If there is one activity that we have enjoyed most during our time in Australia’s southern isle it has been hiking. Traversing the multitude of incredible overnight hikes, hutted trails, and multi-day walks in Tasmania has been a revelation. From the rugged Frenchmans Cape Trail through the Western Wilds to the picturesque Freycinet Penisula Circuit with its breathtaking views and world-renowned beaches, there is a multi-day hike in Tasmania to suit everyone.
If you are like me, you might think Australia is all outback and beaches. And while the outback does account for a lot of the country and there are countless stunning beaches to explore, you may be surprised by the abundance of mountains, alpine lakes, and forest wilderness in Australia and particularly in Tasmania.
And what better way to way to explore all of her rugged beauty than on your own two feet with one of these amazing multi-day hikes in Tasmania!
Frenchmans Cap Hike
Touted as one of the more difficult of the multi-day walks in Tasmania, the Frenchmans Cap walk is one, not one to miss. This challenging hike is daunting stretching over 44 kilometers and ascending more than 3,000 meters of total elevation. Nevertheless, the Frenchmans Cap hike was one of the most memorable and rewarding hikes in Tasmania we completed and is one of our favorite hikes in Australia.
Along the trail, the Frenchman’s Cap Hike boasts two hikers huts and two tent campsites. Camping and access to the huts are included in a Tasmania National Park Pass.
The Frenchmans Cap trail is located in Tasmania’s Western Wilds, a wilderness region that covers over one-fifth of the state. Expect stunning vistas over the vast wildlands, dramatic mountain peaks, and even a glimpse of the sea on a clear day as you explore this amazing multi-day walk in Tasmania.
The Frenchmans Cap walk is best completed over the course of three to four days, but can be done in two if you are up to the challenge. The trail is divided into three sections each challenging in their own right.
Here is a sneak peak of what to expect.
- Section 1: Hike 15.5km to Vera Hut from the carpark. While the longest of the three sections, this section is the easiest with most of the trail along relatively flat paths and boardwalks through the former “Sodden Lodden”.
- Section 2: The most challenging of the sections, the trail to Lake Tahune Hut meanders alongside Vera Lake initially, before a long, steep ascent up to Barron’s Pass. From here, travel along undulating hills until you finally can rest your weary legs in the state-of-the-art Tahune Hut just beneath Frenchmans cap.
- Section 3: The most rewarding of all sections, the hike to the summit. This 1.6km walk to the peak is not for the faint of heart. Rock climbing, boulder scrambling and the lingering fear that one slip of grip will find you at the bottom of the mountain is what you can expect for this section. And while the view is hard earned, it is worth it in the end.
The Frenchmans Cap hike was truly our favorite of all of the multi-day walks in Tasmania. If you can only do one of the multi-day hikes in Tasmania, and you are up for a challenge, this one has my vote!
Freycinet Peninsula Circuit
No trip to Tasmania would be complete without visiting one of the world’s best beaches at Wine Glass Bay. And what better way to experience Wineglass Bay than with one of the best multi-day hikes in Tasmania, the Freycinet Peninsula Circuit. The Freycinet Pensinsula Circuit offers panoramic views of Wineglass Bay and gives you the opportunity to camp under the stars right next to the beach.
The Freycinet Peninsula Circuit is a 27km circuit with a total climb of approximately 1,500 meters. The first day along the Freycinet Peninsula Circuit follows Coles Bay to Promise Bay along Hazards Beach and ends at Cook Beach. The walk along Hazards Beach offers stunning views to Mount Freycinet.
The second day is the most challenging with the hike up to the saddle between Mount Freycinet and Mount Graham. We recommend dropping your packs and heading to the top of Mount Freycinet for endless views over Wineglass Bay and Tasmania’s east coast. Return from the summit before hiking up and over Mount Graham before the final descent into the Wineglass Bay campsite to camp right on one of the world’s best beaches.
On the final day, hikers walk along the beach before climbing back up to the saddle between Mount Mayson and Mount Amos. Make sure to stop here for one final look over Wineglass Bay before you make your way out.
Three Capes Track for Free
If you have been doing any research on hikes in Tasmania, you are sure to have stumbled on the Three Capes Track, a guided, hutted, multi-day experience along the stunning Tasman Peninsula. But not everyone has the luxury of being able to afford the Three Cape Track or even the possibility to get a booking! So, if you are looking to enjoy one of the best multi-day walks in Tasmania without the hefty price, then you have come to the right spot!
