Tamar Island

1 h 15 min to 2 h
1 h 30 min to 2 h 45 min

4.7 km

↑ 35 m
↓ -35 m

Easy track
Starting from the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre just off the West Tamar Highway, Riverside, this walk leads to the Tamar River Conservation Area via the Tamar Island Walkway. A long boardwalk leads out to the island, taking you right through the wetland between phragmites australis reeds and over the river itself. Along the way, you’re likely to see numerous different species of water birds, as well as frogs, dragonflies and lizards. A short side track leads to a bird hide, where you can quietly observe a variety of birds on the lagoon, including pelicans, swans, cormorants and great egrets. If you look carefully, you can see the wreck of the 'Platypus' that was sunk in the channel in order to improve the water flow. The well-constructed boardwalk is open in daylight all year long and is suitable for strollers and wheelchairs. On Tamar Island, there are picnic tables, barbeques and toilet facilities as well as a jetty giving access to the island via boat. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-41.3915046,147.0737154)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom York Street, A7
  • Turn on to then drive for 30 m
  • Turn sharp right onto West Tamar Highway, A7 and drive for another 25 m
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
After 20 m to find the "Tamar Island Wetlands".
After another 10 m turn left.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 110 m continue straight, to head along Tamar Island Walkway.
After another 225 m pass the toilet (15 m on your left).
Then pass the "Tamar Island Visitors Center" (20 m on your left).
After another 75 m continue straight.
After another 110 m come to the "Bird Hide".
After another 55 m turn left, to head along Tamar Island Walkway.
After another 215 m cross the bridge (about 70 m long)
After another 240 m cross the bridge (about 110 m long)
After another 155 m cross the bridge (about 230 m long)
After another 310 m pass a seat (on your right).
After another 75 m pass the water tap (45 m on your right).
Then pass the picnic table (45 m on your right).
After another 85 m pass the toilet (75 m on your right).
After another 35 m turn right.
After another 20 m pass the shelter (20 m on your left).
Then pass the water tap (20 m on your left).
Then pass the BBQ (20 m on your left).
After another 7 m veer left.
After another 40 m cross the bridge (about 70 m long)
Continue another 75 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.4 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Tamar Island

Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 4.7 km
Time 1 h 15 min to 2 h
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 2.2 km from the start.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.6 km apart with the largest gap of 2.6 km.

Seat: There is one 2 km from the start.

Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
380 m[toilet]
2 km[seat]
2.1 km[toilet]
2.2 km[shelter]
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