For those who enjoy walking, Waratah - Wynyard has a variety of fantastic scenic walks on offer. The following information will help you to select and experience our magnificent walking tracks.
Please also see the following brochure, which details some of these walks.
Richard Gutteridge Gardens
The gardens provide pleasant vista of parkland and the Inglis River Estuary.
The car park entrance is situated about 50 metres east.
Gutteridge Gardens to Inglis River Bridge, Bass Highway
Distance: Approx 5km one way. The walk can be commenced, or exited, at several places: e.g. Jenner Street, Gibbons Street, Hales Street, York Street car park. If two vehicles are available it is possible to leave one vehicle at either end of the walk.
Section 1 - Gutteridge Gardens to Cape Bridge (1 km)
This easy walk commences from Gutteridge Gardens and passes by many areas planted with Australian native plants. Across the river you can see the Wynyard Golf Links the site of the first settlement in Wynyard where John King took up land in 1841.
Leaving the Gardens you will see the Showground and the original Cenotaph, a memorial to those who fought in the 1st and 2nd World Wars. A little further on is the Wynyard Cemetery, containing the tombstones of some of Wynyard's pioneers such as the Quiggin, Moore and Stutterd families. (Quiggin and Moore built the first Saw Mill in Wynyard in the 1850's and Stutterd built the first store).
From the Cemetery cross Jenner Street and take the path, along the Inglis River to the Cape Bridge where you will pass by a pleasant rest area. Along the track there are many splendid Eucalypts, and Melaleuca thickets and the birdlife includes Green Rosellas, Honeyeaters in the tree tops, superb Blue Wrens, Brown Thornbills, and Grey Fantails in the lower scrubby places.
A boardwalk crosses over a very swampy area, where at low tide you can see thousands of crabs scurrying to and fro. On the tidal flats you'll probably see several pairs of White Faced Heron, Pacific and Silver Gulls. Overhead, Sea Eagles or Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos can sometimes be seen. The Cape Bridge Reserve is a good picnic and fishing area.
The Cape Bridge
The first bridge across the Inglis River at this point was constructed in 1861. The present bridge, opened in 1984, is the third bridge to be built here. The lovely old homestead on the northwest side of the bridge named "Alexandria" is on the site of the first Inn in the district, built by brothers Joseph and Matthias Alexander in the early 1850's. There was a small settlement in this area and a wharf and boats were built adjacent to the bridge. The settlement was named Alexandria.
Section 2 - Cape Bridge to Big Creek Bridge (approx 1 km)
At the Bridge, cross the road and continue to follow the path on the southern side of the River through the mixed eucalypt forest till you reach the Big Creek Bridge constructed in 1996. There is an exit via Hales street about 100 metres before the bridge is reached.
Big Creek Walking Track
Before crossing the Big Creek Bridge a walking track turns off the main track and follows the creek to Gibbons Street.
Section 3 - Big Creek to the end of the York Street Reserve (approx 1.5km)
After crossing the bridge you come to the York Street Reserve. The Reserve is 16.3 hectares of old Eucalypt Forest. Many trees with hollows and holes provide nesting places for birds, possums and native bees, as well as being the home of a multitude of grubs and insects. The intermediate story of Tea Trees, Melaleucas, Prickly Box and the lower story of heaths, boronias, bushpeas, climbing blueberries and orchids, all add to the colour in the springtime. The reserve supports the only known Tasmanian population of the orchid species Chilloglottis Trapeziformis (Broad Lip Bird Orchid). The reserve is a great place for a picnic, and there is a round walk, which brings you out at the car park in York Street.
Section 4 - York Street Reserve to Highway Bridge (1.5km)
Shortly after leaving the reserve you cross another bridge. Turn the corner and go uphill to continue the track along the banks of the river. This corner known as John's Corner has been planted with dozens of Australian native trees and shrubs, which in time will make a splendid show. This section of the river walk has wonderful reflections, and adjoins good pasture and grazing land.
Gutteridge Gardens to Fossil Bluff (3km one way)
This walk follows the Inglis River to the Cape Bridge (see Walk No 1. Section 1 for details of the walk as far as the Cape Bridge).
Cross the bridge to the northern side of the Inglis River. The Bicentennial Track follows the northern bank of the Inglis River and here also the bird life is abundant. The track eventually follows the Golf Links Road for about 100 metres, and then it crosses the road and continues until it reaches Freestone Crescent where a street sign will direct you to Fossil Bluff car park.
