Tasmanians and visitors to this state are spoilt for choice when it comes to amazing bushwalking options. From multi-day iconic walks such as the Overland Track and South Coast Track to quick, 1-hour or less walks through a reserve or to a waterfall. In the middle, Tassie has many great short walks lasting several hours through a full-day. One of the best things about walking in Tasmania is that the choice of terrain and environment is almost unlimited. For example, you can walk around a coastal track with stunning views or high in a mountain, amongst rainforests that are hundreds of years old. In today’s blog post, we are listing 5 great short walks that are suitable for walkers of all skill levels including families with young children.
#1: At number 1 is Russell Falls – a major Tasmanian tourist attraction, visited by thousands of people each year. Russell Falls The falls can be reached by a very easy track that suits some wheelchairs, prams and strollers. Russell Falls is located in the beautiful Mt Field National Park, with this short and easy walk taking visitors through a mixed forest with towering swamp gums and species common to wet forests and cool temperate rainforests. The entire walk will take you just 20-minutes.
#2: Sticking with a waterfall theme, at number 2 we have Liffey Falls, being a magical short walk of just 45-minutes in duration but absolutely worth the effort. As a younger person growing up in Northern Tasmania, I loved exploring Liffey Falls and looking for the shy platypus playing in the babbling brooks.
#3: We love walking to Montezuma Falls Walk on the West Coast of Tasmania near Rosebery. This is a relatively easy walk through a rainforest, that follows the route of the North East Dundas Tramway. Montezuma Falls are one of the highest waterfalls in Tasmania, being some 105 metres high, with the track for this walk taking you right to the base of the falls. This is walk is slightly longer, being app. 4 hours return. The total track distance is 4km one way.
#4: At number 4 is one of the most popular walks in Tasmania – Wineglass Bay Lookout. ANy Tasmania who regularly visits the Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay will be familiar with this amazing location with the crystal clear blue waters and white sandy beach of Wineglass Bay being an amazing visual spectacle. This is a steep uphill walk on a rocky, well-constructed track, so take care with little ones and older persons with mobility challenges. The track distance is 1.5 km each way, which will take you app. 1-1. hours return.
#5: Dove Lake has to be on this list, Location at Cradle Mountain, the Dover Lake walk is a very popular walk that looks different each time you visit, and at different times of the year as seasons change. This track is 6km in length and takes you around Dove Lake and beneath the towering spires of Cradle Mountain, on most boarded tracks. Located in The Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair National Park this walk is a must do for any short visit to Cradle, and just one of many walks in this national park.