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41 Amazing Hikes in Tasmania: Short Walks & Multi-Day Treks

41 Amazing Hikes in Tasmania: Short Walks & Multi-Day Treks

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

Discover some of Tasmania’s best short-day walks and multi-day treks to help you plan your trail-chasing adventures in Australia’s Apple Isle.

Tasmania is one of Australia’s best and most diverse hiking destinations. In Tassie, hikers can experience rugged coastal tracks, scenic waterfalls in lush temperate rainforests, and icy mountain peaks– sometimes all in one day!

I spent four months traveling around Tasmania and hiked almost every day. Below I’ll share my favorite short walks and multi-day hikes in Tasmania to help you hit the trails! This is useful as a directory since I’ve also linked to complete hiking guides for each trail below with more tips, photos, and info.

Hiking the freycinet peninsula circuit, wineglass bay campsite, things to do in freycinet national park

Hikes in Hobart & Surrounds

Hobart is the most common place to stay in Tasmania and there are some great hikes and waterfalls in this region! You'll find a diverse range of trails from Mount Wellington's shadow to the tranquil Huon Valley.

This area is a hub for easily accessible trails that weave through temperate rainforests and historic sites while offering classic city panoramas. Ideal bases include Hobart itself or the nearby town of Huonville for southern hikes.

Related: Best Things to do in Hobart

1. Collins Cap Trail

  • Hiking Distance: 8.2 km return
  • Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours return
  • Elevation: 660 m total elevation gain
    Collins Cap: 1,098 m AMSL
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Collins Cap is a mountain peak located within Wellington Park, just outside of Collinsvale near Hobart. This walk is a fairly short yet steep hike finishing at Collins Cap, where you'll be rewarded with awesome views over Collinsvale, Collins Bonnet, the lush Derwent Valley and the whole Mount Wellington plateau.

There's also a very picturesque waterfall on the way up called Myrtle Gully Falls, an added bonus for this one! This moderately challenging hike is perfect for those seeking breathtaking landscapes and a bit of physical activity close to Tasmania's capital.

Collins cap walk

2. The Mount Wellington Hikes

Mount Wellington is one of the most well-known mountains in Tasmania. That's because this culturally significant peak sits above the capital city of Hobart. The international airport is often the first port of call for visitors to Tasmania and therefore many travellers choose to explore and stay in Hobart first.

Luckily, there are loads of different walking tracks and scenic trails at the foothills of Mount Wellington and towards the peak. Many decide to head to the famous "Springs", a starting point for several short-medium length walks.

My favourite hiking trail on Mount Wellington is hike to the summit, which incorporates many of the highlight tracks into a convenient loop back to The Springs.

Mount wellington hike, summit hike

3. Wellington Falls: Disappearing Tarn

  • Hiking Distance: 20 km return (Fern Tree)
  • Duration: 5-7 hours
  • Elevation: 950 m total elevation gain
  • Difficulty: Moderate but a long day hike

One of the longest day hikes available on Tasmania's Mount Wellington is the Wellington Falls walk.

This one follows the Pipeline Track, Silver Falls Track and then the Milles Track all the way to an impressive waterfall. Along the way, you'll experience vastly changing landscapes including temperate rainforest, huge boulder fields and even alpine conditions.

There's also an illusive and seasonal tarn which you might be lucky enough to spot on the way up known as the Disappearing Tarn.

I recommend this as one of the best hikes near Hobart if you're up for a full day of exploring the mountains behind town!

Wellington falls hike tasmania hobart

4. Snug Falls Track

  • Hiking Distance: 2.9 km return (out-and-back)
  • Duration: 40 minutes - 1 hour
  • Elevation: 145 m total gain– all on the way back up
  • Difficulty: Easy

The Snug Falls track is a great, short, dog-friendly waterfall hike near Snug, just 24 kilometres south of Hobart. The Snug Falls walk is a fairly easy walk in Tasmania's southeast leading to the base of an awesome waterfall within a basin clearing.

Unfortunately, the waterfall wasn't flowing that well when we visited, and I've been told that this is due to it being very season-dependent. However, we still really enjoyed this track and spent a fair bit of time enjoying the serenity of the large pool.

Tip: This is a good waterfall hike if you are planning to visit Bruny Island from Hobart since the trailhead is on the way!

Snug falls waterfall hike in tasmania

5. Pelverata Falls Track

  • Hiking Distance: 6 km return
  • Duration: Official: 3 hours, easily completed in under 2 hours return
  • Elevation: 290 m total elevation gain
  • Difficulty: Moderate

The Pelverata Falls hike offers a great opportunity to get out and explore the natural sounds of the Huon Valley. This is also a dog-friendly waterfall hike that leads to one of Tasmania's tallest waterfalls!

The track is well-maintained and generally fairly easy. At the end, you'll arrive at a steel viewing platform beneath the towering 114-metres high (374 ft) drop. The path to the falls is well-maintained, ensuring a relatively easy trek suitable for a wide range of fitness levels.

Viewing platform underneat waterfall at snug tiers nature recreation area

Hikes on Tasmania's East Coast & Maria Island

Tasmania’s East Coast is famed for its white sandy beaches, crystal waters, and the Freycinet Peninsula's dramatic peaks.

