Hartz Peak - Great Short Walk

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Overview

Highlights

This relatively accessible peak in the Hartz Mountains National Park takes the walker through a landscape carved by glaciers. Hartz Peak is one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks. The 60 Great Short Walks offer the best of Tasmania's day walking opportunities. This robust walk, best done in fine weather, takes walkers to the top of the handsome dolerite mountain, Hartz Peak. Views from the peak in clear weather are stunning; taking in much of the south-west wilderness, including Federation Peak and Precipitous Bluff. Beneath the peak is Hartz Lake, a classic cirque lake formed by ice action over the last million years.

As the peak is 1254m high, it is subject to severe weather. Walkers should be aware of the forecast and have good all-weather clothing. Please refer to the Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania website (parks.tas.gov.au) for up-to-date information about this walk, alerts, closures, safe walking guidelines, leave no trace principles and National Park entry fees where applicable.

Activities

  • Hiking 
  • Photography

Facilities

  • Walking trail - 7.4km | 3-5 hours return | 400m climb in elevation | grade 4
  • Car park

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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • Ensure to let a responsible adult know of your plans and report back into them once you have finished exploring for the day.
  • 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 credits: Stu Gibson via Tourism Tasmania

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


Location & Supplier

Hartz Peak - Great Short Walk

Address: Hartz Peak Track, Southwest, Tasmania 7139

Email: Huonville@parks.tas.gov.au

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