Tasmania: Hiking - Walking
Top Destination for 2009
Tasmania is famed for its wilderness trails and tracks throughout the world. With over a third of Tasmania's land mass protected as National Parks and World Heritage Areas, there is no shortage of wonderful scenery in which to walk. Tasmania offers spectacular scenery for walking enthusiasts, which is made all the more accommodating by its temperate maritime climate. Tasmania has walks for every level of fitness and experience. There are more than 60 short walks that will take you into rainforests, along ancient sea cliffs, beside turquoise seas and over jagged mountain peaks. A hike in Tasmania will take you along well-maintained tracks and you will have the support of knowledgeable park rangers and top quality guides too – if you want them. Perhaps most importantly, you will be far away from any crowds. You can walk the coastal beaches of the Bay of Fires or head deep into the wilderness of the south west and it will seem as if you are the only person on earth. Tasmania's most famous trek, The Overland Track, takes you on a six day scenic adventure from Cradle Mountain to Australia’s deepest lake, Lake St Clair. You will hike through everything from majestic dolerite peaks and alpine lakes to rocky gorges and button grass plains. There are plenty of other hiking trails in Tasmania too. Why not fly to Melaleuca and challenge yourself on the South Coast Track?