Hobart: Walks

Queens Domain Walk

This walk explores the natural heritage and social history of the Queens Domain, an area of elevated bushland close to the city. As well as being the last remnant of Hobart’s original native grassland, the place that locals call ‘the Domain’ has played an important part in the life of the city since European settlement in 1803 – and long before then, as home to the Tasmanian Aboriginal people who lived and hunted on its slopes.
The natural woodlands and grasslands of the Domain provide habitat for native fauna and flora – as you enjoy the walk, listen for the cry of yellow wattlebirds and eastern rosellas, enjoy the cool shade of the casuarinas and learn about the area’s variety of endemic vegetation.
The Domain is also home to an extensive collection of exotic plants – the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens has the southern hemisphere’s largest collection of conifers, an extensive Japanese garden, Peter Cundall’s Gardening Australia ‘Vegie Patch’ and the remarkable Subantarctic House, where plants from beyond 50 degrees South thrive in the climatic conditions of their cold, wet and windy island homes.
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City of Clarence Walking Trails

The City of Clarence is comprised of the suburbs on the east side of the River Derwent. The city 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. Almost two hundred kilometres of beautiful coastline also makes the city a popular destination for kayakers. These are some of the Tracks and Trails currently available for public use.

Multi-user paths and cycleways

Short walks

Long walks

Mountain bike tracks

Mountain Bike Park

Tangara Trail

Kayak Trail

Cornelian Bay Foreshore Walk

Cornelian Bay and the foreshores of the Domain are rich in history – the waterside walks in this area give interesting glimpses into various stages of the city’s history from the first days of European settlement. And much earlier, as well – the scatters of shells you’ll see on parts of the Cycleway cuttings are kitchen middens left by Tasmanian Aboriginal people of the Mouheneener band.
The track passes beneath a span of the Tasman Bridge – in 1975, two piers and their decking crashed into the river after the ore carrier ‘Lake Illawarra’ collided with the bridge. Closer to the city along the Intercity Cycleway you’ll pass working slipyards and the Regatta Grounds, the home of the Royal Hobart Regatta which dates back to 1838.

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New Town Rivulet Park

This walk explores the cultural heritage and natural environment of the rivulet – along the way there are insights into colonial history, pioneering industries and early agriculture, as well as discoveries of the area’s natural bushland and riverine environments.

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Lambert Park and Bicentennial Park

Linking the River Derwent and the summit of Mt Nelson is a thread of green woodland and native bush. Lower down, along the banks of Lambert Rivulet, Lambert Park protects remnant wet forest vegetation that is home to a range of birds, plants and animals. Higher up, the tracks run into the dry, open woodland of Bicentennial Park on the skyline ridge of Mt Nelson.

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Sandy Bay Foreshore Walk

Dinghy sailors and sunbathers, birthday parties in the “Boat Park”, hockey and soccer on the turf of Sandown Park, restaurants and bistros, gun emplacements and tunnels, a famous old lighthouse – they’re all features of this intriguing waterfront walk in Hobart’s beachfront playground. This is a great spot for a family walk combined with a picnic or barbecue. On Australia Day weekends, the area comes alive with all the fun of the annual Sandy Bay Regatta. On race days during the sailing season, the big keel boats often have a turning mark off to Blinking Billy – they seem almost close enough to touch. Higher up on the Alexandra Battery lawns, sea breezes are fresh and cool on summer afternoons.

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Knocklofty Reserve Bushwalk

Knocklofty’s bushland reserve sits in Hobart’s backyard, just 3 km from the city centre. From its network of walking tracks there are wonderful views over the city, down the Derwent estuary and up to Mount Wellington. Used by early settlers as a source of firewood, quarry stone and for rough grazing land, Knocklofty has changed little, and its heathland and open woodland flora and fauna communities thrive in the rough, steep terrain.


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