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Totally Tasmania - Part 2

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by Sharon Higson (subscribe)
60 and still adventuring !!
Published April 27th 2015
Now there are so many hikes in Tasmania I can't possibly begin to tell you about all of them. You will have to go and spend some time, several times perhaps.

There is a list at Parks and Wildlife Tasmania of the 60 Great Short Walks, some more challenging than others, and that includes Wine Glass Bay. There are also hikes that can be done over several days and require you to carry your own gear. Only you will know which is right for you.

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Up on a mountain!

With over 19 national parks you will want a national park pass, obtained from the parks website. This is a good way to cut costs as it can cost you over $24 every time you enter a national park.

Cradle Mountain, for those who want an iconic journey, is geared for tourists and trekkers alike. There are shuttle buses at the Cradle Mountain Information center, a café, gift shop, and a tourist information desk that will help you sort out the many hikes.

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Endless trails!

The Overland Trail is 65 kilometers and takes 6 days, walked annually by 8000 people. You can hike shorter for only a few hours if you prefer. You can walk around Dove Lake, stopping there, or add the steep climb up to Marions Lookout and head back to the parking lot at Ronny Creek.

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The Cradle Mountain boardwalk!

Southwest National Park boasts Mt. Anne, a 3 day trek or Mt Eliza, a 16 kilometer round trip hike that can sure test you but reward you significantly in the knowledge that you can still climb.

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The view from Mt. Eliza!

Mt. Field National Park has a ski hill at the top, with endless boardwalks to get you up into the alpine terrain.

The Walls of Jerusalem in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, is not for the novice or anyone with heart problems. It takes time and effort but the terrain itself will have you thinking you have somehow managed to get to the moon.

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The Walls of Jerusalem - not for novices!

If you want a little bit of coast with your hike head to the Tasman Peninsula and hike Cape Raoul and Cape Hauy. You can do each in a day, depending on your fitness levels and your ability to climb stairs. Cape Raoul sits off the end of Tassy and gives you the illusion that you will eventually come to the end. It is full of dolerite columns, high winds and wide open ocean where you poke in and out of the trees along the cliff side. Cape Hauy is filled with stairs, and you will wonder how long it took them to build it as you never seem to run out of them. The journey is worthwhile and spectacular if you do it.

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on the way to Cape Raoul!

Freycinet National park holds Wine Glass Bay and can be seen from a short uphill hike but you still have to be in good nick to do it.

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Freycinet National Park - worth a look!

The Bay of Fires is easy. You can easily spend hours just walking at a lovely slow pace, clambering over rocks, loving what nature has cooked up.

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You can spend all day at any of the 3 beaches!

These are just a small taste of what there is to experience on this lovely little island at the bottom down under.
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Where: Tasmania, Australia
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The board walk at Cradle Mountain is fantastic. I haven't been up Mt Eliza but your photo is gorgeous and suggests I should add it to my next Tassie holiday.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4069) 1634 days ago
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