Judd from Mt Anne, Tasmania |  <i>Roz Barber</i> Looking out from Bechervaise Plateau towards Mt Anne |  <i>Brian Eglinton</i>
 

The four-day itinerary includes a summit of the highest peak in Tasmania's remote southwest, with exhilarating views across most of the southwest of Tasmania.

While it is a demanding bushwalk where you need to be comfortable with carrying a full pack, the support of our experienced wilderness guides will help you tackle the elements on and off the track.

The Mount Anne Circuit is epic. The boulder scrambles and exposed sections are tough but rewarding, views are awesome, and the mountain and wilderness experience amazing in all its facets. Memories to last a lifetime. A big thank you to our supportive, capable guides Ash and George who made sure it was a safe and terrific experience.
– J. Bassham from South Australia

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Frenchman’s Cap Trek

Frenchman’s Cap is one of the top walks in Australia and is a 46-kilometre moderately challenging return journey that gives trekkers some of the best views across the entire World Heritage Wilderness area. With extraordinary side trips to high peaks, trek over varying terrain including button grass plains, mossy rainforests, trickling creeks and windy rock faces.

You will be tested as you manage the unpredictable weather, mud and climb a steep 450-metre ascent to the summit of Frenchman's Cap. Recommended for experienced trekkers, each hill climb will be worthwhile as you welcome the panoramic surroundings of Mt. Ossa, the Arthur Range and Macquarie Harbour all from the summit.

My friend, Peter, and I recently completed your Frenchman's Cap Trek in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. It was a challenging but amazing experience getting to see firsthand the many and varied aspects of the Tasmanian bush. We made the summit on a very clear day and was able to take in the wonderful views of the surrounding lakes and peaks for miles around. Our trip was topped off on the last night by Scott providing us with a BBQ and cold beer (best ever).
– T. Przibilla from South Australia

You can also combine this epic summit with a rafting expedition of a lifetime along the Franklin River, recognised by many as one of the greatest wilderness experiences on earth.

  • TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE: FRENCHMAN'S CAP TREK >

Port Davey Track

The Port Davey Track is a winner for those looking to avoid foot traffic and truly immerse in sublime World Heritage wilderness. Enter into the Lost World Plateau and surrounding ancient mountain ranges; walk to rare pockets of rainforest, camp on the banks of the mystical Crossing and Spring Rivers, cross the magical Bathurst Harbour by rowboat and summit Mt Hesperus in the Western Arthur Range.

Approaching Bathurst Narrows on the Port Davey Track |  <i>Stef Gebbie</i> Port Davey Track, Tasmania |  <i>Leon Bedford</i> Trek the remote Port Davey Track |  <i>Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman</i> Views to Mt Rugby, Port Davey Track |  <i>Leon Bedford</i> Walking on the Lost World Plateau |  <i>Stef Gebbie</i>
 

Come open-minded and ready for a wonderful remote experience whatever the weather. You can combine this trek with the South Coast Track for an epic traverse of the entire southwest of Tasmania.

Walls of Jerusalem Circuit

Only accessible by foot, remote alpine herb fields, highland lakes and glacial moraines await! The Walls of Jerusalem hike is a full-pack trek requiring experienced walkers to carry between 15-20 kilograms of their gear on their back – including a portion of the groups food and equipment. You'll hike through a natural fortress of peaks and crags that take you along a biblical theme through Tasmania’s only true alpine National Park, but be warned, Tassie's weather at altitude is known for its unpredictability so come prepared for the unexpected!

 
The Walls of Jerusalem was truly a bushwalkers bush walk in stages, similar in the intensity of physical and mental stamina as the South Coast Track, but with an equally spectacular but different scenery. An ability to pitch your tent in a forest of trees that would be a 1000-years-old, fresh water crayfish in tarns on tops of the mountains, beautiful green mounds of cushion plants (all these found nowhere else in the world), a Gondwana Land Australian native beech tree (exclusive only to this region in Australia), crystal clear lakes and walking over spongy, peaty, ancient glacier fields whilst listening to underground streams gurgling. Too good to be real! Brilliant too were the guides, Jay and Oscar, making the whole trip yet another one of “Life’s Highlights” and leaving me enthusiastic to attempt another in Tassie in the future.
– R. Haensel, South Australia

Despite being next door to the Cradle Mountain National Park, 'The Walls', as it is often referred to, sees much fewer visitors.

  • TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE: WALLS OF JERUSALEM CIRCUIT >

Federation Peak

Federation Peak (1224m) rises dramatically from the heart of the Eastern Arthurs Mountain Range within the wild Southwest National Park. Alongside its close cousin the Western Arthurs, the ascent is described as one of Australia’s toughest bushwalking challenges. The first ascent of Federation Peak was completed by John Bechervaise in 1949 and to this day the exposed and technical mountain offers even the most hardened adventurers a thrilling objective.

Hanging Lake, Federation Peak |  <i>Roz Barber</i>

Counting in multiple contingency days gives maximum opportunity to summit in fine conditions. The extreme undertakings to Federation Peak are considered some of the toughest on the island, so much so that while guided trips can be operated in these locations, it's by special request only and an extreme vetting process is undertaken to ensure trekkers are experienced and capable.

A high level of fitness and technical introductory rock climbing skills are required to take on such an expedition. Ideally, to attempt the Federation Peak ascent people should first complete the Western Arthurs or Mt Anne Circuit or have had extensive unsupported full pack carrying bushwalking experience.

 

Western Arthurs Traverse

There's no denying that Western Arthurs deserve a spot on Tasmania's most challenging hikes list. Located in the remote Southwest of Tasmania the Western Arthurs Traverse presents one of the world's great bushwalking objectives.

The Western Arthurs Traverse is an extremely demanding full pack carrying bushwalk, so contingency and rest days for the full traverse of the range should be included given the region's capricious weather conditions. Trekkers who are confident in difficult geographical and weather situations and with previous hard bushwalking experience is a must.

 

The Great Tasmanian Traverse

Be one of the first to complete Tasmania's ultimate long-distance, multi-activity adventure, which combines five of Tasmania's great adventures via land, sea and air. You'll need plenty of endurance as you cover close to 300 kilometres over 6 weeks, explore the ‘Apple Isle’ of Tasmania from end to end.

The epic expedition will see you walking four of Tasmania's greatest multi-day treks through World Heritage Listed wilderness, including summitting the iconic Cradle Mountain and Tasmania's highest peak, Mt Ossa, and paddling down the mighty Franklin River. But if you can't do it all in 39 days, you can always complete a section.

  • TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE: THE GREAT TASMANIAN TRAVERSE >

Walk past spectacular landscapes on Tasmania's Overland Track |  <i>Mark Whitelock</i>

Top 5 eco-luxury accommodations in Tasmania

Where would you love to wake up at: on the edge of an incredible coastline from your hilltop lodge or welcoming a mountain backdrop sunrise from your bedroom?

From luxury accommodations to stunning glamping spots, these eco-friendly retreats offer gourmet experiences in Tasmania’s most iconic landscapes, so you can best explore the many Great Walks of Tasmania without sparing on your comfort.

Best sustainable and luxury accommodations in Tasmania for walkers

 
  1. Maria Island Bush Cabin, East Coast of Tasmania 
  2. Bay of Fires Lodge, Northeast Coast of Tasmania 
  3. Cradle Huts, Overland Track, Northwest Tasmania 
  4. Friendly Beach Lodge, Freycinet National Park, East Coast of Tasmania 
  5. Bruny Island Campsite, Southeast Coast of Tasmania

Maria Island Bush Cabin

Premium wilderness stays on Maria Island, Tasmania 

Maria Island accommodation

Tucked away in beautiful forest surrounds and it's only a stone's throw away from stunning beaches! Fall asleep in eco-friendly cabin comfort, but not before savouring a gourmet dinner and watching the beach sunset with a glass of wine. 

