Eastern Arthur Range Traverse

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Overview

Highlights

The challenges of the walk are not to be underestimated, and should be completed only by walkers with significant experience in remote, alpine conditions. 

Located in Southwest National Park, and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA), the Eastern Arthur Range Traverse challenges experienced walkers and rewards them with the celebrated Federation Peak (1225m).​ A mecca for walkers and climbers everywhere, Federation Peak is an imposing quartzite moun​tain with sheer faces and formidable jagged edges.

​Walkers will have the opportunity to break up their journey through the alpine moorlands at one of several established campsites​ with tent platforms. What this walk lacks in facilities it certainly makes up with breathtaking views, solitude and challenging climbs and scrambles across ​quartzite, alpine ​heath and scrub.

This walk can commence from Huon Campground, ​​Huon Track or Farmhouse Creek Track. Whatever route takes your fancy, ensure you have a physical copy of your map from TASMap​, as this area is remote and should only be undertaken by advanced, prepared ​walkers.​ 

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Photography

Facilities

  • Walking trail: 65km | 6 - 9 days 
  • Grade 5: Very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked.
  • Various campsites are available along the trail, see the Tas Parks website for the most up to date information on camping along the trail. 
  • Facilities on the track are limited, but there is a toilet with a view at Hanging Lake, and parking, water and other amenities available at the Huon Campground. 
  • Walkers are required to register for this walk via the Tas Parks website, in addition to completing the logbook at the trailhead.
  • There are no huts along this track. There are 8 campsites along the track with a maximum stay of 2 nights.
  • 5 of the campsites have tent platforms and each campsite has a 3-4 tent capacity.

Important Information

Guidelines

  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the local visitor information centre for the most up to date information.
  • Stay safe and get the most out of your visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.
  • Weather conditions in Tasmania can change quickly and frequently, especially in alpine areas. Snow, rain, wind and sun are all possible at any time of the year, and bushfires can occur between October and March.
  • When visiting alpine areas you should include at a minimum, in addition to your basic walking gear, a waterproof jacket with hood and storm front (seam sealed and breathable fabric, Gore-Tex or similar), waterproof over trousers (seam sealed and breathable fabric, Gore-Tex or similar), sturdy walking boots and warm clothing (a fleece or woollen jumper, thermal base layers, hat and gloves).
  • Deaths have occurred when people have been caught unprepared in cold, wet and windy weather. Children, older people and those with an illness or disability are at the greatest risk in such conditions.
  • Wear suitable footwear and ensure to wear appropriate clothing to protect yourself from the elements when outside exploring.
  • Plan ahead and ensure to take enough food, fuel and water for your journey.
  • Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • National park fees may apply for national parks in Australia. Check the parks website for bookings and/ or further details.
  • Entry fees may change at anytime at the discretion of Parks and Wildlife Services, check their website for the most up to date information.

Photo credit: Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman

Content credits: Tas Parks and Wildlife Service & Aussie Bucket List


Location & Supplier

Eastern Arthur Range Traverse

Address: Huon Campground, Southwest National Park TAS

Email: tracks@parks.tas.gov.au

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