The island of Tasmania is often overlooked by visitors to Australia, but it has some of the best wilderness trails on the entire continent. With most of the island within a 4 hour drive from Hobart, it’s perfect for anyone wanting to combine a trip off the beaten track with some modern luxuries; Tasmania is also known for fantastic food and great hospitality.

Some of the best hiking can be found in Freycinet National Park. While the crowds head for Wineglass Bay, a longer trail takes you around the whole park. You’ll have perfect white beaches, pink granite peaks and an abundance of birdlife pretty much to yourself. The full trail takes around three days to complete, but shorter day hikes are also possible.

Another highlight is the area around Cradle Mountain. Here there are ancient rainforests, soaring pines and glacial lakes, as well as moorland, mountains and incredible wildlife such as the duck-billed platypus. While there are plenty of shorter tracks, those wishing to truly experience the Tasmanian wilderness should opt for the 6 day Overland Trail, which starts at the Weindorfer chalet, winding through the mountains until reaching Lake St Clair, the deepest lake in Australia.

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