You'll also discover more hiking areas here like Mount William National Park, the Bay of Fires, Freycinet National Park, and Douglas Apsley National Park

Base yourself in Coles Bay for Freycinet explorations or camp on Triabunna for access to Maria Island where you can explore historic convict trails and one of the most biodiverse regions in the country.

6. Freycinet Peninsula Circuit

  • Hiking Distance: 46 km (walked in a "figure-eight" with Mount Freycinet summit & Bryans Beach track)
  • Duration: 2 or 3 days
  • Elevation: 1,800 m total elevation gain
  • Difficulty: Tasmanian Parks Grade 3 (entry-level multi-day trekking)

The Freycinet Peninsula Circuit is an epic circuit track around Freycinet National Park on the East Coast of Tasmania. Here, you'll discover one of the most beautiful regions of Tasmania including white, sandy beaches to rocky mountain summits.

The circuit is great if you're looking to see the most you can during your visit. This is because it covers most of the famous trails including the Wineglass Bay lookout track, Hazards Beach track and a climb to the top of Mount Freycinet summit— the tallest peak in Freycinet.

It's possible for hikers to walk this circuit in either two or three days. We decided to walk it in two, with a rather short first day and quite a long second day. All of the main campsites are on the beaches at either Cook's Beach, Hazard's Beach or the south end of Wineglass Bay.

Freycinet peninsula circuit, tasmania

7. Mount Amos Summit Hike

  • Hike Distance: 4 km return
  • Duration: 2-3 hours return
  • Elevation: 434 m of elevation gain
    Mount Amos summit: 454 m AMSL
  • Difficulty: Tasmanian Parks Grade 4: rock scrambling required

Mount Amos in Freycinet National Park is widely considered to be one of Australia's best summit viewpoints. The mountain overlooks Wineglass Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula, a sweeping, Jurassic landscape that is guaranteed to leave you speechless.

While not long by any means, it does require a fair bit of rock and boulder scrambling to reach the summit. Therefore, it is best to be prepared and only to attempt it during good weather.

Also, the view here is one of the best in Tasmania. I highly recommend making the extra effort to get up to Mt Amos for sunrise. This viewpoint spot was absolutely magical and ended up on the top of my personal list of best hikes in Tasmania!

Mount amos panorama

8. Cape Tourville Lighthouse Walk

  • Hiking Distance: 600 m loop
  • Duration: 15-20 minutes
  • Elevation: Flat
  • Difficulty: Very easy

It's a shame that Cape Tourville is often overshadowed by many of the other popular walks and lookouts in Freycinet National Park. While all are equally astonishing, visiting the Cape Tourville Lighthouse on the easternmost cape of Freycinet is a must for anyone fond of an epic lookout.

The Cape Tourville lighthouse and lookout loop is a very easy, mostly flat loop walk on a raised boardwalk. It is suitable for anyone and is wheelchair accessible.

The views from the lookout include a glimpse of Wineglass Bay, the amazing Hazards, the southern Freycinet Peninsula, Mount Freycinet, as well as a rocky outcrop abundant with seals known as "The Nuggets". 

Cape tourville lighthouse walk in tasmania

9. The Apsley Gorge Trail

  • Hiking Distance: 6 km return (out-and-back) or 8 km if rock-hopping back along the river
  • Duration: 2 hours return (out and back), 4-5 hours if rock-hopping
  • Elevation: 315 m total elevation gain
  • Difficulty: Relatively easy (Tasmania Parks Grade 2 or Grade 3 if taking the river circuit)

The Apsley Gorge Circuit is a scenic bushwalking track located within the Douglas-Apsley National Park, just outside of Bicheno. It's one of the few walking tracks in the park and is a great choice if you're looking for a swim and to enjoy the serenity and crystal clear waters of the Apsley River.

This circuit can be completed as an out-and-back hike to the gorge or as a longer and more difficult circuit walk.

Unfortunately, due to recent flooding, the full circuit was impossible when I visited. Regardless, I had a great time on the shorter section and the views were still more than worth the low effort out here. Note this flooding happens quite often. At the time of updating this post the whole trail is open but I recommend checking in advance.

Apsley gorge walking track

10. Maria Island Circuit

  • Hiking Distance: 50 km (including a side trip to the Isthmus, Bishop and Clerk pinnacles & Mount Maria summit)
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Elevation: 1,935 m total elevation gain
  • Difficulty: Moderate but long, entry-level multi-day hike

Maria Island is widely known as one of Australia's best island sanctuaries. Many visitors make the trip every year to see the incredible wildlife diversity, to learn about Tasmania's convict history and to hike its epic granite and bushland peaks.

Also, since there are no cars on the island, Maria is a hiking and bushwalking paradise!

The best walk available is a full traverse of the island known as the Maria Island Circuit. This was one of my personal favourite and most iconic hikes in Tasmania! Although it's fairly long, you don't have to take the full 3 days as it's possible to do it quicker. The trails are fairly flat (unless you're going for the summit as a detour) and carve through beautiful forests and off to sandy beaches with historic convict-era ruins.

Maria island self guided hike, coastal hiking track

11. Bishop and Clerk Track

  • Hiking Distance: 11 km return to Darlington via Fossil Cliffs
  • Duration: 3-5 hours
  • Elevation: 630 m elevation gain
  • Difficulty: Moderate (TasParks Grade 4)

Another great Tasmanian walking track on Maria Island's northern coastline is the Bishop and Clerk Track. This rewarding coastal walk leads to a series of prominent dolerite columns overlooking the Tasman Sea.