Specially designed to have a small environmental footprint with bush showers and clean composting toilets, glamp here on the first two nights of the 4-day Maria Island Walk. 

• STAY HERE ON: The Maria Island Walk >

Bay of Fires Lodge

Award-winning comfort to your eco-experience 

Bay of Fires Lodge |  <i>Great Walks of Australia</i>

Set on a hilltop, 40 metres above the pounding sea with arresting coastal views, experience the very best of the Bay of Fires wilderness in comfort on an idyllic short escape crowned with delicious meals prepared with the freshest local produce and accompanied by fine Tasmanian wine and beer. 

In an area of great significance to the Aboriginal community, the lodge is in gentle communion with the wilderness for maximum connection to the landscape with minimum impact on the environment. Solar-powered, an open fire, large timber deck with glass pavilions, hot showers and comfortable beds add a touch of luxury at the end of each day’s activities. 

• STAY HERE ON: The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk > 

Cradle Huts, Overland Track

Private eco-hut stays on the Overland Track 

Delicious meals and wine are served each evening on the Cradle Huts walk |  <i>Great Walks of Australia</i>

Kick off your hiking shoes and put your feet up in one of five ecological and sustainable private huts nestled away in the World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. 

A haven to retreat to at the end of the day on the Overland Track, you’ll indulge in fresh-baked afternoon tea, fine wine and hearty meals prepared fresh. Not to mention, you'll enjoy a hot shower, the joy of a potbelly heater and comfy beds. 

• STAY HERE ON: Cradle Huts Overland Track >

Friendly Beach Lodge, Freycinet National Park

'Off the grid' escape in Freycinet National Park 

Explore world-class coastal scenery by day, before retiring in award-winning eco-luxury at night. Nestled in a 130-hectare private sanctuary, the lodge is sustainably built and completely ‘off the grid’ with solar power, waterless toilets and rainwater tanks to maintain its pristine surrounds. 

Sleeping lodges contain a lounge area with a fireplace, a shared bathroom with a claw foot bath, a separate shower room and two composting toilets. 

• STAY HERE ON: The Freycinet Experience Walk >

Bruny Island Campsite

Exclusive luxury tented retreat

Bruny Island luxury camp outdoor shower

You might wake to a gentle thumping past your canvas abode by an inquisitive wallaby, or it may be the aroma of warm croissants which lures you from your king-sized luxury.

Nestled in a private 100-acre property on the edge of the South Bruny National Park is a glamping haven built completely off-the-grid. It's equipped with a solar panel, rainwater tank and a gas system for a lovely hot shower at the end of a day's walk – the outdoor shower, framed by towering eucalyptus, is a particular highlight for guests. There are also power points to recharge your phone or camera batteries as it'll be hard not to take plenty of photos!

Bruny Island (only around 50km in length) is home to some of Tasmania's most preserved landscapes and this comfortable tented retreat lets you indulge in the scenery and wildlife with minimal environmental impact.

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Meet the team: Shelby from our Tasmanian Operations

When she's not scouting for new routes, refining our itineraries and making sure everything is smooth sailing for our trips to operate, Shelby Pinkerton likes to hit the trails herself – the longer and more challenging the better! Read on as she shares the places that shaped her, what she can never leave behind on a camping trip and why preparation is key when on a trek.

Like many of us, Shelby had a case of itchy feet and went on a mission to work in a different US state for every season, ultimately travelling across 28 states in the USA. (At one point she had seven jobs in one year!) Her travels eventually landed her in the Australian state of Tasmania where she guided for three seasons, before taking the reins of Operations and Logistics Manager for our Tasmanian programs.

Expanding my hiking resume is what gets me giddy... Some of my highlights would be walking the Camino de Santiago, the Kumano Kodo, the Appalachian Trail, the Larapinta Trail and the Jordan Trail.

