South Esk River, Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area
South Esk River, Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area

Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area

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​The South Esk River weaves through the bushland of the Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area, winding its way into Launceston’s Cataract Gorge and First Basin, just over the back fences of some of Launceston’s residents.

The reserve is a playground for visitors, offering mountain bike trails and walking tracks, as well as opportunities for orienteering, archery, horse riding, rock climbing and dog walking. When summer descends, Lake Trevallyn comes alive as locals and tourists hit the water to swim, canoe and water ski.

The Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area protects dry open grassy forests and woodland communities, while the aquatic and riparian habitats of the South Esk River gorge support a biodiversity of flora species. The reserve’s urban proximity and accessibility, combined with its important role in nature conservation makes it a wilderness oasis right on the edge of Tasmania’s second largest city.

A network of more than 35km of tracks and trails includes 7km of purpose-built mountain bike tracks​ developed in partnership with the Launceston Mountain Bike Club.  Bikers and other extreme sport enthusiasts descend on the reserve each May for the annual Icebreaker Multisport Event, a bike-run-kayak challenge which attracts a big field of competitors and supporters.

Visitors seeking a milder adrenalin hit can try cable hang gliding or some target practice with the Paringa Archers. Alternatively they can saddle up for occasional events organised by the Launceston Pony and Riding Club at the dressage arena or the cross country jumps circuit within the reserve.

For walkers, the trail from Aquatic Point to Trevallyn Dam and on to the Hoo Hoo Hut offers great views. The track continues to the historic Duck Reach power station and, if fitness and time permits, some may opt to press on to the Cataract Gorge Reserve and Kings Bridge to enjoy one of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks, Duck Reach.

Three main visitor nodes in the reserve (Apex Hut/Aquatic Point, Trevallyn Dam Picnic Area and the Hoo Hoo Hut) have picnic tables, shelters, toilets and barbeques and are popular with families and social groups.

Experiences in Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area

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Dogs in parks

Searching for somewhere to take your four-legged friend? There are a number of reserves around Tasmania that are open to visitors with canine companions.

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Launceston and North

Duck Reach

Follow the South Esk River from Launceston’s famous Cataract Gorge to the historic Duck Reach power station. This walk will generally suit groups with children.

1.5 hours return, 6km, Some short uphill sections and approx. 190 steps (stairs), Grade 3
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Fishing on the rocks at Friendly Beaches, Freycinet National Park

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Fishing

Tasmania has a wealth of excellent inland and ocean fishing locations where you can cast your line.

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Horse riding, Bakers beach Narawntapu

Hobart and South, Launceston and North, North West

Horse riding

Explore sites around Tasmania where you can experience our wilderness on horseback.

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Mountain biking Meehan Range

Statewide

Mountain biking and cycling

Tasmania is fast creating a name for itself as a premier mountain biking destination and a must see on your mountain biking holiday.

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Group rafting on the Franklin River

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Rafting and kayaking

Tasmania’s oceans and rivers have a well-deserved reputation as some of the cleanest in the world, and what better way to explore these wondrous waterways than up-close and self-propelled.

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