Trekkers walking along the boardwalk on the Overland Track |  <i>Great Walks of Australia</i> The South Coast Track is one of the Great Walks of Tasmania |  <i>Steve Trudgeon</i>
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Tasmania's Best Hikes

Discover Tassie's greatest walks with our handy hiking guide

For many Australian's there is no finer place to walk in the great outdoors than in our island state. Many come to escape the mainland heat, but most come for experiences they simply cannot get on the mainland; virtually untouched pristine wilderness, centuries old rainforests, windswept coastlines and remote locations only accessible by foot.

There is no shortage of hikes in Tasmania; but if you can only make it here once, which one should you do? It will largely depend on your preferences and ability. Below we've outlined our greatest walks, from the classics to the toughest and even multi-activity adventures.


The Classic hikes

The Overland Track, Tasmania's most famous walk |  <i>Mark Whitelock</i>

The Overland Track

Tasmania's most iconic and internationally famous walk, the Overland Track takes you deep into forests, among sub-alpine plateaus and to sublime highland landscapes. End each day at scenic campsites set in remote wilderness with delicious three-course meals prepared by your guides. Our creek-side campsite overlooking the grand spires of Cathedral Mountain is a particular highlight!

Suitable for fit first-time bushwalkers (be prepared to carry your gear), visit three of Tasmania’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls, encounter native animals, birds and stunning endemic plants and enjoy side trips like a climb of Cradle Mountain.



Trekkers in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park walking towards Mt Jerusalem |  <i>Don Fuchs</i>

Walls of Jerusalem Circuit

Situated near Cradle Mountain National Park, 'The Walls',  attracts much fewer visitors than its more popular neighbour, making it very alluring for those who want to get away from it all. Trek through a natural fortress of peaks and crags that take you along a biblical themed landscape that is also our only true alpine National Park.

The Walls are accessible by foot only. This full-pack trek requires experienced walkers to carry between 15-20 kilograms of their gear – including a portion of the groups food and equipment - on their back. 



Summiting Maria Island for the amazing views |  <i>Toni Wythes</i>

Maria Island Walk

Situated off the east coast, Maria Island is known as Tasmania's 'Garden of Eden'. It is one of the most popular Great Walks of Tasmania for good reason. Stroll along stunning beaches, visit ancient Aboriginal sites, climb Mt Maria for exceptional views back to the mainland and spot an abundance of wildlife – from wallabies to wombats, and maybe even the elusive Tasmanian Devil – over four days.

This is the ideal walk for beginners and for those who love picturesque coastal walks.




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

Tarkine Wilderness Walk 

We think this is one of the world's last greatest wilderness areas that is best explored on foot.  Abundant in history, fascinating flora and fauna, the Takayna/Tarkine region in Tasmania's northwest is a 450,000 hectare landmass home to more than 6000-year-old stone carvings. It is a sanctuary for at least 60 rare or endangered species and brimming with a natural history that dates back 100 million years. Another great option for first-timers.



Tasmania walking videos

Walk Tasmania's Overland Track with Tasmanian Expeditions  Tasmanian Expeditions offers more ways to walk the Overland Track than anyone else. This means we have the most dates on offer, more knowledge of which style would work best for you and even new ways for you to re-visit this Australian icon if you’ve travelled it before.   - The Overland Track: The classic, original version of Tasmania’s most famous walking trail that includes side trips and a climb of Cradle Mountain. http://bit.ly/TheOverlandTrack  - Overland Track Self Guided Walk: Independent travellers can walk at your own pace and leave all the logistics to us http://bit.ly/OverlandSelfGuided  - Overland Track Winter Trek: Enjoy the silence of the crowd free snowy trails when the Cradle Mountain National Park turns into a winter wonderland. http://bit.ly/OverlandInWinter  - Cradle Huts Overland Track: Enjoy walking during the day then relaxing in comfort and warmth each evening in private hut accommodation. http://bit.ly/CradleHuts    ------------------ Inspired? See More!  Our website: https://www.tasmanianexpeditions.com.au/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tasmanianexpeditions/ Facebook: https://facebook.com/TasmanianExpeditions/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/tasexp With beautiful mountain scenery, unique flora and fauna and spectacular views across “the land of a thousand lakes”, the Walls of Jerusalem is a world-class walking opportunity.   Experience spectacular mountains, pristine wilderness and unique flora and fauna on the stunning Walls of Jerusdalem walk. During this six day full-pack bushwalking expedition, we visit Tasmania’s only true alpine National Park, the Walls of Jerusalem, exploring the remoter parts of the national park. Alpine herb fields and highland lake country abound as we visit Lake Adelaide, Lake Meston and Junction Lake to name a few.   ------------------------------  Inspired? See More!  Our website: https://www.tasmanianexpeditions.com.au/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tasmanianexpeditions/ Facebook: https://facebook.com/TasmanianExpeditions/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/tasexp Discover the pristine landscapes and intriguing history of Maria Island by day while at night relax with a glass of wine at our comfortable wilderness camps and the historic Bernacchi House. This spectular walk takes in the highlights of Maria Island with an element of luxury in the evenings.  ------------------------------  Inspired? See More!  Our website: https://www.tasmanianexpeditions.com.au/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tasmanianexpeditions/ Facebook: https://facebook.com/TasmanianExpeditions/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/tasexp Experience some of the Great Walks of Tasmania with the Tassie trekking experts - TasmanianExpeditions.com.au . Video courtesy of Tourism Tasmania.  ------------------ Inspired? See More!  Our website: https://www.tasmanianexpeditions.com.au/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tasmanianexpeditions/ Facebook: https://facebook.com/TasmanianExpeditions/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/tasexp


