Tasmanian short walks
Tasmania has some of the most spectacular walks in the country. The Overland Track is probably the most famous but
Tassie has plenty of scope for less (and more) arduous hikes. As an added
bonus, it's a fairly small state, and there are tour companies who run shuttle
buses to and from some of the more popular trailheads.
Western Arthurs descent
Looking out over the Port Davey track from Moraine A in the Western Arthur
range in south-west Tasmania. The Western Arthurs are a long and spectacular
range, with many beautiful perched lakes on either side of the craggy main
Schouten Island is just off the end of the Freycinet Peninsula on the east
coast of Tasmania. There wasn't much walking involved in this trip - we payed a
bloke in Coles Bay to ferry us there and back by boat. I think the island is
separated from the peninsula by about a kilometre or so of water. An excellent
place for snorkeling and some pleasant day walking. This beach is just near the
Further along the main beach of Schouten Island.
The bloke with the boat is supposed to turn up this afternoon to take us back
to Coles Bay.
Back at Coles Bat after the Schouten Island trip.
A cold and foggy December day (yes, summertime) on the main loop at Cradle
Mountain in central-west Tasmania.
On a day walk from lake St Clair to Mt. Rufus and back.
Maria Island is just south of the Freycinet peninsula. This is a view from the
top of the walk up to Bishop and Clerk, the two most prominent outcrops on the
northern end of the island. Maria Island is a great spot if you want to do a
few day walks. You can stay in the old penitentiary and spend probably 2 or 3
days walking around the northern end of the island. If you've got a bicycle and
like bush camping, you could probably spend a week there. There are no cars,
but it looks like there are a good number of reasonable firetrails that would
let you explore much more of the island.
Sunset from Maria Island
Looking back towards Triabunna from the north end of Maria Island. I didn't
really need to walk far to get this image - this spot is only a few hundred
metres from the penitentiary.
Creek near French's Farm
This scene is from an April 2006 kayaking trip to Maria Island. From Rheban
Beach near Orford on the Tasmanian east coast we paddled out past Lachlan
Island and landed here, near French's Farm a few hours later.
Just down from the hut at French's Farm is this quite picturesque wetland.