Monk Bay Circuit Walk (Incorporating Historic Convict Coal Mines)

Monk Bay Circuit Walk (Incorporating Historic Convict Coal Mines)

The Monk Bay Circuit Walk is a 8.3km coastal walk within the Lime Bay State Reserve, Tasman Peninsula in south east Tasmania. It’s an easy 3 – 3.5 hour walk with constant views of the surrounding waterways.

The Tasman Peninsula is also home to the Port Arthur Historic Site, Australia’s premier colonial convict site. Close to Port Arthur are the remains of a large convict probation station established for the purposes of coal mining. Today there are well preserved ruins with good interpretative signs. The Historic Coal Mines site can easily be combined with the Monk Bay walk making for a varied and interesting day trip from Hobart. And it’s all free.

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Arthurs Peak Day Walk, Tasman National Park

Arthurs Peak Day Walk, Tasman National Park

Arthurs Peak is in the Tasman National Park in Tasmania and is on the route of the recently opened and popular Three Capes Walk - a multi-day fee paying walk.  Since the advent of the Three Capes Walk we were unclear as to whether it was still possible to walk to Arthurs Peak via an old track. We also wanted to clarify what the options were for overnight walking in the park for self-sufficient campers who were not paying to stay in the designated huts that are exclusively for paying walkers. This post sets out to provide answers these questions and describe the day walk we succeeded in doing to Arthurs Peak.

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Shadow Lake and Mt Rufus Circuit (Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park)

Shadow Lake and Mt Rufus Circuit (Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park)

Lake St. Clair is at the southern end of Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park. The car park and visitors centre are at Cynthia Bay. This is also the end point for people completing the Overland Track from north to south. From here there are a number of good day walks as well as longer walks. We decided to head out there for a long weekend, with a good weather forecast, to do a bit of exploring, including a walk and camping at Shadow Lake and to do the Mt Rufus Circuit.

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Mt Rogoona Circuit, Walls of Jerusalem National Park

Mt Rogoona Circuit, Walls of Jerusalem National Park

The Mt Rogoona Circuit is a 25km circuit in the southern end of the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania. It provides access to a less visited part of this increasingly popular national park. The circuit takes in spectacular views of rugged Mt Rogoona, some beautiful lakes and a couple of historic huts. There are a number of good campsites along the route and it is also a way to access the exotically named Never Never. Here is our experience of the walk.

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Roches Beach to Seven Mile Beach Short Walk

Roches Beach to Seven Mile Beach Short Walk

The Roches Beach to Seven Mile Beach track is an easy, pleasant, short coastal walk with spectacular views. Located 22km east of Central Hobart, it is a 20 minute drive from town. The walk is 3.3km one way. You can start the walk from either end. If you want a longer walk you can start or finish at Lauderdale Canal rather than Roches, a total of 6km.

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The Leeaberra Track – Douglas Apsley National Park, East Coast Tasmania

The Leeaberra Track – Douglas Apsley National Park, East Coast Tasmania

The Douglas Apsley National Park is on Tasmania’s East Coast, between the towns of St Marys and Bicheno. It gets its name from the park’s two main rivers. The Leeaberra Track runs the length of the park, which contains the largest remaining area of dry sclerophyll forest in Tasmania. It also has rivers, waterfalls, rugged rock formations and a variety of vegetation types.

With friend and long-time walking companion Graeme (who also has a dodgy knee) we decided to tackle the 2.5 day, 28 km walk. Here's our walk report.

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Shipstern Bluff Walk

Shipstern Bluff Walk

On a visit to Tassie brother Pete was keen to check out Shipstern Bluff on the Tasman Peninsula. As a lifelong surfer he’d heard a lot about “Shippies”, as it’s known. Its reputation as a big wave break ridden by only the gutsiest of surfers has spread world-wide. As it turned out the surf wasn't happening on the day we visited but it was still a good day walk.

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Alum Cliffs Track, Hobart

Alum Cliffs Track, Hobart

It was a lazy, early spring Sunday morning and we wanted to get a bit of exercise. We settled on the Alum Cliffs track, which begins near Kingston Beach in Hobart’s southern suburbs. This is a 6 km return coastal walk with some good views of the river and cliffs. The starting point is Tyndall Beach, which is a dog-friendly beach on the northern side of Browns Rivulet across from Kingston Beach. Here is our report on the walk.

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