Hartz Mountains National Park
Hartz Mountains National Park is a reserve of icy waterfalls, incredible panoramic views and pristine glacial lakes. The park's history begins with the Melukerdee people from the South East Nation who collected food from a wide area including the lower slopes of the mountains. The ﬁrst Europeans here were hardy timber workers searching for the prized Huon pine. In the 1840s the Geeves family settled here and cut the ﬁrst walking track into the mountains, which became popular with early bushwalkers. The park namesake, Hartz Peak (1255 metres), the dominant point of the dolerite range, was uplifted through the Earth’s crust 165 million years ago and is surrounded by classic U-shaped valleys, small lakes and jagged crags – all carved by glaciers.
Park fauna includes the platypus, short-beaked echidna, Tasmanian pademelon, Bennett's wallaby and brushtail possum, along with the forest raven, eastern spinebill, green rosella, numerous honeyeaters and various frogs, including the recently discovered moss froglet. With an increase in altitude, ﬂora changes from wet eucalypt forest to stringybark, rainforest with myrtle, sassafras, leatherwood and native laurel then alpine vegetation with snow gum, varnished gum, yellow gum and alpine heath. There are short walking trails to Waratah Lookout (5 minutes return), Arve Falls (20 minutes return) and Lake Osbourne (40 minutes return); and longer walks over steep, wet and rough terrain to Lake Esperance (2 hours return), Hartz Pass (3.5 hours return) and the challenging Hartz Peak (5 hours return), with breathtaking views south-west to untracked wilderness. Walkers must be well equipped and carry a good map as extreme weather can occur suddenly at any time of year.
Bush camping only, 500 metres from any road; fuel stove only
Location and access
84 km south-west of Hobart via A6 to Geeveston then Arve Rd (C632); 23 km south-west of Geeveston; road closures possible due to snow
PWS Huonville (03) 6264 8460
Huon Valley (03) 6264 0326
Geeveston (03) 6297 1836
- Hartz Mountains National Park, Eco-friendly activity