These columns got their name due to their resemblance of a hat-wearing bishop beside a clergyman. Hikers can climb these towering columns for incredible views over Maria Island and the coast of the "mainland". Note that the last section involves a light scramble but the views are worth it!

Bishop and clerk viewpoint maria island

12. Mount Maria Summit Track

  • Hiking Distance: 12.4 km
  • Elevation: 620 m elevation gain
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

The Mount Maria track is a steep climb to the highest peak on Maria Island. This track departs from a fork on the Maria Island walk and continuously climbs for 6.2 kilometres to an altitude of 720 m AMSL. If you're not walking the Maria Island Circuit, it is possible to rent a bike and drop it at the fork.

Although the views are great, and the peak is higher, I believe the view from the Bishop and Clerk pinnacles is better. In saying that, you will get to see the southern end of the island and the beautiful isthmus from Mount Maria.

Mount maria summit view

13. Bay of Fires Lodge Walk

  • Hiking Distance: Varies
  • Duration: 2-5 days
  • Elevation: N/A
  • Difficulty: Easy - Moderate

The Bay of Fires is one of the most beautiful regions in Tasmania and arguably in all of Australia. While not typically a hiking destination, in true Tassie outdoor fashion an entire array of guided lodge walks have been set up to explore the region on foot!

The most popular route starts at the Forester Beach Camp, walking along beautiful sandy beaches and sand trails alongside bush paths towards the Bay of Fires Lodges. This trek showcases Tasmania's stunning white sand beaches, serene waterways, and the biodiversity of coastal woodlands. Plus, since it's a multi-day hike, you'll get to witness some of the southern hemisphere's most amazing sunsets!

I've written a comprehensive guide to the Bay of Fires region which includes some recommendations for hikes and guided walking companies, so check that out if you're planning a trip here and looking to do some guided walks.

Orange rocks and blue water at bay of fires tasmania

Hikes on the Tasman Peninsula & Bruny Island

The Tasman Peninsula features amazing and formidable sea cliffs and historic convict trails. Port Arthur serves as a main attraction but there are so many more places to explore. Bruny Island, accessible from Kettering, offers unique ecosystems, coastal hikes, and the chance to spot rare white wallabies on the trails.

14. Three Capes Track

  • Hiking Distance: 44.6 km
  • Duration: 2 or 3 days
  • Elevation: 1,853 m total elevation gain
  • Difficulty: Moderate (entry-level multi-day hiking)

The Three Capes Track is the first overnight hike in Tasmania on this list, and also one of the most popular! That's because this track has recently received an expensive overhaul with long boardwalks and awesome huts.

The Three Capes Track is located on the Tasman Peninsula and traverses scenic heathland, lush temperate rainforest and the jagged, towering coastal cliffs of Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy.

Typically, this 3-4 day walk is targeted at entry-level overnight hikers as a paid experience. However, it is also possible to complete the walk for free (besides the national park fee), by organising your own transport and camping at the several dedicated sites.

Cape pillar on the three capes track tasmania

15. Cape Raoul Track

  • Hiking Distance: 16.4 km return (18 km including a short side-trip to the Shipstern Bluff Walk)
  • Duration: 3.5 - 5 hours return
  • Elevation: 645 m total elevation gain (undulates)
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Driving over to the wild and raw Tasman Peninsula you'll find yourself with a plethora of epic Tasmanian coastal hiking trails. One of my personal favourites is the Cape Raoul Track, a fairly long but scenic trail leading to the often-neglected Third Cape.

The walk is a fairly long walk and begins by gently climbing up the eucalypt forest and then descending down to the long plateau reaching out to Cape Raoul. Additionally, hikers will have the option to take a short detour to a viewpoint over Shipstern Bluff, one of the most notorious big-wave surf breaks on earth!

Cape raoul tasmania

16. Waterfall Bay, Devils Kitchen & Tasman Arch Track

  • Hiking Distance: 3.4 km return
  • Duration: 1 hour return
  • Elevation: Mostly flat
  • Difficulty: Easy

Looking for another short hike on Tasmania's Tasman Peninsula? Consider checking out the Waterfall Bay track. This scenic trail is a great easy out-and-back track passing several famous geological formations including the Tasman Arch and Devil's Kitchen.

The track is wide, easy to follow and mostly flat for the duration. It follows the cliffline and is quite popular with day hikers since it's close to the Port Arthur site. There are plenty of spots to spot on the track to admire incredible coastal views and the unique geological phenomena that make the Tasman coast so famous.

Waterfall bay tasmania

17. The Fluted Cape Walk

  • Hiking Distance: 7.2 km (circuit loop)
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Elevation: 345 m total elevation gain
    315 m AMSL at the Cape lookout
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Bruny Island is an adventure paradise with some of the best hikes to do in Tasmania. In my opinion, one of the most rewarding on the island is the Fluted Cape Walk, offering excellent coastal views and abundant wildlife spotting opportunities!

The Fluted Cape track is a well-maintained loop hike that starts and finishes at the Adventure Bay car park and climbs to the top of the Fluted Cape, overlooking the dramatic Bruny Island coastline.

