Best Multi-Day Hikes In Tasmania

 
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Tasmania is a brilliant location for a hiking experience, and interest in hiking based holidays is growing fast, as we all increasingly want to disconnect and get back to nature. Whether you’re after an overnight camping trip or a deluxe guided hiking adventure with gourmet food included, let us help you find the ideal hike to add to your next Tasmania trip.

From mountains to rainforest to coast, breathe in the fresh air of the Tasmanian wilderness and feel instantly invigorated and refreshed. Almost 60% of Tasmania is protected within national parks, and there are trails to suit every level, whether you’re new to hiking or a seasoned pro.

Strap on your hiking boots and let’s get started…

Multi Day Hikes Tasmania

Where do I begin?

The most popular way to get to Tasmania is by air, where you can fly into the state capital of Hobart, or the northern city of Launceston. The other alternative is to take the Spirit of Tasmania cruise ship from Melbourne to Devonport, another northern Tassie town. From either city we can help you plan a loop itinerary, or you can take your time and do a one-way trip starting and ending at different ends of the island. Whether you’re after a guided hike with all the luxury trimmings, or a self-guided camping adventure, we can help you craft the perfect outdoor adventure holiday.

Guided hikes Tasmania

Why walk with a guide? You get to experience the beauty of Tasmania's landscapes with the support of experienced and knowledgeable guides; the comfort of private lodges and the luxury of having the details organised for you. Enjoy daily breakfasts, freshly packed lunches and dinner prepared for you each evening. On most guided walks a bar is available to purchase a relaxing glass of wine or a well-earned cold beer. Logistics will be taken care of too, with departures and returns all organised by the tour company. What an absolute treat!

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Cradle Mountain Huts Walk – the world-famous Overland Track

The Overland Track has to be one of the most well-known multi-day hikes in Australia. For the more intrepid, you can pack a tent and a week’s worth of food and head off into the wilderness to the beat of your own drum, but for those of us not quite ready to commit to the backcountry hiker lifestyle, never fear, there is a guided option to walk the Overland Track, with hut accommodation and meals included! Expert guides take the lead across this ancient landscape, converting to chefs come evening. At the end of each day, retreat to a hot shower, sumptuous meals, freshly baked bread, a glass of Tasmanian wine and a comfortable bed. This is the ultimate way to discover the rare beauty and diversity of Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain National Park.

 

Time and distance: 65km (40 mi). This moderate guided walk is spread out over six days and five nights, so you will need to be relatively fit and prepared for a multi-day hike. Accommodation and meals are included.

Difficulty: Medium - will suit any active and healthy person who exercises regularly and enjoys some hilly ascents. The track is well maintained, and steep in parts.

Highlights: Waterfalls, expansive views, comfortable private huts, great hearty food, Tasmanian wine.

How to get there: The Cradle Mountain Huts Walk starts in Launceston, from there all transfers are taken care of for you.

Cradle Mountain Hike

Three Capes Lodge Walk

Ready to walk the world’s edge? Journey along some of the world’s highest sea cliffs with The Three Capes Lodge Walk, the only fully guided Three Capes Track experience with accommodation inside Tasman National Park. The experience begins with the salty wind in your hair – a boat cruise across to Denman’s Cove. It’s then onward to Crescent Bay Lodge, sitting loftily with views across to Cape Raoul. Day two includes summiting Arthurs Peak and making your way to Cape Pillar Lodge, home for the next two nights. Perhaps a massage or relaxing bath while dinner is being prepared? Your pick for day three – an adventure through silver gum forest out to Cape Pillar and the infamous Blade or lazing the day away at the lodge.  

Time and distance: 48km (30mi). This moderate guided walk is spread out over four days and three nights, so you will need to be relatively fit and prepared for a multi-day hike. Accommodation and meals are included. 

Difficulty: Medium - will suit any active and healthy person who exercises regularly and enjoys some hilly ascents. 

Highlights: Epic coastal scenery, rugged cliffs and rainforest. Exclusive lodges - the Cape Pillar Lodge even has a relaxation pavilion with massages and facials available.

