1. Instagram is an awesome for you to see what a place is going to look like in real life, and also to see what others are saying about that particular place – just look at the geotag function of wherever you’re heading. The photos on Tassie’s official Instagram account just about explode off your phone’s screen with the region’s amazing mishmash of scenery and natural phenomena, as does Hobart’s, albeit with a touch of local kookiness mixed in. You can also ask these guys questions and they’ll answer in real time! Every time I flick through these feeds, I feel re-inspired about what the world has to offer.
  2. TasTrails is the best point of reference for anyone looking to hike in Tasmania. Easy-to-follow directions, detailed descriptions of the terrain, accurate time-frames and photos of what I’d find to guide my expectations were invaluable in narrowing down where to visit in the limited time we had.
  3. Don’t worry too much about getting lost driving – national parks and attractions are very well signposted.
  4. A lot of local Tasmanians are nature enthusiasts. Get chatting to them about the treks you’re heading on and they’re bound to have stories and helpful hints to share with you.
  5. Sign in at the beginning of every trail, not only for safety reasons but also to read what those who walked before you thought of the walk itself. For example, without our sturdy sticks for Cape Raoul, we would have emerged at the end of 14 kilometres looking (and feeling) like savage zombie mud monsters.
  6. Prepare to really check out. Ain’t no internet where you’re heading. Make sure you have step-by-step directions just in case you miss a road sign (refer to TasTrails for this) and tell multiple people your plans for the day.
  7. The roadkill once you’re out of Hobart is a little confronting. Try to finish driving before dark falls as the period between dusk until dawn is when most animal (and driver!) fatalities occur.
  8. Be prepared! I am the first to admit I have put myself in dangerous situations on hikes. Obviously I’ve come out unscathed previously but combine scarce reception and ambiguously marked trails (which can add time and distance to your journey) and you could have a disaster on your hands. Tasmania is the definition of remote and we didn’t see anyone for hours at a time on our hikes. Always bring more water than you think you’ll need. Staying well-hydrated and fed will also mean should an opportunity to explore an off-shoot track arise, you’ll have the energy to check it out.
  9. Stay alert. Try not to cruise into auto-pilot mode – you’ll quickly lose the trail.
  10. Last but not least, enjoy the serenity! If you head out on a weekday, it’s likely just you amongst nature. Get your nips out, moon the horizon, have a photo shoot in the nude. Just take advantage of the fact you’re in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, and you don’t have to share it with anybody.

So, now you know how to safely head out in Tasmania, where should you go? Hopefully I can get you inspired here and here.

Any questions? I’m more than happy to help!