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Hitting the Road with a campervan to Hartz Peak, Tasmania: A Travellers' Delight

Updated: Apr 9

Nestled in the heart of the Tasmanian wilderness, Hartz Peak offers an enchanting blend of natural beauty and adventure that's bound to captivate any nature enthusiast. This remote wilderness destination is a paradise for hikers, providing awe-inspiring landscapes, diverse wildlife, and a rugged terrain that challenges and rewards at every turn. In this travel story, we'll take you on a virtual journey through our adventures in Hartz Peak, delving into the unique experiences that await explorers in this corner of the world.

Hartz Peak Walk, Hartz Mountains National Park
Credit: Stu Gibson

Hiking and Bushwalking

The Hartz Peak Track

The Hartz Peak Track is the main hiking route leading to Hartz Peak, covering approximately 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles) each way. The trail offers a range of challenges, from steep ascents to uneven terrain, but the rewards are more than worth the effort.

Pandani tree in Hartz Peak National Park
Pandani - Credit: Stu Gibson

The Forested Ascent: The trail begins amidst a lush forest, where towering eucalyptus trees create a natural canopy. This part of the journey is serene, with the sounds of native birds accompanying your footsteps. Keep an eye out for colorful parrots, wallabies, and curious pademelons that often venture close to the trail.

The Pandani Grove: As you ascend, you'll encounter a unique subalpine environment featuring pandani trees. These ancient, pineapple-like plants are unique to Tasmania and add an exotic touch to the journey. The path becomes more challenging as you progress, with some steep sections demanding steady footing.

Hartz Lake on a windless day
Credit: Stu Gibson

Hartz Lake: About halfway along the trail, you'll reach Hartz Lake, a serene, mirror-like water body surrounded by an amphitheater of rugged peaks. The lake is an ideal place to take a breather and soak in the breathtaking scenery.

Hartz Peak Final Ascent on a sunny day
Credit: Andrew Wilson

The Final Ascent: The trail's last section is the most demanding but also the most rewarding. As you climb the exposed ridge leading to Hartz Peak, you'll be treated to unparalleled panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The vibrant alpine vegetation and crisp mountain air create a sense of wonder that is hard to put into words.

Hartz Peak Summit

Upon reaching the summit, which stands at an elevation of 1,255 meters (4,117 feet), you're met with breathtaking vistas in every direction. To the east, you'll gaze upon the deep blue waters of the Tasman Sea, and to the west, the jagged peaks of the Hartz Mountains stretch into the distance. The summit also provides a prime vantage point for watching the ever-changing skies, with dramatic cloud formations and vibrant sunsets often stealing the show.

Group of friends at the top of Hartz Peak National Park
"Made it to the top"

Wildlife and Camping

You will be thrilled by the park's diversity. In addition to the wallabies and pademelons mentioned earlier, you may also encounter echidnas, possums, and the elusive Tasmanian devil. Birdwatchers will delight in spotting wedge-tailed eagles, honeyeaters, and more. While Hartz Peak is commonly hiked in a single day, camping options are available within the Hartz Mountains National Park. Camping in this pristine wilderness is an extraordinary experience, with the chance to hear the distant calls of owls and the rustling of nocturnal animals in the surrounding forest.

Snow near the boardwalk in Hartz Peak
Credit: Stu Gibson

Safety Tips

  1. Check the weather forecast before you start your hike. Tasmania's weather can be unpredictable, and it's essential to be prepared for sudden changes.

  2. Dress in layers and carry essential gear, including warm clothing, sturdy hiking boots, rain gear, and a first-aid kit.

  3. Be mindful of the park's fragile ecosystems. Stay on marked trails to minimize environmental impact.

  4. Inform someone of your hiking plans and estimated return time.

Getting There: The Ingenious Way

The Scenic Drive: The drive from Hobart to Hartz Peak is a picturesque journey itself. Along the way, you can explore charming towns, enjoy local cuisine, and visit other natural attractions such as the Huon Valley and the Tahune Airwalk. If you have time and travel there over a weekend, we highly recommend to pass by Masaaki's sushi place.

While you can drive your own vehicle, renting a van can add a layer of convenience and adventure to your trip. The van rental not only ensures you're comfortable during the drive but also allows you to carry camping gear and provisions, enhancing your overall experience. Before embarking on your adventure to Hartz Peak, consider renting a campervan or a rugged 4x4 vehicle.

"Our favorite campervan to explore Hartz Peak is kunanyi"

This ingenious choice provides several benefits:

  • Comfort and Convenience: Campervans come equipped with sleeping quarters, a small kitchen, and sometimes even a bathroom, making it easy to rest and refuel yourself.

  • Ensurance: by renting a 4WD, you're ensuring yourself to reach your destination without too much troubles. About 10kms of unsealed road await you to reach the hikes' starting point.

  • Flexibility: Renting a van allows you to explore the scenic route at your own pace, stopping at picturesque spots and enjoying impromptu detours.

  • Weather Protection: Tasmania's weather can be unpredictable, but a van provides shelter from rain, wind, and cold temperatures, ensuring you're always cozy and dry.

  • Storage Space: With ample storage space, you can bring along all the gear and supplies you need for your Hartz Peak adventure.

Hartz Peak is a haven for adventurers seeking to immerse themselves in the rugged beauty of Tasmania's wilderness. By renting a van, you can enhance your journey's comfort and convenience while maintaining the spirit of adventure. From the scenic drive to the trailhead to the cozy nights spent in your mobile basecamp, the ingenious choice of a van rental amplifies the overall experience. Explore this remarkable corner of the world, and let its wild beauty, combined with the convenience of a van, ignite your passion for nature and adventure.

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