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.
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 lead at all times, unless in a specified off lead greyhound area. They also can be unmuzzled if they have been assessed and provided with a unique collar by GAP, Brightside or The Director of Racing Integrity.
- 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.