Arm End Circuit

  • Length: Approx 6km
  • Time: 2.5hr walk
  • Parking: Limited parking at end of Spitfarm Road

This is a pleasant walk with fantastic views of most of the Derwent estuary and lots of bird life including wedge-tailed eagles. There are many rabbit burrows throughout the reserve, so please watch your step.

This reserve is managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service and is open to the public for recreational use. No vehicles are allowed. Access is through a boom gate at the end of Spitfarm Rd.

Walk through the boom gate and follow the track to the left. You can walk the entire perimeter of the reserve or you can detour to one of the beaches. Mitchells Beach and Mary Ann Bay are particularly pleasant. North of Mary Ann Bay you will come to the Gellibrand Vault, the burial site of William Gellibrand who was the original grantee at South Arm.

Continue to Gellibrand Point and on past the spit on the eastern side of the point. Do not walk on the spit, as this is a sensitive bird breeding habitat. Turn right onto a rough vehicle track about halfway along Shelley Beach. This track takes you back to the boom gate at the beginning of the walk.