West Arthur Ranges

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Only 15km long, the West Arthurs are the best example of glaciated scenery in Tasmania (and Australia). The scenery is spectacular with 30 glacial tarns surrounded by towering cliffs and 22 major peaks.

The range was heavily glaciated during recent ice ages and is an almost continuous series of steep cirque headwalls.

Many experienced bushwalkers rank this as Tasmania’s greatest walk. It is undoubtedly the most spectacular but it is also one of the most dangerous walks in Tasmania. The weather is also a major factor. The weather graphs show that fine days are indeed the exception and walkers must expect it to rain for about 6 out of every 10 days in summer. There are also days where the range is shrouded in cloud but with no significant rainfall. Overall, expect only about 1 in every 4 days to be clear.

The weather is highly variable, there are periods of a week where it’s always clear then it will rain every day for the next 10 days. Walking here is like a lottery, you can be lucky with great weather but you can also see almost nothing. Because of the highly variable nature of the weather, this range is not recommended for your first Tasmanian walk. For those who have already seen the great scenery found on the Overland Track and the South Coast Tracks (and found those tracks easy) then a visit to the Arthurs is a logical step.

The Western Arthur Range is located in the centre of the South West National Park, about 90 km south-west of Hobart. From Hobart, follow the main roads west through New Norfolk and Maydena to Scotts Peak Dam at the end of the road, 154 km from Hobart. During summer a small bus operates 4 days each week to Scotts Peak Dam. During other seasons, a service runs once a week if there are bookings.

Website: track notes etc. >>

Place Categories: Areas, Cross Country, National Parks, South West and West Coast, Wilderness and World Heritage Listed.

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