When planning a trip to Tasmania there will always be the hot spots that you must visit; Cradle Mountain, Freycinet National Park, Bay of Fires, Mt Wellington or anywhere with hordes of tourists and travellers. Beyond all the commotion is places that are waiting to be discovered; crazy crystal-clear waters, mountain tops to yourself, the peaceful serenity of nothing but you and the sounds of wildlife. Escape the hype and dip into the Tasmanian wilderness just that little bit further. While these places are not entirely off the beaten track, they are less exposed to social media meaning that it’s highly likely to have the place to yourself. Winning!
Located 22km north-east of Launceston, Mt Barrow is a gnarly 14km mountain pass that takes you up 1,406 metres above sea level. Rivalling nearby Jacobs Ladder, the unsealed route encompasses incredible views of the dolerite-capped plateau through a series of heart pumping switchbacks and steep grades. On the summit marvel at the sweeping views that cross valleys and on a clear day all the way over to Ben Lomond National Park. Remember that this is Tasmania……the weather is bipolar! So be prepared for rapid changes in weather, particularly snow.
Rocky Cape National Park
Neighbouring hot spot Boat Harbour Beach, Rocky Cape boasts rugged rocky coastal landscapes, banksia covered mountains, crystal clear waters, aboriginal heritage and views over the Bass Strait. There are walks ranging from short strolls to day treks which lead to sea caves, secluded beaches and rockpools. Rocky Cape is full of surprises both under the water and above, go discover them yourself!
The Fingal Valley
From Tasmania’s midlands, the Fingal Valley is the gateway to the spectacular East Coast. The valley is popular with the locals and is known for its enchanting forests, waterfalls, trout fishing, bush walking, 4WD and motorbike riding. For the less adventurous tap into the country hospitality and visit one of the many unique cafes before wandering through the arts, crafts and collectables shops. A few suggestions to start your Fingal Valley road trip;
- Mt Elephant Pancake Café
- Evercreech Forest Reserve
- Hardings Falls
- St Patricks Head hike
- For more “things to do” http://www.fingalvalley.com.au/
Southport is known as Australia’s southernmost settlement. With a population of no more than 200, it is a quiet peaceful town. A great place for a coffee break and if your brave enough a swim before making your way further south to the camping hot spot, Cockle Creek.
If you are a keen kayaker and want to seek a calmer meditative setting in contrast to the rest of the wild west then the Pieman River is calling your name! The Pieman River is 26KM long and is a confluence of the Mackintosh River and Murchison River. There is a lot to be explored when paddling along the river; shipwrecks, other creek systems or if you are really confident, the river mouth. We highly recommend the 10km return paddle from the Corinna Wilderness Lodge to Lovers Falls.
Mt William National Park
Think Bay of Fires but less, way less, tourists. Need we say more ha-ha!
The long lonely beaches are picnic perfect, the granite boulders sparkling with bright orange lichen form rockpools galore and there is an amazing diversity of flora and fauna.