If your feet are itching for adventure, lace up your walking shoes and head to the Channel! There are some amazing walks on offer that showcase the region’s jewels, with tracks winding peacefully through enchanting bushland to secret beaches, gushing waterfalls, and hidden lookouts. Here are seven of our favourite walks in and around the Channel.
The 1 hour / 2km return walk to Snug Falls is a family favourite (take the kids and the dog) and is particularly impressive after a heavy rain. The well-worn track gradually descends through bushland to the cool, fern-lined gully beneath the waterfall, with the hypnotising sound of rushing water growing louder and louder upon approach. Bird lovers, keep an eye out for eastern spinebills in winter, as well as crescent, yellow-throated and strong-billed honeyeaters, green rosellas, and the pink robin.
Alum Cliffs Track
Another dog-friendly walk is the popular Alum Cliffs Track, a beautiful 2 hour / 6km return walk that begins behind Kingston Beach and ends at the Taroona Shot Tower. The track winds through blue coastal gum with tall silver banksias, up through silver peppermint bushland, across a wondrous fern-filled gully, and finally up onto headlands for spectacular coastal views.
Boronia Beach Track
This one’s a local secret! The Boronia Beach Track is a scenic 1 hour / 2km return walk from Kingston, through the bushland past cypress pines, down to the sparkling blue secluded waters of Boronia Beach. As you stroll around the headland, large blue gums and sheoaks frame mesmerising views of the Derwent out to the Iron Pot and the Eastern Shore. In warmer months, go snorkelling – sea dragons are commonly spotted in the sheltered waters.
Dru Point Track
The Dru Point Track at Margate is a pleasant 30 minute / 1.8km return stroll along the picturesque banks of the North West Bay River, with amazing views over the estuary to the summit of kunanyi / Mt Wellington. Bird lovers, a great variety of waterbirds feed at the estuary – if you’re lucky, you might even spot a swift parrot feeding on the nectar from the blossoms of black gums. Out of respect for the Aboriginal people who once camped on the banks of the estuary, an Aboriginal Garden with culturally significant plants has been established near the beginning of the walk.
Fossil Cove Track
This one’s a real little gem! Fossil Cove, at Blackmans Bay, is reached via a rewarding 30 minute / 1km return walk down some steep steps through light bushland. The secluded cove offers spectacular views across to the Iron Pot lighthouse. At low tide, you can safely explore the cove’s large rock archway and interesting fossil-filled wave-cut platform. In good weather, go snorkelling amongst the kelp beds around the shoreline.
North West Bay River Track
The North West Bay River Track starts at the Sandfly Oval and is 40 minutes / 1.6km return, running parallel to Cooke Rivulet down to pebbly North West Bay River. Wind your way through heathland, black peppermint and black gum forest, and down through a magnificent white gum forest to the water’s edge. Stay a while and explore the dolerite boulders and carved bedrock pools beneath the impressive cliffs. Keep an eye out for platypus and trout in the river, and look skyward for a variety of native birds, including superb blue wrens, yellow-throated honeyeaters, green rosellas and grey shrike thrushes.
Tinderbox Hills Track
The Tinderbox Hills Track is 1.5 hours / 3.6km return and is equestrian and dog friendly. The walk follows the ridgeline higher and higher through open bushland, building towards spectacular views across Storm Bay and North West Bay. The Tinderbox Peninsula is home to important white gum forest, which is critical habitat for Tasmania’s threatened forty-spotted pardalote.
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North West River Bay River Track by @fatherjon via Instagram