1.4.21 Guidebook change for horse riders
In the 'Before your start' section on page 18 change the phone number to 03 6426 4444.
As you pass along the route, you should exercise social distancing practices in the event of meeting up with others, particularly any land owners or workers.
As there has been no maintenance of the Trail over the last few months, you may come across situations that require action and it would be greatly appreciated if you would report these through the Registration/Progress Report system so that our area coordinators can deal with them.
The Bushy Park Showgrounds (page 56 of the guidebook) is again available for Trail users to camp.
The caretaker, John, is elderly and prefers campers arrive between 4 - 5pm.
Please ring him on 03 6286 1372 before noon on the day of arrival.
Recent challenges have left the Sheffield campsite without normal toilet facilities. The 'red brick toilet' mentioned in the guidebook is undergoing redevelopment and has been painted. The Tasmanian Trail have now provided a temporary toilet for trail members.
The toilet is located opposite the campsite in the right back corner of the horse yard. A key is required to access the horse yard and to also access the toilet.
Please be courteous and leave the toilets in a tidy state for the next Tasmanian Trail member.
As feedback is key to advising us when maintenance is required, please let us know if something needs tending to.
It has been reported that an owner of land adjoining the Trail just before Sheffield is advising users of the Trail that they are not permitted to use the route. This is a continuing dispute and the owner has not any right to stop access. The route is a public way. If confronted simply say that you have been informed to ignore him and continue along the Trail. Please report any unsuccessful passage due to his approach via the Trail reporting system giving details.
Secretary, Tasmania Trail Association
28.8.20 Repulse Bridge
An enquiry to the HEC has revealed that only vehicles are restricted from using the Repluse bridge. Trail users can continue to use the structure to cross the Derwent River. The existing barriers are set back enough to allow bikes and horses accessing the bridge. In the not too distance future all access will be prohibited while repair or upgrading work will be undertaken.
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 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.
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.