One of the world’s most rewarding and well-maintained hiking trails, Tasmania’s Overland Track is about a week of trekking through the grandeur of a world that has followed a separate evolutionary path than the rest of Australia (or any other continent for that matter). If you’ve got the time to spare, this 65 km (40 mile) walk is not an incredible daily challenge (very little scrambling) for the payoff that awaits you with gorgeous, untouched vistas and unique and amazing mountain and rock formations.
Most travelers go from north to south, starting at Cradle Mountain (which has a very helpful visitors center) and finishing at Lake St. Clair, although there are some side trips that will reward you if you have some extra time. Some of the sights you’ll see along the way include Lake St. Clair, which is the deepest in Australia, as well as a number of mountains that provide panoramic views of the untarnished world around you (The Acropolis, Mount Ossa, Cradle Mountain, and more). Some of the sidetracks include waterfalls, more mountain climbs, and a few swimming holes (although watch out for leeches!).
There are a number of regulations that you’ll need to know prior to your visit (tents are a must, only fuel stoves may be used, etc.). All of this information is readily available on the park website. Also be aware that there are a number of fees for both using the Overland Trail (about $100 USD) and for each national park that you enter. Most importantly, stay on marked trails. There are poisonous snakes, Tasmanian devils (not the whirling tornadoes from old Bugs Bunny cartoons), and a variety of diseases carrying insects. If you enter this experience with a little care and preparation, the rewards will be great.
Check the official site for more information and how to book your trip ahead of time.