The 4 Best Overnight Walks Tasmania Has to Offer

The 4 Best Overnight Walks Tasmania Has to Offer

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The Overland Track in Cradle Mountain National Park

Tasmania is perhaps Australia’s premiere destination for hiking. Striking scenery and a temperate climate make it the perfect destination in Australia to pack along your hiking gear for the trip. Many of the hikes that we think are the best overnight walks Tasmania has to offer are in places that you probably already have included on your Tasmania bucket list. So what better way to explore these breathtaking Tasmania attractions than an overnight hike!

Whether you are interested in coastal walks with stunning headlands and world famous beaches or alpine regions with beautiful vistas over the expansive wilderness of Tasmania, there is an overnight walk in Tasmania for everyone.

So if you are visiting on a weekend away or an extended road trip to the southern isle, be sure to take the opportunity to tick off some of these epic overnight walks Tasmania has to offer!

Wineglass Bay Overnight Walk Tasmania

Overlooking Wine Glass Bay in Freycinet National Park
The views over Winegalss Bay on one of the best overnight walks in Tasmania

Wineglass Bay is one of the premier destinations of Tasmania. Located in the Freycinet Peninsula, Wineglass Bay Beach is frequently listed as one of the best beaches in the world. And what better way to experience one of the best beaches in the world than camped under the stars on a Wineglass Bay overnight walk!

The Wineglass Bay overnight walk starts with an ascent towards Wineglass Bay lookout. This lookout offers sweeping views over Wineglass Bay and was a personal highlight of the overnight walk. The walk continues by descending 1,000 steps before hitting the sand and a possible dip in the freezing cold Tasman Sea. From here, it is an easy stroll along the beach to the other side of the bay to reach the Wineglass Bay campsite.

For the return journey the next day, follow the beach back to the other side of the Wineglass Bay. From here, cross the isthmus to Hazards Beach. The walk continues along the beach and rocky coastline overlooking Great Oyster Bay before detouring through the coastal woodlands back to the carpark.

The full circuit is approximately 13km and should take between 5 – 6 hours. The hike could easily be completed during a day, but sleeping under the stars at Wineglass Bay makes this one of the best overnight walks Tasmania has to offer!

Those looking to extend this overnight walk into a longer multi-day hike should considering embarking on the Freycinet Peninsula Circuit, a challenging 27 km hike circumnavigating the beautiful Freycinet Peninsula.

Cradle Mountain Summit via Scott Kilvert Hut

Woman sits and admires the view from the Cradle Mountain Summit, one of the best overnight walks Tasmania has to offer
Cradle Mountain Summit view over the Western Wilds in Tasmania

No trip to Tasmania would be complete without visiting Cradle Mountain. This alpine region is best known for the Overland Track, but those without the time or the coin can enjoy Cradle Mountain for simply the price of the Tasmania National Parks Pass making the Cradle Mountain Summit via the Scott-Kilvert Hut one of the best overnight walks Tasmania has to offer!

This circuit track begins at Dove Lake and follows the Rodney Track along the eastern ridge before turning south under the shadows of Cradle Mountain. The total journey should take between 2 – 3 hours to complete and is relatively flat with only a few steep ascents including one requiring the use of permanent chains. The Scott Kilvert Hut offers basic hut accommodation, tent platforms and drinking water along Lake Rodway.

The next morning of this overnight walk in Tasmania starts off with a stenuous ascent to the alpine platue where the Rodney Track meets up with the Overland Track. A right hand turn will send you towards Cradle Mountain for the pinnacle of the hike.

Drop your overnight pack at the base of Cradle Mountain before making the steep 1.1km ascent to the Cradle Mountain summit. This section of the track is Grade 5 with a large portion of the track consisting more of large boulder scrambling than walking.

After the summmit, there are several options for returning back to the bus stop each with stunning views over the alpine region. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for wombats on your descent back to the bus stop!

Bivouac Bay

Girl walking along Fortescue Bay in Tasman National Park
Hiking to Bivouac Bay along Fortescue Bay in the Tasman National Park

Bivouac Bay is located on the Tasman Peninsula near popular Fortescue Bay. The hike to Bivouac Bay campsite is a relatively flat hike with only one steep ascent between Canoe Bay to Bivouac Bay. The Bivouac Bay Track is only 5km one-way and should take less than 2 hours to complete.

The hike itself offers beautiful views over Fortescue Bay which at times makes you forget that you are in Tasmania instead of a warm Caribbean Island. Besides from the stunning rainforest and abundant nature, keep your eyes peeled at Canoe Bay for an old sunken ship.

At the Bivouac Bay campsite there is a drop toilet and cleared campsites. No drinking water was available when we visited, so make sure you bring plenty of water for your entire hike.

Those looking to extend your journey can continue along the Tasman Coastal Trail towards the Devil’s Kitchen. This additional 15 km journey takes you along the dramatic cliffs of Tasman National Park offering some of the best views in all of the Tasman Peninsula!

Lake St. Clair via Echo Point

Lake St Clair Tasmania
Take in Lake St Clair, along one of the best overnight walks Tasmania has to offer, photo by Kevin Greenaway

Lake St. Clair is Australia’s deepest lake reaching a maximum depth of 167 meters and marks the end of the famous Overland Track. But you don’t have to embark on the six-day, 65km Overland Track to experience the abundance of nature surrounding Lake St. Clair. Walkers can instead enjoy the peacefulness of Lake St. Clair along the Echo Point Track which is included as one of Tasmania’s 60 great short walks!

The Echo Point Track follows the western banks of Lake St. Clair through the dense rainforest with views back over Mount Ida. The 11km one-way journey should take between 3-4 hours to complete. The Echo Point hut offers basic accommodation and can accommodate up to eight individuals.

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There are plenty of amazing overnight walks in Tasmania to choose from and we have only listed a few. Those who have the time, consider heading over to Maria Island for a few more of the best overnight walks Tasmania has to offer! And if you still have a hankering for the outdoors there are plenty of great multi-day hikes in Tasmania to choose from ranging from two nights to six nights!

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