Yes, there are some steep sections but this hike offers absolutely breathtaking views of the Tasman Sea and cliffs that dive dramatically into the ocean with sea birds soaring overhead. Additionally, I recommend walking quietly as this is where we spotted the elusive white wallabies!

Fluted cape walk on bruny island, tasmania

Walks in North Tasmania

Northern Tasmania features varied landscapes from Mount Roland's imposing presence, the deep forested gorges of Leven Canyon, and the wild and wet coasts of the Arthur River.

I recommend staying in and around towns like Sheffield, Ulverstone, and Smithton as the main gateways to the Central Highlands and blending a local agricultural charm with wilderness access. Or, stay in Launceston or Devonport for the more northern Tasmania hiking trails!

Read: Things to do in Launceston

18. The Nut

  • Hiking Distance: 2.9 km circuit loop
  • Duration: 45 minutes - 1 hour
  • Elevation: 170 m total elevation gain
    The Nut height: 152 m AMSL
  • Difficulty: Moderate (well-maintained but a little steep)

Climbing the Nut is a right of passage for hikers in Tasmania. While perhaps not the most scenic walking trail in the state, it could be considered one of the most unique.

The Nut is located in the northern township of Stanley and is the remains of a volcanic plug. This mounded hill now sits on the edge of the island overlooking the Bass Strait. Expect a relatively gentle ascent as you make your way up The Nut, offering panoramic views that become increasingly impressive as you climb

The nut stanley

19. The Evercreech Falls & White Knights Walk

Evercreech Forest Reserve is an incredibly underrated forest area in North Eastern Tasmania offering two scenic rainforest walks and great opportunities for free camping.

Both loops are short but very picturesque, showcasing the very best of the natural beauty of the region. The Evercreech Falls loop is a little longer and wraps around the creek to the base of a small rainforest waterfall.

The second trail, the "White Knights of Evercreech" features five of Australia's largest White Gums, or Manna Gums (Eucalyptus viminalis). They stand over 90 metres tall and some of the thicker ones are over 300 years.

River crossing evercreech state reserve
Evercreech falls waterfall tasmania

20. Halls Falls Trail

  • Hiking Distance: 2.5 km return
  • Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy

The Halls Falls trail features a set of multiple cascading waterfalls located on the Groom River near Pyengana in the East of Tasmania. This short waterfall circuit leads to several viewing points of the waterfalls, as well as a rock-pool area and a historic, 19th-century weir.

The track is mostly an in-and-out trail but you will have the option of taking a loop back to the car park from about halfway to the falls. The surrounding nature here is a little drier than what you might in the surrounding region. There is a good mix of Aussie eucalypts and temperate rainforest myrtle trees and tall man ferns along the length of the track.

Halls falls hike in tasmania

21. Saint Columba Falls Track

  • Hiking Distance: 1.2 km return
  • Hike Duration: 20-30 minutes return
  • Elevation: Mostly Flat
  • Difficulty: Easy

St Columba is considered one of Tasmania's tallest permanent waterfalls. It's an absolutely magnificent sight and definitely should be added to your list of must-do walks in Tasmania. The walking track down to its base is an easy, short rainforest stroll surrounded by tree ferns and temperate rainforest flora.

At the end, you'll find a steel viewing platform providing the best view of the waterfall. When we visited, it was absolutely roaring and it was impossible to even stand on the platform a testament to just how wild this waterfall is!

St columba waterfall, tasmania

22. Leven Canyon Lookout

  • Hiking Distance: 1.9 km circuit loop
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Elevation: 149 m elevation gain
  • Difficulty: Easy

The Leven Canyon is located in Northern Tasmania, approximately 50 kilometres south of Devonport. This beautiful canyon lookout track is a great bang-for-time microadventure for those on a road trip in the north.

The Leven Canyon lookout offers two main vantage points: the Forest Stairs to the upper lookout for panoramic views and a lower platform that brings you closer to the canyon’s depth, showcasing the dramatic landscape from different perspectives.

The views from the top are fantastic, and better yet, this Tasmanian hiking trail is a circuit loop, meaning you'll get more views and less doubling back!

Leven canyon tasmania

Hikes in Central Tasmania & Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

Central Tasmania is an alpine heartland and one of the most famous hiking regions of Tasmania. It's home to the Overland Track and the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, offering rugged mountain hikes and serene lake walks.

Base your adventures in towns like Deloraine or Mole Creek, which provide access to both the Central Plateau and the majestic Cradle Mountain.

For hikes in Cradle Mountain, you can buy a Cradle Mountain Daily Pass (includes shuttle service). Current prices are

  • Adults $27.95
  • Children $11.20
  • Family $67.10.

23. Dove Lake Circuit at Cradle Mountain

  • Hiking Distance: 5.7 km (loop)
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Elevation: 130 m total elevation gain (undulating)
  • Difficulty: Easy

Cradle Mountain is one of the most famous hiking areas in Tasmania, and for good reason. This scenic alpine region features some of the most iconic Tasmanian hiking trails including Cradle Mountain summit and the Overland Track.

If you're after a relatively easy day walk in Cradle Country, look no further than the Dove Lake Circuit Track. This beautiful lakeside loop circumvents the lake and ducks into dense alpine rainforest while also offering excellent views of the surrounding peaks.

