Tasmania is an island state of Australia with its capital in Hobart. Geographically isolated and with cool temperate climate, it is a nature lover’s paradise. Several sight-seeing tours are operated in the many parks of Tasmania that fall under UNESCO World Heritage Site area. The rugged mountains, pristine beaches, virgin forests and incredibly diverse flora and fauna, make for a compelling visit. Do explore these amazing 5 National parks and get a chance to meet the endangered Tasmanian Devil.
Freycinet National Park
On the East coast of Tasmania lies the eclectic mix of imposing granite Hazard peaks, beautiful beaches and the golden sunsets at the bays. Take leisurely walks on the Wineglass Bay and Coles Bay or kayak in the azure waters! Take a trail trek tour to Mount Amos for incredible views of the bay and spot white bellied eagles or Australasian Gannet from the top. Freycinet National Park is a marvel of nature.
Cradle Mountain National Park
In the heart of Tasmania are the dolerite peaks of the Cradle Mountain standing guard at the St Clair Lake, alpine forests and waterfalls. Take the Dove Lake Loop tour or the more strenuous 6 days Overland Track and get a chance to spot wallabies, possums, pademelons, potoroos, quolls, wombats and if you get lucky-even the Tasmanian Devil. Even your nights can come alive in the night sight-seeing tours with an expert guide.
Tasmania Southwest National Park
This untouched remote part of Tasmania Wilderness World Heritage Area can only be accessed by a boat or plane, so better to go with an organized sight-seeing tour. Once there, you can drive down to the Cockle Creek or just trek around the numerous trails of Tasmania’s largest National park. Take a cruise on Melalueca Inlet and Bathurst Harbour or a bush walk tour, fly over Mt Picton, Federation Peak and Hounville . Spot the endangered Orange bellied parrot among other wildlife.
Mt Field National Park
This is one of the most loved and photographed National parks of Tasmania, with amazing variety of landscapes from tropical forest to alpine woods and the famous Russel Waterfalls. Go for trail walks through thick fern forests or Gum trees and say hello to one of the tallest trees in the world at the Tall Tree Forest. Go on a tour to Lake Dobson and walk through the Pandani Grove, a habitat for native birds and animals. If you are lucky you can catch the shy Platypus and fill your camera with stunning pictures.
Ben Lomond National Park
Lying at a mountain plateau, Ben Lomond is the only snow field in Tasmania, offering a wide range of snow based activities like snowboarding, skiing and hiking in the alpine trails. It is better to go with an organized tour operator because the Jacob’s Ladder road can be dangerous in winters, but the scenery with the stark and stunning mountains and the snow fields are spectacular. Take a bush walking tour to the second tallest peak of Legges Tor and watch the mountains of Giblin Fells turn orange at sunset and sunrise.
So this is our list of the 5 top National Parks of Tasmania for a beautiful vacation. There are great sight-seeing tours for all of these distinct parks that cater to all kinds of visitors- the lazy beach comber, the trekker, the trail runner to the snow lover and skier. Come and fall in love with the natural splendor of Tasmania, the island state of Australia.