Oh, the things you discover when you know where to look. Thanks to Benita Bell, we can share Notley Fern Gorge with you today plus some magnificent fungi, often a feature of bushwalking in Tasmania during autumn.
Nice to Know: Notley Fern Gorge
photos by Benita Bell
Notley Fern Gorge is a reserve (11ha) managed by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife. Drive north-west of Launceston for approximately 25 kms (30 minutes) where you’ll be rewarded with a short walking track (1.5kms return) leading through a forest of large, old eucalypts with a rainforest understory.
The lovely walk in northern Tasmania was re-opened to the public in mid-2014. Bridges were replaced and the track repaired after flooding caused damage in August 2013. Parks and Wildlife say Notley Fern Gorge “provides an experience of the landscape of the Tamar Valley before European settlement”.
To find the reserve, follow the West Tamar Highway (A7) to Legana, then turn west to Bridgenorth on the C732 and then on to Notley Gorge Road.
Bushwalking and Fungi Fun
Those purely walking (and not photographing the fungi, as Benita has done) should allow about 45 minutes to complete the loop. Information about Notley Fern Gorge is housed in a covered gateway marking the beginning of the track.
The walk is graded “reasonably easy” but the track does lead down to a creek, fringed by a pretty glade of mosses and ferns. However, we all know… when you walk down, you have to walk back up again! The return section consists of a steady uphill climb, considered by some to be a little strenuous.
The track crosses the creek several times, hence the replacement of the bridges following the flood damage. You can also visit Bradys Tree, named after the Tamar Valley’s most notorious bushranger. A picnic area, barbecue and toilets are all provided at the carpark.
Benita Bell lives in Railton and owns Daydream Photography. For more information about Benita’s work, visit Daydream Photography online or follow Daydream Photography via Facebook. Alternatively, you can phone 0497 655 034 and speak with Benita personally.
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