Put some spring in your step

AS the days become longer and new growth sweeps through the forests that surround Hobart, it is the perfect time to explore the city’s many bush walking and mountain biking tracks.

Here are three of the best.


Gentle Annie Falls Circuit

For a short walk with plenty of appeal, follow this 1.3km loop through open bushland to a “dry waterfall”, which is actually a hand-cut channel in the natural sandstone that was used to direct water into the Waterworks reservoirs prior to 1940.

With a moderate difficulty rating, the walk starts with a short, steep climb to the base of Gentle Annie Falls.

Steps cut into the stone and a handrail help you to the top of the rocky outcrop.

After climbing back down, follow the track through open forest before crossing Sandy Bay Rivulet and emerging at the Upper Reservoir.

Start the track from near Site 9 in Waterworks Reserve.

Note, bicycles and dogs are not permitted on this track.


Knocklofty Summit Loop

This four-kilometre loop track is slightly more challenging but can still be completed in less than two hours.

Popular with dog walkers and bike riders, the track is located close to the city centre and is best accessed from the Forest Road entry to Knocklofty Reserve.

There are many highlights to be found.

At the Frog Ponds, the Friends of Knocklofty Bushcare Group have rehabilitated a disused dam to create a wetland habitat where a variety of frog calls can be heard.

Take in views across the city, up to kunanyi/Mount Wellington and down the Derwent estuary.

With more than 300 native plant species in this much-loved reserve, there is always something in flower.


Organ Pipes Circuit

If you have half a day to spare and want to explore the mountainside, make your way to The Springs and embark on this spectacular 9.2km hike.

The track contours around the slopes of kunanyi/Mt Wellington, passing Sphinx Rock and climbing uphill toward The Chalet.

As summer approaches, keep an eye out for the bright red waratah flowers in bloom.

Before heading off on any hike, be sure to check weather conditions and take necessary safety equipment and cold weather gear – particularly if you are heading into mountain terrain.

For more information about these and the many walking and biking tracks around Hobart, visit greaterhobarttrails.com.au.

Caption: Organ Pipes Circuit. Photo credit: Matthew Newton.

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