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5 Family Friendly Short Walks

Are you ready to explore the secret gems of Tasmania’s North West? Whether you’re a novice hiker or an experienced outdoor enthusiast, you’ll find plenty of short family-friendly walks in Northwest Tasmania. In just two hours or less, you can experience some of the island’s most breathtaking views and landscapes. From cascading waterfalls to impressive rock formations, get ready to be amazed. Let’s take a look at five of the best short walks that the North West has to offer.

1. Far North West – Trowutta Arch

Trowutta Arch is the perfect place to head for a short, easy stroll. Located in the far North West in the tarkayna/Tarkine wilderness region, this 30-minute walk will take you through a tranquil rainforest setting, surrounded by the sounds of birdlife. At the trail’s end, you’ll find the remarkable Trowutta Arch, a natural stone arch formed by the collapse of an ancient cave. This walk is wheelchair accessible and suitable for children and active seniors.


 2. Stanley – Dip Falls

Heading to Mawbanna, near Stanley, you’ll find the 45-minute-long Dip Falls trail. Two trails from the carpark lead to lookouts that provide different perspectives of the two-tiered waterfall. A newly constructed staircase winds down beside the imposing upper tier, taking you to a lookout directly across from the lower section of Dip Falls, a truly captivating sight.


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3. Burnie – Guide Falls

This is a great choice for those looking for a short, family-friendly short walk with a little reward. Near Burnie, Guide Falls is a 100m walk that will take 10 minutes to complete, and the highlight is the captivating Guide Falls. This cascading waterfall will take your breath away.

4. Dial Range – Mt Gnomon and Montgomery

For those looking for a more challenging hike, the Mt Gnomon and Montgomery trail in the Dial Range near Devonport can’t be beaten. This 2-hour trek will take you through the alpine terrain, treating you to a variety of stunning views of the surrounding landscape and some impressive rock formations. The summit of Mt Gnomon and Montgomery is the perfect place to take in the sweeping views of the area, although be mindful if you have children with you; there is no fencing before you reach the sheer drop.

5. Devonport – The Bluff

Last but certainly not least is The Bluff Walk near Devonport. This family-friendly short walk at 1.3km stroll is great to head off on with a picnic to admire the view. Picturesque is the word here. As you wander the trail, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the Bass Strait and a rugged coastline.

North West Tasmania is a haven for those seeking outdoor adventure. From the serene Trowutta Arch to the rugged views around The Bluff, there is something for everyone. Get out and explore for yourself – you won’t be disappointed.

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