Tasmania's Top 5 toughest treks

If carrying all your gear up steep slopes, trekking through muddy moors, crossing rivers and not following in the footsteps of others is more your idea of an exhilarating walking experience, check out these five challenging but very rewarding hikes.

Walking towards Cox Bight on the South Coast Track |  <i>Stef Gebbie</i>

South Coast Track

With only a couple of hundred hardy souls taking on this trek each season, this is arguably Tasmania's toughest and most iconic multi-day trek. You'll traverse 85 kilometres of pristine, wild and ever-changing landscapes in our southernmost shores: from empty beaches, towering rainforests and alpine heights. Get ready to carry a full pack of up to 20 kilograms and trek 10 to 15 kilometres each day on remote walking tracks; sometimes across river crossings, muddy moors and steep ascents.





Views from Frenchman's Cap |  <i>Michele Eckersley</i>

Frenchman's Cap Trek

This 46-kilometre demanding Tasmanian trek offers some of the best views across the entire World Heritage Wilderness area, ranking it one of the top walks in the state - if not all of Australia. Frenchman's Cap is the highest peak in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park in the West Coast – climbing a steep 450 metres. Whether you do it as a stand alone walk, or part of our Franklin River rafting journey, you'll be rewarded with spectacular wilderness vistas that include glimpses of Mt. Ossa, the Arthur Range and Macquarie Harbour on a clear day. 






Viewing Mount Solitary from the Port Davey Track |  <i>Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman</i>

Port Davey Track

Want to avoid foot traffic and truly immerse in sublime World Heritage wilderness? The Port Davey Track is your hike. Experience the tranquility and remoteness of the Lost World Plateau and surrounding ancient mountain ranges; walk in 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. Come open-minded and ready for a wonderful experience whatever the weather. Combine this trek with the South Coast Track for an epic traverse of the entire southwest of Tasmania.





Scrambling amongst the high peaks of Mount Lot |  <i>Chris Buykx</i>

Mount Anne Circuit

A favourite with many of our guides, this challenging 5-day bushwalk combines all of our favourite aspects of a southwest wilderness epic: a spectacular objective, sub alpine crags and exposed scrambles, deep forests and idyllic lakes. Tasmania’s unpredictable weather will add to the adventure, but the endemic wildlife and unbeatable views from the summit of Mt Anne (1425m) make it all worthwhile.





The view from the top of Tasmania, Mt Ossa 1617m |  <i>Mark Whitelock -</i>

The Great Tasmanian Traverse 

Just like it says on the tin, this is the ultimate traverse of Tasmania, from end to end. One of our finest logistical operations, get ready to cross 300 kilometres and over 39 days under your own steam. Walk 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.



The Great Walks of Tasmania

The Great Walks of Tasmania is a collection of unforgettable walking experiences in Tasmania’s most inspiring and extraordinary locations. They combine the best of Tasmanian wilderness walking with excellent guiding, unique accommodation and offer delicious Tasmanian food and wine along the way. Together the walks cover over 300km of Tasmania’s prime walking tracks. 

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