Read: How to Get to Cradle Mountain

Cradle mountain from launceston, hiking in cradle country, tasmania

24. Bridal Veil Falls and Champagne Falls Track

  • Hiking Distance: 5.2 km circuit
  • Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours
  • Elevation: 300 m total elevation gain
  • Difficulty: Easy-moderate

There are so many great hikes and walking tracks in Tasmania's Cradle Country. However, its popularity often means that the trails are a little crowded. If you're up for a great waterfall hike without the crowds, consider checking out the Bridal Veil Falls and Champagne Falls track, two hidden gem waterfalls that I highly recommend!

You'll find this walk near the Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat on the way up to Cradle Mountain. It's a little bit of a detour to get here, but let me assure you that the trip is more than worth it. Especially if you're a waterfall fan as this track offers two on the same loop track!

The loop is manageable for most hikers, with clear trails and moderate inclines, making it a rewarding detour for anyone venturing towards Cradle Mountain, especially if you love waterfalls!

Bridal veil falls tasmania
Champagne falls tasmania

25. The Overland Track

  • Hiking Distance: 65 kilometres one-way
  • Duration: 6 days (recommended)
  • Elevation: Varies, with several ascents and descents across mountain passes
  • Difficulty: Moderate to challenging

The Overland Track is Tasmania's most famous multi-day alpine hike. It stretches from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair, the deepest freshwater lake in Australia.

This iconic trail traverses the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, featuring a diverse landscape of glacially carved valleys, ancient rainforests, alpine meadows, and highland moorlands.

Hikers will encounter breathtaking scenery, including the majestic Cradle Mountain, the towering dolerite columns of Barn Bluff, and the serene beauty of Lake St Clair. Since this is a popular hike, the track is well-defined and includes boardwalks over sensitive areas, with huts and camping sites along the route for overnight stays.

Tip: You'll need to book this one with transport for the peak hiking season in Tasmania season (October to May).

Lake and mountain peaks in the cradle mountain region

26. The Three Falls Circuit

  • Hike Distance: 6 km loop
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Elevation: Mostly flat with short sections of easy stair climbing
  • Difficulty: Easy

The lower section of Mount Field National Park is truly one of Tasmania's most beautiful rainforests. And, easily the best way to experience all of its incredible natural scenery is to take the easy 6-kilometre loop hike known as the Three Falls Circuit.

This waterfall walk features some of Tasmania's most famous waterfalls including Russell Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Lady Barron Falls. You'll also get to check out the famous tall trees section of Mt Field National Park, making it one of the most rewarding short walks in Tasmania!

Three falls circuit hike and tall trees walk in mount field national park tasmania

27. Quamby Bluff

  • Hiking Distance: 7 km return
  • Duration: 3-5 hours
  • Elevation: Total elevation gain: 523 m
    Quamby Bluff height: 1,227 m
  • Difficulty: Moderate - Hard

Quamby Bluff is a 1,227-metre peak north of the main escarpment of Tasmania's Great Western Tiers range. It's a very prominent mountain and can be seen from the Bass Highway connecting Launceston and Devonport.

This walk is great as Quamby Bluff is also one of the easiest mountains to climb in the Great Western Tiers of Northern Tasmania. While the difficulty steps up a little on this hike compared to others on the list, it's still a very doable day walk for most!

From the top, you'll get expansive views of the surrounding farmland, the Central Highlands, and on clear days, the distant peaks of Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair, offering a rewarding panorama that encapsulates Tasmania's diverse landscapes.

Quamby bluff track
Quamby bluff walk tasmania

Hikes in Western Tasmania

Western Tasmania is one of Tasmania's most remote and wild wilderness regions and includes the untouched rainforests of the Tarkine and the challenging terrains of the West Coast Range. You'll find the Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, the Granite Tor and Mount Murchison in the West.

Queenstown and Strahan are key towns offering access to this wild and largely unexplored part of the state.

28. The Montezuma Falls Track

  • Hiking Distance: 11 km return
  • Duration: 3 hours return
  • Elevation: 120 m total elevation gain (gradual and mostly flat)
  • Duration: 3 hours return

Montezuma Falls has the crown for being Tasmania's highest permanent waterfall. This hike was one of my favourite in Tasmania, following an easy yet scenic forest track along an old mining route. On this trail you'll traverse through dense rainforest, featuring a rich tapestry of ferns, towering eucalyptus trees, and the remnants of Tasmania's mining heritage, including old railway sleepers and bridges.

This waterfall hiking trail is located near Williamsford, which is approximately two kilometres south of Rosebery in Tasmania's west.

At the end, you'll be rewarded with a view directly below the sleepy, multi-tiered giant known as Montezuma Falls, towering 104 metres (341 ft) above.

Montezuma falls hike in tasmania

29. Nelson Falls Track

  • Hiking Distance: 1.4 km return
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Elevation: N/A
  • Difficulty: Very easy

Jetting across the island state and we've arrived in the unmissable Western Wilds. The Strahan and West Coast region has a lot to offer but one of my favourite short hikes, the Nelson Falls track, just should not be missed.

Nelson Falls is located just outside of Queenstown after the beautiful 99-bends road on the edge of Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. It's a perfect roadside stopover hike for those driving to and from Queenstown and Derwent Bridge.

