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Just 10 minutes drive from the heart of Launceston, you can walk through wetlands and across a river channel to the 7 hectare Tamar Island. For company you’ll have pelicans, swans, cormorants and numerous other bird species as well as frogs, dragonflies and lizards. The wetlands centre has displays and information.
The Tamar River Conservation Area is part of an estuarine wetland. Such wetlands are important habitats for a wide diversity of plant and animal life. It remains the stronghold for one of Tasmania's poorly reserved vegetation comunities - coastal paperbark forest.
About the region
On the outskirts of Launceston is a unique estuarine wetland ecosystem of mudflats, lagoons and islands. Abundant with plant and animal life, the Tamar Island Wetlands are a magnificent Tasmanian landscape and a haven for various birds, mammals, reptiles, frogs, fish and invertebrates. The wetlands are best enjoyed by wandering along the accessible boardwalk, which is flanked by tall native Tasmanian grass species as it traverses the wetlands. The walk weaves through the grasses and over footbridges that reveal kanamaluka/River Tamar and its diverse birdlife.
West Tamar Highway (A7) between the Launceston suburbs of Riverside and Legana. Signs indicate the turnoff.
Wetlands centre, water bird viewing and toilets located close to car park. Picnic area, gas barbecue and toilets on the island.
The boarded walkway to the island is level and will suit some wheelchair users and those with prams and strollers. Tracks on the island have natural surfaces and are generally not suited for wheelchairs.
Supervise children, tidal waters.
Pets, bicycles, roller blades and skateboards are not permitted.
Max elevation: 12 m
Min elevation: 1 m
Total climbing: 30 m
Total descent: -30 m
For more information about this hiking trail please visit Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania