Exploring Tasmania's Majestic Wilderness: A Guide to Multi-Day Hikes

Author: Wildfire Sports & Trek  Date Posted: 4 December 2023

Looking for some epic multi-day hikes? Welcome to the wild heart of Tasmania.

Tasmania is a haven for adventurers and nature lovers alike. With its pristine wilderness, the chip off the old block offers some of the most exhilarating and challenging multi-day hikes in the world. Tasmania's multi-day hikes are more than just trails; they are journeys of self-discovery and adventure. As you walk these paths, you're not just exploring the wilderness; you're also exploring the depths of your own resilience and strength. Get ready to embark on a journey that will challenge, inspire, and transform you.

1. The Leeaberra Track: A Test of Endurance and Skill

The Leeaberra Track in the Douglas-Apsley National Park is a gem for those who love to challenge themselves. Spanning 28 kilometres of dense forest and open heathland, this trail is not for the faint-hearted. It's a gruelling 2.5 to 3-day journey, pushing your limits with its Grade 4 difficulty. As you traverse this rugged terrain, the raw beauty of Tasmania unfolds before you, offering a sense of accomplishment that only such a demanding hike can provide.

2. Conquering Cradle Mountain: A Four-Day Adventure

Cradle Mountain is a name that resonates with hikers around the globe. This multi-day trek is a journey through diverse landscapes, each day presenting its own unique challenges and rewards:

  • Day 1 (10.7km): The journey begins at Ronney Creek, winding up to the Cradle Mountain Summit and descending to Waterfall Valley. This segment tests your stamina and rewards you with breathtaking views.
  • Day 2 (7.8km): A relatively easier trek from Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere, allowing you to soak in the tranquil beauty of Tasmania's wilderness.
  • Day 3 (16.8km): Prepare for a long haul from Lake Windermere to Pelion, a test of endurance through ever-changing scenery.
  • Day 4 (8.6km): The final leg from Pelion to Kia Ora, a satisfying conclusion to an epic journey.

3. The Legendary Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair Trek

This 65-80 km trek is an odyssey through the heart of Tasmania's wilderness. Starting from the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre and concluding at Lake St Clair Lodge, it's a 6-day expedition of moderate difficulty. This trail offers a mix of serene walks and challenging side-trips, making it an ideal choice for those seeking both adventure and tranquillity.

4. The Three Capes Track: A Coastal Odyssey

Embark on a four-day, 48-kilometre journey along the breathtaking Tasman Peninsula. The Three Capes Track is a unique blend of coastal scenery, sheer cliffs, and dense forests. Starting from the historic Port Arthur, the trail takes you through Denmans Cove to Fortescue Bay, with well-managed accommodations to rest and reflect on each day's journey.

When should I go hiking in Tasmania?

Tassie experiences cooler weather than the rest of Australia so it’s possible to go hiking from November through to May before it starts to get a bit too chilly and you need to seriously consider your camping set-up with rain and snow in mind. 

What do I need to hike in Tasmania?

Tackling these trails requires not just physical strength but also mental resilience. Proper preparation is key – ensure you have the right gear, adequate supplies, and a thorough understanding of the trails.
We’ve included a short list of gear that you may need on a multiday hike (this is not an exhaustive list so think about what you personally might need). Don’t forget to make sure your hiking boots/shoes are worn-in before you attempt a multi. There’s nothing worse than going into a hike all chipper only to end the first day with blisters, black toenails and sore feet that can compromise your trip and the experience of those you’re with. 

  • Backpack: A durable, high-capacity backpack (50-70 litres) with comfortable straps and good weight distribution is essential. We recommend coming into our store in Milton to ensure you’re properly fitted. Alternatively, you can use our ‘Try 2 Anything’ service, select two bags that you think could work, keep the best one and send the other back. 
  • Dry bags: Protect your belongings more efficiently than a rain-cover for your bag can and at the same time organise your items. This reduces the chance of losing anything and is helpful for colour-coding particular items.
  • Tent: A lightweight, weather-resistant tent is crucial. Tasmania's weather can be unpredictable, so a tent that can withstand rain and wind is a must.
  • Sleeping bag and mat: A sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures (consider a comfort rating around 0°C) and a quality insulated sleeping mat for warmth and comfort.
  • Cooking equipment: A portable stove, fuel, lighter/matches, and basic cookware. Also, bring a sturdy, lightweight eating utensil set. Make sure you can prepare and eat any food you’re bringing in with the cookware/cutlery you have.
  • Food and water: High-energy, lightweight, and non-perishable food items. Additionally, carry enough water and a means to purify water, like a filter or purification tablets.
  • Clothing: Layered clothing is key. Include moisture-wicking base layers, insulating layers (like fleece or down jackets), and waterproof/windproof outer layers. Don't forget a hat, gloves, and durable hiking boots.
  • Navigation tools: A map of the area, a compass, and possibly a GPS device. Importantly - ensure you know how to use them before you leave.
  • First-aid kit and emergency gear: A well-stocked first aid kit including items like bandages, antiseptic, blister care, and any personal medications. A whistle, a multi-tool or knife, and an emergency blanket or bivvy are also potentially life-saving tools which take up very little space.
  • Headlamp or torch: With extra batteries or a power bank.
  • Sun Protection: Sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat.
  • Insect repellent: Especially during warmer months.
  • Waste Disposal Bags: To carry out your rubbish and maintain the natural beauty of the trails. Leave the trails better than you found them.
  • Camera and binoculars: For capturing the stunning landscapes and wildlife (optional, but recommended, especially if you’re an amateur bird watcher).
  • Personal items: Like toiletries, a quick-dry towel, and biodegradable soap.
  • Walking poles: These can be helpful for balance and reducing strain on knees, especially on uneven terrain. Just like your boots, make sure to wash/disinfect the tips between each hike so that you’re not introducing any contaminants or diseases to a new environment and risking our unique environment.

Remember, the key is to balance between being well-prepared and not overpacking. Always check the forecast and specific requirements and recommendations for the trail you plan to hike, as different hikes may have unique demands. Being well-equipped will enhance your hiking experience and ensure you can fully enjoy the stunning natural beauty of Tasmania's wilderness.
Whether you’re journeying alone or with a guide, each step in Tasmania’s wilderness is a step towards discovering your inner strength and the raw beauty of nature.