How to get there: The Three Capes Lodge Walk starts in Hobart, from there all transfers are taken care of for you. 

 

Reconnect with nature on this world-class guided hike on our 10 Day Tasmania and the Three Capes Walking Adventure itinerary.

three capes walk tasmania

Bruny Island Long Weekend

This award-winning Bruny Island walk takes you by private boat from the waterfront of Tasmania’s capital Hobart to Bruny Island. During your visit you will be treated to three days of coastal walks, produce directly from the source, luxury camping, and exquisite meals. 

What makes this walk so special is access to Bruny’s lesser-known gems. After traversing headlands where the next stop is Antarctica, visit a local oyster farm and shuck an oyster as pristine waters swirl about your ankles. Finally, retreat back to camp, built completely off-the-grid, with luxury in mind.  

 

Time and distance: 32km (20mi). This easy guided walk is spread out over three days and two nights. Accommodation and meals are included. 

Difficulty: Easy - will suit any active and healthy person. Basic ability to walk four to seven hours with numerous breaks.

Highlights: Luxury camping, private boat cruise, indulge at a local oyster farm, friendly wallabies, endemic birds and spectacular coastal walks.

How to get there: The Bruny Island Long Weekend trip starts in Hobart, from there all transfers are taken care of for you. 


Indulge on this gourmet coastal hike on our 10 Day Tasmania and Bruny Island Escape itinerary.

Bruny Island Hike

Bay of Fires Lodge Walk

If squeaky white-sand beaches and wild coastline appeal to you, the Bay of Fires is a spectacular reason to lace up. The walk begins at Boulder Point in Mt William National Park where you will journey four hours to semi-permanent tents in the dunes. At the forester camp there is no roughing it, take an ocean dip and return for pinots poured and your meal underway.

Day two is all about secluded coves, hearing tales of early inhabitants and making your way to the Bay of Fires Lodge. This is home for the next two nights – where foot spas and library time come standard and signature experiences in the outdoor bath tempt. Day three, grab a kayak paddle and glide down the Ansons River or relax into a ‘lodge day.’ Take it easy on the final day, with breakfast served out on the deck followed by a one hour walk to your forest lunch location. 

 

Time and distance: 37km (23mi). This easy guided walk is spread out over four days and three nights. Accommodation and meals are included. 

Difficulty: Easy - will suit any active and healthy person. Basic ability to walk four to seven hours along flat land with numerous breaks. 

Highlights: White sandy beaches, lichen-covered rocky headlands, lighthouses, kayaking, indulge in a spa treatment and enjoy local wines.

How to get there: The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk starts in Launceston, from there all transfers are taken care of for you.

bay of fires lodge walk

Self-guided hikes

Self-guided hikes are perfect for walkers who are confident with their outdoor skills and would prefer to take on Tasmania's iconic walks independently. Pack your own camping gear or ask us for advice on where to hire camping equipment.

Freycinet Peninsula Circuit

If you’re one of those people who like to start and/or end their day with an ocean swim,​ the Freycinet Peninsula Circuit is for you. The East Coast of Tasmania enjoys a milder climate than the rest of the island state, so this is also a great winter walk option – although your swim will be considerably more bracing! Water availability on this circuit is scarce, so you need to be prepared to carry sufficient water – another reason to walk during winter when creek water is often more reliable. Take your time to savour the changing hues and textures of Freycinet’s spectacular granite mountain ranges, its extraordinarily diverse and colourful forests and heathlands, and iconic Tasmanian wildlife. Stroll its beaches, splash in its waters. There's a reason this landscape is world-renowned. ​​

Time and distance: 27km (17mi). We recommend allowing two nights and three days to complete this hike.

Difficulty: Medium - some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps. There are no huts on this track, so you will need a tent, sleeping bag, cooking equipment and camping gear.

Highlights: Swim in crystal clear waters, enjoy sweeping views of Wineglass Bay from an optional side trip up Mt Amos, stargazing from your campsite and curious marsupials.

How to get there: The Freycinet Peninsula Circuit Track commences at the Wineglass Bay car park in Freycinet National Park. The easiest way to get there is to self-drive, it’s a 3 hour trip from Hobart, or 2 hours 15 minutes from Launceston.

