Category - Walks
Below is a list of all the pages on this website which I've categorised as being mainly about walks and hikes, both short and long.
There are several scenic stops on the road crossing Tasmania to its west coast, but the one with the most extensive views is Donaghys Hill lookout. On a grey murky day you might see nothing. In clear weather the stunning views more than justify the interruption to the drive and the uphill climb.
Imagine deserted beaches, quiet inlets and bays, lush primordial forests, roaring creeks, and gentle hills. If being immersed in this environment for a not-too-hard three day hike sounds appealing, then you might like the Rakiura Track on New Zealand's Stewart Island. I certainly did.
Fancy a not-too-hard walk to an alpine lake with views over south east Tasmania? If you're visiting the Hartz Mountains, South of Hobart, then the two hour return walk to Lake Esperance is something I'd recommend. Depending on the weather of course..
Tucked away in a tranquil northern Tasmanian valley lie the beautiful Liffey Falls. The waterfall itself is what draws visitors, usually via the more direct upper track. The longer and less-used lower track, however, is a worthy attraction in its own right, and could be one of the most pleasant forest walks in the region.
Back in the old days before the Bibbulmun Track, one of the main south coast walks near Walpole was the Nuyts wilderness track. With the Bibbulmun now getting most attention, the Nuyts track has become less used and overgrown, in keeping with its wilderness status. For anyone prepared for a little scrub bashing and happy to look out for snakes, this track is a rewarding way to access secluded coves and some awesome coastline on a long day-walk.
The Central Otago Rail Trail is not just a great route for cycling - parts of it are great for walking too. There's a section I rather like which takes in two tunnels and a grand old bridge through and across the Poolburn Gorge. It provides a few hours of easy walking through the rugged and dry schist hills which give this part of New Zealand their character.
The Tarkine region of Tasmania is special: a wilderness containing Australia's largest surviving remnant of temperate rainforest, plus other natural goodness. Wilderness implies limited access, but there are a few ways the traveller in a conventional vehicle can easily sample some of the Tarkine. I chose the tiny outpost of Corinna, and found a rainforest and river experience any greenie would drool over.
If walking in old-growth mountain ash and myrtle beech forest appeals to you, then Victoria's Tarra Bulga National Park may sound tempting. It lured me when passing through South Gippsland, and while the forest itself was lovely, visiting the area can be a bitter-sweet experience.
If there is one walk which showcases all the goodness of Flinders Island, then the Trousers Point walk is it. Pristine beaches in gorgeous bays, and vistas of mountains and uninhabited islands make this a walk to be savoured. But be warned - you can easily spend longer here than intended.
The Pemberton area in Western Australia is best known for its spectacular forests of karri and other native trees. But rising suddenly out of this forest - and slowly creeping inland - is an expanse of big sand dunes on the move. These are the Yeagarup Dunes, the largest land-locked mobile dune system in the southern hemisphere.