Lake Esperance

1 h 30 min to 2 h

3.3 km

↑ 135 m
↓ -135 m

Hard track
Starting from the car park at the end of Hartz Road, Hartz Mountains National Park, this walk leads to Lake Esperance and back via the Hartz Peak Track. Lake Esperance is one of several glacial lakes on the plateau-like upper parts of the Hartz Mountains. As the track gains height, views extend across parts of southeast coastal Tasmania. At a track junction, there is the option of continuing to Ladies Tarn or Hartz Peak, visible ahead or turning right for the short distance remaining to Lake Esperance. Upon reaching the lake, there’s a viewing area with seats where you can contemplate the view. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Hartz Road & Hartz Peak Track (-43.2172905,146.770674)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Huon Highway, A6
  • Turn on to Arve Road, C632 then drive for 6.9 km
  • Turn left onto Arve Road, C632 and drive for another 6.2 km
  • Turn left onto Hartz Road, C632 and drive for another 13.3 km
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Hartz Road & Hartz Peak Track Start heading along Hartz Peak Track (a walking track).
Then pass the toilet (30 m on your left).
This toilet is wheelchair accessible., equipped with a hand-washing basin.
After 20 m to find the shelter.
After another 1.5 km (at the intersection of Hartz Peak Track & Lake Esperance walk) turn right, to head along Lake Esperance walk (a footpath).
Continue another 160 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.6 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Lake Esperance

Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 3.3 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 2 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 15 m from the start.

Toilet: There is one -2 m back from the start.

Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
-2 m[toilet]
15 m[shelter]
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