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Walking Holidays in Tasmania

View from Mount Wellington Summit

In addition to wonderful wineries, quaint cities and an intriguing maritime history, Tasmania boasts some of the most beautiful wilderness in the world. Hundreds of kilometers of trails allow any level of walking enthusiast to explore the far reaches of the island and enjoy its unique beauty and rare wildlife. While most visitors make use of the convenient flights that leave daily for the island, there is also an excellent ferry service operated by the Spirit of Tasmania that allows visitors to approach the island just as the ancient mariners did. This option is perfect for those who want to bring their own car with them or plan on packing a lot of supplies for trekking.

Tasmania’s accessibility and excellent walking conditions make it a wonderful destination for any level of trekker. Whether visitors want to set out for a half-day hike or long for the kind of adventure that lasts for days, there’s a track to suit their needs. Mount Wellington near Hobart makes a great destination for short walks. The Organ Pipes Walk  or The Smiths Monument Walk lasts just three hours but allows hikers to enjoy the spectacular views over the city and the river beyond, as well as the stunning geological formations offered on Mt Wellington.

Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay

Wine Glass Bay is the setting for a beautiful walk through the Freycinet National Park. The sea water is as clear as air and the sand on the beaches resembles fine sugar, making this one of the more beautiful places to experience in Tasmania. As treks through the park are perfect for day hikes, they make a nice introduction to walking in Tasmania.

One of the most iconic treks is the South Coast Track, but it is one that requires the practiced skill of any who attempt it. Trekkers must be entirely self-sufficient, packing every necessity from food to sleeping bags to fuel stoves with them. The track can also become mired in mud for great distances during all seasons. While these conditions might be enough to put off some visitors, the deserted stretches of pristine beaches, the silent beauty of the lush forests and the wide expanses of untouched wilderness are enough to draw enthusiasts down to furthest south of the State. Lasting anywhere from six to eight days, trekkers can commune with nature in a variety of fascinating terrains, from coastal walking to forests of tall trees and sweeping views of the ocean from the tops of mountains.

Whatever your skill level and no matter how long you wish to take, there’s a trek through Tasmania that will allow an unparalleled experience and will make memories that last a lifetime in this unique part of the world.

View from the Ironbound Range, South Coast Track

View from the Ironbound Range, South Coast Track

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