Tassie is known for its exceptional landscapes and natural beauty. And thanks to some accessible mountain walking trails, it’s never been easier to surround yourself in nature and soak in those incredible views. We’ve made it easy for you and pulled together the six best mountain walks in Tasmania.
So throw out your plans because these mountain climbs in Tasmania are now at the top of your to-do-list.
1. Mount Amos
The scramble up open rockface to the top of Mount Amos is totally worth it when you reach the peak and are rewarded with stunning 360 degree views of Wineglass Bay. As you stand at the 445 metre summit, your breath will be taken away from the views of the forest, shimmering water and pristine sand below you. But this is no 4km walk in the park, you’ll have to hoist yourself up over crevices and shuffle over slippery rock faces. So save this Tasmanian mountain hike for a sunny day and make sure you’re wearing proper boots!
Getting there: Mount Amos sits within the Freycinet National Park, on the east coast of Tasmania and a 2.5 hour drive north east of Hobart.
Stay nearby: Stay a night or two to soak up the natural beauty of Freycinet National Park. Top picks include the luxury hotel Saffire Freycinet and delightful Freycinet Lodge. Click here to see the full list of hotels on the Freycinet Peninsula.
2. Kunanyi / Mount Wellington
Hobart’s famous kunanyi / Mount Wellington is scattered with hikes and trails, but the most rewarding by far is the 14km Hobart to the pinnacle walk. The walk starts in the urban part of the city, before taking you through rainforest gullies, sub-alpine flora and glacial rock formations. The views back over Hobart city make this a hike worth the effort.
Getting there: From the centre of Hobart CBD, walk south along Davey Street and follow the signs to Mount Wellington.
Stay nearby: There are loads of fabulous hotels in and around Hobart! Click here to see all the amazing accomodation options on offer.
3. Cradle Mountain
Climbing Cradle Mountain is the best way to experience everything this region has to offer, without embarking on the six day Overland Track. You’ll pass lakes and be treated to incredible scenery with sweeping views across the park. The final part of the track has you scrambling across boulders, but worth it for the amazing views. Before you set out, make sure you’re prepared for the cold, rain and snow (it tends to do this a lot, even in summer). It’s a quintessential Tasmanian mountain hike that can’t be missed.
Getting there: Head to Cradle Mountain visitor centre, before catching a shuttle bus to Dove Lake where you’ll start your climb.
Stay nearby: If you’re after ultimate luxury then you’ll want to check out the King Billy Suite at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge.
4. Bishop and Clerk
This 12km walk to the top of Bishop and Clerk offers stunning coastal cliff top views of Maria Island. This Tasmanian mountain trail weaves through opens spaces and eucalyptus forests, with kangaroos and wombats greeting you throughout the walk. At one point the trail hugs the cliff and there’s a sheer drop to one side, slightly nerve-wracking but exciting at once!
Getting there: Maria Island can only be accessed by a ferry from Triabunna, a little over an hour north east from Hobart.
Stay nearby: Check out the accomodation near Maria Island and Triabunna by clicking here.
5. Mount Eliza
You’ll be constantly in awe of the landscape and views on this 11km walk to Mount Eliza. It’s a demanding and steep climb, but you’ll be rewarded with incredible panoramic views of Lake Pedder and the Franklin Range throughout the walk. This mountain track in Tasmania is mostly defined, but be prepared to scramble across some steep boulders during your climb.
Getting there: It’s an hour’s drive north-west of Hobart.
Stay nearby: We recommend doing a day trip from Hobart, before returning and spending the night in the city. You could check out the fabulous Moss Hotel or the boutique Henry Jones Art Hotel.
6. Mount Field East
A gradual 9km climb will take you to the top of Mount Field East, located in the Mount Field National Park. You start the walk in a lush rainforest, before climbing through alpine plateaus. At the top you’ll be treated to views out over the Derwent Valley and Mount Field plateau. It’s a muddy walk and can be dangerous in icy conditions, but worth it for the views. Once you’ve finished this Tasmanian mountain climb, be sure to visit the nearby Russell Falls for some more spectacular scenery.
Getting there: Mount Field National Park is an hour’s drive north-west of Hobart.
Stay nearby: Finish the day by driving back to Hobart and spending the night in one of the city’s many fabulous hotels! Click here to see what accomodation is on offer in Hobart!
Before you set on, you’re going to want to have the right gear and outfits
You’ll need to have the right hiking gear before you start out on one of these epic mountains walks near Tasmania. You’ll want to wear active wear to hike up those hills (our faves are P.E. Nation, Running Bare and 2XU) and pack a waterproof jacket in case in rains (we highly recommend the aptly named clothing line RAINS). Finally, make sure you have proper walking shoes (the brand Salomon has a huge range of solid and sturdy shoes for any outdoor activity). You can find all our recommendations and more over at the Australian online store, the Iconic.
So get your heart pumping and take on the best mountain walks in Tasmania today.