Unlike most of the rest of Australia, the state of Tasmania (which is a part of Australia and not its own country), is filled with spectacular mountains and trekking on-par with that to be found in New Zealand (albeit with a few more snakes).
There are two airports in Tasmania – one in Launceston and another in its capital (and largest) city, Hobart. There is also a ferry terminal in Devonport where you can catch a ferry to/from Melbourne ( and even bring your car); however, flights are oftentimes less expensive. Public transportation to the trailheads isn’t great, so having a car will certainly be helpful when getting around the island, but I didn’t find hitchhiking there to be terribly difficult (just remember to smile).
If you’ve heard of anything in Tasmania it’s probably the famous Overland Track – which is just the beginning when you start digging into all the trekking the island has to offer.
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Location: Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
Length: 49.7 mi / 80 km
Elevation Gain: 4,793 ft / 1,461 m
Max Elevation: 4,100 ft / 1,250 m
Type: One-way hiking track
Location: Southwest National Park
Length: 20.94 mi / 33.7 km
Elevation Gain: 6,562 ft / 2,000 m
Max Elevation: 4,669 ft / 1,423 m (Mount Anne)
Location: Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
Length: 28.58 mi / 46 km
Elevation Gain: 3,280 ft / 1,000 m
Max Elevation: 4,744 ft / 1,446 m
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