What to expect

Tasmania has 253 trails including medium, difficult, easy, and extra difficult trails. The trail with the highest elevation climb is the Black Bridge Trail and the one with the least climb is the Overland Track - Julie and Darren. The longest trail is Tasmanian Trail at 467 km. To complete this hike you should budget at least 25 days. For a shorter adventure, you can try the Tall Trees Trail a t 745 m. This could be done in as little as 1 days. Trails with the best offering of hostels include Clarence Foreshore Trail - Lindisfarne to Montagu Bay, South Coast Track, Snug to Margate Shared Path, Bicentennial Track, and Newnham Trail.

Guide to hiking in Tasmania

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FAQs about hiking in Tasmania

What is the climate like for hiking in Tasmania?

Tasmania's climate varies across the year, influencing hiking experiences. The summer months (December to February) offer warmer weather and long daylight hours, making it a preferred time for most hikers. Autumn (March to May) reveals vibrant foliage, providing a picturesque hiking backdrop. Winter (June to August) brings colder temperatures and rain, adding a unique challenge to treks. For further information, consider visiting the Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service website.

Do I need a permit to hike in Tasmania?

In Tasmania, hiking may require permits, especially for popular routes like the Overland Track. Permits are obtained through the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, ensuring protection of the natural environment. Plan ahead and visit their website for specific information on permits and reservations.

Is wild camping allowed in Tasmania?

Wild camping in Tasmania is regulated, with some areas allowing it under strict rules while others completely prohibit it. To preserve the unique ecosystem, campers are encouraged to use designated sites. Review the guidelines on the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service website before your trip.

Are there mountain rescue services in Tasmania?

In Tasmania, the Tasmania Police and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service manage mountain rescue operations. Emergencies should be reported via the '000' emergency line. Make sure to provide precise location details, and carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). More info can be found here.

Are there dangerous plants in Tasmania?

Tasmania boasts diverse flora with notable areas like the Tarkine rainforest and alpine regions of Cradle Mountain. Unique species like Huon Pine and Tasmanian Waratah enchant hikers. It’s important to stay on trails to protect fragile ecosystems. Visit Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service's website here for more.

What wildlife should I be aware of when hiking in Tasmania?

Hikers in Tasmania can encounter unique wildlife like the Tasmanian Devil and the platypus. Be cautious of snakes, especially Tiger Snakes, during warmer months. For tips on interacting with Tasmania's wildlife, refer to Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service's guide https://a-z-animals.com/animals/location/oceania/australia-tasmania/