From pristine beaches to untouched rainforests, it's clear Tasmania is an incredibly special place - but to explore this rugged wilderness you need to be prepared.
Tasmania’s pristine mountain ranges provide clean, safe water sources towards the centre of the island, but finding water along the coast can be more difficult. There are fewer freshwater streams, and most of the available water is stagnant and not suitable for drinking. This unfortunately means you have to carry all the water you need for drinking, cooking and cleaning. Pack it correctly, and use it sparingly for cleaning.
Having a good outer shell jacket is a must for any hike in Tasmania. Although we were blessed with some perfect weather, it can change at a moment’s notice, and freezing winds and icy rain are always around the corner. A Gortex jacket is your best bet, as they cut out the wind and rain, and stash down to a small size. Keep one in your pack for emergencies, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about when the weather turns on you.
Cooking with gas
There are hundreds of different types of hiking stoves out there. Most use disposable butane cartridges, but there are also wood fuel, propane, and spirit burners out there. The thing I hate about butane stoves, is that whenever you finish that cartridge, it goes straight into landfill. Whilst not the most hiking friendly stove, I use a Coleman Dual Fuel, which can run off regular petrol. It’s refillable, reliable, and if you plan on hiking to higher altitudes, it will work just fine. It might be a bit heavier, but it works every time and has never let me down.
On longer, multi-day hikes, a heavier pack is a reality. However, correctly packing your bag is going to make things easier, no mater how much weight you have. First up, pack your lighter items towards the bottom of the bag - this might seem counter intuitive, but your upper back is the strongest, and hence heavy items should be towards the top. Sleeping bags, pillows, jumpers and jackets, should be stashed towards the bottom. Next up is your heavier items – tents, extra water, and cooking supplies. Try and pack these items as close to your back as possible. Stuff lighter items behind them to force them right up to the back of your pack. Finally, food, first-aid kits and emergency items should go towards the top. They are easy to access, and you won’t have to repack your whole bag whenever you want a muesli bar.
If you plan on capturing some quality images on your hike, a tripod is worth considering. Although it does add more weight to your pack and can be a pain to strap down to the outside, they can really increase the quality of your images. Waterfalls, low light images and even the good old selfie benefit hugely from a quality tripod. I’d recommend a carbon fibre model. Not only are they considerably lighter than steel or aluminium, they also transmit less vibrations, for an even smoother shoot.
One bit of camera gear I think is absolutely essential, especially when shooting glory oceans or vibrant rainforests, is a circular polarising filter. These screw onto the end of almost any lens, and are designed to cut out reflection. Basically, it makes colours more vibrant and cuts out unwanted reflections to reveal the true clarity of colours. As usual, you get what you pay for in terms of quality, but as long as you pick something within your budget, a CPL will be an extremely useful (and lightweight) addition to your kit.
More Outdoor Adventures
- Discover more about Tassie's insane beauty with our guide to hiking Tasmania's East Coast.
- There's more to explore than just the East Coast though, so be sure to check out the great walks of Tasmania.
- For even more outdoor activities, here are 6 of the best adventures in Tasmania.
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