We just finished up our series highlighting the 9 Great Walks of Australia. We showed you what it’s like to trek through each of these walks. In our last post, our part one recap, we highlighted and reviewed the Great Walks of Australia mainland. Now we are recapping the 4 Great Walks of Australia that are in Tasmania. Next time you visit Tasmania, you might choose to try out one, some, or all of the walks. Three of the four Great Walks of Australia are along Tasmania’s east coast and can be done in conjunction with the East Coast Road Trip.

The nine Great Walks of Australia are:

The Arkaba Walk in South Australia

The Scenic Rim Trail in New South Wales

The Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory (Part One) and The Larapinta Trail (Part Two)

The Margaret River Cape to Cape Walk in Western Australia

The Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk in Victoria

The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk in Tasmania

The Freycinet Experience Walk in Tasmania

The Maria Island Walk in Tasmania

The Cradle Mountain Huts Walk in Tasmania

When travelling through Tasmania it is important to remember that much of the island state is very remote and mostly rugged. No matter the length of your walk, be sure to plan ahead, understand the fitness level requirements, have the right shoes and attire, plenty of drinking water, emergency supplies, and make sure that someone knows when you are expected back. Taking all the necessary safety precautions ensures that you will have the most enjoyable bushwalking holiday. It is also important to remember that you are a guest in nature. Bring a bag with you to take your own rubbish away. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures. Here are recaps of the four Tasmanian Great Walks of Australia.

Bay of Fires Lodge Walk

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Bay of Fires Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12602492

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Panorama of Bay of Fires Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By PelionClimber – Own work, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3638171

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Binalong Bay Beach Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Aaroncrick – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6177027

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Bay of Fires Photo Credit: DiscoverTasmania.com.au

Bay of Fires is a bay located on the northeastern coast of Tasmania in between Binalong Bay and Eddystone Point. It gets its name from the orange fiery colours of the granite rocks along the beach. The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk is a small, guided four day walk through the remote landscape of The Bay of Fires. The itinerary takes you on foot through sandy beaches, exploring secluded coves, kayaking in the Ansons River, forests, heathlands, and luxury accommodations at the Forrester Beach camp and Bay of Fires Lodge. All of the areas of the Bay of Fires are protected reserve or fall under the protections of Mt William National Park. There are three sections of the reserve: the northern section, middle section, and the southern section. The northern section off the Bay lies within Mt William National Park and runs from the north of the outlet of Ansons Bay to Eddystone Point. The middle section is near Ansons Bay. The southern section of the Bay of Fires is in the Conservation Area and includes 13 km of coastline from The Gardens to Binalong Bay.

The Freycinet Experience Walk

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Wineglass Bay from Lookout, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By JJ Harrison CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8725603

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Hazards Beach Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Wanderingturtle – CC BY-SA 4.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50432439

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The Freycinet Experience Walk Photo Credit: Freycinet.com.au

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The Freycinet Experience Walk Photo Credit: Freycinet.com.au

The Freycinet Experience Walk is a guided walk along the Freycinet Peninsula, which is in the centre of Tasmania’s east coast. The adventurous walk on beaches, mountains and the heath lands takes you through Freycinet National Park and picturesque Wineglass Bay. You can choose between different routes and depending on which route you choose the distance is between 30 km and 38 km over the four day trek. It covers the entire peninsula from the southern tip to the northern tip. Since you return to the Friendly Beaches Lodge each night, there is no need to carry a heavy backpack with four days of supplies. You only need to take supplies you will need for each day’s walk. Then, you can bask in the luxury of the lodge’s hot showers and comfy beds each night after those long walks. The lodge provides delicious dinners that feature local produce and Tasmania wine. The entire Freycinet Experience Walk is a unique secluded holiday that is perfect for nature lovers.

