Join us for a journey into the Western Wilderness of Tasmania! This is one of the world’s premier World Heritage Areas. With amazing cultural and natural history to discover, we explore this awe-inspiring area with a series of Tasmania’s “Great Short Walks” designed to showcase Tasmania’s premier World Heritage Area and the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. The premier walk on this day is the Donaghy’s Wilderness Lookout walk and we are thrilled to bring you an opportunity to access this area in 1 BIG day starting and finishing from Hobart.
We travel West on this tour day, heading straight towards the magnificent wilderness. Our drive takes us alongside Tasmania’s Hydro-Electric history giving us a bird’s eye view of some massive man-made feats of human engineering skills! We stop along the way in the quirky village of Tarraleah for some great views from the local lookout (keeping our eyes sharp for the Scottish highland cattle along the way).
Our scenic drive takes us into the southern end of the Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park. Here at the Lake St. Clair end of the National Park we stand beside Australia’s deepest lake an area carved out by ice during several glaciations over the last two million years. Lake St. Clair is the southern end point of the Overland Track a 6 Day hiking adventure starting in the north from Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain.
We have a range of short walks on offer to explore, stretch our legs and breathe the fresh mountain air. A panorama of mountains and wild forests form the backdrop to this spectacular lake. Our short walks here offer beautiful forests to explore, wild rivers and if we are lucky at Platypus Bay the shy Platypus can sometimes be seen in the lake feeding around the shoreline. Alternatively you can relax lakeside, enjoy the scenery, indulge in some photography and take in the spectacular setting.
After our Lake St. Clair experience we continue driving west and enter the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. The scenery here is breath-taking as we are surrounded by the Tasmanian world-heritage wilderness.
We walk along the edge of the Franklin River surrounded by Tasmanian temperate rainforest. This is one of Tasmania’s “60 Great Short Walks”. A beautiful and wild river our Tour Guide will share with you the stories of the area and the fascinating piece of Australian political history that played out on this river.
Then it’s onwards to what we rank as one of, if not the best, of Tasmania’s “60 Great Short Walks”! A short uphill hike (around 30 minutes) takes us to Donaghy’s Hill Wilderness Lookout where we have 360 degree views of mountain after mountain. Wild rivers, forests, button grass plains, 30,000 years of Tasmanian Aboriginal history – as far as the eye can see. A stunning and awe-inspiring view of one of the world’s greatest wild areas that survives today. This is a humbling and inspiring place to stand taking in our surroundings.We retrace our steps and begin the return trip to Hobart. After a full day out west, we arrive back to Hobart around 6.30pm.