Trails

 

Popular Trails - Revised 2016 edition - cover

The City of Clarence abounds with areas of natural beauty. Many of these areas are readily accessible by a network of tracks and trails for walkers, horse riders and cyclists to suit everyone, from easy tracks for the whole family to more challenging tracks for the experienced bushwalker or mountain biker. The trails allow you to explore diverse plant and wildlife communities, interesting geographical features and historic sites. They offer a diverse range of environments from coastal beaches and bushland to hilltop vistas and rural scenes, taking in some of southern Tasmania’s most stunning scenery.

Please take particular notice of the safety tips when using these Tracks and Trails and be respectful of other users, especially on multi-user paths.

The Popular Trails in Clarence booklet has been updated for 2016 with two new walking tracks added. Click on the following link to view or download a copy - Popular Trails - revised edition 2016(6294 kb) 

 

 

Clarence Foreshore Trail

 

Short Walks

These walks are all under 2.5 hours duration. 

 

Long Walks

These walks range from half-day to full-day walks. Some can be done in sections for shorter walks.

 

History Walks

 

Tangara Trail

Tangara Trail brochure cover

A Tangara Trail brochure is available in a handy pocket size format for horse riders, walkers and mountain bike riders.

Council has worked closely with Tangara Recreational Trails Committee to produce a colourful publication that is full of useful information and a map showing where the trail goes along tracks or on road verges.

The Tangara Trail is a network of tracks from Cambridge and Five Mile Beach to South Arm. It comprises a main corridor intersected by many other tracks and offers over 80 connected kilometres of recreational trails through scenic coastal reserves and undulating semi-rural country.

The trail is constantly growing, with new sections added each year. It is becoming recognised as one of the best horseriding, walking and mountain bike trail systems in Australia and is being used as a model in areas where trails are being established.

Copies of the Tangara Trail brochure are available from the Council offices, or download the brochure below.


Trail Etiquette and Safety

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.

 

Multi-use Paths and Cycleways

Since multi-use paths are utilised by a range of people using bicycles, prams, skateboards, scooters, roller blades and wheelchairs, there are a few rules of etiquette to help you use the paths safely and courteously.

  • Keep left unless overtaking (overtake on the right)
  • Ride or skate at an appropriate speed - keep it at running pace or below (about 20-25km/h maximum)
  • Wheeled traffic gives way to foot traffic
  • Ring your bell gently, call 'Passing' and slow when passing others
  • Move off the path if stopped.
  • Dogs are permitted on multi-use paths and cycleways but must be on a lead and under control at all times.

Pathways which have a hard, sealed surface are suitable for most wheeled devices. These include:

  • Clarence Foreshore Trail
  • Howrah to Rokeby Cycleway
  • Risdon Brook Track
  • Clarence Plains Rivulet Track
  • Geilston Bay to Ridson Vale Path - starts at the northern end of Clinton Road in Geilston Bay and runs alongside Sugarloaf Road until it reaches Risdon Vale township.

Some multi-use tracks have a gravel surface and are less suitable for some wheeled devices. These include:

  • Natone Hill Circuit
  • South Arm Peninsula Trail
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