walking tracks in Tasmania

Hartz Peak Walk

 

Hartz Peak (1254m) is a dolerite peak in a glaciated alpine landscape, easily accessible for anyone of reasonable fitness. In fine weather Federation Peak and Precipitous Bluff can be seen to the west, Mt Wellington to the north and Bruny Island to the east.

From Geeveston, take the Arve Road, turn left at the Hartz Rd junction, C632 and continue until the road ends at the carpark and visitor shelter area. The road is unsealed for last 21km. On the way, you’ll pass Waratah Lookout and the Arve Falls walk carpark. Both are worth stopping for, if you have time.

The track to Hartz Peak leads from the carpark at the end of the Hartz Road and is clearly marked.
The walk begins with few hundred metres of gradual climbing through bushland over rocky steps before opening into heathland and a boardwalked track.

At the 1.5km mark, there’s a side track to the right leading to Lake Esperance, only 100 or so metres away. There are plenty of seats at lake’s edge.

Once back on the main track continue south for another 1km over some easy ground and older timber boardwalk until a sign to Ladies Tarn on your right. Ladies Tarn is just a short detour from the main track. Shortly after Ladies Tarn the track climbs steeply onto the plateau below Hartz Peak.

On reaching the plateau, follow the marker posts and rock cairns as the track ascends, providing spectacular views over Hartz Lake. Rock cairns show the way through the rock scree to the summit.

Hartz Peak, Tasmania

Approximately 7.5 km return – allow 4-5 hours to include detours to Lake Esperance and Ladies Tarn.

Park entry fees apply. Pay in advance at the Geeveston Forest and Heritage Centre, Huonville Parks and Wildlife Service office or Service Tasmania outlets.

Note: Be sure to sign in at the walker registration book in the visitor shelter. The Hartz Mountains National Park is a high alpine area subject to severe weather conditions, including gale force winds, snow and low visibility all year round. Walkers should be equipped with suitable all weather clothing for this walk.

This walk is steep in places. There’s a 400m climb over the entire 8km length from the carpark to the final peak of 1254m above sea level.

Alpine coral-fern

Alpine coral-fern

Alpine swampheath

Alpine swampheath

Anisotome procumbens

Anisotome procumbens

Aristotelia peduncularis

Aristotelia peduncularis

Astelia alpina

Astelia alpina

Austropaxillus muelleri

Austropaxillus muelleri

Banksia marginata

Banksia marginata

Beautiful Firetail

Beautiful Firetail

Bennetts Wallaby

Bennetts Wallaby

Black Currawong

Black Currawong

Bristle Fly

Bristle Fly

Bullseye Lichen

Bullseye Lichen

Calliphorid fly

Calliphorid fly

Chrysolarentia polycarpa

Chrysolarentia polycarpa

Clematis aristata

Clematis aristata

Climbing Heath

Climbing Heath

Comesperma retusum

Comesperma retusum

Coprosma nitida

Coprosma nitida

Coral lichen

Coral lichen

Cortinarius austrovenetus

Cortinarius austrovenetus

Crescent Honeyeater

Crescent Honeyeater

Cyttaria gunnii

Cyttaria gunnii

Donnysa  Skipper

Donnysa Skipper

Drosera arcturi

Drosera arcturi

Drosera murfetii

Drosera murfetii

Eucalyptus coccifera

Eucalyptus coccifera

Eucalyptus vernicosa

Eucalyptus vernicosa

Euloxia leucochorda

Euloxia leucochorda

Euphrasia gibbsiae

Euphrasia gibbsiae

Exocarpos humifusus

Exocarpos humifusus

Forstera bellidifolia

Forstera bellidifolia

Fringed Heath Blue

Fringed Heath Blue

Gahnia grandis

Gahnia grandis

Gaultheria hispida

Gaultheria hispida

Gentianella diemensis

Gentianella diemensis

Green Rosella

Green Rosella

Hybrid candleheath

Hybrid candleheath

King Billy Pine

King Billy Pine

Laccaria sp.

Laccaria sp.

Lesser Tasmanian Darner

Lesser Tasmanian Darner

Lomatia polymorpha

Lomatia polymorpha

MacLeay’s Swallowtail

MacLeay’s Swallowtail

Map Lichen

Map Lichen

Mask Carpet

Mask Carpet

Mountain Blue

Mountain Blue

Mountain Clubmoss

Mountain Clubmoss

Mountain Rocket

Mountain Rocket

Myrtle Beech

Myrtle Beech

Nesoxenica leprea

Nesoxenica leprea

Olive Whistler

Olive Whistler

Orites revoluta

Orites revoluta

Oxalis magellanica

Oxalis magellanica

Pandani

Pandani

Paropsis porosa

Paropsis porosa

Pelecorhynchus  montanus

Pelecorhynchus montanus

Pentachondra pumila

Pentachondra pumila

Pink Robin

Pink Robin

Pink swampheath

Pink swampheath

Richea sprengelioides

Richea sprengelioides

Rubus gunnianus

Rubus gunnianus

Scoparia

Scoparia

Senecio albogilvus

Senecio albogilvus

Senecio leptocarpus

Senecio leptocarpus

Senecio pectinatus

Senecio pectinatus

Shield Bug

Shield Bug

Silky Milligania

Silky Milligania

Slender Clubmoss

Slender Clubmoss

Snow Cushionplant

Snow Cushionplant

Southern Snow Skink

Southern Snow Skink

Stereocaulon ramulosum

Stereocaulon ramulosum

Swamp Bluet

Swamp Bluet

Swamp Darner

Swamp Darner

Tachinid Fly

Tachinid Fly

Tasmanian Redspot

Tasmanian Redspot

Tasmanian Scrubtit

Tasmanian Scrubtit

Tasmanian Swamp Tigertail

Tasmanian Swamp Tigertail

Tasmanian Thornbill

Tasmanian Thornbill

Tasmanian tree fern

Tasmanian tree fern

Tasmanian Waratah

Tasmanian Waratah

Tetracarpaea tasmanica

Tetracarpaea tasmanica

Tricholoma aff. terreum

Tricholoma aff. terreum

Utricularia monanthos

Utricularia monanthos

Weevil

Weevil

White-lipped snake

White-lipped snake

Wiry bauera

Wiry bauera

Wombat

Wombat

Woolly Teatree

Woolly Teatree

Yellow-spot Cicada

Yellow-spot Cicada

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo