Experience Tasmania on foot with Walks in Nature Tasmania – a handy pocket guide »

A selection of 32 seasonal walks around the island state

By Kerry Scambler
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Walks in Nature Tasmania by Andrew Bain and Anna Carlile for Explore Australia

Walks in Nature Tasmania by Andrew Bain and Anna Carlile for Explore Australia

Binalong Bay, north-east Tasmania
Craigie Knowe vineyard on the East Coast, Tasmania

 

Tasmania has some absolutely breathtaking natural places but many can only be accessed on foot. Tourism Tasmania says there are over 2,800km of managed walking tracks and 880 separate walking tracks in national parks, reserves and conservation areas.

880 walks. Wow, I didn't realise there were that many and I'm a local! It's hard enough for a Taswegian to know where to start but for visitors, it's a rather daunting list to face.

Walks in Nature Tasmania is designed to make your choice easier. It's a small, handy pack of 32 cards, each detailing a walk from around the state. Given Tasmania actually has four seasons (sometimes all in half an hour), the walks are also sorted into the best time to enjoy them.

Each card contains the basics of the location, distance, grade, map reference and notes plus a description of the walk itself. Included is a food tip on places on the way to pick up food or enjoy a meal after you've earnt it!

On the reverse side is the map showing the walk with those all important icons showing where toilets are.

The cards don't have a duration so it could be hard to get a perspective of how long walks can take – perhaps an addition for the next edition.

There are also a few anomalies with the gradings, for example the Freycinet Peninsula Circuit on the card is 11km and graded easy yet the Parks & Wildlife Service grade it as a Level 4 (Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps).

In contrast, the card for Hope Beach (South Arm) is graded medium which I would have said was easy, as it's pretty much all beach.
 

Recommended for: being inspired and getting a first impression of the walks available before you research further. We've even put them into a 'to do' order in the pack! They're handy to pack in a travel bag but researching your intended walk further is a must.

Remember: Tasmania's weather and conditions can change rapidly so once you've dealt your card, research online at Parks & Wildlife, pick up a detailed walking book (eg Best Bush, Coast, and Village Walks of South-East Tasmania and follow the rules and guidelines that are there to make your walk enjoyable and more importantly, safe. Oh, and one other necessity? A camera of course!
 

Walks in Nature: Tasmanian by Andrew Bain and Anna Carlile is published by Hardie Grant Travel/Explore Australia (Sydney, NSW; Oct 2017; 32 cards; RRP A$24.99).

It can also be purchased online via booko.com.au »

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