Mt William National Park, Tasmania
Weekend warriors willing to travel further afield will be rewarded by the peaceful coastal serenity of Mt William National Park.
Hidden in Tassie’s north-east corner, Mt William NP is a great place to escape the crowds, as most people visit the Bay of Fires and don’t venture this far north. You don’t have to worry about suffering from vertigo either, because Mount William rises to merely 216m — hence the nickname Bill Hill.
Mt William National Park accommodation
There are six campgrounds with facilities limited to pit toilets. Fees are $13 per site, per night for two people, or $16 per family, payable at self-registration stations. Contact Parks and Wildlife St Helens (03) 6376 1550 for more info or visit www.parks.tas.gov.au. A national park entry fee applies.
Pay a visit to Eddystone Point Lighthouse, which was built in 1889. You cannot climb the tower but the lighthouse is worth a look, and the cliff top views from Eddystone Point are simply spectacular. The three lighthouse keepers’ cottages have been returned to the Aboriginal people who had a land claim over Eddystone Point, or Larapuna, as they call it.
Leaving the lighthouse, don’t miss the turn-off on your left to Anson’s Bay for a real 4WD adventure. The entire trail is just 8km long, but has plenty of challenging spots, and rewards with amazing coastal views. A notice from the ranger warns drivers to only attempt this track if they are experienced with a high-clearance 4WD.
Another must-do is the climb up Bill Hill. The narrow track winds its way through dense scrub, with wild mushrooms growing everywhere. It’s an easy walk until the last 50m when you have to negotiate a steep incline. After scaling a couple of large rocks you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views.
Mt William NP is a wonderful spot where you’re guaranteed peace and quiet in a beautiful beach setting.
Day 1: Visit Eddystone Point Lighthouse and explore the track to Anson’s Bay
Day 2: Climb Bill Hill
Day 3: Go for a long beach walk