Tracks and Trails
There are many walking tracks in Kingborough, ranging from short, easy strolls to full day challenging walks, with some also suitable for horses, mountain bikes, and dogs on leads. As you explore, you'll come to appreciate all that Kingborough offers, including its great cultural features: Aboriginal middens, whaling, convict and mining relics. And in our natural world, a wonderful variety of landscapes: beaches and cliffs, colourful heathlands, fragrant eucalypt forest, fern-lined creeks, rolling green pastures, rushing rivers, waterfalls, and sub-alpine areas. Within these places live a fantastic range of birds and animals, including some very special threatened species. How could you not love this place! Enjoy Kingborough's Tracks.
HOMELANDS OF THE SOUTH EAST TRIBE
Some of the walking tracks may follow the ancient paths of Aboriginal Tasmanians. In the early 1800s the Kingborough area was the homeland of the Mouheneenner people who belonged to the South East Tribe. Another family group from the same tribe - the Nuenonne people - lived across the D'Entrecasteaux Channel on Bruny Island.
The South East Tribe camped on headlands and in sheltered coves, close to freshwater. They built windbreaks or shelters from pliable branches interwoven with bark or grass. Women dived for shellfish and crayfish, hunted for possums and other small marsupials, and collected a great variety of food plants. Men took to the sea in bark canoes to hunt for seals and seabirds on offshore islands. On land they hunted for birds, wombats, wallabies and kangaroos. Small, sharp-edged hand tools were collected from stone quarries for cutting and skinning. They also dug ochre from ochre quarries to adorn their hair and skin. The South East Tribe journeyed hundreds of kilometres along coastal and inland paths to meet with other groups for trade and ritual.
Despite more than 35 000 years of Aboriginal presence on this landscape, their footsteps have been light. The most obvious traces are the vast areas of shell middens lining the coastline. These are their gathering places, where shells and stone tools were left after sharing a meal around a campfire. Today's Tasmanian Aborigines maintain some of the cultural traditions of their ancestors.
Many of the reserves are cared for by one of Kingborough's Care Groups (Bushcare, Coastcare, Landcare and 'Friends of' groups). If you would like to be a part of caring for a natural area near you, contact Council's Bushcare Officer on (03) 6211 8200, or ask for a copy of the Naturally Ours directory of Care Groups.
When walking in the natural environment you may encounter natural hazards. Land management agencies will not accept liability for any injury or damage resulting from such hazards. No guarantee is given that the information contained here is free from error or omission.
LEAVE NO TRACE
The following principles of Leave No Trace make logical sense.
Please follow them:
Plan ahead and prepare
- For longer walks, let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.
- For walks at high altitude, always prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies.
- Observe the regulations regarding dogs, horses and bikes.
Dispose of waste properly
- Take your rubbish home with you.
- If you must emergency bush-toilet, please deposit all waste in a hole dug at trowel-depth (15 cm), at least 100 metres from any track or watercourse. Cover and disguise when finished.
- Dog owners: Please carry plastic bags to collect your dog's droppings.
Walk on durable surfaces
- Stay on the marked track to prevent: getting lost, erosion, and spreading root rot.
Leave what you find
- Leave Aboriginal artefacts, rocks, fossils, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
- Observe wildlife from a distance, especially during breeding seasons (eg nesting shorebirds in spring).
Be considerate of others
- Many walks pass close to private property. Please respect residents' privacy.
- Keep dogs on a lead and under effective control on walks where dogs are allowed.
All natural water sources are subject to local habitat contamination and may not meet health authority guidelines for drinking. It is good practice to carry your own water.
A serious plant disease which is spread by humans threatens Tasmania's native flora. Known as 'root rot', this introduced microscopic soil-borne pathogen (Phytophthora cinnamomi) invades a plant's roots and kills its host by blocking the uptake of water and nutrients. Once root rot is present it cannot be removed. It may be carried unknowingly on dirty boots, bike and car tyres, horses hooves and camping equipment. Starting your walk with clean gear helps prevent its spread, as does staying on the marked track.
For information on walking, cycling, mountain biking and horse riding tracks and trails in Hobart, Kingborough, Derwent Valley, Clarence, Glenorchy and Brighton please go to the Greater Hobart Trails website.