Trails

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 walking, cycling, horse riding and mountain biking.

There is something 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.

For more information on the below listed trails, visit Greater Hobart Trails website or check out our Popular Trails in Clarence.

Walks under 2.5 hours

Track name Distance Dogs Bikes Horses
Arm End Circuit 6km On lead Mountain bikes
Blessington Track and Cape Deliverance 3.4km On lead
Brinktop Reserve and Richmond Park Trail 3km On lead Mountain bikes
Cape Deslacs Circuit 2km Prohibited
Geilston Gully Circuit 1.6km Under effective control Mountain bikes
Gordons Hill Circuit 2.6km On lead Mountain bikes, obey signs
Lauderdale to Seven Mile Beach On lead Mountain bikes
Lauderdale Wetlands Track 700m Under effective control Bicycles
Natone Hill Circuit 2.7km Under effective control Bicycles & mountain bikes
Pilchers Hill Loop 2.5km Under effective control
Risdon Brook Track 4km Prohibited Bicycles
Rosny Hill Circuit 2km On lead Mountain bikes
Shag Bay Track 2.8km Under effective control but no dogs in East Risdon State Reserve Mountain bikes
South Arm Peninsula Trail & Convict Trail 4.5km one way On lead Bicycles
Tangara Trail – Acton Loop 8km Under effective control on trail, on lead on road verges Mountain bikes Horses
Tangara Trail – Roches Beach Loop 7.9km Under effective control on trail, on lead on road verges Mountain bikes Horses
Tangara Trail – Mortimer Bay and Silver Peppermint Track 8km Under effective control on trail, on lead on road verges Mountain bikes Horses
Tangara Trail – Mortimer Bay Circuit 12km Under effective control on trail, on lead on road verges Mountain bikes Horses
Two Rivulets Circuit  – Risdon Vale 5.3km Under effective control Mountain bikes
Waverley Wildflower Walk 2.8km Under effective control Mountain bikes
Clarence Foreshore Trail – Geilston Bay to Lindisfarne 3.4km On lead Bicycles
Clarence Foreshore Trail  – Lindisfarne to Montagu Bay 2.7km On lead Bicycles
Clarence Foreshore Trail  – Montagu Bay to Kangaroo Bay 3.3km On lead Bicycles
Clarence Foreshore Trail  – Kangaroo Bay to Bellerive Beach 2km On lead Bicycles
Clarence Foreshore Trail  – Bellerive Beach to Howrah 3.2km On lead Bicycles
Clarence Foreshore Trail – Howrah to Tranmere 4.3km On lead Bicycles

Half day walks

Some can be done in sections for shorter walks.

Track name Distance Dogs Bikes Horses
Charles Darwin Trail 12km On lead for majority of trail, effective control in Waverley Flora Park Mountain bikes
Clarence Foreshore Trail – Geilston Bay to Howrah  (also see Howrah to Tranmere Point above) 14.5km On lead Bicycles
Meehan Skyline Trail Circuit  &  Stringy Bark Gully Track 11km Under effective control Mountain bikes
Mount Direction 7.8lm No dogs allowed
Seven Mile Beach and Five Mile Beach 15km Various dog restrictions – click on walk access info Horses – click on the walk for access info
Tangara Trail Various Under effective control Mountain bikes Horses

History walks

  • Bellerive Heritage Walk
  • Bellerive Village – a walk through history
  • Charles Darwin Trail
  • Old Rokeby Historic Trail
  • Richmond Heritage Walk
  • Richmond Village Historic Walk
  • Convict Trail – South Arm to Opossum Bay

Other brochures & maps

Tangara Trail brochure

The Tangara Trail is a network of tracks from Cambridge and Five Mile Beach to South Arm. It offers 250km of networked recreational trails through bushland, coastal reserves and rural areas between Seven Mile Beach and South Arm linked by around 40km of road verge.

A Tangara Trail brochure is available in a handy pocket size format for horse riders, walkers and mountain bike riders from the Council Offices. We have worked closely with Tangara Recreational Trails Committee to produce this colourful publication that is full of useful information and a map showing where the trail goes.

Cycling maps

Riding a bike is one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors in Clarence. Cycling is a sociable activity enjoyed by people of all ages which enhances health and wellbeing and is environmentally friendly. Bike riders have the choice of a number of multi-use paths that offer scenic and comfortable cycling opportunities. For other rides and cycling information in the greater Hobart area, visit CyclingSouth.

Meehan Range and Clarence Mountain Bike Park maps

There are growing opportunities for mountain bike riding in Clarence. The Meehan Range (which incorporates the Clarence Mountain Bike Park) offers a range of experiences for novice through to experienced mountain bikers. The park is accessed from a car park off Flagstaff Gully Link Road, Mornington (near the exit to the Tasman Highway) and entry is free. There are 12km of trails within the park that links to other tracks in the Meehan Range Recreation Area via Belbins Road and the Meehan Skyline Fire Trail.

Clarence Mountain Bike Park Overview Map

Clarence Mountain Bike Park Track Information

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 conditions, particularly in locations where sight lines are poor or the path is narrow or congested. Even on shared paths and cycleways, ride at an appropriate speed – keep it at running pace or below (about 20-25km/h maximum).
  • When walking with your dog, obey signage for dogs on lead or under effective control. If your dog does not respond to voice command it needs to be kept on a lead on all trails. On multi-use paths and cycleways dogs must be on a lead and walked along the left edge of the path. On other trails where dogs under effective control can be off-lead, restrain the dog on a lead or by the collar if you encounter a horse, bike or other walkers.
  • Wheeled traffic gives way to foot traffic. When encountering horses on shared-use trails always give them right of way. Bicycles and dogs easily frighten some horses and a spooked horse is dangerous to you and its rider. Announce your presence by voice and give the horse plenty of room.
  • As a courtesy, walkers may step aside on narrow sections of track to allow bikes to pass.
  • Move off the path if stopped.
  • Dogs must be on-lead when being walked on a footpath or other road related area in built-up areas.
  • In accordance with the Dog Control Act 2000, Greyhounds are required to be on a lead at all times and must be muzzled.
  • Always clean up after your dog, bag and dispose of all dog waste in an appropriate manner.  Do not leave used dog bags on the track for later collection.

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.
  • Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • 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 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.
  • When horse-riding, check all tack for wear before riding out, ride defensively by anticipating sights and sounds that may startle or frighten your horse and wear a helmet that meets the Australian Safety Standard. On roads exercise extreme caution – dismount if necessary; ride on the left, except where trails or wide verges are provided on the right.

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.