A hiking guide to Tasmania

Tasmania is one of the world’s most spectacular walking and hiking destinations, with trails that stretch from invigorating coastal strolls to multi-day hikes through ancient rainforests, cascading canyons and pristine alpine heights. Strap on the boots and let our guide step you through some of the best walking tracks and hikes to do in Tasmania. There’s plenty for everyone – from easy to advanced!  

Kanamaluka Trail

Lagoons Beach is a beautiful location and as the name suggests there are lovely lagoons along the beach as well as a spectacular sandy beach stretching for miles.
Lagoons Beach is a place that you’ll stop by on the Kanamaluka Trail. Image from Tourism Tasmania.

Grade: Easy
Time: 1-2 hours

A gentle walk for young and old, the Kanamaluka Trail Foreshore Walk takes in some of Tasmania’s most fascinating heritage with museums, historic buildings and nature reserves en route. Stretching 6kms from the historic hamlet of George Town to Low Head, you’ll also pass some of the Tamar Valley’s most beautiful highlights, including Lagoon Beach, Windmill Point and York Cove.

Copper Cove Badger Head Walk

landscape image of a beach with people walking along the shore in the background
Bakers Beach is along the way! Image from Tourism Tasmania.

Grade: Moderate
Time: 6-8 hours return

An hour from George Town, the stunning Copper Cove Badger Head coastal track is a great outing for more experienced walkers. This hike starts at the Visitor’s Centre in Springlawn, before stretching along Bakers Beach to Badger Head. Along the way the track takes in some beautiful coastal panoramas as it descends into gorgeous Copper Cove. 

Where to stay

The historic Comfort Inn The Pier overlooks the stunning Tamar River – immerse yourself in George Town’s historic and natural wonders and get ready for some hiking in Tasmania!

Cataract Gorge Walk

image of a gorge with a house on the side that looks over the lake
Cataract Gorge. Image from Tourism Tasmania.

Grade: Easy
Time: 2-3 hours

Close to the heart of Launceston, Tasmania’s second-largest city and a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, Cataract Gorge is a spectacular forest river reserve with one of the best Launceston hikes stretching from the South Esk River to the Tamar River Valley. While you’re there take in the scenery on the Scenic Chairlift – this attraction has the longest span of any chairlift in the world. Reward your efforts at The Gorge Restaurant in the Cliff Grounds Reserve or at the Basin Cafe.

Tamar Island Wetlands Track

Beautiful scenes from River Tamar. Image from Tourism Tasmania.

Grade: Easy
Time: 1.5 hours

Only 10 minutes from Launceston, the Tamar Island Wetlands is a unique bird sanctuary adorned with towering Tasmanian grasses, a peaceful lagoon and over 60 thriving birdlife species. Follow the surrounding boardwalk as you spot black swans, egrets and swamp harriers and cross footbridges over the River Tamar. Find out about the cultural and natural significance of the wetlands at the Wetlands Centre.

Bay of Fires Walk

Aerial view of a bay with rocky scenes that meet the clear blue waters
Crystal-clear waters of the Bay of Fires. Image from Christian Devereux from Unsplash.

Grade: Easy-Moderate
Time: Varying

A scenic two-hour drive from Launceston, the spectacular Bay of Fires encompasses white-sand beaches, secluded bays and momentous granite landmarks. While the full walk itself stretches to a 50km five-day hike, there are plenty of options to explore as much or as little as you like – even a stroll along the beach will reward you with world-class views. For those that wish to hike for longer there are campsite options along the way.

Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay from Wineglass Bay Walking Track - Freycinet Experience Walk
Take a hike on the Wineglass Walking Track. Image from Tourism Tasmania.

Grade: Moderate
Time: 1.5 hours

Only two hours from Launceston, the famous Wineglass Bay Walk on the Freycinet Peninsula circuit takes in coastal woodlands, granite cliffs and an eyeful of coastline – all the way to the breathtaking lookout over Wineglass Bay. This trail is steep in places with many steps, but is worth the climb. Take your time on the way up, there are plenty of seats where you can rest and whale spot.

Cradle Mountain

Image of a lake with a mountains in the background at dusk.
Cradle Mountain at a sunset! Image from James Thompson on Unsplash.

Grade: Easy-Hard
Time: Varying

A scenic two-hour drive through forest reserves near Launceston, Cradle Mountain is an iconic Tasmanian beauty adorned with glacial lakes, mountain peaks and moorlands. It’s also regarded as having some of the best hiking trails in Tasmania, with tracks that range from easy walks to the epic Overland Track – a six-day hike through alpine wilderness.

Where to stay

Base yourself at Launceston and enjoy some of the best hikes in Tasmania from the heritage-listed Quality Hotel Colonial Launceston, where modern facilities class meet old-world charm. You’ll also be able to enjoy Launceston’s global reputation for cuisine.

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