Knocklofty Summit Circuit

1 h 30 min to 2 h

4.1 km
circuit

↑ 196 m
↓ -196 m

Hard track
Starting from Knocklofty parking and picnic area, West Hobart, this walk takes you on a circuit in Knocklofty Reserve, visiting the Frog Ponds and the Knocklofty summit along the way. Just a quick drive away from Hobart, this reserve is home to more than 300 native plant species. Navigate the open forest as you pass by the Frog Ponds, a wetland created by rehabilitating a disused dam, thanks to the Friends of Knocklofty Bushcare Group. You can "frogwatch" here if you'd like to. As you make your way through the woods, you'll get great views of the city as well as the natural landscape. Dogs are allowed on leash. 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.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-42.8881098,147.3019849)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Davey Street, A6, Hobart.
  • Turn on to Molle Street then drive for 420 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 35 m
  • Turn slight left onto Goulburn Street and drive for another 60 m
  • Turn left onto Forest Road and drive for another 1.5 km
  • Keep right and drive for another 180 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 40 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 30 m turn sharp right.
After another 30 m head through/around the gate.
After another 30 m (at the intersection of Knocklofty Main Fire Trail & Excells Fire Trail) continue straight, to head along Knocklofty Main Fire Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 50 m continue straight.
After another 35 m come to the viewpoint (on your right).
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Knocklofty Main Fire Trail.
After another 9 m (at the intersection of Knocklofty Main Fire Trail & Southern Summit Fire Trail) continue straight, to head along Knocklofty Main Fire Trail.
After another 80 m (at the intersection of Knocklofty Main Fire Trail & Glover Track) continue straight, to head along Knocklofty Main Fire Trail.
After another 315 m (at the intersection of Knocklofty Main Fire Trail & Frog Pond Track) continue straight, to head along Knocklofty Main Fire Trail.
After another 90 m (at the intersection of Mount Stuart Track & Knocklofty Main Fire Trail) turn left, to head along Mount Stuart Track (a walking track).
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Mount Stuart Track & Weerona Fire Trail) continue straight, to head along Mount Stuart Track.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Mount Stuart Track & Sandy Spit Track) veer right, to head along Mount Stuart Track.
After another 800 m continue straight.
After another 60 m turn sharp left, to head along Summit Track.
After another 800 m pass the "Knocklofty" (10 m on your left).
After another 7 m (at the intersection of Summit Loop & North Slope Fire Trail) turn left, to head along Summit Loop (a vehicle track).
After another 250 m (at the intersection of Summit Loop & North Slope Fire Trail) veer left, to head along Summit Loop.
After another 50 m (at the intersection of Southern Summit Fire Trail & Summit Loop) turn left, to head along Southern Summit Fire Trail.
After another 820 m veer left, to head along Southern Summit Fire Trail.
After another 95 m (at the intersection of Southern Summit Fire Trail & Sandy Spit Track) continue straight, to head along Southern Summit Fire Trail.
After another 210 m (at the intersection of Knocklofty Main Fire Trail & Southern Summit Fire Trail) continue straight, to head along Knocklofty Main Fire Trail.
After another 70 m continue straight, to head along Knocklofty Main Fire Trail.
After another 50 m (at the intersection of Knocklofty Main Fire Trail & Excells Fire Trail) continue straight (a service road).
After another 65 m turn sharp left.
After another 30 m come to the end.
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Knocklofty Summit Circuit


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 4.1 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 2 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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