Get moving in Tassie
If you like your holidays high on adventure, there are plenty of ways to get your blood coursing through your veins when exploring Tasmania. Whether you’re wanting to tear through the wilderness on a bike, clamber over rocks or pick up the pace on a trail, make your getaway an action-packed one.
Short Walks of the Cradle Coast
You’re spoilt for choice for walks in Tasmania, particularly in the Cradle Coast. Short Walks of the Cradle Coast is a terrific resource – check out their online map which details the many tracks in the region. A ‘short walk’ can be up to six enjoyable hours return, so if you’ve got the energy to burn, choose from one of the lengthier trails like Mt Roland in Gowrie Park.
The Huon Pine Walk at Corinna only takes 20 minutes and is a breezy stroll under a canopy of conifers. Dip Falls, between Stanley and Wynyard, is also a must-see; considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Tassie. Pack a picnic and take the 2km track to Big Tree Reserve afterward to sit at the base of magnificent old growth trees.
And while thousands of hikers embark on Cradle Mountain’s Overland Track every year, there are plenty of shorter trails to choose from if you’re just after a day walk. There are two great options, both starting from Cradle Mountain Lodge. Knyvet Falls is a scenic 45 minute walk, while Enchanted Walk is a 20 minute boardwalk circuit with three interpretive tunnels kids will love. Head to the Interpretation Centre to do the ten minute long Pencil Pine Falls and Rainforest Walk.
If you’re heading to Queenstown, don’t miss Horsetail Falls Walk’s scenic 1km track. Over 14,000 people have visited since the walk opened in late 2017 and it’s easy to see why from the viewing platform you’ll get a spectacular view of the waterfall and town.
Get on your bike
If your preferred mode of transport is wheels instead of legs, you’ll be in your element biking around Tasmania. Mountain bikers are particularly well catered for, with stacks of world-class trails in some of the most picturesque parts of the state.
Derby (near Launceston) is home to one of the best mountain bike networks you’ll have the pleasure of riding. With 125km of purpose-built trails, novice to pros and kid to adult riders will all find something epic. With so many trails to choose from, you may even have the track to yourself.
In Devonport, Kelcey Tiers has long been a popular mountain biking spot. It was recently updated so it now has more tracks than ever, from smooth easy rides to harder technical trails. And down south at Maydena Bike Park, an hour and a half from Hobart, you’ll get incredible views over the Derwent Valley when dropping down the mountain.
Quad biking more your style? Tarkine Quad and Side by Side Adventures take quad tours through the Tarkine, Australia’s largest cool temperate rainforest. There are single day, overnight and three-day rides on offer, all leaving from Lapoinya on the North West coast.
Take a hike
If you’re looking for a serious challenge, the Western Arthurs Traverse in Southwest National Park will definitely give you one. The 70km circuit is no picnic – you’ll be scrambling up rocks, stomping through muddy waters and battling gale force winds. Estimated to take a week to finish, the Western Arthurs Traverse is not for the faint-hearted, nor the beginner hiker. With 22 major peaks, the views for those who do tackle it make it all worthwhile.