National Parks

Map of Tasmania indicating National Parks

1. Rocky Cape National Park

Rocky Cape National Park, on the North-West Coast of Tasmania is easily accessible from the Bass Highway, about midway between Burnie and Smithton. This is the smallest of the Tasmanian national parks. It stretches for about 12km along the Bass Strait shoreline, incorporating rugged coastline, small sheltered beaches, heathlands and wooded hills.

2. The Mole Creek Karst National Park

The Mole Creek Karst National Park, in Northern Tasmania, protects a region of deep limestone caves with spectacular formations, glow worm displays, subterranean streams and cathedral caverns. There are guided tours through the Marakoopa and King Solomon caves and escorted adventure caving expeditions can be arranged through Wild Cave Tours. An additional cave entry fee applies.

3. Narawntapu National Park

Narawntapu National Park (formerly the Asbestos Range National Park), has an amazing variety of plants and wildlife that can be observed from an easy nature trail. It is an ideal spot for water activities, close friendly encounters with wildlife, beachcombing or camping. Fresh water is available from tanks or bores and there is a Parks and Wildlife Summer Holiday Programme, which caters for all ages and interests.

4. Strzelecki National Park

Strzelecki National Park, in the south-western corner of Flinders Island, is dominated by the granite Strzelecki peaks, rising abruptly from the sea and providing excellent climbing and views.

5. Mount William National Park

Mount William National Park, in the extreme north-east of Tasmania, was declared a National Park principally to protect the habitat of Tasmania's only endemic kangaroo, the Grey Forester. A special attraction of the park is its proximity to pristine coastline.

6. Ben Lomond National Park

Ben Lomond National Park, 50 km south-east of Launceston, is one of Tasmania’s two principal skifields. A large alpine plateau, with the highest peak, Legges Tor, rising to 1573m. Facilities include an alpine village, a tavern, accommodation, ski village with ski tows and a public shelter.

7. Douglas Apsley National Park

Douglas Apsley National Park, on the East Coast protects the last, large relatively undisturbed area of dry eucalypt in the State. It features spectacular gorges and waterfalls, including Heritage Falls on the Douglas River and the Apsley Gorge.

8. Freycinet National Park

Freycinet National Park, mid-way on the Tasmanian East Coast, is a striking combination of red granite mountains, white sand and crystal clear water. The park has a series of well-defined walks, most of them within the capability of the average visitor.

9. Maria Island

Maria Island, 13 km off south-eastern Tasmania, is virtually two islands, joined by a narrow isthmus. The larger northern section is dominated by Mount Maria (709m) and Bishop and Clerk (630m). Maria Island is particularly popular with families and school groups and the ferry leaves from Triabunna.

10. Tasman National Park

Tasman National Park, encompasses unsurpassed coastal scenery - cliffs plunging sheer into the sea, colourful and descriptive names as Tasman’s Arch, the Devil’s Kitchen, the Tessellated Pavement and the Blowhole. Southwards are the precipitous cliffs of Tasman Island at the extreme south-east tip of Tasmania, Cape Pillar and Cape Raoul.

11. South Bruny National Park

South Bruny National Park, includes some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery - cliffs, pounding surf, beaches and the lighthouse that for 150 years warned mariners of the dangers of the island’s rugged southern coastline.

12. Hartz Mountains National Park

Hartz Mountains National Park, 80km south of Hobart, is dominated by 1255m Hartz Peak, the highest of a range of peaks, with a superb panoramic view out over the South-West wilderness and eastward to Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula.

13. South-West National Park

South-West National Park, is Tasmania’s largest national park, with an area of 442,240ha, surrounded by the 791,350ha South-West Conservation area. The park encompasses the majority of Tasmania’s temperate wilderness, one of three such areas in the world, an area of rugged mountains, dense rain forest, button grass plains, swift flowing rivers and isolated coastline.

14. Mount Field National Park

Mount Field National Park, 70km west of Hobart, combines short, easy nature walks (one for disabled people) to the beautiful Russell Falls and the rugged and mountainous plateau, peaking in Mount Field West (1437m). On the plateau is Mount Mawson, one of Tasmania’s two principal ski fields. At the park entrance is a visitor information centre with shop and a restaurant, a camping area, shelter huts, picnic facilities and fireplaces.

15. Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, includes the Franklin River, the broad lower reaches of the Gordon, Frenchman’s Cap, a striking white quartzite peak with a sheer cliff face of 300m, and encompasses rain forest and unsurpassed temperate wilderness. The Franklin has a reputation for providing some of the world’s best white water rafting. By contrast, the broad, dark reaches of the lower Gordon, with their mirror reflections, may be seen from the comfort of cruise boats operating from the West Coast port of Strahan.

16. Walls of Jerusalem National Park

Walls of Jerusalem National Park, named after its five principal mountain peaks - covers a plateau area, averaging 1200m, with mountain peaks, gorges, lakes and tarns. The park and the neighbouring conservation area contain a significant proportion of the 4000 lakes and tarns in the Central Highlands, which resulted from Ice Age glacial activity.

17. Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park, has earned international renown for the beauty of its mountains and lakes and for the famed 85km walking track from Cradle Valley (Waldheim) to Lake St Clair. The park contains numerous highland tarns and lakes, streams, waterfalls and mountain peaks, including Tasmania’s highest mountain, Mount Ossa (1617m). There are a number of shorter walks suitable for all age groups, particularly around Lake Dove and along the shores of Lake St Clair.