Natural Highs – five fabulous Tasmanian Walks for any occasion

Natural Highs: Five Fabulous Tasmanian Walks For Any Occasion

When it comes to walking, nowhere in the world can offer as many options as Tasmania. These five fabulous Tasmanian walks will give you a natural high. With trails for all interests and levels of fitness, outdoor explorers are spoilt for choice. Whether you love history, wildlife, mountains, beaches or rainforests, Tasmania has a walk for you. Here are five fabulous walks to suit any occasion.

Look For History

The serious history buff needs to look no further than Maria Island National Park. Here you can find Aboriginal shell middens, historic ruins from early convict settlements and the home of eccentric Italian businessman, Diego Bernacchi. A short ferry ride from Triabunna, just over 1 hour drive from Hobart,  will deliver you to this stunning landscape. You can go for a day trip or sign up for more serious treks. Apart from history, expect to see plenty of wildlife, especially wombats, awe-inspiring cliffs and white sand beaches.

Get an Adrenaline High

A ninety-minute drive from Hobart will bring you to the Huon Valley and the unique Tahune Forest Airwalk. This is a chance for you to overcome your fear of heights and walk above the forest canopy. A range of walks is available, including one for disabled visitors. The real adrenaline highs come from the walks that include swinging bridges and a cantilevered section where you simply float out overlooking the river and trees.

Tahune Cantilever

Tahune Airwalk

Entertain the Children

No list of Tasmanian walks would be complete without experiencing the breathtaking beauty of Cradle Mountain. Some of these walks are quite rugged and more suitable for the intrepid climber. However, the Enchanted Forest Walk in the Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park will appeal to children and the young at heart.  This twenty-minute circuit along a creek has a moss garden, old growth rainforest and lovely cascading waterfall. Best of all, children can look for wombat burrows and crawl through three brightly painted tunnels.

Lake dove Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain

Enjoy the Ocean Views

With some of the highest cliffs in Australia and a waterfall that goes directly into the sea, Waterfall Bay is the perfect place to take in majestic ocean views. A great place to stop on the way to Port Arthur, this gentle walk is about a two hour round trip from the car park at Tasman Arch. There are many lookout spots along the way to satisfy photographers and those who simply like to take in the scenery.

Get Away From It All

For those who truly wish to get away from it all and undertake a multi-day walk, the magical Tarkine Forest beckons. The trails in this remote area of the far North West are not pristine making this an ideal experience for the more serious bushwalker. Organised eco-trips can take you for walks along rugged ocean cliffs as well as the serene temperate rainforest. This area is a habitat for the Tasmanian devil as well as other abundant wildlife, giving you the opportunity to truly commune with nature.

Natural Medicine

There is no better medicine for the body and soul than a walk in Tasmania’s great outdoors. Organise your backpack, lace up those boots and set off on one of these fabulous walks for a truly uplifting experience.

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