A scenic photo of the Coningham Nature Recreation Area featuring lush green trees and a glimpse of the nearby beach.
Coningham Nature Recreation Area (photograph: Craig Vertigan)

Coningham Nature Recreation Area

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​Not far beyond the hustle and bustle of Hobart, Coningham Nature Recreation Area is the locals’ best kept secret. The idyllic bays of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and empty beaches fringed by Tasmanian native plants can be explored via the walking tracks that weave along the coastline and up onto the hilltop.

Views of the bays and hamlets are revealed through the trees and colourful huts line the beaches, reminiscent of a simpler time. Coningham is a place to immerse yourself in nature and simply let your mind wander.

Coningham Nature Recreation Area is a significant home for many other locals, too; white-bellied sea eagles and wedge-tailed eagles frequent the skies and little penguins seek refuge on the shores after returning from fishing expeditions. The reserve is also an important refuge for a number of threatened plant and animal species.

​The reserve is popular with field naturalists, photographers, horse riders, orienteers​, mountain bikers, beachcombers, fishers and bushwalkers.  

There are few formalised tracks but a number of walks are possible along narrow but well-used trails. 

A six-hour circuit commences at the Hopwood Street entrance and crosses Sheppards Hill to the southern private property boundary before heading downhill to Peartree Bay. Walkers then follow the eastern shore back to the Snug Point Track to join the fire trails and firebreaks back to Hopwood Street. This is a multiple use trail.

​Volunteer groups work to protect and enhance the reserve's biodiversity.

Tracks map of Conningham Nature Recreation Area

Experiences in Coningham Nature Recreation Area


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