Black Bluff Hike, Tasmania

One of my favourite hikes in Tasmania was Black Bluff Hike.

Black Bluff track is part of the long track, Penguin Cradle Track. The track starts at Taylors Flats picnic area and follows along the Leven River for 1 km.

Start of Black Bluff Hike

After crossing the creek, you start the ascent to the top of the mountain, through the forest. As you come out of the forest and you approach Paddys Lake the scenery becomes alpine with stunning views.

Paddys Lake
Paddys Lake

Paddys Lake is a glacial tarn, under Black Bluff. Above the lake are alpine moors and scree. Follow the main track along the eastern shore before a short climb that leads into a saddle south of the lake.

At the saddle, leave the marked track and turn right and head towards Black Bluff. In fine weather, the summit of Black Bluff provides great views towards the peaks of Cradle Mountain.

At the saddle, you can follow another minor food pad that descends 200 m to Winterbrook Falls.

The summit trig is at 1339 m. and you are almost 1 km higher than the starting point. You realise how much you climbed when you retrace your way down on the same route. Definitely worth the effort.

This is a 12.87 km route in . The route has a total ascent of 954.41 m and has a maximum elevation of 1,320.98 m.

Difficulty is medium to hard.

Other popular walks in Tasmania are:

Walls of Jerusalem at

Three Capes Track at