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History unlocked at Richmond Gaol

12/11/2018

Investment in the restoration of the Gaoler's House at Richmond Gaol will enhance the visitor experience at one of Tasmania's key historic sites.More

Campfire restrictions in national parks and reserves

09/11/2018

Restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves will come in to place from next Wednesday (November 14) at identified Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) campgrounds around the State to help reduce the risk of bushfires.More

Godfreys Beach penguin viewing platform open

07/11/2018

The development of a new penguin viewing platform at Godfreys Beach at The Nut State Reserve in Stanley has recently been completed by the Parks and Wildlife Service.More

Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area

Tracks and Trails

The Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area (NRA) is located only four kilometres from the Launceston city centre, and borders the popular Cataract Gorge Reserve. Trevallyn has something for all track users, from wheelchair accessible trails leading to scenic lookouts, to multi-use tracks shared by walkers, mountain bikers, dog walkers, equestrians, orienteers and runners, to purpose-built mountain bike single track. The Trevallyn NRA offers a network of over 35km of tracks and trails in a natural bush setting, where people can escape the city or exercise. The track network includes over 7km of purpose built mountain bike single track developed in partnership between the Launceston Mountain Bike Club and the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Mountain Bike Trails

Trevallyn NRA provides an extensive area for cross country / all mountain riders to escape the city’s noise and traffic, for half a day of solid riding. Numerous loops and connections allow a different route on each visit. The sometimes rocky and steep terrain provides a physical and technical challenge for even the most experienced riders, with the ‘mountain bike preferred’ tracks providing well-built single tracks that have the ‘flow’ that experienced mountain bikers seek. Although these trails have been developed for mountain biking, riders should expect to encounter walkers and joggers using the tracks and be prepared to give way to other users.

Walking/Running Trails

For those who want a break from mountain biking, there are 3km of ‘walking only’ tracks that offer the opportunity for contemplation and appreciation of the natural and scenic values of the the South Esk River gorge. The walk from Aquatic Point to Trevallyn Dam and on to the Hoo Hoo Hut, offers numerous scenic viewpoints and the opportunity to see some rare plants and animals. From the Hoo Hoo Hut you can walk to the historic Duck Reach and onto the Cataract Gorge Reserve and return on a loop forming one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks. Runners, like walkers, have access to all reserve tracks. Some runners seek out narrow single tracks that mountain bikers prefer, while others run along the wider fire trails and more developed tracks and roads with smoother surfaces.

Dogs

Responsible dog walkers have the pleasure of being able to walk their dogs off-lead in the largest area available for this activity in Launceston, along with many more tracks where dogs can be walked on-lead.

Horse Riding

Trevallyn NRA is one of the few reserves managed by Parks and Wildlife where horse riding is allowed. A local riding club manages an equestrian area, complete with a fenced, grass dressage arena and extensive cross country jumps circuit. Horse riding is also permitted on some of the wider fire trails, however, due to the popularity of the area with mountain bike riders and dog walkers (and the potential for horses to be spooked) these tracks are primarily for club members riding their horses to the equestrian area. For everyone’s safety mountain bikers (and walkers) must give way to horse riders and should stop, move to the side of the track and wait until the horse passes before proceeding.

Other Information

Three main visitor nodes, with picnic tables, shelters, toilets and barbeques, makes the reserve attractive for families and social groups. Walking or mountain bike tracks are easily accessible from each of these nodes.

Occasionally the tracks are subject to closure for management purposes, events or due to the condition of the tracks (e.g. after sustained heavy rainfall). Riders are encouraged to check the Parks and Wildlife Service Facebook page for regular updates on track condition and reserve activities.