17.6.21 Repulse Bridge
The Hydro Electric Commission has advised of works to replace the deck of the Repulse Bridge (refer to p.50 of the guidebook, point 9.7) during the period 21 - 27 June and that the Bridge will be closed to all users during this time. Users of the Trail should travel south from Ouse along the Lyell Highway for 6.7kms and turn right into Ellendale Road. After crossing the Meadowbank Lake and after 2.8kms, point 8.4 in the alternative flood route description (p.52) will be reached. Follow the guidebook description from this point.
The route recommended for walkers and horse riders off the Marlbough Main Road (pages 41/42 of the guidebook) should only be followed if using a GPS loaded with the appropriate GPX file. The route has been affected by fire and markers will need to be replaced. If not using a GPS the route recommended for bike riders should be followed.
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.
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.
4.10.19 Camping at Bracknell
The local Council has decided that only self-contained vehicles can overnight on the riverside reserve at Bracknell (refer to p.33 of the guidebook, point 36.5). The only alternative accomodation for Trail users in the area is behind the Hotel, by arrangement, or at the Old School House at Liffey.