Tasmania, Australia’s “Natural State”, is home to a handfull of national parks, with one covering a sizeable portion of the island in the south west. In addition to the major parks everyone visits, we visited a few other sites based on the recommendation of residents. Some offered butt-kicking hikes, most rewarded us with beautiful views, and all took us out of the van and into nature.
Cataract Gorge in Launceston
If you’re looking for a butt-kicking incline to start the hike, take the path located on the left of the bridge. If you’re smarter than us, take the path on the right hand side — it’s paved, flatter, and only takes 15 minutes to reach the gorge versus 35 minutes for the steep route.
Camping tip: Camp for free wherever you see other backpacker vans overnight…then head to the toilet block at the gorge for a free shower in the morning!
Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park
The steep incline at the beginning was the most challenging of all our hikes in Tassie. Thankfully I came prepared and wore my work out clothes that day. One of my quirks — I can’t stand hiking in “regular” clothes, even for relatively short distances.
The Tasman Arch, the Blowhole, and the Devil’s Kitchen at the Tasman Peninsula
Mt Wellington in Hobart
Mt Wellington offered extremes — other than a tornado I lived through at age 8, this was the most windy weather I have ever experienced. It was so strong that it tore part of Paul Heinz right off! And it was freezing. I had tears streaming from eyes, my nose running, hands and and my hair became beyond tangled. But I enjoyed some of the prettiest views I’ve seen in Australia to date.
Hogarth Falls in Strahan
Funktastic brown water…
Henty Dunes and Ocean Beach near Strahan
Both of these places are definitely worth a look — two of my Tassie favorites!
The Boardwalk hike is relatively flat and full of lovely views.
I even had my first wombat-in-the-wild sighting!
The circuit around Dove Lake is easy, and you have a great view of Cradle Mountain for the first half.
Hope you enjoyed the videos and photos! Food and tourist attractions are on the way soon…