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North East

The North East Forests have the Scottsdale Forest EcoCentre as their hub, and extends from the Tamar Valley east to the coast and south to the South Esk Highway. 

This vast region varies from lush fertile farming lands and river valleys to mountain peaks and plains. Forest areas are suited to softwood plantations, but dry native forests, wet eucalypt forests, rainforests and Forest Reserves are also abundant.


Briseis Race Walking Track

The Great Briseis Race used to run all the way from up near Derby, to beyond Ringarooma. The race was constructed to deliver water for the hydraulic mining methods being employed at the Briseis Tin Mine at Derby, which was the biggest at the time.

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Cuckoo Falls Walk

For those wanting a rush of water, this steep, two hour return walk follows an old highland cattle trail to the plains above.

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Evercreech Forest Reserve

This reserve is located in Tasmania’s north east and can be accessed via Fingal by first travelling along Mathinna Road and then Evercreech Road. Evercreech Forest Reserve is famous for having the tallest white gums in the world, standing at 91 meters and some are believed to be 300 years old. The forest reserve was created in 1977, with 52 hectares included.

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Griffin Camping Area

Located in the same area as the Evercreech Forest Reserve, Griffin Camping Area is known to be a great base location for those wanting to explore the area over a longer period of time. It is located in the Mathinna area and is close to Fingal, Mathinna Falls and Evercreech Forest Reserve. The camping area is by the banks of the South Esk River, and comprises of three different sections, each with their own toilet facilities.

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Halls Falls

Well this was definitely one of my favourite places to visit. Halls Falls in the north east, is located up near Blue Tier, and is the first attraction along the way to the Anchor Tin Mine Site and Blue Tier.

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Hollybank Treetops Adventures

Now this was great fun!
  It is only about a 20 minute drive along the East Tamar Highway, north east of Launceston to get to Hollybank. You then take the turnoff to Rocherlea and then Lilydale. It is a quite well established tourist site so signs will guide you there.

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Mathinna Falls Walk

Well worth a visit after Evercreech, especially after rain, this site is located in a steep sided valley after passing through pine plantations that surround this area.

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Mt Barrow Discovery Trail

Mt Barrow Discovery Trail and Visitors Centre can be accessed via the Tasman Highway from either the Scottsdale or Launceston end. To get there you follow the Tasman Highway to Nunamara and then turn off on Binghams Road just near the Nunamara General Store.

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Mt Paris Dam

Heading east through Branxholm, there is a turnoff to Mt Paris Road. About 13 km along this road is the Mt Paris Dam which is fascinating and rich in history from back in the early days of mining in the area.

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Mt Puzzler Forest Reserve

Mt Puzzler Forest Reserve is located south east of Fingal. I thought you could get there in two ways, so while I was down in the Lake Leake area, I followed the ‘M’ road (aka McKay’s Track) and I am sure I was only a matter of kilometres away when I came to a road closed sign, and sure enough the road had been washed away from the crazy weather they had in this region.

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Mt Victoria Forest Reserve

Mt Victoria Forest Reserve can be located by heading out through Ledgerwood and Ringarooma and then following the signs that say Ralphs Falls/Mt Victoria Forest Reserve. If you keep your eye out on the drive up, you will see a dry stone wall which was hand built during the 1920s and is quite a feat!

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Scamander Forest Reserve

Scamander Forest Reserve can be accessed from the south end of Scamander by taking the Upper Scamander/Trout Creek Reserve turnoff. This reserve is also referred to as Trout Creek and only takes about 15 minutes to reach.

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Scottsdale Forest EcoCentre

The Forest EcoCentre, situated at the entrance to the township, houses an interactive forest interpretation centre that focuses on the landscape, forest communities and history of the North East.

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Springfield Picnic Area

Springfield Forest Reserve and Picnic Area are located in the foothills under Mount Maurice in Tassie’s north east. To get there you head out of Scottsdale, past the EcoCentre on the Tasman Highway and take the turnoff to Springfield. Eventually you will see the green Forestry Tas signs which will guide you into the picnic area.

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The Blue Tier

There are two simple ways of getting to the Blue Tier Forest Reserve. You can either head east from Scottsdale along the Tasman Highway heading past Branxholm, Derby and Weldborough. You continue for about ten minutes past Welborough and take the Lottah Road turnoff.

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