A March 2004 trip
to Tasmania by OziOziOzi
Quote: How to enjoy one of the world's great wilderness walks is right here. It is remote, unpredictable, and an exhilarating experience. Here’s how to get there and what you'll need to really make it enjoyable, memorable, and one of the best trips of your life, even if it's on your own two legs.
Some background: Tasmania remains predominantly a wilderness area where, apart from the north and east coasts and pockets of settlements around the island, most is untouched forests. This makes it a very beautiful state to travel through but also inaccessible in areas, including tourist ones, but it also means that it maintains much of its charm. While not one of the must-sees for those on short visits to Australia, don't count it out as a fantastic place to visit. It is very beautiful and being small in size means that the distances involved in travelling around are not great and easily done.
Where to stay: Huts or tents. It's your choice. A tent is good but can get very cold, and who wants to set it up after hiking all day? Although basic, the huts are social and warm.
The best way to get here is by car or bus, which can be done easily from Launceston. However, be aware that coming off the trail and getting back to your point of origin to collect your car (if you have one) is often not easy. The buses take some time (around 4 to 6 hours) and only run 4 days a week. Also, the ferry across Lake St. Clair often doesn’t connect with the bus on that day. All this means an overnight stay at either end, but that’s probably not a bad thing, to wind down, relax, and have a well-earned hot shower. However, if you're the trusting type, then give your car keys to someone walking the trail in the other direction and have them drive your car round to your destination and leave them with the visitor centre. It’s what I did, and it meant that I could walk off the trail and straight into my car and drive to the first hot shower in a week. A very welcome sight...
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