Starting from Jetty Road, Old Beach, this return walk takes you along the foreshore of Old Beach. This scenic journey full of birdlife is considered one of Hobart's hidden gems. From ducks to black swans on the lake, you'll have many chances to birdwatch here. Try not to focus too much on bird species and miss the panoramic views, especially of kunanyi / Mount Wellington. The jetty at the start of the track has quite a story. After completing their sentence in prison for stealing honey, James Austin and John Earle (cousins) established a ferry service in 1816, making use of this jetty. Dogs are allowed on lead. 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.
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.