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Found 13 walks

Frenchmans Cap
44.2 km return
2 days to 4 days
Frenchmans Cap
44.2 km
Return

Walk
2 days to 4 days

Starting from the Frenchmans Cap Carpark on the Lyell Highway, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, this walk leads to the summit of Frenchmans Cap and back via the Frenchmans Cap Track. This strenuous hike takes you to one of the most remarkable mountain peaks in South-West Tasmania. From the top, the view is nothing short of incredible, with Tasmania’s rugged Wilderness World Heritage Area stretching as far as you can see. The journey to the summit includes a wonderfully varied mix of landscapes – golden-hued button grass moorlands, fragrant Eucalypt forests, moss-strewn rainforests, and the resilient wonders of the alpine flora. There are two huts, Lake Vera Hut and Lake Tahune Hut, along the track as well as several designated campsites. Climbing the summit requires some rock scrambling, and this final ascent should only be attempted if the weather is clear enough. The weather at Frenchmans Cap is highly unpredictable, and the trail will be wet, muddy and demandingly steep at times. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Views

Environment
Natural

Features


Transport options
To start
Car

Points of Interest
Frenchmans Cap
Frenchmans Cap Carpark
Tahune Hut
Vera Hut

Places & Areas
Australia
West Coast
Southwest
Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
Tasmania
Lake Vera


Hartz Pass
6.4 km return
3 h to 4 h
Hartz Pass
6.4 km
Return

Walk
3 h to 4 h

Starting from the carpark at the end of Hartz Road, Hartz Mountains National Park, this walk leads to Hartz Pass and back via the Hartz Peak Track. The walk begins with few hundred metres of gradual climbing through scrubby bushland over rocky steps before opening up into the heathland. From here you have views of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Mount Wellington, and Hartz Peak. The track at this section is well-constructed boardwalk, supporting you above the trickle of water running below. Roughly at the mid-point, there will be a sidetrack to your right directing you to Lake Esperance. This track takes you to the glacier-formed lake’s edge where seats are available. The main track continues over some easy ground until reaching Ladies Tarn, before climbing steeply through thick scrub towards Hartz Pass. The walk ends further along near Hartz Lake, where you can find a quiet spot to rest and appreciate the peaceful surroundings before returning by the same route. The ground around the lake shores can be damp and slippery underfoot, so exercise caution on this section. The sections of raised boardwalk on this trail can also become extremely slippery when covered in ice or snow. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Views

Environment
Natural

Features


Transport options
To start
Car

Places & Areas
Australia
Huon Valley
Southwest
Tasmania
Hartz Mountains National Park
Blakes Opening


Mount Rufus Circuit
19.2 km circuit
6 h, 9 h 30 min to 2 days
Mount Rufus Circuit
19.2 km
Circuit

Walk
6 h, 9 h 30 min to 2 days

Starting behind the Visitor Centre at the end of Lake St Clair Road, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, this circuit walk takes you to the summit of Mount Rufus via the Watersmeet, Mount Rufus and Shadow Lake tracks. This long walk takes in a variety of vegetation types, including myrtle beech, tall eucalypt woodlands, snow gums, alpine heath and grasslands. Summiting Mount Rufus (1416m) provides panoramic views of the Tasmanian Central Highlands. Follow the Watersmeet Track for about 400m until reaching the Mount Rufus Track junction. From here, it's about 7.5 km to the summit. The track leads directly ahead to the mountain ridge, through sub alpine snow gum forest. On a clear day, the summit provides sweeping views over Lake St Clair, Mt Olympus, Frenchmans Cap and the headwaters of the Franklin River. The walk returns down the ridge line that tracks north towards Mt Hugel, and then through Richea Valley (named after the Richea pandanifolia, a tall palm-like plant that grows here). On the other side of the valley the track goes by the edge of Shadow Lake, where you can take a side trip to Forgotten Lake and Little Hugel, or continue back to Lake St Clair. There is also a campsite near Shadow Lake for you to rest. This is a challenging walk, with steep climbs and some rough terrains. A large section of the return is on boardwalks. With an altitude of 1416m, Mount Rufus is sometimes subject to severe weather, so come prepared. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Views

Environment
Natural

Features


Transport options
To start
Car

Points of Interest
Mount Rufus
Visitor Centre
Fergys Paddock camp site
Gingerbread Hut
Lake St Clair Lodge
Little Hugel

Places & Areas
Australia
Central Highlands
Southwest
Lake St Clair
Murchison Dam
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
Tasmania


Tahune AirWalk and swing bridges
3.9 km circuit
1 h 15 min to 1 h 45 min
Tahune AirWalk and swing bridges
3.9 km
Circuit

Walk
1 h 15 min to 1 h 45 min

Wheelchair
1 h, 5 h 12 min to 5 h

Starting from Tahune Adventures at the end of Arve Road, Geeveston, this walk takes you along the Tahune AirWalk, a spectacular treetop walkway. Built amongst the treetops in the Huon River Valley, the Tahune Airwalk takes you high above the forest canopy. This stunning treetop walkway gives you a bird’s-eye view of the forest as you walk 20 to 30 metres above the forest floor. After crossing both the Picton and the Huon rivers by two swinging bridges, the journey concludes at a spectacular cantilevered platform sitting 50m above the riverbank, offering breathtaking views that extend to the mountains of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Continuous safety fencing ensures that there’s no risk of falling, and the AirWalk has been designed to withstand cyclone-strength winds. A moderate level of fitness is needed to ascend the 112 concrete steps to the top of the walk. There is alternate ramp access to the top of the walk if you would prefer. Dogs are welcome in the reserve if kept on a leash.​ At the Visitor Centre, there's a café with gas barbecues and picnic facilities. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Cafe
Views

Environment
Natural

Features


Transport options
To start
Car

Points of Interest
Tahune Airwalk Cafe

Places & Areas
Australia
Huon Valley
Southwest
Tasmania




Found 13 walks