How long does it take to
complete the Trail?
Horse riders should allow 3 weeks to ride the 480km long Trail. The route is divided into 16 sections and each is about a days ride. Allowing rest days
for horses and riders the Trail should be able to be finished in 21 days.
Bike riders can usually complete two sections each day. If no rest days are taken the Trail can be completed in 8 days.
Walkers will take considerably longer – allow 25 days.
What is the best time of the year to travel the Trail?
Summer is the ideal time to access the trail. Winter in Tasmania can be harsh particularly in the highland regions.
Can I travel only a section
of the Trail?
The Tasmanian Trail passes through towns and villages and many sections start and finish in settlements. The Trail can be accessed at all these points and the Guidebook will assist you in deciding what part of the Trail you would like to experience.
Do I need to obtain special
maps to negotiate the Trail?
The guidebook includes maps scaled to suit the detail required to easily find your way. However, the addition of a road map of Tasmania is recommended.
Is there phone coverage
along the Tasmanian Trail?
Most of the Trail is covered by mobile phone reception. Parts of the Central Plateau are problematic.
What facilities do campsites
along the Trail have?
Facilities at campsites are basic. However, all sites have access to a toilet and water. Water should be boiled. Some sites have tables and a few have shelters. Horse yards have been installed at a few but portable electric fence installations should be carried.
Can I drive to a campsite?
Vehicles can access all camp sites. However, not all parts of the Trail can be driven and drivers of backup vehicles must find alternative routes between campsites.
Is other accommodation
available along the Trail?
The Trail passes through towns and small settlements and there are many accommodation options along the way. Use the Accommodation link on the Planning Your Trek page to access information on accommodation options.
Can I light a fire?
Fires can be lit at most camp sites but a fuel stove should be carried. Fires should not be lit on private land and in the vicinity of high tension power lines.
Can I obtain food and
stores along the Trail?
The Trail passes through many towns and stores can be accessed from time to time. A study of the Guidebook
will reveal shops locations. Horse feed will not be available in all towns.
Can I take a dog?
The Trail crosses parcels of private land including working farms. Dogs cannot be taken on these areas without the landowner's permission. If travelling on sections that do not pass over private areas there is no restriction.