Shelby on the Larapinta Trail

While Shelby holds a strong passion for long-distance trails, you'll often find her climbing up crags when she gets the chance. A hiker at her core, Shelby's love for the outdoors is fuelled by a sense of responsibility to protect it.

What inspired you to pursue a career in adventure travel?

I got my foot in the door back in 2014. I studied Entertainment Business Management at uni and was working as a travelling popcorn maker for Cirque Du Soleil. The travelling awoke the adventurous side of me and I became an enthusiastic rock climber.

I fell deeply in love with climbing that I wanted to do it 24/7 and so the logical step was to turn it into a job. I started out guiding at Via Ferrata in West Virginia, USA and somewhere along the line, my passions turned to hiking and so I reflected that in my pursuit of my ideal career.

Walking out to stunning coastal views |  <i>Shelby Pinkerton</i>

How do you assess and manage the risks involved in an adventure trek?

I personally get a lot out of a trek if, at some point along the line, I feel like I may not be able to complete it.

When the option is to give up in the wilderness or to keep going the mantra by Kurt Hahn echoes: ‘There is more in you than you know’.

I find that taking on a challenge brings out a new level of resilience and strength that I thrive on.

Plenty of laughs and smiles guiding a group in Tasmania's east coast

In terms of assessing the risk involved, preparation is key.

Knowing you can ride a storm, as well as having strong navigation and back up communication allows you to push your limits a little bit more each trip, which will expand your capabilities continuously.

I am not one to recommend going from zero to a hundred, however, I think you should always assess your risk based on the ability of your least experienced group member; allowing for them to feel challenged but not overwhelmed, and having the means to de-escalate a situation.

What are your favourite gear items?

Most of the personal travel I do these days is based around distance hiking, so I like to keep it light. A couple of simple items I would never leave behind are my camping pillow (I know! Total sucker for comfort!) and my insulated mug.

What's a destination or adventure that has shaped you and why?

In 2016 I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail solo. Those six months on the trail changed me irrevocably and I find it is a difficult experience to summarise.

It taught me so much about community, how a shared experience can bind you closely to a stranger and how willing people can be to offer kindness and help for no gain.

It also taught me, as a young woman, to embrace myself and celebrate my body for its physical capabilities and achievements instead of picking it apart for superficial flaws.

Taking on a long distance trail not only builds experiences in the natural world, but opens up a chance to learn about yourself

I gained a lot of satisfaction and self-confidence from the experience as well as a connection to nature and simplistic living that I have strived to maintain through my subsequent adventures and lifestyle.

What are your favourite Tasmanian trips?

I just love the Overland Track, it was my first experience of Tasmania and I think everybody should get out to see it for themselves.

My first trip on the Overland (though, I've done it a dozen times by now) was with my closest friend who loves being in nature but is not a strong walker. She would take the day ambling to the next hut taking rests and photos and I would go climb the mountains on the side trails and meet her at camp, both of us exhausted at the end of the day.

I think that the Overland Track is an amazing trail for all levels of experience and physicality, it would also be impossible to spend a week in those mountains and not feel a sense of responsibility to protect it.

How would you best describe Tasmania?

For me, it is a place to discover your limits and significance.

What are some preparation tips you can offer to someone interested in taking on a more challenging trek?

Being physically fit is always going to be important, but being mentally prepared for a challenging trek is just as paramount.

Be prepared to be uncomfortable and pre-plan your solutions to common problems.

For instance, it is likely you will get blisters and sore knees, so pack some first aid and use hiking poles. Having easy solutions to common problems once you are in the field will give you a sense of control over a situation rather than feeling helpless. This will help you keep your head in the game and your morale high for the challenges ahead.

Be supported by a team that will make your adventure special. Browse our range of guided and self guided Tasmanian holidays.

Seafood recipe: Peter Kuruvita's Scallops with Chardonnay Butter

Miss Tasmania's seafood? Try your hand at this seared scallop dish paired with an amazing chardonnay butter sauce. Fair warning: it may make you want to hop on the next plane down to the island state!

