Tasmanian Wilderness

By Viator, June 2014

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The Australian island state of Tasmania is celebrated for its pristine wilderness, attracting nature lovers and bushwalkers from all over the world.

In fact, Tasmania’s entire wilderness heart is protected as a World Heritage Area, stretching from legendary Cradle Mountain south of Devonport all the way to the coast south of Hobart, and Queenstown and Strahan on the west coast.

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is Tasmania’s most famous natural attraction, a walker’s wonderland of hilltop lakes, wild rivers, rainforest and sheer mountain climbs. Trekkers head here to take on the Overland Track bushwalk, running for 65km (40 miles) and usually taking around six days to complete.

While you’re visiting Tasmania’s west coast, ride the rails from Queenstown to Regatta Point aboard the West Coast Wilderness Railway for a wilderness view with a difference. The century-old railway line travels through rainforest and across gullies, with onboard guides and a choice of premier-class seating for a luxury wilderness experience.

On the east coast, Freycinet National Park packs the biggest punch, known for its world-famous coastal bushwalks. Wineglass Bay, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, is tucked away in Freycinet, and the prodigious amount of wildlife living here includes cute wallabies, wombats and cockatoos.

Even in the island’s capital, Hobart, the wilderness isn’t far away, with the stunning hilltop panoramas of Mount Wellington right on the city’s doorstep. It’s a totally different climate up here, often windy and snow-topped. Whether you climb, cycle or bus it, the panoramic views from the summit are stunning, stretching all the way south to the sea and Bruny Island.

For more wilderness close to Hobart, Mount Field National Park is only an hour’s drive away by car but feels like a totally different world, with mossy rainforest, eucalypt forests and the spectacular Russell Falls.

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Cradle Mountain National Park Day Tour from Launceston

4.5 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

Location: Launceston, Australia
Duration: 9 hours

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Mount Wellington Descent Cycling Tour departs Hobart

4.5 star rating: Recommended 52 Reviews

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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Mount Wellington Tour from Hobart

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Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 2 hours

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Bonnet Island Wildlife Cruise from Strahan

Location: Strahan, Australia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

From USD $72.06

Mt Field National Park and Russell Falls from Hobart

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Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 7 hours

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