HUON VALLEY WALKS

Walks within easy reach of Port Huon Cottages

#Note – the following walking information is only a guide

Kermandie Falls

You can hear the river for almost the duration of the walk, occasionally catching a glimpse as the track nears the river in places. The track is relatively easy to follow marked by pink ribbons the whole way. The waterfall itself is set in a steep rugged valley that is hardly ever in sunshine.  Huge jumbles of logs are a testament to the river’s ferocity in flood.

Directions:

To reach the start of the walk drive to Geeveston and just past the town centre turn right into Kermandie River Road and travel about 2 kms to a fork in the road where there is a sign indicating Kermandie Falls.
Follow this for about 2.3 kms to a small parking area. The road becomes quite narrow towards the end but is generally okay

(3 – 4 hours return)

Billy Brown Falls

The Billy Brown falls walk is a short walk to a 30 metre tiered waterfall. The falls are most spectacular after heavy rainfall. Walking distance is approx 2.5 km through forest terrain.

Directions:

Take Judds creek road out of Judbury for about 13km. Note – access is not be suitable for 2WD as the road becomes quite rocky in some sections.

(1 -2 hours return)

Pelverata Falls

An impressive waterfall over 100m in height set in the Snug Tiers Nature Reserve. One of the best waterfalls in the Huon Valley surrounded by rugged cliffs which is great to visit at any time of the year. Walking distance is approx. 6km.

Directions:

Take the Sandly rd off the A6, then Pelverata rd and finally turning onto Crosswell rd for about 1km to carpark.

(2 – 3 hours return)

Adamsons Falls

Adamsons Falls is a 50 metre high plunging waterfall near Hastings Caves State Reserve. Relatively easy track to follow and some muddy sections. Total distance about 6km return.

Directions:

 Follow the A6 to Old Hastings rd (just past dover). Turn onto Darcy Link rd for about 3km before turning left onto Creekton rd and continue past Duckhole Lake trailhead. Rd soon splits into 3and take the middle road. Signage for the start of the walk is at the end of this road.

(2- 3 hours return)

Adamsons Peak

This mountain is in the Hartz Mountains National Park and is the 55th highest mountain in Tasmania boasting an elevation of 1,225m above sea level. The views from the summit are spectacular in good weather where you can see views of the coast, Federation Peak, La Perouse, Pindars Peak, Precipitous Bluff, Hartz and Snowy mountains and the list goes on.

Directions:

Take the A6 Highway, just past Dover, take a right hand turn on Esperance River Rd. Passing the Esperance river forest reserve and campground turning left on the Peak Rivulet rd. Follow this road until you see signage for the start of the track on the right hand side of the road.

(6 – 7 hours return)

Snug Falls

This popular waterfall rises about 25m on the Snug river. A nice easy walk you will be presented with a beautiful waterfall with a cliff face and forest the backdrop. Good water flow runs from the tributaries into the Snug River so this waterfall is good to visit any time of the year.

Directions:

Heading towards Snug, take the Snug Tier rd. After approx 4km take the road left into Snug Falls Rd. The carpark has plenty of space and is well sign posted.

(1 hour return)

Duckhole Lake

This is an easy stroll to an idyllic lake. Duckhole Lake is a flooded sinkhole that is part of the surrounding cave and karst landscape. The walk takes you through a forest of stringybarks and rainforest species such as sassafras and myrtle, and sections of tea tree swamp. The track follows a late 19th century sawmill tramway for much of the way, and remnants of the tramway can be seen. Total walking distance approx. 4.2km

Directions:

South of Dover. Approaching from the north, take the old Hastings Road from the A6 at a junction 3.1km south of the Esperance River bridge in the township of Strathblane, after 1km turn right onto the Darcy Link Road and then left onto Creekton Rd until carpark and start of walking track is reached.

(1 – 2hrs return)

Mystery Creek Cave Trail

A nice flat walk that combines railroad, mining history and a cave! Walking distance is approx4km and should suit all walking levels. The track follows the old tramway that used to transport mineral from the limestone quarry.  Keep an eye out for old mining relics during the walk. You may be lucky to spot a few glowworms in the cave. Please note – it’s only recommended to explore the first section of the caveas flash floods have occurred in the past

Directions:

Follow the A6 south towards Ida Bay railway. About 500m past Ida Bay turn right into South Lune Road. After approx. 4km turn left – the start of the trial begins at the end of the road

(2 hrs return)

Hartz Mountain National Park

Hartz Mountains National Park is a window into the south-west wilderness, offering views of remote mountain ranges as far as the southern coast. As well as spectacular views of a landscape which has been shaped by glaciers during past ice ages, the park offers a variety of unique features. Waterfalls tumble off the dolerite range that runs through the centre of the park and small glacial lakes dot the plateau. The park contains a wide variety of vegetation from wet eucalypt forest and rainforest through to alpine heath on the exposed mountain tops.