Freycinet Peninsula

Overland Track

​​​The Ov​erland Track is Australia's premier alpine walk. This exhilarating and life-changing journey attracts walkers from across the globe. Beginning at the iconic Cradle Mountain and ending at Australia’s deepest lake – Lake St Clair, this 65km, six-day trek takes you through the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, part of the magnificent Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Your journey will be physically demanding, emotionally challenging and scenically spectacular. This is a landscape of glacially carved valleys, ancient rainforests, fragrant eucalypt forests, golden buttongrass moorlands and beautiful alpine meadows. Optional side-trips take you to cascading waterfalls and mountain summits, including Tasmania’s highest peak, Mount Ossa (1617m). Almost half of the track is above 1000m in elevation on exposed plateaus in a remote area. Thorough preparation and good gear is essential. It’s no wonder the Overland Track has secured its reputation as one of the world’s great wilderness bushwalks. 

 

Time and distance: 65km (40mi). Allow at least six days to complete the track, or even up to ten days if you would like to complete all of the side trips! We suggest tackling this track in the warmer months, from November - March.

Difficulty: Medium - bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. The Overland Track has hut facilities along the way, but we do recommend packing a tent just in case. There is often snow cover during winter.

Highlights: Meet wallabies, echidnas and Tasmanian devils, plus other like-minded intrepid hikers too of course, on one of Australia’s most famous multi-day hikes.

How to get there: ​​​​​​Cradle Mountain is located at the northern end of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. It is 1.5 hours drive from Devonport, 2.5 hours drive from Launceston, and 4-4.5 hours drive from Hobart.

Tasmanian Overland Track

Walls of Jerusalem multi-day walk

Explore Tasmania’s spectacular high country with a walk in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park. Here, dolerite cliffs guard picturesque alpine valleys, groves of ancient pencil pine forests, and myriad lakes and tarns. The Walls of Jerusalem multi-day walk offers a choose-your-own adventure style experience, with most walkers spending two nights at Wild Dog Creek campsite to comfortably explore the highlights of the Walls: Pool of Bethesda, Solomons Throne, The Temple, Mount Jerusalem and Dixons Kingdom. ​

 

Time and distance: 43km (27mi). We suggest allowing two nights and three days to complete this hike, ideally in the warmer months (November - March).

Difficulty: Medium - bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. This is an exposed alpine region. Snow and blizzards can occur at any time of the year – even in summer.

Highlights: Dolerite mountains, picturesque lakes and tarns, diverse alpine plants, all in a land sculpted by glaciers.

How to get there: To get to the start of the main access track into the Walls of Jerusalem, travel by car to Lake Rowallan, via Mole Creek. The walking track starts at the registration booth in the main Walls of Jerusalem car park. It is 2 hours drive from Launceston, and 4 hours drive from Hobart.

walls of Jerusalem walk

Know before you go

  • A valid Parks Pass is required for entry to Tasmania’s national parks, we’re happy to point you in the right direction of how to buy one.
  • Tasmanian weather is wildly unpredictable, so pack and prepare for all conditions in a single day. This means carrying a jumper and rain jacket even on short hikes in the summer!
  • Always bring a first aid kit, insect repellent, sunscreen and a map appropriate for navigation.
  • Transport options around Tasmania are extremely limited, so it’s easiest to drive to all of these hikes yourself. Have a look at our range of customisable self-drive Tasmania itineraries for inspiration.
  • The best options for hikers without a car: guided walks such as the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk, Three Capes Track and the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk.
  • For any overnight self-guided hikes, you’ll need to buy fuel for your stove in Tasmania if you’re flying in. There are a number of outdoors shops in Launceston and Hobart, where you can stock up on fuel, dehydrated food, maps and most other camping/hiking essentials.
  • For more information, including day walks, check out our blog on The Best Tasmania Hikes.

Now that you are newly inspired to complete either a guided or self-guided multi-day hike, we can help you with including one of Tasmania’s best hikes into your itinerary! Reach out to the friendly team at First Light Travel today to start organising your ultimate Tasmania hiking adventure.

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