If you are in Hobart or anywhere in The Rivers Run Touring Route region, why not take one of the remarkable theme trail journeys or maybe the Tasmanian trail may interest you:
Ratho (Australia's Oldest Golf Course)
Fishing in the Highlands(Courtesy of Tourism Tasmania and Neil Grose
The Highlands Trail will reveal the Rivers Run Touring Route's richest pioneering history that unfolds as you climb the tiers towards the high country. Follow a trail of fine wool growing country from the Lyell Highway near Hamilton, through grazing land backed by distant mountains to historic Bothwell. From Bothwell's golf museum, art and craft galleries travel on to discover the inspiring engineering achievements and human history linked to the hydro-electric schemes at the Waddamana Power Station Museum (no entry fees) and Bronte Park. The trail culminates at the Lakes district where you might try your hand at trout fishing, explore the snow and cider gum forests, or picnic at the Steppes historic site. Accommodation, trout fishing guides, boat hire and tackle are available in the region; bookings are necessary during the peak fishing season between November and April. Some of the Highlands Trail is on gravel roads, which you need to share carefully with large trucks. Snowfalls during winter and spring may occasionally limit traffic to four-wheel drive vehicles. Fuel is available at Bothwell, Arthurs Lake, Miena and Bronte Park; please check seasonal opening hours.
Heritage & Nature Trail
Barrack at Willow Court
Hop Kiln at Vallyfield
The Heritage & Nature Trail leads from New Norfolk, up the western side of the Derwent River through Bushy Park and Plenty to Westerway. The area is rich in produce and you will have the opportunity to sample wines and pick cherries in season, visit the Salmon Ponds' trout museum and take in beautiful views overlooking hopfields at Bushy Park. From here the trail enters the Tyenna valley where you will find Mt Field National Park and Russell Falls, the tall trees in the Styx Valley and further on to Strathgordon. You must see the grand and unique scenery of Lake Pedder and the South-West Wilderness World Heritage Area. On the return trip opt for a visit to cafés and craft shops in the area, or the wildlife sanctuary where injured and orphaned native animals are nurtured. To complete the loop travel through the quaint hamlet of Ellendale and continue over the Lake Meadowbank causeway on to historic Hamilton, where you enter the open farmlands of sheep and dairy country. From Hamilton the Heritage & Nature Trail follows the splendid poplar-lined eastern side of the Derwent River via Gretna back to New Norfolk.
View of the Derwent Valley
The Tasmanian Trail is a long distance multi-purpose recreational trail extending from Devonport on the northern coast of Tasmania to Dover in the south. It has a length of 480 kilometres. From its conception it was intended for use by walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders. Therefore it differs from other trails that have usually started as walking tracks and are therefore restricted in use. The trail links up existing forestry roads and fire trails, country roads and occasionally crosses private land. Up to 90% of the Trail is on some form of made road or track. It passes through a wide range of environments including some of the most beautiful and fascinating areas of Tasmania. Through forests and farmlands, across highland plateaus and past the buildings and bridges of some of Australia's oldest towns, the Tasmanian Trail provides a journey rich in cultural and natural heritage. www.tasmaniantrail.com.au