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.
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.
Freycinet National Park
Rising majestically from the sea is the rugged granite mountains of the Freycinet Peninsula. The park is surrounded by azure bays and white sand beaches, is home to a superb array of plants and animals. It provides visitors with the opportunity to walk along the most picturesque and pristine coastlines, culminating in a memorable walk to the famous Wineglass Bay.
The launch site for the Freycinet Peninsula is the Visitor Information Centre, a 40 minute drive from Sea Stacks on the Denison. At this point you can choose from a number of walks. We recommend a camera and small pair of binoculars.
This is our shortest walk at only 600 metres but it packs a punch. Walking the circuit around the Cape Tourville Lighthouse perched high on a raised boardwalk sitting on top of the cliffs with uninterrupted views of the Hazards, Wineglass Bay and The Nuggets. Sea birds, hawks and falcons are a common sight on this side of the peninsula as well as dolphins, seals and whales. Wheelchair friendly.
Wineglass Bay Lookout
One of the most popular and iconic walks on the Tasmanian East Coast, the Wineglass Bay Lookout boasts one of the best views in Tasmania. This is a steep uphill walk through granite rock outcrops and coastal brush and woodlands. Take advantage of the resting seats along the way as this walk has quite a few steps as you climb to the lookout with the most spectacular views of Wineglass Bay. This is a very popular walk and can get very hot in the summer, so this walk is best done in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat and crowds. At just over 2.5 kilometres return this Grade 3 walk is definitely on the must do list.
Wineglass Bay & Hazards Beach
This is a full day walk and bushwalking experience is recommended. Continue on from the Wineglass Bay Lookout and a downhill bushland walk to Wineglass Bay. Once arriving walk along the pristine beaches in a secluded place few people experience. Crystal clear waters and white sand greet you after a steep descent, giving you time to relax on the beach with a picnic lunch.
From Wineglass Bay you will turn inland crossing the peninsular to Hazards Beach. This is a completely different view and experience as you walk along a rocky coastline with magical views across Great Oyster Bay. Staying close to the coastline you will walk back to your starting point through cool coastal woodlands. Take plenty of water and snacks to keep you going on this 5 hours circuit.