The peaceful town of Margate is nestled between scenic North West Bay and the Snug Tiers, just a 20 minute drive south from Hobart. Visitors can delve into The Channel‘s history, jump aboard a unique shopping and dining experience, explore a beautiful native garden, enjoy Dru Point Reserve, and discover the area’s walking tracks. We’ve put together some tips to help you plan your adventure.
1. Visit the Channel Museum
Stories of days gone by come to life at The Channel Museum. Local volunteers spin yarns about the region’s history (including the quirkier details). Peruse the museum’s incredible collections and displays to learn about the area’s heritage, or do some family research in the library. When you get peckish, the onsite cafe can hook you up with tasty snacks, meals, coffee, and drinks.
In the gallery, you can admire the work of local artists and organisations, as well as special occasion displays and travelling exhibitions. Artwork is often for sale, and the shop also sells art and craft made by talented locals.
2. ‘Catch’ the Margate Train
The Margate Train is a Channel icon and unique shopping experience. The actual train was built in England in 1950 and transported travellers between Hobart and Launceston until 1978.
Today, the train’s carriages are home to a variety of retail businesses, art galleries, eateries, and even a micro-brewery. Also onsite is a big antique warehouse and second-hand shop, located in an old IXL apple packing shed.
3. Explore the Inverawe Native Gardens
Behind The Margate Train, you’ll find Tasmania’s largest landscaped native garden. The Inverawe Native Gardens are home to thousands of colourful native plants and all 12 endemic bird species have been spotted onsite. As you explore, enjoy stunning views over North West Bay towards Bruny Island.
Take tea on the terrace or settle in on one of the garden’s many seats, soaking up the peaceful atmosphere. Take the time to check out the interpretive displays and stumble upon quirky surprises. The gardens are open daily between September and May, and guided tours are available on request.
4. Play at Dru Point Reserve
There is lots of fun to be had at the Dru Point Reserve, with facilities including a large access-for-all playground, kiosk, BBQ and picnic areas, tennis courts, connected cycleways and walkways (including a children’s bike track), and a boat ramp.
There is also a fenced dog exercise area where your pooches can enjoy some fun off-lead time.
5. Walk the local tracks
Walk the scenic Dru Point Track (1.8 km / 30 mins return), do a spot of bird-watching, and enjoy the peaceful water views. Bikes and dogs on lead are permitted. The boat ramp near the start (or end) of the track is a magical sunrise spot.
Other great walks in the area include:
- The Dave Burrows Walk (3 km / 1 hr return), a delightful coastal walk that winds its way through bushland. Dogs on lead welcome.
- The Nierinna Creek Track (6.2 km / 2.5 hrs return), which explores a natural grassy surface, then a narrow bush track with some very steep climbs. Horses, bikes, and dogs on lead are permitted. This one can be combined with the Kaoota Tramway Track.
- The Margate Rivulet Track (4 km / 1 hr return) features bushland, rolling green hills, horses, and views to the distant Snug Tiers. Keep an eye out for birds and other wildlife—if you’re really lucky, you might spot a platypus in the creek. Bikes, horses, and dogs on lead are allowed.
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