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The Notley Fern Gorge track has re-opened following the replacement of four bridges and repairs to tracks damaged by a flood event in August 2013.

Tamar Ranger in charge Dave Frelek said the Notley Fern Gorge State Reserve is a small reserve just 30 minutes’ drive north of Launceston.

“We’re really pleased that this lovely walk is open once again and would like to thank visitors for their patience while the bridges were replaced and the damaged track repaired,” Mr Frelek said.

“The reserve is a small pocket of wonder that is easily accessible and provides an experience of the landscape of the Tamar Valley before European settlement. The one-hour return walk features rainforest vegetation such as ancient tree ferns, towering myrtles and colourful fungi.”

Four bridges were pre-fabricated, transported by helicopter into position on the track and assembled, along with repairs to damaged infrastructure such as steps, tracks and timber approaches.

The new galvanised steel and treated pine bridges range in span from seven to nine metres, were placed in a more elevated position to avoid future flooding, and are expected to have an extended lifespan.

The job was completed by a varied workforce including PWS staff, work experience students, and people undertaking community service work orders.


Notley Fern Gorge track re-opens

The Notley Fern Gorge track has re-opened!