Hartz Peak
View from Hartz Peak
Lake Esperance
Hartz Peak
Hartz Peak
Hartz Peak Track
Hartz Peak

Hartz Peak

Hartz Mountains National Park

Directions - Located just over an hour from Hobart, take the Huon Hwy south until you reach Geeveston and turn right onto Arve Rd. Follow the signs towards Tahune until you reach the turnoff for Hartz Rd. Take this road all the way to the car park at the end of the mountain road.

The Hike - With a small sojourn to Arve Falls in the build-up to my hike up to Hartz Peak, I was ready to undertake one of the best day hikes in the area. Arriving at the car park I noticed a familiar van sitting there. A couple I had been following on Instagram as they travelled around Australia in their van was here at the same time. I knew they were in Tasmania at the same time but the odds of running into them was quite small. Wondering if I would see them on the hike, I was checking out one of the impressive buildings when Robbie and Isabelle rounded the corner and were surprised by this stranger asking if they were indeed Robbie and Isabelle. After a few pleasantries I left them to head back to their van and had a look around the large wood and glass structure that provides a shelter for hikers and tourists alike. 

Registering my walk in the book (please do this, especially in inclement weather) and putting on the sunscreen as it was a bright and sunny day, I headed off into the thick undergrowth near the blue trail signs. With this area receiving quite a blanketing of snow a few days prior I was excited to get up to the summit and see if there was any left. I have previously seen snow on a family trip around Australia at Kosciuszko and Thredbo along with a couple of trips to England in the dead of winter but I'd never seen any while hiking. It's not something I was really expecting but it would be cool to see nonetheless. The first section of walking is on boardwalk to protect the trail and also I'm assuming to provide a less muddy experience for the shorter walks that can be done on the way to Hartz Peak.

 

A working dieback spray station is located just up the trail (you'll be amazed at how many of these in WA aren't in working order) and is vital in protecting this area from fungal diseases. Please spray and wipe you boots before moving on through the undergrowth. The trail leaves the boardwalk every now and then with much wetter and rockier ground underneath your feet. While the lusher feel is nice, you soon get out to the open plains with a small grove of stunted eucalyptus trees providing something interesting to the photos. Passing a small memorial to Arthur and Sidney Geeves who perished on the mountain during a prospecting tour in 1897, the track really opens up and you get some closer views of Devils Backbone that has been a looming presence since the beginning of the hike.