The Nelson Falls track, accessible year-round, winds through an ancient rainforest, leading visitors on an easy walk to one of Tasmania's most picturesque waterfalls in the state!

Nelson falls tasmania

30. The Tarkine Walks

The Tarkine, or Takanya, is Australia's largest body of temperate rainforest. It's a very wild, wet and undeniably beautiful region that is unfortunately under threat! Logging and mining companies are expanding in the region at the cost of this rich, biodiverse global treasure.

Since Takanya is largely managed by Tasmania's Forestry industry (logging), there are not many well-known or well-established hiking trails.

I believe that the more people that get to explore this beautiful landscape for themselves, the stronger the movement to protect it will grow. That's why I'm encouraging you, keen hikers, to go and explore (respectfully), the Tarkine Rainforest.

Some of my favourites include the Trowutta Arch walk, Lake Chrisholm and the Milkshake Hills. These are accessible if you have a vehicle and you plan to explore the region via scenic Tarkine Drive.

Lake chrisholm track tarkine rainforest hikes in tasmania

31. Hogarth Falls Track

  • Hiking Distance: 2.1 km return
  • Duration: 45 minutes - 1 hour return
  • Elevation: N/A
  • Difficulty: Very easy

The Hogarth Falls hike is another notable waterfall trail in the south of Tasmania. This hike is one of the easiest day walks that I've done in Tasmania.

One great thing about this Tasmanian waterfall hike is just how easily accessible it is. Visitors will find the car park to the waterfall track just a few minute's drive from the main ferry port in Strahan. The truth is that you can even walk here from town!

Hogarth falls tasmania

32. Frenchman's Cap Hike

  • Hiking Distance: 46 km return
  • Duration: 3-5 days
  • Elevation: 1,446 m at the peak
  • Difficulty: Moderate to challenging

Frenchman's Cap is a striking quartzite peak within the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park in Tassie's wild west region. The trail takes adventurers through diverse terrains, from dense rainforests and button grass moorlands leading to the challenging ascent of the cap itself.

Since I first visited this region, the route has been improved significantly, with boardwalks over muddy sections making it much easier. However, don't be fooled as it remains a true wilderness experience, demanding good physical fitness and preparation.

At the top of the camp, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views overlooking the vast wilderness and the iconic Franklin River below. Water is available at designated campsites along the way but it's best to confirm with Tas Parks before you go and treatment with a good water bottle filter is a good idea.

Frenchman's cap tasmania

33. Philosopher Falls Hike

  • Hiking Distance: 3 km return
  • Duration: 1 hour return
  • Elevation: Mostly flat with short stair descent at the end
  • Difficulty: Easy

Philosopher Falls is an enchanting walk located near the Tarkine region of northwest Tasmania and is known for its ancient rainforests and rich mining history. It's very much a hidden gem, and I believe this trail reveals one of the most beautiful forest trails in all of Tasmania.

The track begins with a series of steps leading down through a lush, moss-covered forest, with stunning ferns and towering trees. Much of the well-maintained path follows some sections of boarded paths with dedicated staircases for the descent to the waterfall viewpoint.

Hiking the philosopher falls track in tasmania
Philosopher falls waratah tasmania

Hikes in Southern Tasmania & Southwest National Park

This is my favorite hiking region in Tasmania. Southern Tasmania, the Hartz Mountains and the Southwest National Park in particular are known for their pristine, inaccessible and truly wild wilderness areas. You'll find a bunch of challenging hikes here like Federation Peak and some more accessible options as well.

Stay in Hobart as your launchpad to these remote areas or look for remote camping or accommodation options on AirBnB.

34. Hartz Peak Track

  • Hiking Distance: 8 km return (out-and-back)
  • Duration: Official time: 4 hours
    My recommended time: 2.5 hours
  • Elevation: 519 m total elevation gain
    Hartz Peak: 1,253 m AMSL
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Hartz Peak is a beautiful mountain located in the easily accessible Hartz Mountains National Park in the South of Tasmania. The alpine surroundings will make you feel like you are deep in uncharted Tassie wilderness but in reality, this is one of the easiest summit walks you'll find in Tasmania above 1,200 metres!

Views from the top extend far beyond the Harts Range and deep into some of the most iconic mountains in Tasmania such as Precipitous Bluff and the Arthur's Ranges.

Hartz peak and hartz lake

35. Arve Falls Track

  • Hiking Distance: 800 meters return
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Elevation: N/A
  • Difficulty: Very easy

While Hogarth Falls is one of the easiest waterfall hikes in Tasmania, this one is even shorter! On the way into the Hartz Mountains National Park, you'll pass the short walking track to Arve Falls, one of the quickest and easiest waterfall hikes in Tassie!

This waterfall is also one of the most unique in Tasmania as it sits near 1,000 metres above sea level, resulting in it often being surrounded by a blanket of snow.

This quick, 10-minute easy walk is a must if you're visiting the Hartz Mountain to hike Hartz Peak. I recommend hiking to Hartz Peak for sunrise and visiting this one on the way back down.

