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Can anyone recommend good places for walking in Tasmania?

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1. Posted by Molly Muld (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

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Spending 2 weeks in Tasmania in October - some with family and the rest toruing. Enjoy walking so would really appreciate any ideas for good day walks etc. and where to stay. Sounds really lovely there but is the weather OK at that time of year?

Thanks.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 8y

I don't think the weather in Tasmania can ever really be relied upon. Chances are that it will rain. But that's okay - when it's raining, that just means the rainforests are even more beautiful, with the moss and ferns all glisteningly gorgeous.
Just be certain you have good hiking footwear which can deal with mud or the path turned to stream.
I only ever had a chance to see the Cradle Mountain area of Tasmania: but that's definitely an area I can recommend for hiking.

3. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

In October it is at its most unpredictable but over the last few years it has been getting drier and drier so if you are lucky you may experience nice weather your whole time especially if you don't spend much of your time on the West Coast. the East Coast of Tasmania is really nice and is usually the warmest part with least rain. Hobart area is generally a little colder than the east coast, with more overcast days but we don't get much rain at all during daylight hours. The West Coast has a lot more rainy days and is the coldest region of Tasmania over all.

Nice areas for walking are Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park have nice small treks. Mount Wellington has a lot of little treks you can do which if you are willing to explore you can find some hidden wonders. Of course their is also the overland track which is what a lot of trekkers do, but that is a multi-day hike.

You should have a look at the Discover Tasmania site http://www.discovertasmania.com/. That site is the one which is always advertised on local television as the Tasmanian governments tourism site. It has a lot of information which you may find helpful. If it doesn't have what you need it will have phone numbers and email addresses you can contact.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 13, 2008, at 2:03 AM by aharrold45 ]

4. Posted by OzRocco (Budding Member 45 posts) 8y

Some sound advice above.

The Cradle Mountain / Dove Lake national park has some excellent walks.
In April 05, we walked the dove lake circuit in about 3 hours - with kids 3, 7 and 10 years old.
There are other options to make it longer or shorter.
We had A1 weather, but as has been stated earlier, you want to be ready for anything, anytime.

We also spent a fair bit of time in and around the Southern Coastlines - Eagle Hawk/Port Arthur and Bruny Island lighthouse and surrounds - not so much for the hiking but magnificent wild coastline / scenery.

walk on.

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3711 posts) 8y

I'd agree about Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park - both are beautiful. There is also a nice walk in Launceston to the gorge (the name escapes me).

6. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

Quoting bex76

I'd agree about Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park - both are beautiful. There is also a nice walk in Launceston to the gorge (the name escapes me).

It is the Cataract Gorge

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

A walk which I particularly enjoyed in Tasmania was the Higgs Track to Lake Nameless/Ironstone Mountain in the Great Western Tiers. Arriving on the plateau of the tiers is like stepping out into a prehistoric world, all weird plants and thousands of wallabies! It's also well off the beaten track so you'd probably get some solitude here. We made it a 2-day trek, staying at the Lady Lake hut which is both free and excellent.