Hartz Mountains National Park is a perfect short walk destination. With 4 different tracks from 5 minutes to 3 hours return, there is something for everyone. The landscape has been shaped by glaciers and this story is told on interpretive panels along the tracks. Alpine streams and tarns (small glacial lakes) dot the plateau. Waterfalls drop from the eastern edge of the plateau and to the west, the dolerite columns form a ridgeline, protecting the plateau from the worst of the westerly winds.
This is a wilderness park with basic facilities including toilets, water and picnic shelters. The shelter at Waratah Lookout has an open fireplace, free gas barbecue, and tables. The shelter at the end of the road has walker registration toilets, water and picnic shelters. There is no campground. You can camp nearby at Huon Bush Retreats or Cockle Creek.
Higher areas of Hartz Mountains are exposed to the wild weather of south-west Tasmania. Rain or snow falls on more than half the days each year so be sure to carry warm waterproof clothing. Beware of sudden weather changes that can happen any time of year.
YouTube Videos of Hartz Mountains National Park:
Challenging 3 hour winter trip to Hartz Peak
Easy 40 minutes return to Lake Esperance
Easy 1.5 hours return to Ladies Tarn
Where to stay overnight near Hartz Mountains National Park
Classic farm cottage above the Huon River, Tasmania
Overlooking the Huon River, just off the highway from Huonvile to Geeveston, this classic farm cottage can be your base to explore the Huon Valley. Hun Rive Country Cottage has three bedrooms to suit couples, families or small groups.
Comfortable self contained