The Great Escape: 7 Multi-Day Tasmania Trails
Tasmania is a hiker's dream. The vast, rugged wilderness is home to an array of wildlife, beautiful forests, stunning coastlines and historical sites. If you're lucky enough to visit, you'll find plenty of trails to explore the marvels of this incredible land. Here are just a couple of walks to put on your list.
Bay of Fires Lodge Walk
In 2009, this breathtaking coastline trail was deemed one of the world's top 10 spots to visit by Lonely Planet. Once you're there, it's not hard to see why. After departing Launceston, the remote landscape takes you along crystal seas, rocky headlands and coastal forests – from one undisturbed place to the next. Stretching for an impressive 29km, Bay of Fires Lodge Walk will take you four days to complete in full. There are a range of guided tours available, or you can choose to go at your own pace.
Freycinet National Park
Freycinet National park is a great way to explore the Tasmanian wilderness. The park is home to a series of incredible walks and, if you're up for a big one, you can book a four-day Freycinet Experience Walk to get completely immersed. You'll trek through coastal, forest and mountain landscapes that can be completed by hikers of all experience levels.
The Maria Island Walk
Image credit: Painted Cliffs, Maria Island, Kristina D.C. Hoeppner
Four seems to be the magic number in Tasmania. Another four-day guided walking trail is the Maria Island Walk. This spectacular 45km trail is a reinvigorating, gentle walk that takes you to untouched beaches and ancient forests. If you're not up for the full 45km, you can choose from a number of short walks and explore at your own pace. Maria Island is only accessible by catching a 30-minute ferry from Triabunna (approximately one and a half hours from Hobart).
South Coast Track
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The South Coast Track is not for the faint-hearted. At 84km long, this track takes approximately 9 days to complete and is exposed to harsh weather conditions. Unspoiled wilderness, beaches, rainforest and mountains make the challenging hike worth it. It is recommended that you gain experience on other trails in Tasmania before you attempt the South Coast Track. With no help along the way, you'll need to be well prepared. There are also guided walks available for those who want to tackle the track with an expert and meet some friends along the way.
The Walls of Jerusalem
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The Walls of Jerusalem is a truly unique Tasmanian hiking experience. Located in the Tasmanian highlands, the area features spectacular alpine lakes, dolerite peaks and ancient forests. Walks within the Walls of Jerusalem National Park are challenging and prone to harsh weather conditions throughout the year. There are limited huts along the way, so carrying your own tent is essential. You'll need to be completely self-sufficient, equipped with the right gear and experienced for this one! For more information, visit the Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service website.
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Walking the Overland Track has been raved about by many hikers. Covering 65km and taking approximately 6 days to complete in full. You'll need to have a good fitness level, be well-prepared and have hiking experience to undertake this track. The stunning scenery and challenge of the Overland Track has made it nationally and internationally renowned as a must-do wilderness walk. For more information about this track, read our guide to hiking the Overland Track.
The Three Capes Track
Featuring remarkable coastal views, curious wildlife and wild forests, the Three Capes Track is unforgettable. The four-day, 46km track only opened at the end of 2015 and already has a name for itself across the globe. The Three Capes Track has been designed for a range of ages and abilities, featuring wide, well-established paths. At the end of each day you can enjoy some well-earned rest in huts along the way. Learn more in our Three Capes Guide.
Whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll or a harder trek, Tasmania has plenty to offer. Take some time out in nature and satisfy your adventurous side with these remarkable walks.