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Found 2 walks

Kings Bridge to Duck Reach
6.5 km return
2 h 45 min to 3 h 45 min
Kings Bridge to Duck Reach
6.5 km
Return

Walk
2 h 45 min to 3 h 45 min

Starting next to Penny Royal on Bridge Road, Launceston, this walk leads to Duck Reach via the Zig-Zag Track and Duck Reach Trail. This fantastic walk is all about the power of water. It begins by following the South Esk River on a series of zig-zags that cross the bluffs on the south side of the Cataract Gorge Reserve. The stone steps help you ascend through a forest where you might spot wallabies. The track continues along the ridge above First Basin, where you have an overview of this wide area between narrow stretches of the gorge. At First Basin you can find a café, toilets and a swimming pool. Following the signs, you'll reach a track that finally leads you to the Duck Reach Power Station. Completed in 1895, it was one of the earliest hydro-electric power stations in the world, and provided electricity to Launceston for 60 years. In 1995, it was re-opened as a museum and interpretation centre and has since become a popular tourist attraction. From the suspension bridge at the power station there are magnificent views over the South Esk River. This track is mostly on stone steps, with some dirt path sections. The numerous steps and steep sections require a reasonable level of fitness, but the amazing views make the effort worthwhile. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Views

Environment
Natural
Urban

Features


Transport options
To start
Car

Points of Interest
Basin cafe
Sentinel Lookout
The Mill Providore & Gallery

Places & Areas
Australia
City of Launceston
Launceston
West Launceston
Trevallyn
Tasmania
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Fraser Reserve
Leisure Inn Penny Royal Hotel & Apartments
Basin Cafe


Tamar Island
4.7 km return
1 h 15 min to 2 h
Tamar Island
4.7 km
Return

Walk
1 h 15 min to 2 h

Wheelchair
1 h 30 min to 2 h 45 min

Starting from the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre just off the West Tamar Highway, Riverside, this walk leads to the Tamar River Conservation Area via the Tamar Island Walkway. A long boardwalk leads out to the island, taking you right through the wetland between phragmites australis reeds and over the river itself. Along the way, you’re likely to see numerous different species of water birds, as well as frogs, dragonflies and lizards. A short side track leads to a bird hide, where you can quietly observe a variety of birds on the lagoon, including pelicans, swans, cormorants and great egrets. If you look carefully, you can see the wreck of the 'Platypus' that was sunk in the channel in order to improve the water flow. The well-constructed boardwalk is open in daylight all year long and is suitable for strollers and wheelchairs. On Tamar Island, there are picnic tables, barbeques and toilet facilities as well as a jetty giving access to the island via boat. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Views

Environment
Natural

Features


Transport options
To start
Car

Points of Interest
Bird Hide
Tamar Island Visitors Center
Tamar Island Wetlands

Places & Areas
Australia
Tasmania
West Tamar
Launceston
Riverside
Tamar Conservation Area
Bass Strait
Tamar Island
Tamar Island Wetlands




Found 2 walks