With over 51% of Tasmanian land is currently under reservation classification, consisting of 19 National Parks and over 800 other reserves within the state you are never going to be far from a typical Tasmanian short bushwalk. The majority of these are managed by Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. Collectively they offer a wide range of recreational opportunities and play an important role in maintaining the diversity of Tasmania's natural and cultural heritage.
There are many short walks around the region from beach strolls to dense rainforest hikes and spectacular waterfalls. To access some of these parks you will require a pass which can be purchased online through the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Website.
Here at SEA STACKS we have selectively curated a group of walks all within a 90 minute drive from The Denison that embody the SEA STACK lifestyle
Goblin Forest – Blue Tiers
Goblin Forest is a short 500m loop walk through some of the most beautiful regenerating rainforest nestled within the sub-alpine Blue Tiers Mountain Reserve. The area has previously been ravaged by tin mining and clearfell logging. The Blue Tiers provides numerous walks from short wheelchair friendly walks through to full day treks. The Goblin Forest Walk hosts many small rivulets and waterways, gurgling and meandering its way through the moss, ferns and alpine reserves.
The White Knights walk at Evercreech National Park is a brief 30 minute loop that takes you through the majestic white gum forest, the tallest of its species in Australia. Some of these trees reach over 90m high, their bark peeling away to reveal thick white trunks soaring towards the blue sky. This grade 2 walk takes you on an elevated walk to view the gum trees and there is an option of continuing your time in Evercreech and walking to the Evercreech Falls near the head of the South Esk River.
St Columba Falls
Only 30 minutes west from St Helens is the spectacular St Columba Falls. At more the 90 metres St Columba is one of the highest falls in Tasmania. Walking through cool shady rainforest brings you to the base of the falls on a walk that is canopied with some of the tallest Tree and Man Ferns in the state. Staring up towards the top of the falls the South George River tumbles town a series of cascading pools weaving its way through rocky outcrops. Returning to the top of the falls is a grade 2 walk but can be slippery due to the moist conditions.
A short and easy 2.4 kilometre circuit through a densely forested mossy tacks leading to Tasmania’s highest waterfall, Ralph Falls drops 100 meters dramatically from a rugged escarpment as a ribbon floating in the breeze. From the falls you can continue to walk through to Cash’s Lookout hugging close to the escarpment in places, providing the most majestic view. Heading on the landscape changes taking you through Teatree forests and buttongrass fields. The extended loop to Cash’s Lookout is a 4 kilometre grade 3 walk taking approximately 1 hour.
Douglas-Apsley National Park
Douglas-Apsley National Park is a place of contradiction. Flat buttongrass and heathlands giving way to rainforests. Tranquil waterholes meandering to thundering waterfalls set amongst towering eucalypt forests. Deep river gorges cutting through granite cliffs.
The crystal waters run through the park and swimming is encouraged in summer. Apsley waterhole is a popular picnic and recreation spot for families and visitors. Around the waterhole there are a number of long and short walks through the dry sclerophyll forest plants, including a beautiful array of seasonal wildflowers.
A gentle open woodland stroll to the waterhole officially marks the start of the rest of the walk through to Apsley Gorge. The grade 2 walk crosses the river and leads up through dry, open forest descending back down to the river at the Gorge.