Arve falls tasmania

36. Adamsons Falls Track

  • Hiking Distance: 6.8 km return (from the trailhead)
    Our distance: 9.8 km from the Chestermans Road/Coal Hill Road fork
  • Duration: 2.5 -3.5 hours return
    Our time: 2 hours 45 minutes from the Chestermans Road/Coal Hill Road fork
  • Elevation: 265 m total elevation gain (undulating)
    370 m for us
  • Difficulty: Difficult (muddy, fallen trees everywhere)

Deep in the far south of the state is the trailhead to one of my absolute favourite waterfall hikes in Tasmania. The Adamsons Falls hike is an epic adventure and definitely a waterfall that you have to earn. This hiking trail enters Southwest National Park, one of Tasmania's most rugged and unforgiving regions.

Getting out here is also quite a challenge in itself. Unfortunately, we were limited in how far we could get our big van so we were forced to extend the walk by a few kilometres.

The track is also very overgrown, wet and cold, making navigation challenging. This, combined with the relative remoteness and lack of phone reception also adds to the danger so make sure that you are prepared if you commit to this Tasmanian hiking trail.

Adamsons falls tasmania

37. Duckhole Lake Track

  • Hiking Distance: 4.4 km return
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Elevation: Mostly flat
  • Difficulty: Easy

The Duckhole Lake track is another short hiking trail in the deep south on the edge of Southwest National Park. This walk is much more pleasant and easy-going than Adamsons, Falls (although definitely not as epic!).

This mostly boarded track winds its way into the forest towards Duckhole Lake, which is actually a sinkhole that has been filled by rainwater. There are usually a few ducks swimming in this natural rainforest pool and if you’re lucky, you might even spot a platypus or two as we did.

The Duckhole Lake track and the Adamsons Falls track are great walks to check out for those visiting the Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs.

Duckhole lake tasmania, sinkhole hike

38. Styx Tall Trees Walk

  • Hiking Distance: 1 km loop
  • Duration: 20-30 minutes
  • Elevation: Mostly flat
  • Difficulty: Very easy

Many people visit Tasmania to witness one of the last, truly wild places on earth. A visit to the Southern Forests of Tasmania allows you a glimpse of some of the tallest and biggest trees in the Southern Hemisphere. The Styx Tall Trees Conservation offers the chance to see some of the absolute tallest eucalypt regnans!

As you walk along a mostly flat rainforest trail, you'll find yourself amid giants, with some Eucalyptus regnans soaring over 80 meters high!

This area is located near Maydena, approximately an hour's drive from Hobart. If you're planning a visit out to Mt Field National Park (you should), then a detour to the Styx fits in well!

Tip: This hike is very easy and in my opinion is a great walk for those interested in conservation. The Styx Valley is a living classroom with insights into the importance of old-growth forests and their role in biodiversity and climate regulation (you'll see some informative, yet dated signs along the trail).

Tasmanian giant trees in the styx valley

39. South Coast Track

  • Hiking Distance: Approximately 85 km one-way
  • Duration: 6-8 days
  • Elevation: Mostly flat with occasional steep sections
  • Difficulty: Moderate to challenging

The South Coast Track is a multi-day walk along Tasmania’s wild southern coastline on the rugged stretches of Tasmania's deep south coast. This remote track stretches from Melaleuca to Cockle Creek, with pristine beaches, rugged coastlines, and untouched rainforests.

Did I mention it was remote? The track begins with a scenic flight or private boat to Melaleuca, the only way to access the track's western end! You can also walk from East to West to end with the flight.

Despite being predominantly flat, the trail's difficulty stems from its remote location, potentially boggy conditions, and river crossings that can be challenging after heavy rain. Furthermore, this is one of the coldest regions of Tasmania. But, you'll be treated to spectacular views of the Southern Ocean and plenty of opportunities to spot unique Tasmanian wildlife along the way.

Note: This hike is much more difficult than the Overland Track! Make sure you come prepared.

Rugged tasmania coast

40. Federation Peak

  • Hiking Distance: Official: 40 km
    Recorded to Berchevaise Plateau return: 64.92 km
  • Duration: 2-5 days
  • Elevation: Total elevation gain of roughly 1,800 m
    Federation Peak: 1,274 m AMSL
  • Difficulty: Very Difficult, experience mandatory;
    Tas Parks: T5 level - wilderness track

This last item on this list of epic hikes in Tasmania is not for the faint of heart! Federation Peak is the iconic Tasmanian spire mountain located deep in the Southwest National Park wilderness. Nicknamed Feddy or Fedder, this 1,274-metre peak is nowhere near the tallest mountain in Tasmania but holds the fiercest reputation.

Usually attempted over 2-5 days, we tried in 3 in the midst of Winter and were unsuccessful at the summit due to icy, wild conditions. We were very well prepared for the hike but the unfortunate truth for us was that weather is king out here!

If you're an experienced bushwalker looking for a real mental and physical challenge, this is one of the best you'll get in Tasmania.

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41. The Western Arthur's Range Traverse

  • Hiking Distance: Approx. 80 kilometres
  • Duration: 10-14 days
  • Elevation: Varies, crossing multiple peaks over 1,000 m
  • Difficulty: Very challenging

Deep in the Southwest National Park lies the Western Arthur's Ranges, one of the most rugged and raw mountain environments on earth. There are 22 peaks here and over 30 scenic mountain lakes to explore.

Hikers must be fully self-sufficient, carrying all food, tents, and navigation equipment. Highlights include the ascent of Federation Peak, if the weather is kind, and incredible views at Lake Oberon, nestled among the rugged mountains.