The Maria Island Walk

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Maria Island Walk Photo Credit: MariaIslandWalk.com.au

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Maria Island Walk Photo Credit: MariaIslandWalk.com.au

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Maria Island Walk Photo Credit: MariaIsland.com.au

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Maria Island Walk Day Three Photo Credit: MariaIslandWalk.com.au

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Maria Island Walk Day One Map Photo Credit: MariaIslandWalk.com.au

Maria Island is just off the coast of Tasmania near the capital city of Hobart in the southeast corner of the island state. Maria Island is often described as a holiday paradise and one of the best spots to relax and get in tune with nature. There are no cars allowed on the island; and there are also no stores. It is truly an opportunity to disconnect from the stressors or life. The island is filled with Tasmanian wildlife and beautiful landscapes including beaches, sweeping bays, coastal forests, rugged cliffs, mountains, and historic ruins that represent a time long ago in Tasmania’s past. The Maria Island Walk is a four day adventure in nature in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Maria Island is a great placed for a walking vacation because you can choose to go at your own pace and make it relaxing or adventurous. Different itineraries are available; you can even choose to do a pack-free walk if you don’t want to venture out for the four day walk.

The Cradle Mountain Huts Walk

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Cradle Mountain behind Dove Lake Photo Credit (Wikipedia) By Bjørn Christian Tørrissen – Own work by uploader, http://bjornfree.com/galleries.html, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6496154

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The Pelion Range Panorama from Mount Oakleigh, Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair National Park Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By JJ Harrison – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8965089

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Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Day One Map Photo Credit: CradleHuts.com.au

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Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Day Four Map Photo Credit: CradleHuts.com.au

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Overland Track Hiking Tips Graphic Photo Credit: Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/

The Cradle Mountain Huts Walk is quite the adventurous walk through parts of the Overland Track in Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park. You can choose a 6 day or 4 day walking itinerary. No matter the length of your walk, be sure to plan ahead, understand the fitness level requirements, have the right shoes and attire, plenty of drinking water, emergency supplies, and make sure that someone knows when you are expected back. Taking all the necessary safety precautions ensures that you will have the most enjoyable bushwalking holiday. The Cradle Mountain Huts Walk is through rugged and remote terrain, so it is especially important to heed the supply list and come prepared. If you are travelling in winter, the temperatures can get quite cold and snow could be expected. Be sure to check with your walking guide and check the weather forecast so you can be prepared for all the elements of your walking adventure.

Hiring a Car in Tasmania

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Map of Tasmania Photo Credit: Google Maps

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Tasmania Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

There are three locations in Tasmania where you can hire a vehicle for your Tasmanian adventure holiday. Launceston is the closest city to the Bay of Fires where you can rent a car at the Launceston Airport, or hire a vehicle in the city of Launceston location. The coastal city of Devonport is another location where you can hire a car in Tasmania at the Devonport Airport  or rent a vehicle in the city of Devonport. The Cradle Mountain Huts Walk is closest to Deconport or Launceston. The itinerary for the Freycinet Experience Walk begins and ends at Hobart, the capital city of the state of Tasmania. The Maria Island Walk is also closest to Hobart. You can hire a car in the city of Hobart or at the Hobart International Airport. When you do hire a vehicle in Tasmania, be sure to consult with the car rental agent for guidelines about driving in Tasmania and about any specific restrictions. Much of the Tasmanian landscape is rugged terrain so be sure to let your agent know where you are going so that they can provide you with the correct vehicle, proper maps, and driving instructions. Click the links above a see our site to get a rate quote and see what great rates Budget has available for you.

While in Tasmania see things to do from our previous blogs:

Tasmania’s East Coast Road Trip

Discover Nature, Beauty and Adventure in Tasmania’s Tasman National Park

Up for a Hike? Try the Overland Track in Tasmania

Strangest Places to Visit in Tasmania

Strangest Places to Visit in Australia and Tasmania

Tasmania’s Touring Route Launceston to Bridport

Things to Do in Hobart Tasmania

The River Run Road Trip Across Tasmania

Taste of Tasmania

6 Australian Summer Road Trip Holidays

Mole Creek Karst National Park in Tasmania

Best Hotels for Art Lovers

Hobart Tasmania

5 Places to Visit in Tasmania