Natures Art is amazing and Tasmania has a lot of it. If you’re travelling to this little island here are some walks you should consider doing.
Organ Pipes, Mount Wellington
The mountain which towers over Hobart is crisscrossed by paths offering panoramic views out across town. A four-hour return hike from Fern Tree (reachable by public transportation ) to pass from the incredible stone formation called the Organ Pipes necessitates some moderate scaling, from 720 metres to 1000 metres. Those with cars can drive into the rugged peak, where you will find lookouts and an enclosed visitors Center from which you may admire the scenery when escaping the biting breeze. After your hike, you can treat yourself to a beautiful Hobart dinner to relax and rewind.
RUSSELL FALLS, MT FIELD NATIONAL PARK
The 2nd oldest national park in Australia (the earliest is the Royal National Park south of Sydney) is Mt Field National Park, established as a nature reserve in 1885 and less than an hour’s drive from Hobart. It is a perfect day trip if you are staying Hobart’s city centres’ waterfront accommodation retains the dubious distinction of becoming the location where the last Tasmanian tiger was recorded in 1933. They need to have been strict about taking endangered creatures from the wild afterwards. Now it’s a simple walking course (even wheelchair accessible) that takes people out to stage the backs of the telephones in the stunning Russell Falls. The volcano beneath it includes lovely ferns and towering swamp gums, a number of the world’s tallest trees. Longer, stay overnight walks at the park are also possible.
Can there be a more picture-perfect shore anywhere in the entire world than Wineglass Bay? It is in Freycinet National Park, a 2.5-hour driveway across the East Coast in Hobart. It is a small steep haul up the mountain from Coles Bay to the watch on the saddle between Mt Amos and Mt Mayson, but the trail is nicely made and it must take just 1-1.5 hours every way. And what a view from the very top! In case you have time and you are feeling more adventurous, you may scale down another side to the shore itself, doubling the amount of your walk.
Among the very easily-reached paths begins from the Hobart suburb of Mt Nelson. The 2.1 kilometres (one way) track climbs gently through bushland and opens woods with wildflowers in spring and tons of birds no matter what the season. Close to the summit that the Truganini Museum celebrates the initial Tasmanians and their descendants. A bonus after the walk is coffee, dinner or lunch in the beautifully restored historical Signal Station, together with views across to the Tasman Peninsula — onto a nice day.
LAKE ST CLAIR
In the Visitors Center in Cynthia Bay, about a 2.5-hour drive from Hobart, you will find choices for beautiful short walks along the lakeside and also a serious trek up Mt Rufus. There is a fantastic probability of seeing wallabies and wombats, and perhaps a platypus at dawn or twilight. For a complete day trip, a ferry will take down the lake into Narcissus Hut, from where it is a 15-kilometre stroll back across the last part of the famous Overland Track into the Visitors Center. Permit about 5-7 hours to get it done, camera in hand!
Cape Hauy, Tasman Peninsula
Most traffic to the Tasman Peninsula, only north-west of Hobart, head directly for the infamous Port Arthur penal settlement. However, the area also includes fine coastal walks, which range from 15-minute family strolls to demanding multi-day treks. The Cape Huay Track, 4.4km every way, results in the rocky cliffs comprising the dolerite pillars, the Candlestick and the Totem Pole, popular challenges for rock-climbers and abseilers. Increasing them isn’t a crucial part of the walk!