The 5th edition contains 224 pages, 141 colour photos, 22 maps, ISBN 978 1 920995 03 4, suggested retail price $37.50. Note that I have only four copies left as at June 23rd and some distributors have run out of stock. We plan to print the next edition in autumn 2017, probably on sale aftewr Easter. If you need a copy for the coming 2016-2017 summer then I suggest you get a copy very soon while they are still available. Some shops still have copies but at present I have no idea where to try.
The new edition is a major
upgrade from earlier editons - the guide has 224 pages (last edition
had 192) and has 141 colour photographs (previous edition had 75 black
and white photos). New additions are colour
topographic maps for all
major tracks and routes and gradient profiles for all major tracks and
routes. New areas included are the Picton Range and also an expansion
of brief notes of harder or lesser known walking routes. Overall the
new guide describes almost 200 days of walking (the previous edition
described 125 days).
Walks described are South Coast
Track, South West Cape, Port Davey
Track, Huon & McKays Tracks, Precipitious Bluff (Southern Ranges),
Picton Range, Federation Peak and
Arthurs and Farmhouse Creek), Western Arthur
Range, Mt Anne, and Frenchmans
Cap. Included as brief planning notes are the West Coast (Strahan
to Port Davey), the Frankland Range, the Denison, Spires and
King William Ranges and also a new section of Other Routes which
includes Mt Hopetoun, Old River to Federation Peak, White Monolith
Range, Vanishing Falls, Mt Norold and the Prince of Wales Range. Here
is the Contents Page
If you are intending to walk here then I recommend you read the literature provided by National Parks. Travel has changed and Tassielink no longer run scheduled buses - the only regular provider to Scottos Peak, Cockle Creek, the Huon Track etc is Evans Coaches..
For first time visitors to the region, be careful how you use the suggested walking times. The times given are the normal range for fit experienced walkers who are used to the conditions (experience elsewhere often means little in Tasmania as you will find out). The times are only walking times and most groups should add an extra 1 to 2 hours to each section to account for rest and photographic stops. Walkers not used to tasmanian mud and scrambling with packs often find they take much longer than the suggested times and this is normal. Some writers have stated the times in the guide are fanciful but they are not, as I have beaten every time in the book, but also have taken longer myself at the start of a trip when I am less fit and am loaded with 14 days food. Once you have done 1 or 2 days, you will know how your times compare to the given times and will be able to adjust your estimates accordingly. To suggest a time range of 2 to 7 hours would be not very helpful so I hope readers understand why I have given the average range (example - 2.5 to 4 hours) for fit experienced walkers.
Some have asked for an online version - see my online policy page about why we have not done this yet. Here is also an explanation of what our maps include and how we intend they be used.
In writing a guide book, there is a limit as to what can be
included and some useful and interesting information was left out in
As a free service I will be providing some of the extra information
that does not fit into the guide in these home pages. Weather
details, height bar charts and a history of exploration which were once
on this site have been
placed into the current edition. If you have suggestions as to what
you would like included
then drop me an email and if feasible I will add them into the pages