In line with Government policy, the Tasmanian Trail will be closed from 1 April for 2 months and its administration will be in recess. Maintenance of the Trail will cease and all administrative actions will be suspended. Area coordinators will not be maintaining the Trail and will not be able to assist trekkers. Memberships and guidebook sales will not be processed. All of our volunteers will concentrate on keeping safe.
Other reasons for the closure include the fact that accommodation and other services along the Trail may be difficult to find and that private land should not be entered to prevent contact with land owners.
The situation will be reassessed about the beginning of June.
Essential matters can be directed to the Secretary.
A holding yard for horses has now been erected at the campsite in New Norfolk. It is electric fence ready requiring only an energiser to make operational. A white sight wire is included.
The adjacent arenas are not to be used for any purpose.
A boom gate has been installed on Pillies Road in between points 20.9 and 21.4 on page 51 of the guidebook.
The tree over Bony Road (page 65) has been removed.
The access along Old Deloraine Road (Stage 2) has been restored. The access across the paddock has been relocated and fenced to form a corridor. This corridor has Trail locks on gates at each end.
An updated guide book is now available.
The Cluan Tier (see Stage 5, page 31) has been closed due to a land owner locking gates. The route of the Trail has been moved and is described in the updated guidebook.
Bush fire update -
The sections of the Trail off the Marlbough Main Road are still closed. Trekkers should follow the main road from Miena to Bronte Park.
Extreme Caution Needed Please
Forestry operations are being carried out on Lanes Tier (see map). The Trail passes along Lanes Tier (2.9 to 12.4, page 48 of the Guidebook) and Trail users should take care. The road will be impacted by log trucks using the route to take out timber southward along the Trail. Warning signs will be erected both ends of the track/road and Trail users should stop and let vehicles pass. There are a few places where the road is steep and windy and trucks will require the full width of the road and may not be able to stop quickly. The vehicular traffic will continue for about 8 months and further advice will be posted here when logging has been completed.
Please note, the map has been copied from page 86 of the Guidebook.
Contractors are logging on Bermuda Road south of Judbury. Stop and ensure you presence is known before proceeding.
Camping at Bracknell
The local Council has decided that only self-contained vehicles can overnight on the riverside reserve at Bracknell (Page 33 of the guidebook, point 36.5, refers). The only alternative accomodfation for Trail users in the area is behind the Hotel by arragement or at the Old School House at Liffey.