If you’re in the mood for adventure in Tassie, then Mount Eliza in the Southwest National Park would be the place to start. Explorer Jack tackles the steep ascent that includes more than its fair share of rock scrambling.
- Sensational views
Situated under 2 hours drive from Hobart, the Southwest National Park is home to some of the most amazing scenery in Australia and picturesque hiking trails.
The Mount Eliza track is one of the shorter and more accessible hiking trails within the National Park. We camped at the Edgar Dam Campground, approximately 10kms from the Condominium Creek Car Park where the walk commences, so we could start the walk early in the morning.
Upon signing in and leaving the car park, the trail’s steep ascent sets the precedence for the hike ahead. Fortunately every time you stop to catch your breath you are able to take in the stunning views over Lake Pedder and the Franklin Range.
The first 4-5kms the path is well defined with timber boardwalks and gravel steps. After High Camp Hut (which has camping and toilet facilities) the track quickly changes and the next 2kms is more of a rock scramble and climbing rather than walk to the summit.
Once you reach the summit the struggle of the climb is quickly forgotten with the spectacular 360-degree views. Depending on fitness and if time allows the walk along the plateau towards Mt Anne is also rewarding. After you have taken it all in, rehydrated and eaten some food, the walk back follows the same track back down the mountain to the carpark.
As with most alpine mountain walks the weather conditions can change very quickly. Ensure you are prepared for all conditions, even if the weather is clear when you set off.
- Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots
- Camera (taking photos is a good excuse to stop so you can catch your breath)
- Rain jacket and suitable clothing
- Lots of water
- National Parks Pass
How to Get There
From Hobart, head north through New Norfolk. Take the Gordon River Road to the junction of Scott’s Peak Road. Condominium Creek Car Park is approximately 20kms on a gravel road from the junction.
- Scenic drive
- Russell Falls (additional points of interest)
- Gordon River Dam (additional points of interest)
Intermediate to high level of general fitness. Although the hike is only approximately 12kms the walk is steep and will take over 6 hours.
12kms and 1240m in elevation. The walk will take at least 6 hours.
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