Boasting large tracts of World Heritage area, Tasmanian wilderness hiking takes you through the last great temperate rainforest. Approximately 20% of the entire state is World Heritage listed. Huon pines, some of the oldest trees in the world grow here, some more than 2000 years old. We’ll walk through isolated rainforests, alpine meadows studded with a sparkling mosaic of crystal-clear lakes, wild rivers and rugged mountains. Here, unspoiled beauty abounds in all directions.

Our first stop is the Southwest National Park and Mount Anne, right in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area. The park, the largest in Tasmania, epitomises the grandeur and spirit of Tasmanian wilderness hiking in its truest sense.

At Mt Field National Park, we leave the tourists behind by hiking the breathtakingly beautiful Tarn Shelf, a stunning, lake-studded shelf that was carved out by the force of glaciers from the last Ice Age. A picture-perfect stop at the most photographed waterfall in the whole of Tasmania, Russell Falls is an absolute must.

At Derwent Bridge, we’ll explore the middle of the island, including taking a boat trip out to Narcissus and then walking back to Cynthia Bay. We also hike to Mount Rufus for more stunning views over Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park.

The grand finale is a couple of days hiking in the Cradle Mountain region. You’ll hike the very beginning of the Overland Track as it winds its way through alpine heathlands brimming with wildflowers, beyond cascading waterfalls and ancient glacial lakes to the foot of mighty Cradle Mountain.

If you’re after a shorter Tasmanian Wilderness itinerary then our 5 day Tarkine & Cradle Mountain trip may be for you.

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