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.
Walks under 2.5 hours
|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.
|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||7.8km||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|
- Bellerive Heritage Walk
- Charles Darwin Trail
- Old Rokeby Historic Trail
- Richmond Heritage 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Report trail hazards, incidents and maintenance issues.