Tourism Tasmania's latest initiative is the Unordinary Adventures program designed to - once the border reopens - encourage visitors to explore more of the island and increase the contribution they make to our local communities.
Tasmania has long been a mecca for bushwalkers and has received many accolades for its world-renowned walks in the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area.
Tasmania's ancient landscapes and endemic flora and fauna make Tasmania the ultimate bushwalking destination, earning the state a world-class reputation for its fine walking tracks including the:
OVERLAND TRACK Tasmania’s best-known wilderness walk can be explored independently or on a guided trip. Spanning 65km of varied terrain through Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, the track traverses some of Tasmania’s most impressive mountains and its tallest peak, Mount Ossa.
The track generally takes five to seven days to complete and is open year-round. In winter, snow blankets the landscape and only very experienced walkers should tackle the track independently. The most popular time to walk is during the warmer months from October to May, when walking numbers are capped to protect the sensitive alpine environment. Bookings with Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service are essential for all walkers.
THREE CAPES TRACK Located on Tasman Peninsula in the state’s south east, this 48-kilometre track spans Australia’s highest sea cliffs, winding through coastal heath and eucalypt forest in Tasman National Park. Bookings with Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service are essential for all walkers. The experience starts at the Port Arthur Historic Site with a boat ride to the trackhead at Denmans Cove, and takes four days.
Opened in 2015, the track has been built to dry-boot standard and is suitable for walking year-round. It features three environmentally-sensitive huts with cooking facilities, reducing the amount of equipment needed and opening up the track to people with a reasonable level of fitness but limited bushwalking experience. Walkers are required to stay in the huts and cannot pitch a tent.
SOUTH COAST TRACK Located in Southwest National Park on the southern edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, this is one of Australia’s most remote and rugged walks. Flanked by the wild Southern Ocean, it spans 85 kilometres of coastal terrain between Melaleuca and Cockle Creek, and passes the island’s southernmost point. The track can be walked in either direction, but walkers generally start at Melaleuca, accessible by light plane from Cambridge Airport near Hobart, and depart Cockle Creek by shuttle bus or car.
The walk generally takes six to eight days and is suitable for self-sufficient, experienced walkers only. The unpredictable weather conditions, weather-dependency of flights and expanses of exposed track mean the warmer months are most popular.