Getting outside in nature is so refreshing. We’ve listed 35 walks in Southern Tasmania.
Before you go, please read the Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service safety guidelines, check current conditions, and adequately prepare. On your adventure, please stick to pathways, take only photos, leave no trace, and don’t feed or get too close to the wildlife (no matter how cute).
All walks within Tasmania’s national parks require a valid Parks Pass.
Walks in the Channel
The scenic d’Entrecasteaux Channel is a short drive south from Hobart and is home to some beautiful bush and coastal walks.
- Fossil Cove (30 min/1 km return): Walk through light bushland to the secluded cove at Blackmans Bay, with views across to the Iron Pot Lighthouse. At low tide, explore the large rock archway and fossil-filled wave-cut platform.
- Dru Point (30 min/1.8 km return): Bird enthusiasts, stroll along the scenic banks of the North West Bay River at Margate, with top views over the estuary to kunanyi/Mt Wellington. There is an Aboriginal Garden near the beginning of the walk.
- North West Bay River (40 min/1.6 km return): The track starts at the Sandfly Oval and runs parallel to Cooke Rivulet down to North West Bay River. Wind through heathland, black peppermint and black gum forest, and white gum forest. Explore dolerite boulders and carved bedrock pools beneath the cliffs.
- Snug Falls (1 hr/2 km return): The well-worn track gradually descends through bushland to the cool, fern-lined gully beneath the waterfall. Dogs allowed on-lead.
- Boronia Beach (1 hr/2 km return): Departs from Kingston and winds through blue gums, sheoaks, and cypress pines to the secluded beach, with views out to the Iron Pot and Eastern Shore.
- Tinderbox Hills (1.5 hrs/3.6 km return): The walk follows the ridgeline up through open bushland, rewarding with spectacular views across Storm Bay and North West Bay. The Tinderbox Peninsula’s white gum forest is critical habitat for the threatened forty-spotted pardalote.
- Coningham Clifftop Track (1.5 hrs/3.8 km return): Walk from the white sands of Coningham Beach up through beautiful bushland along the clifftops. Enjoy stunning views across North West Bay to kunanyi/Mt Wellington, Tinderbox and Bruny Island.
- Alum Cliffs Track (2 hrs/6 km return): This coastal walk begins behind Kingston Beach and winds through bushland along clifftops to the Taroona Shot Tower. Dogs allowed on-lead. You can also add on the Brickfields Track.
- Pelverata Falls (2 hrs/6km return): Walk to an impressive waterfall in the Snug Tiers Nature Reserve (most impressive after some decent rain).
- The Peter Murrell Reserves (various): Discover a network of trails suitable for bushwalking, dog walking, mountain biking, and horse riding. Admire a wide range of flora and fauna.
Pupper parents, sniff out our list of dog-friendly exercise spots in the Channel.
Walks on Bruny Island
- Mavista Nature Walk (30–40 min/1.4 km return): A beautiful short bushwalk for nature lovers along a shaded gully filled with ancient wet forest.
- Alonnah–Sheepwash Bay (1 hr/3 km return): Follow an old rock-walled carriageway between two previous jetty sites, past remnants of early settler occupation.
- Grass Point (1.5 hrs/4 km return): A delightful coastal walk from Adventure Bay to the remains of an old whaling station in the South Bruny National Park.
- Fluted Cape (2.5 hrs/4 km): A clockwise circuit encompassing Grass Point, then climbing steeply up Fluted Cape. Rewards with amazing cliff-top views.
- Cape Queen Elizabeth (3 hrs/12 km return): An enchanting walk past lagoons, coastal heath, white gum habitat, interesting rock formations, and secluded beaches.
- East Cloudy Head (4 hrs/12 km return): The walk begins with a 3 km stroll along the beach at Cloudy Bay, then follows a small creek inland before climbing through colourful heathland to East Cloudy Head.
- Luggaboine Circuit (1.5 hrs/4 km) / Labillardiere Peninsula Circuit (5 hrs/15 km): A stunning coastal walk that can be done as a short loop or as an all-day walk.
Walks in the Huon Valley
- Billy Brown Falls (1 hr/2.5 km return): The walk is located on the northern side of Judbury and winds through dry and wet sclerophyll forest to the falls.
- Mount Misery (3 hrs/5 km return): This one begins at Huon Bush Retreats and the nature reserve features interpretive panels, open grasslands, acacia groves, rainforest, young eucalypt regrowth, and towering old-growth forest.
- Lake Skinner (4–5 hrs/6.5 km return): A solid, gradual climb through forest, transitioning to an alpine environment. Enjoy magnificent views over the Weld Valley and southwest wilderness. Accessible via Judbury, located within the Southwest National Park.
Walks within the Hartz Mountains National Park
- Waratah Lookout (5 min return): A very short, gentle stroll to an impressive lookout.
- Arve Falls (20 min return): A short walk to a pretty waterfall.
- Lake Osborne (40 min return): A short stroll offering a peek into the dramatic landscape.
- Lake Esperance (1.5–2 hrs/3.4 km return): Follow the well-constructed boardwalk track (may be snowy in winter) to a picturesque glacial lake, nestled beneath the dolerite spine called The Devils Backbone.
- Hartz Peak (3–5 hrs/7.4 km return): A challenging hike through a glacial landscape to the summit of Hartz Peak (1254 metres). Rewards with spectacular views out over the southwest wilderness.
Walks in Tasmania’s Far South
Feel worlds away, just a 1–2 hour drive south from Hobart. Discover raw, remote, unspoiled Tasmanian wilderness.
- Platypus Walk (short): An easy, wheelchair accessible track starting near the thermal pool at Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs and showcasing the surrounding rainforest.
- Hot Springs Track (slightly longer, also at Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs): Feel the place where the warm waters of one creek meet the cold waters of another.
- Duckhole Lake (1.5 hrs/4.2 km return): A mostly boardwalk track following a late 19th century sawmill tramway to a picturesque flooded sinkhole in the forest.
- Stringers Cove to Garretts Bight (1.5–2 hrs/6 km return): Follow a 4WD track to a steep climb down onto rocky shoreline. Climb over large rocks to a deep, beautiful bay.
- Mystery Creek Cave Entrance (2 hrs/4 km return): A mostly-flat walk near Ida Bay, featuring mining and rail relics. The cave is home to glowworms (it is not recommended that walkers continue past the initial cave entrance, as it is prone to flash flooding).
- Fishers Point Navigation Light & Pilot Station Ruins (2 hrs/4 km return): From the big bronze whale sculpture, follow beaches and rocky coastline to the pilot station ruins (c. 1843). Best done at low tide.
- Adamsons Falls (2 hrs/6 km return): Gradually climb through rainforest to the falls, located on the eastern edge of the Southwest National Park.
- South Cape Bay (4 hrs/15.4 km return): Departs from Cockle Creek and journeys into the Southwest National Park. The remote, windswept bay drives home the power of nature with its impressive cliffs and howling surf.
- Adamsons Peak (7–10 hrs/15 km return): A long, challenging climb to the summit, winding through tall forest and alpine moors. Rewards with stunning views of the Southern Ranges and Southport Lagoon.
- South Coast Track (6–8 days/85 km one way): A challenging, bucket-list hike along the southern coast of the Southwest National Park for serious and experienced hikers. The epic journey traverses windswept beaches, rocky headlands, hills and mountain ranges, and buttongrass plains.
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