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It’s no secret, Southern Tasmania can fill the bucket list when it comes to choice of hiking trails. Hiking enthusiasts are already aware of the world class hikes available. But what about the rest of us? How can we get a sampler of what’s on offer without having to brave a night in the wilderness?
Luckily there are plenty of scenic walks and short trails available. Just because they are lesser known, doesn’t mean they have less to offer. So, here’s our shortlist starting from short strolls to more significant walks.
This place is great for a casual stroll with the whole family along the winding pathway beside the beach and foreshore. Walking the length shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes, but you can extend your walk further along the residential streets and along to the next beach.
This is a short stroll which shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes but it’s a great way for everyone to stretch their legs and get their wiggles out before jumping back in the car. Walk along the creek and through the park or let the kids play on the state of the art playground.
This is the easiest of all the walks within the Tahune Adventures precinct. It is accessible with small strollers or walkers, and partially accessible for wheelchairs. Taking about 20 minutes to complete it does provide a good taste of the Tahune experience. Entree fees apply.
This short walk starts from below the Hartz mountains car park and follows a creek, before finishing at a lookout at the waterfall.
The track is flat and easy to follow, with informal boards scattered along its length giving information about vegetation and wildlife.
At just 1 km in length it shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes to complete.
Taking 1 hour to complete, the swinging bridges walk is included within the entry fee to Tahune Adventures.
The focal point is the swinging bridge, which extends 62 metres across the Huon river.
Suggested as a side walk for visitors to Hastings Caves, Duckhole Lake is an easy, level 4 km walk which takes 45 mins to 1 hour to complete. The focal point of the walk is the Duckhole lake, which is a collapsed and flooded cavern of the cave system.
This incredibly scenic walk takes you through unique heathland with spectacular views of the D’Entrecasteaus Channel, Hartz Mountains and Mt Wellington.
The track begins with a gradual climb over scrubby bushland before opening up to the heathland plateau. Once here the track is level and constructed of timber to keep your feet dry from the ever trickling water below. At just 3 km in length, this track shouldn’t take you more than 1 hour complete.
This walk is a continuation of the Lake Esperance Walk and takes you to the top of Hartz Peak. Although just 8 km in length, you will want to allow about 4 hours to complete this walk as there is a total ascent of 400 m to traverse crossing rocks and boulders at certain points. However, much of the walk is close to level and is not very difficult. This walk delivers breathtaking alpine scenery which will be the talking point of your holiday photos.
This trail is mostly flat and well-marked, making it manageable for most casual or inexperienced walkers.
The track begins at the carpark and follows the old tramway tracks. It then shoulders the old quarry before descending into dense forest and reaching the mouth of the Mystery Creek Cave.
The opening chamber of the cave is safe to explore however inexperienced cavers are not encouraged to venture further without special equipment.
The track is 4 km long and shouldn’t take more than 4 hours to complete.
Although not an incredibly long walk, this walk is interesting in that it follows the old logging trails behind Geeveston and meanders beside the Kermandie River.
The track is not well marked in places, and you will need to look out for pink or yellow tape to follow wherever there is no well cleared path. The walk finishes at a steep descent at the Kermandie Falls.
There are several ways you can join the track, so there is no set distance. The longest route takes about 4 hours return.
If you are looking to get off the beaten path then this is a great track that still lets you get home in time for dinner.
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