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Southern Tasmania is a spectacular place to get out and about, whether it be for a short walk, day walk, or multi-day extravaganza! Our walks take place in national parks, reserves, coastal, alpine, and everything in between.

Here are some great resources for plotting your adventures.


Tasmania Parks & Wildlife

Who else would know more about excellent walks in Tasmania? Remember, a Parks Pass is required to enter Tasmania’s national parks.

60 Great Short Walks

The 60 Great Short Walks of Tasmania is a fantastic list of walks in Tasmania’s national parks and reserves. These walks are all a day or shorter in length.

Greater Hobart

Walks within Wellington Park, a sprawling reserve right on Hobart’s doorstep:

The Tasman Region

Walks within the Tasman National Park, plus a historic convict site:

The Huon Valley & Far South

Walks within Tasmania’s southern reserves and national parks, including the Hartz Mountains National Park and the Southwest National Park:

Bruny Island

Walks within the South Bruny National Park:

The Derwent Valley

Walks within the Mount Field National Park:

Tasmania’s Central Highlands

Walks within the Lake St Clair-Cradle Mountain National Park:

Multi-day bushwalks

For something more challenging, check out Tasmania Parks & Wildlife’s Multi-Day Bushwalks.

1. The Three Capes Track

The Three Capes Track, in the Tasman National Park, is suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities. Walkers check-in at the Port Arthur Historic Site, then enjoy a Pennicott Wilderness Journeys cruise to the start of the 48 km track at Denmans Cove. By day, hike through tall eucalypt forests, coastal heath, and along the top of Australia’s highest sea cliffs. By night, relax in comfort in the shared environmentally-sensitive cabins. Bookings are essential for this four-day/three-night experience.

2. The South Coast Track

The South Coast Track along Tasmania’s wild southern coastline, in the remote Southwest National Park, is a true adventure not for the faint of heart. This challenging 85 km week-long hike takes you along windswept beaches, around rocky headlands, over hills and mountain ranges, across buttongrass plains, and even rowing across a lagoon. Walkers must be very experienced and completely self-sufficient.

3. The Overland Track

The Overland Track is Australia’s premier alpine walk, beginning at Cradle Mountain and ending at Lake St Clair. This exhilarating 65 km, six-day trek journeys through the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.


Local walking trails

There’s no need to go too far to stretch your legs—explore the tracks and trails in your local area.

Greater Hobart

Got some spare time in the state’s capital? Greater Hobart Trails has some excellent options. Over the river, the Clarence City Council have put together some excellent information on walks, bike rides and horse rides on the eastern shore. If you have a fur-baby, check out our list of 30 Dog Friendly Walks in Greater Hobart.

South of Hobart

The Kingborough Council has an excellent database of walks in the Channel region. Southern Trove Tasmania have a great blog about exploring the Peter Murrell Reserves, while we’ve written one listing 10 Enchanting Walks in the Southern Trove.

These Huon Valley walks will show you the hidden nooks and crannies that make it a regular destination for local walkers. Far South Tasmania have a great list of what’s available, with links out to blogs about each walk. Southern Trove Tasmania also have an informative blog listing the best walks in the Huon Valley and Far South.

The Tasman Peninsula

The Tasman Peninsula has you covered, with several great short walks, plus two multi-day hikes. Also see our blog, listing 5 Dramatic Walks in the Tasman Region.

The Derwent Valley

Greater Hobart Trails have several Derwent Valley walks listed, including the Derwent Cliffs WalkBicentennial Track, Fishermans Walk and the New Norfolk Esplanade.

Also check out Walking Through Time, a historic tour of some of the more quirky or lesser-known things about New Norfolk. The tour is accompanied by a podcast of professionally recorded local history, including reference to indigenous history and the Willow Court Historic Site.


Walking tours

If you’d prefer a guided walking experience, there are some fantastic options to choose from.

(Please note: the COVID-19 travel restrictions have impacted local businesses—check directly with the operators for details.)

Walk on kunanyi

Walk on kunanyi take small groups on premium day walks exploring kunanyi/Mt Wellington. Celebrate the rich cultural and natural wonders in Wellington Park with your experienced guide. Walks are fully catered and transport is included.

Tasmanian Photography Workshops

Tasmanian photography workshops run hands-on experiences and workshops to help you better your photography skills in the best classroom on offer; Tasmania. As well as running organised tours and workshops, they also offer personalised or small group workshops around the state (including the spectacular Mt Field National Park) where you name the national park and they’ll take you there. Transfers are included.

Bruny Island Safaris

Bruny Island Safaris are known for their Cape Bruny Lighthouse tours, but did you know that they also offer memorable Bruny Island Nature & Bushwalking Tours? Tours depart from Hobart, with expert guides leading small groups to explore the Mars Bluff return walk on the Cape Queen Elizabeth Track (the Fluted Cape circuit and other walks are also available). Tours include a packed lunch and morning tea, Neck Wildlife Zone visit, and gourmet island produce.

Tas Walking Co.

Tas Walking Co.’s fully guided Three Capes Lodge Walk offers an extra touch of luxury to the Three Capes Track experience. Each evening, relax in their architecturally-designed in-park lodges and feast upon Tasmania’s finest food and drink. They also offer a Bruny Island Long Weekend walk!

Three Capes Gear & Gourmet

Three Capes Gear & Gourmet is your one-stop-shop for hiking gear hire and ready-made dining packs. Gourmet camping food features Tasmanian ingredients, suppliers, and artisanal treat makers. They’ll even deliver your order to you before you embark on your walk.

Life’s an Adventure

Treat yourself to a pack-free walking experience with Life’s an Adventure. Join one of their small group tours to see the best of Tasmania without all the hard work. At the end of each day, enjoy fine local produce and wine and relax in comfortable accommodation. Options include: the Three Capes Walk; Lake Pedder and the Southwest Wilderness; and Bruny Island.

Shutterbug Walkabouts

Shutterbug Walkabouts offer private, photography-oriented nature walks. Their expert guides are highly-accomplished nature and wildlife photographers who are keen to show you Tasmania’s spectacular natural environment and its native wildlife and birds. Photographers of all levels are welcome.

Hobart Historic Tours

If you’d prefer to stick to the city, join Hobart Historic Tours on one of their small-group walking tours. Explore Hobart on foot and hear fascinating stories about how Tasmania’s capital city was established and grew to be the vibrant waterfront city we know and love today.

Great Walks of Tasmania

Looking for a little luxury, don’t want to carry a pack, or want to experience Tassie’s wilderness with a local guide? Check out the Great Walks of Tasmania for full-service bushwalks.


SAFETY TIPS:

To the best of our knowledge, the info we’ve included was correct at the time of publishing. If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s that things change! Please check directly by clicking on the links provided to ensure tracks are open and avoid disappointment.


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