Tasmania National Parks
In Tasmania's national parks you'll find a huge variety of landscapes and vegetation and thriving populations of birds and animals. The parks range in size from the Rocky Cape National Park, 3,064 hectares, at the western end of the north coast to the vast Southwest National Park, 608,000 hectares, in the World Heritage Area of the south-west.
Ben Lomond National Park is situated 60km south-east of Launceston, an easy one hour drive along the picturesque North Esk River Valley. The park lies more than 1300 metres above sea level on a large plateau above Tasmania's northern midlands, and is the country's major ski field offering excellent downhill and cross country skiing in the winter.
The Cataract Gorge Reserve abounds with walking trails and lookouts which fully explore the beauty of the area. The most spectacular way to enter the reserve is on the Kings Bridge-Cataract Walk, a path which clings to the Cliff face of the Gorge. It was built in the 1890's for the benefit of Launceston's citizens and visitors and was the city's most popular promenade in Victorian times.
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park - Covering 1280 square kilometres, Cradle Mountain National Park contains some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Australia. Lake St Clair on the south-east side of the park is the main attraction and starting point for Tasmania's most famous walk, the 80km Cradle Mountain track.
Douglas Apsley National Park - Situated in the middle of the East Coast, Douglas Apsley National Park is Tasmania's newest park.
Franklin-Gordon Rivers National Park at the epicentre of Tasmania's acclaimed World Heritage area. Being a wilderness area the best way to see this park is by either white water rafting down one of the wild rivers or via cruise boat or seaplane from Strathan.
Freycinet National Park - Situated 212km north-east of Hobart Freycinet National Park is accessed through the town of Coles Bay. Three spectacular rugged red granite peaks, Amos, Dove, and Mayson are surrounded by charming bays, white beaches and rocky headlands.
Hartz Mountains National Park - Covering an area of 8470ha of rugged highlands, Hartz Mountain National Park is the closest world heritage area to an Australian capital city. The park is covered with alpine heathland dissected by wild rivers and dotted with pretty lakes whose origins go back to the glaciers.
Kent Group National Park - The six islands and islets of the Kent Group comprise Tasmania's northernmost national park - located about 55 kilometres north-west of Flinders Island and approximately the same distance from Wilsons Promontory in Victoria.
Lake St Clair National Park - Lake St Clair is at the southern end of the world famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Maria Island was Tasmania's second penal settlement and later became a convict probation station, grazing property, the site for vineyards, and a cement works. Finally the island was declared a National Park and wildlife sanctuary, mainly for the breeding of threatened indigenous wildlife.
Mole Creek Karst National Park - The Mole Creek Karst National Park was declared in 1996 to provide protection for some of the finest and most visited cave systems in the State, including Marakoopa and King Solomons Cave.
Mount Field National Park is one of Tasmania's oldest and popular parks. There are beautiful forests and many lakes as well as a windswept highland plateau , covered in snow during the winter months. On the lower slopes more than 25 species of eucalyptus can be seen while on the higher slopes there are Snow Gums, Pencil Pines and Dwarf Mountain Pines.
Narawntapu National Park - Narawntapu National Park (formerly known as Asbestos Range National Park) is a place of peace for people and wildlife alike.
Rocky Cape National Park - Situated in the North West corner of Tasmania, this park offers small sheltered beaches and sweeping views over Bass Strait. The banksia dotted hillsides boast many varieties of orchid and spectacular wildflowers in the spring. Remnants of Aboriginal life include several caves containing paintings and middens up to 9 000 years old.
Savage River National Park - Savage River National Park is a wilderness region in the north west of Tasmania. The park protects the largest contiguous area of cool temperate rainforest surviving in Australia and acts as a refuge for a rich primitive flora, undisturbed river catchments, high quality wilderness, old growth forests, geodiversity and natural landscape values.
South Bruny National Park - South Bruny National Park lies at the southern tip of Bruny Island off the southeast coast of Tasmania.
South West National Park - The northern section park is situated an two hours west of Hobart and adjoins the Franklin-Gorden Wild Rivers National Park and the South West Conservation Area to the north. To the south the park runs to the coast and includes the southern most point in Tasmania. It's a huge park and unless your fit you'll never get to see most of it (except from the air).
Strzelecki National Park - Strzelecki National Park covers 4216 hectares in the south-western corner of Flinders Island.
Tasman National Park - Tasman National Park protects diverse forest and spectacular coastline from Cape Surville to Waterfall Bay and Fortescue Bay; and from Cape Hauy to Cape Pillar and Cape Raoul.
Walls of Jerusalem National Park - The Walls of Jerusalem National Park forms a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. As the park is remote and not accessible via road, the Walls retains its wilderness character.
Mount William National Park serves as a refuge for the Forester kangaroo, the only large kangaroo left in Tasmania. The main road through the park, called Forester Kangaroo Drive, was specially built for viewing animals.