At the car park is an interpretation panel, which describes graphically and pictorially the age and structure of the various layers of the bluff. There is also a track to the top of the bluff from here which an excellent 360-degree view can be gained which is well worth the effort of the climb.
Fossil Bluff is one of the geological monuments of Tasmania and the interest stretches from Table Cape to the Silver Gull Rookery at the mouth of the Inglis River. Little Penguins nest along most of the shoreline and from September to February, the telltale signs of their excrement will tell you where they nest, but please do not disturb them, their numbers appear to be declining, probably because of disturbance.
To the west of Fossil Bluff is Table Cape, a circular volcanic plug with a northern face rising 170 metres above sea level. The volcanic soil on the cape grows a variety of crops and is regarded to be the richest agricultural soil in Tasmania. The basalt is approximately 13.3 million years old which in geological terms, is recent.
East and west of the beach and at intervals for many kilometres to the east is a low flat gray rock. This is the Wynyard Tillite, about 280 million years old and having been formed in the geological period known as the Permian period. It was formed in the age of glaciations while Australia was part of the super continent called Gondwana. The glaciers flowed from the south towards the north and when they were melting and reached areas of depression they slowed down, and dropped the rocks they were carrying. Over time, mud covered the rocks, which became a mudstone conglomerate. You can find granites, cherts, quartz, jaspers and agates in the tillite, and on the beach as small pebbles.
Fossil Bluff just east of the Beach is a sandstone Bluff, with layers of fossils encased in the stone. This Bluff was beneath the sea in the Oligocene geological period (about 38 million years ago), and it lies on top of the tillite. As you walk around the Bluff (at low tide) you will be able to see where the sandstone and tillite meet. Some of the layers of sandstone are rich in fossils, while others are not, showing the different climatic conditions that occurred during the millions of years of the Oligocene period. The fossils are not dissimilar to many of the shells found today. Please do not take specimens of fossils from the Bluff.
At low tide you can walk round the Fossil Bluff and along the beach to the Silver Gull rookery at the mouth of the Inglis River. The return can be via the banks of the Inglis River, (but please keep off the Golf Course greens), or you can return the way you came via the beach. If you are cut off by the tide then walk back to the Golf Links side of the Bluff, along the edge of the Golf Links, and back along the road to the Fossil Bluff car park.
Wynyard Wharf over Camp Creek along the Beach to Doctors Rocks (6km one way)
Time: 2 to 3 hours, but you can return at any time, either by the road, or back along the beach.
Commencement: Wynyard Wharf, or at any suitable spot along the Old Bass Highway scenic drive. From Wynyard to Doctors Rocks is 6km by road.
The Wharf area is interesting, with its moored fishing boats. The wharf area at the junction of Camp Creek and the Inglis River is the site of the second settlement (the first was at Alexandria - see Walk No 1). Here Quiggins and Moore built their wharf to export the timber taken from the district, and they back loaded with bluestone ballast to build the breakwater at the mouth of the Inglis River. Stutterd built the wharf on the eastern bank of Camp Creek, and the first store. The present settlement of Wynyard began in this area. The original public offices are located at the Camp Creek end of Dodgin Street.
From the wharf, walk through the Motel area, cross a small foot bridge over Camp Creek spillway, past the Wynyard Yacht Club and along the beach in front of the caravan park. From here follow the beach, with its many rocky points to explore, or places to rest out of the wind. Often you will be walking over Wynyard Tillite (see walk No 2) and you can look for various types of stones, or at the many patterns formed in the mudstone by the tides.
Doctors Rocks, another Basalt outcrop, has no formed tracks and climbing can be difficult.
Rocky Cape National Park
There are many excellent walks in the Rocky Cape National Park, but a National Park Pass is required which can be purchased from the store at Sisters Beach, Service Tasmania, 72 Goldie Street, Wynyard or the Wynyard Visitor Centre.
There is also an excellent brochure prepared by the Parks & Wildlife Service detailing the walks in the park which can be obtained from the Wynyard Visitor Centre or at the Sisters Beach Store.
There are toilets and water supply at the Sisters Beach end of the Park, and toilets at Burgess Cove at the Rocky Cape end of the park.
