Long Weekender: Hiking Through Tasmania

A piece of paradise.

For years I've heard rumours circulating that Tasmania was just like New Zealand. So when cheap flights to Launceston came up, we leapt at the chance of a 5 day hiking trip. With it's coastline strewn with charming camping spots, Tasmania is a true campers' paradise. What better opportunity for us to test out our new lightweight hiking kit?

It's easy to get around by car.

First things first, hire a car. The beauty of Tasmania is that you can get from one side to the other in no time at all. If you say no to hiring a vehicle, you really are selling yourself short. The highways are great but be aware that not all of the main roads are sealed. This can cause a bit of angst when you are pushing your tiny rental car to it's limits.

There's so much to check out while you are there.

Launceston

You can do a quick lap around the gorge and enjoy a dip if the weather permits.

Liffey Falls

Allow time to stop here for a picnic. Located south-west of Launceston, a small detour is well worth it for the stunning scenery and tranquility.

Freycinet National Park

The Hazard Circuit has plenty of spots for camping but be sure to take plenty of water with you. The track is popular with day walkers, so camping along the way allows time to have  the beaches all to yourself. Finish the walk off in the beautiful Wineglass Bay.

Fortescue Bay

Located further south in the Tasman National Park, this bay makes for another great stop. If you have time and stamina, do the walk out to Cape Hauy.

Hobart

No stop here is complete without a trip to the Salamanca markets on Saturdays. The acclaimed MONA museum is not open on Tuesdays so time your trip accordingly.

Been to Tasmania? We'd love to hear your favourite spots!