The park was included in Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area in 1989, in recognition of its spectacular natural and cultural values.

Directions:

From Hobart, drive south on the A6 (Southern Outlet), following the signs to Huonville and Geeveston. In Geeveston turn right on the Arve Road (C632), which is clearly signposted for Hartz Mountains National Park. Much of the C632 is a winding, steep, but good quality sealed road. A sign marks the turn-off to the park. The last section of the road continues for 10.5 km and is unsealed and can sometimes be closed by snow. Check the local road conditions by phoning 6121 7026 if in doubt.

Short Walks

Waratah Lookout (5 minute return walk)

This walk is a great introduction to this park, giving you a look out over the forests you have just driven through. Starting near the Waratah Picnic Shelter, a very easy gravel track leads to a viewing platform overlooking the Huon Valley. Old myrtle forest grows immediately below the lookout, with views of forest across the Huon Valley to the Wellington Range. But don’t forget to stop to look at the interesting plants beside the track. On visits in December and January you will be treated to a blaze of red from the Tasmanian waratah in flower.

Arve Falls (20 minute return walk) 

A leisurely walk follows the path of the Arve River through alpine herbfield and snowgum woodland to the edge of the plateau where the Arve Falls tumble into the valley below. Signs along the way tell you about the landscape and its special plants. This walk starts from a small car park about 1 km past the Waratah Picnic Shelter.

Lake Osborne (40 minutes return)

If you want to experience the many varieties of forest and moorland then this walk is an ideal start. A gentle uphill climb through forest takes you across the Hartz Plateau to this picturesque glacial lake. You will pass through a grove of young rainforest, containing myrtles, sassafras and pandani. Beyond the forest look out for the Devils Marbles, large boulders dumped onto the plateau by glaciers. A section of woodland and open moorland then leads you to the lake which is fringed with ancient King Billy pines. You can also learn, from signs along the trail, the story of how fire and ice have shaped this landscape and its vegetation.

Longer Walks

Lake Esperance (2 hrs return)

A fascinating walk through woodland and snowgums, up to the high country where cushion plants and ancient King Billy pines encircle the lake. You may hear the haunting call of the mountain currawong as you wander along the plateau. A short distance along the track you will pass a memorial to Sydney and Arthur Geeves, who perished near here in 1897 in the harsh blizzard conditions that can occur here at any time.

Hartz Peak (5 hours return)

Hartz Peak is the highest point of the Hartz Mountains, and in fine weather the summit offers one of the best views of the south-west. The jagged outline of Federation Peak can be seen on the horizon. This is a walk only for fit, experienced walkers, as it is a steep uphill climb and the route is not clearly marked beyond Hartz Pass. Along the ridge from Hartz Pass you may encounter extreme weather with poor visibility and strong winds. You will need strong footwear for this section which climbs steeply over loose rocks and boulders. Allow plenty of time for the many stops to enjoy the breathtaking views.

Cockle Creek

Cockle Creek is a place of tranquil coves and sandy beaches. Distant mountain peaks, sometimes capped with snow, make a spectacular backdrop to the calm waters of Recherche Bay. It is here that tannin-rich streams meet the ocean, ending their meandering journey through buttongrass plains. The sheltered coastline and forested hills of Cockle Creek are home to an abundance of wildlife

Bronze Whale Sculpture (10 mins)

Starts from the very end of the road, 800 m past Cockle Creek Bridge.

Fishers Point (2 hrs return)

Starts from the bronze whale sculpture as above. A Fishers Point walk factsheet is available.

South Cape Bay (4 hrs return)

 Starts from Cockle Creek Bridge. Follow the vehicle track along the southern bank of Cockle Creek. After 400 m you will reach the walking track. The track is well marked and constructed to South Cape Bay, where there are spectacular views and beaches. Please ensure that you have adequate food, water, weatherproof clothing and a first aid kit

Directions:

It can be reached by travelling along the Huon Highway (A6) through Geeveston. Take the C635 past the Hastings Caves turn off, then follow the C636 rough gravel road through Lune River and Ida Bay to Cockle Creek. Southport is the most southerly place to purchase petrol.

#Note – the above walking information is only a guide