Warning: If you go on a long walk, do carry water with you, as there is no water along the way.
It should be noted that during wet weather, sections of some tracks become slippery. The nearest walk in the park from Wynyard, is the Postman's Track which commences from Irby's Road, (traveling towards Sisters Beach) about 500 metres past the National Park sign (See the National Parks Brochure for details of this walk).
How to get there: From Waratah drive for 10 kilometres towards Corinna along the B23 until Butlers Road, about a kilometre before the Whyte Hills Lookout. A short distance down the road is a car park and signs designating the walk.
The well formed path winds through mature rainforest of myrtle, eucalypt and ferns. Delicate fungi are also found growing on decaying vegetative matter. Sections follow the original water race, which diverted water from the Arthur River into the Magnet Dam from where it was used to generate electricity. The last section of the path consists of a series of steps leading down to a viewing platform overlooking Philosopher Falls. Allow around an hour for the walk.
How to get there: From Wynyard travel via Mt. Hicks road to Yolla where the road joins the Murchison Highway, which is the road through Hellyer Gorge to either Cradle Mt. or the West Coast. This Gorge has magnificent scenery and passes through rainforest. In the valley where the Hellyer River is bridged, there are toilets and a delightful picnic area. Here there are 2 good short walks:-
A. River Walk
Time: 10 minutes. This walk goes from the picnic ground to the river, down to the bridge and back.
B. Old Myrtle Forest Walk
Time: 15 minutes. Commencing across the road from the picnic ground is a walk through an old Myrtle Forest with its mystic, almost goblin atmosphere, and in late autumn and early winter there are dozens of species of fungi of various colours and shapes to be seen.
Magnet Road Track
This walk commences at the entrance of the Waratah refuse site which is approximately 2 kms south of the town boundary. The track follows the old Magnet Tram line through the bush and is accessible to 4 wheel drive vehicles only. You cross where the old tram bridge used to be and then follow the old roadway into what remains of the old Magnet township. Further up the hill the ruins of the Magnet Silver Mine can still be seen. The remains of the old tailings are there for visitors to fossick through.
This walk takes approximately 5 hours return, but if time prevents you walking, road access to Magnet (all vehicles) is available by driving 12.3 kms (from the Roadhouse) to the old turnoff at the top of Whyte Hill.
CORINNA is a small settlement on the Pieman River at the junction of three roads - the Western Explorer road, and the roads from Waratah and Zeehan. It is a small settlement, which is well worth a visit. Not only is it noted for the barge across the Pieman River which acts as a bridge joining these three roads ferry trip down the Pieman River on the MV "Arcadia 2" is well worth doing, but also for its walks. These are among those listed as some of the best short walks in Tasmania.
(Starting points for the walks are indicated on the Interpretation Panel near the River)
WALK NO 1
Takes only about fifteen minutes. It leads to a very tall tree fern, about 46 feet high and over 200 years old. It is called the Slender Tree Fern (Cyathea cunninghamii). This Tree Fern is very rare in Tasmania, but can be found in Victoria, Southern Queensland and New Zealand, but even in these places it is not common. It can grow to 60 - 70 feet. It has a very slender, tall trunk and smallish crown. The walk ends in steps leading to a platform from where it may be photographed.
WALK NO 2
Takes about one and a half hours and is along a mostly board-walked track through a wonderful rainforest of Huon Pines, Celery Pines, Sassafras, Blackwood's, Pomaderris, etc., lots of middle canopy and lower canopy and ground cover plants, and tree ferns. Trunks of trees are covered with small ferns and mosses and insects are everywhere. Liverworts abound, and there is even a "Yabbie City"! The track follows alongside the Pieman River, then the Whyte River, and joins a circular track back to the settlement. Hope you have time to do this walk!
WALK NO 3
If you take the cruise down the Pieman River on the MV "Arcadia 2" there is a walk of about 1 kilometre from the landing at which the ferry stops. The walk takes you down to the Pieman Heads, where there are not only the wonderful views of the ocean and the foam which often forms at the river mouth, but huge logs, many hundreds of years old which have been washed down in river floods over the centuries.
WALK NO 4
On the southern side of the Pieman River, a short distance from the barge landing, is a sign that tells you where the remains of the early settlers lived and were buried. It is very interesting history, and again a worthwhile site to investigate.