Walk to freedom
Given its convict history, it is ironic that Tasmania is a place where one feels totally free. Especially when hiking. With 19 national parks and infinitesimal islands itís a wonderland of waymarked ways. Totally trailblazing. Long treks include the Freycinet Peninsula Circuit, Bay of Fires Walk, and the 65km Overland Track in Cradle Mt-Lake St Clair NP. You can add in a bit of kayaking along the Ansons River in the Bay of Fires or, after trekking in the Tarkine rainforest region, where you can rest your legs and paddle down the Pieman River. Tasmaniaís latest trekking treat is the Three Capes Track, a 46km waymarked way on the Tasman Peninsula that taking in Capes Pillar, Hauy and Raoul. Staying in public huts, most people do it in four days. This is beach to beach bliss.
Depending on the trail, there are huts, hipster cabins and homely hotels to stay at en route. Or glamp your way around to really get that wilderness feel. Walking guides open up the wilderness in wonderful ways too. Wherever you hike, rest assured, Tasmania is on it. They even make some of the most popular hiking boots in the world Ė Blundstones . So leave your battered ones at home and treat yourself to some Blunnies. Those boots, and this island, are made for walking.