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.