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That clean Tasmania air is extra crisp, and you don’t need to get up quite as early to catch the sunrise. Not to mention, exploring on foot is a great way to warm up!
We’ve listed a few of our favourite walks to do during the cooler months. Most of these tracks are located within Tasmania’s national parks, so remember to grab a Parks Pass. And you know how dramatic Tassie is, so be prepared for sudden changes in mood (aka weather)!
We want all walkers to have a safe and enjoyable experience, so please plan to walk safely, be prepared, avoid walking alone, tell someone where you are going and record your trip intentions in the log books. Please read the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Safe Walking guidelines before heading out.
The Tasman Peninsula‘s Three Capes Track is an epic (yet family-friendly) four-day, three-night coastal adventure. Each evening, rest up in a beautifully designed shared cabin with luxurious touches, including gas cooktops and your very own mattress. Winter’s shorter days mean you don’t have to get up quite as early to hike out for that breathtaking Cape Pillar sunrise.
With some snowfall, Mount Field National Park turns into a winter wonderland! We particularly love how pretty Lake Dobson becomes after a bit of snow (sometimes, parts of the lake even freeze). The Tarn Shelf circuit is another favourite, with the frozen tarns adding extra magic.
Whisk your beloved away for a cosy getaway in the nearby Government Huts. Stargaze after dark, then hopefully wake up to fresh snow!
The weather can change quickly and often, so a gentle walk with views of lovely snow-capped peaks—without any of the steep climbing or whole-day commitment—is perfect during the cooler months. Perhaps treat yourself to a luxurious night or two at Pumphouse Point.
The Hartz Mountains National Park is a highlight of Tasmania’s South. Enjoy an easy trek along a wooden boardwalk to Lake Esperance, a glacier-formed tarn in the park’s alpine heathland, or continue on to Hartz Peak.
In winter, parts of the park can be shrouded in mist, making for an enchanting walk and mysterious scene by the crystal-clear waters of Lake Esperance.
Russell Falls is one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks. 25 minutes return, 1.4km return. Grade 1. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them.
It’s a short and beautiful walk to Tasmania’s favourite waterfall. This easy walk will take you through a mixed forest comprising towering swamp gums, the tallest flowering plant on Earth, and species typical of wet forests and cool temperate rainforests, such as dogwood, musk and myrtle.
Perched high above the city, kunanyi / Mount Wellington is stunning in any season but becomes particularly enchanting during winter.
There are plenty of walks to choose from, including the popular Organ Pipes and Zig Zag, or venture a little further behind the summit to explore Myrtle Forest Falls or Cathedral Rock.
For a one-of-a-kind experience, book yourself onto a guided Off Season experience with Walk on kunanyi.
While southern Tasmania may be known for its temperate forests and unique wildlife, pristine beaches, fresh produce and historical places, a secret side to this region emerges when the temperature drops.
In this article, we’ll reveal four enchanting places where you can experience the pure magic of snow in southern Tasmania. So, pack your thermals, dust off your mittens, and let’s embark on a snow-filled adventure like no other!