40 of the Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania »

Get your boots on and discover some hidden gems on foot

By Kerry Scambler
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Swansea East Coast

Swansea East Coast [©Kerry Scambler]

Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South-East Tasmania
Lime Bay, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania
Fortescue Bay, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania
Views over vineyards on the East Coast of Tasmania

 

When the topic of Australian Great Walks is raised anywhere, you can bet your proverbial dollar that Tasmania will be mentioned, more than once and usually three or four times. 

Great Walks of Australia identified eight top walks and guess what? Four are Tasmanian. Australian Geographic’s Multi-Day Top 10 also includes four walks and half of Australian Traveller’s 10 Greatest Walking holidays are located in one small island.

And the lists go on, featuring iconic walks around Cradle Mountain, Freycinet, Maria Island and the Tarkine etc. But there’s far more out there to discover and you don’t have to be a seasoned trekker to enjoy them – Tassie is rich with walks of all shapes and sizes. If you like a stroll, walk, hike or bush bash there’s oh so much to choose from!

So here’s a tip on how to find the walk to suit your interests and ability...

With the warmer weather spruiking thoughts of outdoor activities, I picked up a book I bought this time last year – Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania by Ingrid Roberts. This is a complete guide to 40 wonderful walks.

As regular VisitVineyards readers know I’m a bit of nut for all things Tasmanian, but sifting through a few pages it seems there is still much more to learn, especially with some fresh inspiration to get those boots on…

 

The walks

For example: most of my family holidays were spent at Swansea on the East Coast. We’d live on the beaches just swimming, fishing, walking and playing – I never gave much thought to what was beyond the main street. Fast forward a few decades, I turn to Walk 10 and there’s a village stroll along streets and beaches with an interesting mix of history and scenery noted. Page tagged for next time I want to work off some of the local gourmet fare!

Another childhood memory was prompted with Walk 32, Chauncy Vale to Flat Rock Lookout. The Vale was home to childrens’ author Nan Chauncy and I remember reading with great interest her book called They Found A Cave. This walk however is actually more about the area having a diverse flora, which is internationally recognised as a biodiversity hotspot. Tick for two reasons then – perhaps glimpsing the cave plus flower photography!

The Tasman Peninsula is a particular favourite in our house and we love Stewarts Bay in particular. Whilst we highly recommend Pennicott’s Tasman Island Cruises for an amazing experience on water, there are a number of walks that take you along spectacular coastlines and across towering sea cliffs. These are truly world class walks.

The historic Coal Mines are well worth a visit and Walk 22 takes you on a circuit around the ruins and to Mount Stewart for some lovely views. There is interpretative signage giving you a glimpse into the life of the convicts mixed with a peaceful bush coastline setting.

 

The verdict

These are just three of the forty walks. From historic villages to coastal walks, through wine country, forested reserves to dazzling white beaches, there really is something to suit just about everyone.

Tasmania’s South East has some stunning and varied scenery plus a bucket of history and nature to boot, and the best way to experience a lot of it is on your own two feet.  Outdoors, breathing the fresh air and absorbing the experience.

So if you’re planning at trip to Tasmania or already live in the gourmet state, grab a copy of Best Bush, Coast and Walks of South East Tasmania and get out and about.

The layout is easy to read and the walk details are informative, relevant and to the point. The sprinkling of general knowledge on flora, fauna, history and photographs add to the incentive to get out.

And you might just discover why Lonely Planet voted Tasmania one of the Top 10 regions in the world to visit in 2015!

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  • East Coast and Tasman Peninsula (TAS)

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