Enchanted Walk, Cradle Mountain
Enchanted Walk, Cradle Mountain (photograph: Chris Crerar)
60 Great Short Walks

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Closed area: Montezuma Falls suspension bridge - update
Applies from 1/6/2021

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Montezuma Falls Walking Track is open, from the carpark in Williamsford to the viewing platform at the base of the falls. The suspension bridge which forms a side trip, remains closed to the public for safety reasons until further notice. Project is awaiting re-bolting of tread-plates and final engineer inspection.

Contact the West Coast Field Centre on PWS.WestCoast@parks.tas.gov.au.

Last reviewed 4/6/2021 03:05 PM


​​The 60 Great Short Walks offer the best of Tasmania's day ​walking opportunities. Whether you want a gentle stroll or a physical challenge; a seaside ramble or a mountain vista; a long day's outing or a short wander, Great Short Walks has plenty for you. The walks are located throughout Tasmania and can generally be accessed from major roads and include a range of environments.

A guide to Tasmania's national parks and reserves, including the 60 Great Short Walks is available to purchase from the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service​ visitor centres and most Tasmania Visitor​ Information Centres. It is also complimentary with the purchase of an Annual or Two Year Parks Pass.

If you have a particular type of ​walk in mind, please use ​our filter to view by walk​​ region, duration or ​grade​. Alternatively, you can view all walks below in alphabetical order or via the map icon on the right hand side of the page.​

60 Great Short Walks: Launceston and North


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Narawntapu National Park

Archers Knob

See some of the best views in the Park from the superb Archers Knob lookout. This walk is a beautiful combination of birds, beach, and paperbark swamp.

3-3.5 hours circuit (9km) via Bakers Beach, or 2–2.5 hours return. The Bird Hide walk is 30 mins return, Grade 2
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Cradle Mountain (Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park)

Cradle Summit

A challenging track to the summit of the picturesque Cradle Mountain.

8 hrs return, 12.8km, 600m climb in elevation. Walk includes crossing large rocks, Grade 5
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Cradle Mountain (Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park)

Crater Lake

Explore a series of delightfully different alpine lakes. A better option for days when the higher altitude tracks are being lashed by cold winds and heavy rain.

2 hour circuit, 5.7km circuit, Grade 3
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Cradle Mountain (Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park)

Dove Lake

A great introductory walk to the park. Enjoy iconic views of Cradle Mountain and walk through the tranquil Ballroom Forest on one of Tasmania’s premier short walks.

2-3 hour circuit, 6km circuit, Grade 3
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Launceston and North

Duck Reach

Follow the South Esk River from Launceston’s famous Cataract Gorge to the historic Duck Reach power station. This walk will generally suit groups with children.

1.5 hours return, 6km, Some short uphill sections and approx. 190 steps (stairs), Grade 3
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Cradle Mountain (Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park)

Enchanted Walk

A walk to suit all age groups—featuring a cascading river and magical old-growth rainforest.

20 minute circuit, 1.1km circuit, Grade 2
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Launceston and North

Goblin Forest Walk

The Goblin Forest Walk is an easy, wheelchair accessible track located in the beautiful rainforest of the Blue Tier Forest Reserve.

20 minute circuit, 400m circuit, Grade 1
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Launceston and North


Hollybank has spacious picnic facilities and walking tracks nestled amongst ash and pine trees.

15-40 minute circuit, 2km circuit, Grade 1
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Liffey Falls State Reserve

Liffey Falls Walk

The Liffey Falls are the major attraction of the Liffey Falls State Reserve, located on a track that meanders through tall, wet eucalypt forest.

45 minute return, 2km, from the top car park, Grade 2
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Launceston and North

Meander Falls

A full day’s walk that gets you away from the more popular areas and into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

4.5-6 hours return, 10km return, Grade 4
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Launceston and North

Pine Lake

The Pine Lake walk offers a rare opportunity to get close to one of Tasmania’s rarest trees without having to go on an extended bushwalk. The pencil pine is an ancient species that evolved before flowering plants and which is only found in the Tasmanian highlands.

30 minute return, 800m return, Grade 1
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Tamar Island Wetlands Centre

Tamar Island

Just 10 minutes drive from the heart of Launceston in the Tamar River Conservation Area is the Tamar Island walk. For company you’ll have pelicans, swans, cormorants and numerous other bird species as well as frogs, dragonflies and lizards.

1.5 hours return, 4km return, Grade 1
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