This recipe is from the King of Spiced Seafood himself, Peter Kuruvita, who will be leading a culinary tour across Tasmania – check out the itinerary that'll probably leave you watering at the mouth.

Region: Tasmania | Serves: 4 | Difficulty: Mid

Prep: 40 mins | Cooking: 15 mins | Chilling time: 15 mins

Choose plump scallops and if you can buy them with the roe, even better because these become part of the sauce, the sauce needs a bit of care but is so tasty.

And when dealing with stinging nettles, please use gloves as the sting is itchy and annoying, you could also substitute baby spinach.

Ingredients

• 20 Rottenest or Tasmanian scallops, removed from the shell
• Olive oil, for drizzling
• Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 2-3 baby target beetroot, sliced paper-thin using a mandolin
• Micro herbs including chervil, sorrel and ice plant, to serve

For the chardonnay butter:
• 50 g Tasmanian scallop roe
• 200 ml white wine vinegar
• 500 ml (2 cups) Kevin John Chardonnay
• 5 black peppercorns
• 1 golden shallot, finely chopped
• 1 bay leaf
• 300 g butter, softened

For the creamed nettles:
• 100 g (4 cups) raw nettles
• 30 g butter
• 5 garlic cloves, minced
• 80 ml (⅓ cup) pouring cream
• 25 g finely grated parmesan cheese

Method

1. To make the chardonnay butter, place the roe, vinegar, wine, peppercorns, shallot and bay leaf in a small saucepan and simmer over low heat until reduced by three quarters. Remove from the heat, transfer to a blender and process until finely ground. Do not sieve, just make sure everything is well ground. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until chilled.

2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until very light and fluffy. With the motor running, gradually add the chilled reduction to the butter, beating well after each addition until well combined. Set aside.

3. To make the creamed nettles, bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Put on your garden gloves and gently empty the nettles into a colander in your sink. Rinse well by using the tongs to flip the nettles. (I know you shouldn’t need both tongs and gloves but be safe!!)

4. Drop the nettles into the boiling water and cook for 3-4 minutes, then drain into the colander and rinse with cold water. Let drain. When the nettles are cool enough to handle, cut off the stems with kitchen scissors and discard or compost. Squeeze out the liquid from the nettles and finely chop it by hand or in a food processor.

5. Melt the butter in a frying pan over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the garlic and stir until just golden. Add the cream and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for about 2 minutes or until the cream coats the back of a spoon. Add the grated parmesan and chopped nettles and cook for about 2 more minutes or until heated through. Serve warm.

6. To serve, place the chilled chardonnay butter in a place in a cold, heavy-based saucepan over low heat. Stand, without stirring just until the butter is half melted. Remove from the heat and whisk until melted and smooth. Make sure the butter doesn’t get too hot- if it totally melts it will split.

7. Heat a large frying pan over high heat. Toss the scallops in a bowl with a few drops of olive oil and season lightly. Cook the scallops for 10 seconds on each side or until golden but still translucent in the centre.

8. To assemble, place small dollops of warm creamed nettles on serving plates. Top with the scallops and spoon a little warm chardonnay butter over each. Top with shaved beetroot slices and herbs.

Recipe featured in Peter Kuruvita's Coastal Kitchen.

Hungry for more? Join Australian foremost chef Peter Kuruvita on his next foodie adventure across Tasmania. Peter has a knack for really knowing how to bond with locals anywhere over a mutual love of food and produce; plus you'll enjoy hands-on cooking demonstrations and the chance to know the local's lore and their cooking secrets.


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The original Blue Mountains canyoning, hiking, climbing and abseiling experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GWNZ.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Great Walks of New Zealand"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Walks of New Zealand</div>
Explore New Zealand's most spectacular wilderness regions with the self-guided hiking experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/NAA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="North America Active"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>North America Active</div>
USA Canada hiking & cycling tour specialists, choose from self-guided or guided trips