Tasmania Activities, Sports and Recreation
It is one of the main attractions of Tasmania. And for good reason, the island has 20 national parks, which occupy nearly 40% of the territory.
The most visited National Parks are those of Freycinet (which conceals the magnificent Wineglass Bay) Of Tasman, Maria island and Mount Field, Cradle Moutain-Lake Saint-Clair. The latter is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, a territory of 1,38 million hectares classified as World Heritage by Unesco, which also includes the Southwest National Park, That of Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers and part of the central platters.
Tickets and passes
Do not miss a hike in these parks, it is the best way to discover the incredible natural wealth of Tasmania.
Admission is payable: AU $ 12 (€ 8) per day and per person if you enter on foot or on a two-wheeler, AU $ 24 (€ 16) for a vehicle carrying up to 8 passengers.
Tickets are on sale in Visitors Centers at the entrance to the parks, or even in tourist information centers. Please note: access to some parks is not supervised, but always paid. If a ranger (guard) finds that you don't have a ticket, you risk a fine.
If you plan to visit several parks, it is more interesting to buy the Holiday pass, valid for 2 months (up to 8 weeks), and which costs 30 AU $ (21 €) per person if you enter on foot or on a two-wheeler, or 60 AU $ (42 €) for a vehicle carrying up to 8 passengers.
If you plan to visit many parks, it is better to buy a annual pass valid for all parks: 96 AU $ (67 €).
These passes are on sale at Visitor Centers in the parks and at tourist information centers.
In the Visitors Centers, you will also find a lot of practical information on the parks: marked hiking trails, toilets, drinking water points and camping grounds (paying or not). Finally, some parks such as Cradle Mountain organize free shuttles between their entrance and their main points of interest, in order to relieve congestion in indoor parking lots.
Tasmania's incredible natural riches are suitable for all kinds of outdoor activities.
It is the number one attraction of the island, which has no less than 2 km of marked trails, mainly in national parks. Sunday hiker or seasoned practitioner, you will inevitably find a shoe to your feet: a walk of one hour or several days, on the steep cliffs of the coast, in the middle of the forest or in the mountains ... There is only the embarrassment of choice . You will find information on most of the routes in the National Park Visitors Centers.
The must in this area is the mythical Overland Track, which connects Dove Lake and Lake Saint-Clair in 65 km, in the heart of Cradle Moutain-Lake Saint-Clair National Park. Allow a minimum of 6 days of tramping, for the most experienced walkers, and climbs up to 1 m altitude.
A special masos trail, then, but you have to believe that there are more of them than you imagine. In fact, faced with the annual attendance record (9 walkers on average), during peak periods, from November to April, a daily quota (000 departures maximum, reservation required in season, from November 50 to April 1) was introduced. ) and paid for the hike: 30 AU $ (200 €) per adult, and 140 AU $ (160 €) for young people from 112 to 5 years old and seniors (free for children under 17 years old), not counting the right entrance to the park (see prices above in the “National Parks” paragraph).
In order to better regulate traffic during the summer period, the trail is only passable in one direction, from North to South. The rest of the year, it's free and more relaxed, but it's also winter… And the weather conditions can be very difficult. Reserved for experienced hikers.
The weather being very changeable in Tasmania, you can leave with a beautiful sun and come back under downpours, even snow ... Never leave without warm and waterproof clothes. We also advise you to pack your belongings in plastic bags, to avoid having to sleep in a soggy sleeping bag or discovering too late that your camera was not waterproof ... If you are going for several days, plan to reserve food and drinking water accordingly. In some places, campfires are prohibited: take a camping gas.
Sheer cliffs and mountainous walls allow climbing aficionados to have fun. The most popular sites are those of the Organ Pipes at Mount Wellington (Hobart), White Water Wall and Hazards in the Freycinet national park, Cataract Gorge in Launceston or Frenchman's Cap in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
For novices, many professional instructors offer their services.
Tasmania has spectacular caves with limestone or dolomite reliefs, which can be visited along marked trails or in the company of a professional guide. The main sites are those of the national park of Mole Creek Karst, the caves of Hastings and Gunns plains.
Several experienced tour operators offer tumultuous river descents, especially the Franklin river, famous for its rapids. You can also go rafting on the rivers Picton et Huon.
The sport-king of Australia is not to be outdone in Tasmania, which has many spots where the less cautious can surf all year round. The most popular are the beaches of Park and Clifton, near Hobart. On the east coast, we surf between Orford et Bicheno. To the south, to Cloudy bay on Bruny Island or at Eaglehawk Neck in the Tasman Peninsula. North, Marrawah is also very popular. If you want to get started, several schools give lessons at different sites.
The temperate waters of the east coast are full of underwater landscapes and aquatic fauna that are worth a glance: giant squids, leafy sea dragons, rays, dolphins, sponges ... You can even find some wrecks there. ...
If you've never done scuba diving, courses in Tasmania are rather cheaper than in the rest of Australia.
We fish at sea of course, but also on the many lakes and rivers of the island, where trout tease amateurs.
Be careful, however, freshwater fishing, unless practiced on a private property, is regulated. The permit is compulsory. You have to buy a license in stores specializing in fishing tackle or gas stations.
There are minimum sizes for the catches, and the opening times of the fishery must be respected.
In Tasmania, it is part of the national heritage. Here, we build boats, organize regattas (the Sydney-Hobart race is one of the flagship events), and we welcome boaters in the best conditions. Hobart has a large marina. And if you want to go a little further inland, you can go up partly the Derwent River, wide, deep and equipped with a movable bridge!