Launched in late 2018, the Clarence Kayak Trail details eight coastal paddle trails around Clarence suitable for beginners through to advanced kayakers in a waterproof, tear-proof brochure.

The trail brochure is divided into nine coastal sections to explore from Risdon through to South Arm, with detailed information for each trail including information about the estimated distance and skill level required, what to see along the way, launch points, hazards and warnings, and facilities to access off the trail.

The AILA jury said that the Clarence Kayak Trail builds on best practice international case studies and provides a model for other coastal communities to follow.

“The Clarence Kayak Trail inventively challenges pre-conceived notions of what a constructed park experience should look like,” the awards jury cited.

“…The Trail balances demands for recreation, culture and the environment. Importantly, it pushes perceptions of what landscape architecture can be.”

Clarence City Council Mayor, Doug Chipman, said that the Clarence Kayak Trail was an innovative product and one worthy of recognition.

“The Clarence Kayak Trail is unique to Tasmania and we’re not aware of anything like it on mainland Australia,” Mayor Chipman said.

“With 191 kilometres of diverse coastline, the development of a kayak trail was the obvious choice to enhance the diverse range of recreational activities we offer and showcase a different way to see our city,”

“We are delighted to have been recognised by the AILA for this wonderful resource and I would encourage those in our community who have not yet explored the trail to consider doing so.”

An Award of Excellence is the highest honour that a project can receive and only one such award is given in a category. The project now moves on to the AILA National Awards which will be announced in October 2019.

The waterproof Clarence Kayak Trail brochure can be purchased from Council Offices and The Tasmanian Map Centre for $9.60.

An electronic copy of the brochure and maps of the trails can be found here.