Trail Etiquette and Safety

Sharing trails with others

Being considerate of others and following trail etiquette will assist you to share the tracks responsibly and minimise potential conflict.

Respect other users

  • Use your voice or bell to alert other trail users of your presence.
  • Keep to the left of the path whenever possible to leave space for others to pass.
  • Bicycle riders should travel at a speed appropriate for the trail conditions, particularly in locations where sight lines are poor or the path is narrow or congested.
  • When walking with your dog, obey signage for dogs on lead or under effective control. Restrain the dog on a lead or by the collar if you encounter a horse, bike or other walkers.
  • On the Tangara Trail horse riders have priority, then walkers; mountain bike riders give way to both. As a courtesy, walkers may step aside on narrow sections of track to allow bikes to pass.

Be safe

  • Most tracks are suitable for everyone, but some may require a reasonable level of fitness. Check the description first to see if the walk or ride is suitable for you.
  • Carry a mobile phone with you in case of emergency.
  • Ride your horse or bike at a controlled speed and slow down for corners and blind spots.
  • Wear an approved equestrian or bike helmet.
  • Walking times are approximate only; always allow yourself extra time, especially if finishing close to dusk.
  • Remember that some reserves have set closing times.
  • All snakes in Tasmania are venomous. Watch your step and give snakes a wide berth. Check your first aid guide for how to treat snake bites. Do not try to kill a snake.

Stay on the trail

  • Do not trespass on private land.
  • Obey signs prohibiting access to beaches during bird nesting season, or other sensitive areas.

Minimise impacts on the environment

  • Avoid muddy tracks – seek an alternative after rain.
  • Take out your litter ‘leave no trace’.
  • Respect local flora and fauna.
  • Keep your boots, bike or horse hooves clean to avoid the spread of weeds and plant diseases.

Get involved

  • Report trail hazards, incidents and maintenance issues.
  • Take part in trail maintenance days or Landcare Groups.

Contact Clarence City Council 6245 8600