You can enjoy the three capes a variety of ways depending on the amount of time you want to spend. Start your day by hiking along the Old Cape Pillar Track until you reach Tornado Ridge where the Old Cape Pillar Track connects with the Three Capes Track. Continue along the Three Capes Track to reach Cape Pillar for stunning views back Cape Raoul. Along the Old Cape Pillar Track, there are two campsites that are available for walkers who are not on the official (and expensive) Three Capes Track expedition, the Wughalee Falls campsite (850 meters off the Cape Pillar track) and the Bare Knoll campsite.
From here, you can continue onwards to Mount Fortescue and Cape Hauy. Cape Hauy is also one of the three capes and is part of the Three Capes Track. You can only walk in the direction of Cape Hauy from the three capes free campsites as the Tasman National Park does not allow travel in the opposite direction.
Another popular hike on the Tasman Peninsula is the Cape Raoul hike. Cape Raoul is technically one of the three capes, however, it is not one that you visit if you are on and official Three Capes Track guided walk. We greatly enjoyed this hike, however, there is no overnight camping along the track. There is a campsite located at the trailhead, however, this is not run by the national park.
The Overland Track
The Overland Track is another of the most recognizable multi-day walks in Tasmania. This six day hike takes you across some of the most stunning landscapes that Tasmania has to offer. Beginning at Cradle Mountain, this 65km hike traverses the Tasmania Western Wilds over rugged peaks, pass alpine lakes and through the buttongrass moorlands to Australia’s deepest lake, Lake St. Clair.
While the distance may seem daunting at first, on most days the trail is less than 10kms. Here is a snapshot of what to expect when completing this amazing multi-day hike in Tassie!
- Day 1 | 10.7km, Ronney Creek to Waterfall Valley via Cradle Mountain Summit
- Day 2 | 7.8km, Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere
- Day 3 | 16.8km, Lake Windermere to Pelion
- Day 4 | 8.6km, Pelion to Kia Ora
- Day 5 | 9.6km, Kia Ora to Windy Ridge (Bert Nichols Hut)
- Day 6 | 9km, Windy Ridge (Bert Nichols Hut) to Narcissus
From Narcissus, there is the option to continue the Overland Track along the banks of Lake St. Clair to Cynthia Bay for another 17.5km or jump on the Lake St. Clair ferry. If you do plan on finishing the Overland Track by foot, you can break up the journey by staying at the rustic Echo Point.
If the 65km doesn’t seem like enough of a challenge, there are also many different side tracks along the Overland Track. From climbing Mount Ossa, Tasmania’s highest peak, to D’Alton and Fergusson Falls, two stunning waterfalls in the dense moss-covered rainforest of Tassie.
If you do not have enough time to complete the Overland Track, but would still like to experience Cradle Mountain National Park, there is a possibility to camp at the Scott-Kilvert Memorial Hut in the shadows of Cradle Mountain for free.
Walls of Jerusalem
Located in central Tasmania, the Walls of Jerusalem National Park is perhaps not one that you have heard of before. This national park and multi-day hike is often times overlooked due to the sheer fact that there are so many stunning national parks and amazing multi-day hikes in Tasmania!
Unlike the other multi-day hikes in Tasmania, there is only one official campsite in the Walls of Jerusalem National park located at Wild Dog Creek roughly 6kms from the carpark. Despite only one campsite, there are plenty of hiking trails within the “Walls” for you to explore.
From the Wild Dog Creek campground, head towards Damascus Gate on an easy 1 – 1.5 hour walk along the alpine plateau. From here you can explore a range of trails. Hike to Solomons Thorne, The Temple, or Dixons Kingdom, all less then 30 minutes from Damascus Gate. Or you can continue onward to Mount Jerusalem which offers stunning views over the Central Highlands with alpine lakes and dolerite mountains.
The Walls of Jerusalem National Park may be one of the least explored national parks in Tasmania, but one thing is for sure, it offers some of the best views of all the multi-day walks in Tasmania!
So are you ready to go? Have you decided which of the multi-day hikes in Tasmania is perfect for you? Or maybe you are like us and want to explore all of the multi-day walks in Tasmania! If you have a question or a comment about Tasmania’s best multi-day hike, let us know in the comment below!
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