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#67 of 637 national parks in Australia

Best trails in Southwest National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Southwest National Park, Tasmania? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, wildlife trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 4 hard trails in Southwest National Park ranging from 48.6 to 97.3 miles and from 78 to 12,742 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Southwest National Park is located on the South West Coast of Tasmania, and is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. It is Tasmania's largest national park. The park's wilderness and dense forest are very well protected because of the park's remoteness, absence of infrastructures (some parts of the park can only be accessed by foot, boat or small aircraft) and minimal human activity (only people hiking in the park).

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Map of trails in Southwest National Park
Park information
Acreage:
1,527,771 acres
Contact
03 6121 7026
Top trails (7)
#1 - Western Arthurs Full Traverse
Southwest National Park
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Length: 48.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
Located in South Western Tasmania, the Western Arthurs Ranges feature 22 major peaks and 30 lakes as a result of glaciation in the area in recent ice ages. While this has been frequently referred to as Tasmania's greatest trail by bushwalkers for its breathtaking landscape features, it is also one of the most dangerous for its extreme and rapidly changing weather conditions and varied technical terrain. This is a challenging multi-day hike with many steep gully ascents and descents, often closer to a rock-climb than hike, where each day becomes more technical, exposed and slightly less obvious to navigate.Show more
#2 - Lake Skinner Track
Southwest National Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 49 m
#3 - South Coast Track
Southwest National Park
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Length: 51.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
The South Coast Track is a 6-8 day hike that starts with a small plane flight from Hobart to Melaleuca to access the trail that provides a sneak preview of the landscape and rugged coastlines and river inlets from above prior to commencing. This is one of Tasmania's most challenging trails, in addition to extreme and variable weather conditions, the terrain also has many river crossings, muddy and rocky scrambles through the buttongrass plains and a tough climb up the Ironbound Range. Show more
#4 - Gordon River Road
Southwest National Park
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Length: 104.4 mi
This is a beautiful scenic drive with little traffic as it is a 'road to nowhere'. The drive starts in Hobart, and follows Gordon River Road, also known as Strathgordon Road and B61, into the World Heritage Wilderness area of south-west Tasmania on Palawa land. The road was built in 1964 and is the only access road to the wilderness in this corner of Tasmania which features the temperate wilderness of the Upper Florentine Valley - with rugged mountains, giant trees, rainforest, moorlands, and outcrops of limestone. The region has significant Indigenous heritage, with some of these limestone caves sharing the Palawa heritage. Along the road, you will also wind through the deep gorges and catch some panoramic views through Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. The road is entirely paved and suitable for any vehicle. At times the road can be quite narrow and windy. The area records massive rainfall, so take care when the roads are wet as the conditions can be wet and slippery.Show more
#5 - Port Davey and South Coast Tracks (North to South)
Southwest National Park
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Length: 97.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
This route begins with the Port Davey track and continues on the South Coast Track which makes it a through hike requiring no charter flight. The Port Davey portion is much less travelled that the South Coast portion, but the entire hike is remote and challenging. There are no huts along the track, so you will need to bring all of your backpacking supplies. Parks and Wildlife Services Tasmania requires that you have a National Park Pass before entering a National Park (i.e. before flying to Melaleuca). They are around $30.Show more
#6 - Creepy Crawly Nature Trail
Southwest National Park
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Length: 0.2 mi • Est. 4 m
Easy nature walk through mossy rainforest with a boardwalk all of the way.Show more
#7 - Arthur Range Traverse (Full)
Southwest National Park
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Length: 48.6 mi • Est. Multi-day