Oct 29, 2015
The Apple Isle walking tracks you didn’t know about… until now.
Junee Cave Track 1km
Approached on a 15-minute trail beneath towering ferns and swamp gums, the walk to the entrance of Junee Cave (90 kilometres north-west of Hobart) is a visual treat in its own right. Experienced cave divers, however, can explore subterranean delights beyond, including Australia’s deepest limestone abyss.
The Needles 3km
A jagged ridgeline on the fringes of Southwest National Park, The Needles is reached via a scrub-encroached trail, a 400-metre climb and a 30-minute ascent on natural steps to its 1020- metre summit. Why do it? For staggering views of mounts Mueller, Anne and Field West and lakes Pedder and Gordon.
Cape Queen Elizabeth 12km
If you’re a Bruny Island resident, you’ll know it – a trail that begins at its airstrip, bisects two lagoons then climbs to Mars Bluff with views over The Neck and far-off Fluted Cape before a descent to Miles Beach, previously deserted, now with a population of one.
Three Capes Track 46km
Better rug up for this brand-new track, which can be walked over three days with two nights’ stay in cabins. Perched on Australia’s tallest sea cliffs, taking in capes Raoul, Hauy and Pillar, this ambitious Tasman Peninsula trail is our most spectacular coastal walk; a chilling descent into the windswept latitudes of the Roaring Forties.
Hellfire Bluff 13.8km
First you drive almost to Copping, then Kellevie, then 7.4 kilometres on a forestry road and park your vehicle in an old quarry. From there, it's a bash through scrub to a trail that dwindles to nothing as it ascends a 200-metre-high ridge overlooking Cockle Bay. Worried about crowds? You needn’t be.