This trek is recommended for experienced bushwalkers due to its navigation challenges, unpredictable weather, and absence of marked trails in sections. Many hikers choose to do the more popular 5-7 day route starting at Alpha Moraine and exiting at Kappa Moraine This cuts the hike down to about 62 km but it is still only recommended for very experienced hikers with the right gear.

Tip: If you're serious about this hike, I recommend doing your research and speaking with TasParks beforehand. This is a good guide to help.

Hiking to federation peak in tasmania

The Best Tasmania Hiking Tours

While there are loads of hikes and epic bushwalks you can take on the Apple Isle, below are the top 3 organized tours you can book online.

  • From Hobart: Hike in Freycinet & Wineglass Bay - explore the best beautiful coastal trails on Tassie's east coast in a single day trip.
  • From Hobart: Maria Island Active Tour - an awesome full day of hiking and exploring Maria Island– the best place in Tassie for wildlife spotting!
  • From Launceston: Cradle Mountain Day Tour - experience alpine Tasmania on an epic full-day walking trip in Cradle Country.
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More Hikes in Tasmania: The Wishlist

Obviously, hitting every single hiking trail in Tasmania is just not possible unless you dedicate an entire lifetime to the pursuit! I compiled this comprehensive Tasmanian hiking guide after spending 4 months hiking in Tasmania almost every day!

I'll definitely be back to tick off some that I didn't have time for. Below is a list of a few more epic Tasmanian hikes that are on my wish list! Each has links to corresponding guides by other bloggers and outdoor writers.

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Tasmania Hiking FAQs

Do I need to pay a National Park Fee to hike in Tasmania?

In Tasmania, accessing national parks requires a valid park pass, which can be purchased online or at any National Park Visitor Centre across the state. Here are the updated prices for these passes:

24-Hour Pass: $44.75 per vehicle or $22.35 per person
Holiday Pass (Up to 2 Months): $89.50 per vehicle or $44.75 per person
Annual All Parks Pass: $95.30 per vehicle (includes up to eight people)

These passes grant entry to all of Tasmania's national parks. Remember to display your receipt in your vehicle before you start your hike. In my opinion, for those planning an extended stay in Tasmania, the Annual Pass offers the best value, covering a vehicle and up to eight passengers.

What's the best way to get around Tasmania for hiking?

The best way to explore Tasmania and reach its various trailheads is by having your own vehicle. For those entering Tasmania via the Spirit of Tasmania ferry with a car, you’re all set to begin your adventure. If not, consider renting a car or van, as it provides the flexibility needed to access the more remote hiking locations, where public transportation options are limited. I recommend checking DiscoverCars for the best prices in Melbourne and in Tasmanian cities.

What are the top areas in Tasmania for hiking and bushwalking?

Tasmania is a hiker's paradise with diverse landscapes from rugged mountains to pristine beaches. It's hard to compare as every region is so different. Here are some of the best areas for hiking and bushwalking based on my experience.

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park: Renowned for the famous Overland Track, this area presents iconic alpine landscapes, ancient rainforests, and stunning glacial lakes. This is ideal for multi-day treks and scenic day walks since there's a convenient shuttle bus as well.

Freycinet National Park: Home to the famous Wineglass Bay, Freycinet offers coastal walks with breathtaking ocean views, granite peaks, and white sandy beaches. Perfect for both leisurely walks and the lengthier circuit walk.

Southwest National Park: My favorite region in Tasmania is also the wildest! Those seeking remote wilderness experiences, the deep south features the rugged Western Arthur Range and the South Coast Track.

Tasman Peninsula: Known mostly for the Three Capes Track, the Tasman Peninsula boasts dramatic sea cliffs, historic convict sites, and panoramic coastal vistas.

Tarkine Region: Offering a mix of rainforest walks and coastal trails, the Tarkine is a largely untouched wilderness area rich in Aboriginal heritage and diverse ecosystems.

Bruny Island & Maria Island: With unique wildlife, coastal heaths, and rainforest walks, Tasmania's famous islands are great for hiking day trips. The Fluted Cape Walk provides stunning sea cliff views!

That wraps up this comprehensive Tasmania hiking guide featuring 36 Must-do Hikes in Tasmania! If you enjoyed this free hiking resource, make sure to check out some of my other guides, featuring more hiking trails, waterfalls, adventures and all-around great travel inspiration.

If you find something that needs updating or if you have some suggestions or feedback, please leave a comment or reach out to me!

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The Ultimate Tasmania Travel Resource

Looking for more Tasmania travel guides & adventure inspiration? Below are my most comprehensive blog posts that will serve as a great free resource for your trip.

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Thursday 25th of August 2022

Thank you for the effort and detail of your travel guide. We are heading south in October for a month and your detailed information has helped greatly in us being able to plan our trip regarding what is achievable and what is not during our time there as two moderately active seniors in a caravan. It gives us wonderful selection of camps, trails, sights and activities which we are keen to see and do. It has also reduced the time we would have spent in Tourist information centers finding out what to see locally. I think I have read every page, thanks again.


Monday 3rd of January 2022

Thank you for this impressive list! Will be heading to Tassie for two weeks shortly :D

Olly Gaspar

Monday 3rd of January 2022

Enjoy, hope you make time for some of the hikes!