Cycle Tasmania, Sightseeing Ride, Clarence Foreshore Trail

Hobart’s most scenic suburban bike trail hugs the eastern shore of the Derwent River with unbroken views across the water to the city and Mt Wellington. The trail continues south from Bellerive but involves steps and dirt tracks.

Terrain

Sealed bike track and minor roads with few climbs - just a couple of short, steep pinches when the track turns inland. If on a road bike, a small section of dirt track around Kangaroo Bluff can be avoided by turning off Victoria Esplanade onto King Street.

Traffic

The wide bike track and back roads make for very little traffic of any sort to worry about. A 100-metre stretch on Cambridge Road through Bellerive village can be busy, but the footpath has been deemed a shared path if you prefer to avoid the road.

Access

To reach Lindisfarne from the city, head across Tasman Bridge and turn immediately left onto the East Derwent Highway. Turn left onto Derwent Avenue (straight after the Lincoln Street traffic lights) and follow this around Natone Hill to Paloona Street.

Food and Drink

Bellerive village, on Cambridge Road, has a selection of basic food options - chicken and chips, kebabs, a bakery - but around the corner, on Bellerive Boardwalk overlooking the water, the better option is Cbar Cafe. If the coastal riding has you hankering for fish and chips, there’s The Fish Bar at Bellerive Beach.

Side Trip

Around Kangaroo Bluff, turn up the hill (on Gunning Street) for a quick visit to the Kangaroo Bluff Historic Site, protecting a 19th-century defensive fort.

 

More Details

For the best saddle-top view of Hobart’s city and its hulking mountain, you need to head across the river to the eastern shore, where the Clarence Foreshore Trail runs so close to the Derwent River it might almost qualify as a beach. The track proper begins about 500 metres north (on Derwent Road) of the starting point described here, but car parking options are better on Paloona Street.

From Paloona Street, the trail begins along tiny, rocky Koomela Bay, where the Tasman Bridge and Mt Wellington already dominate the view, as they will do for much of the ride. Through Anzac Park, the ride skirts the football oval, passing within sight of the war memorial on the point, with Lindisfarne Bay below choked with yachts. The ride skims the shores of the bay before switching to the Esplanade as it heads towards the Tasman Bridge - riding beneath the bridge is like passing through the giant teeth of a comb. The ride’s true delights are beyond the bridge as the trail cuts around lovely, calm Montagu Bay, another favourite mooring for yachties.

Through a line of she oaks the track rounds Rosny Point, from where the city and mountain now stand queued one behind the other across the river. Around the point the track detours around the treatment works and winds around the deep incision of Kangaroo Bay - expect more yachts and more city and mountain views. The ride briefly pops out into suburban reality in Bellerive village before it’s straight back to the foreshore along the Bellerive Boardwalk. Here, the track becomes part of the Charles Darwin Trail, a path commemorating Darwin’s visit to Hobart in the Beagle in 1836. The trail’s tenuous link to the naturalist celebrates a day trip he made to the eastern shore during his stay, stepping off the ferry here in Bellerive.

The views along this stretch, to the city, the mountain, Sandy Bay and casino, are about the best on the trail. After an agricultural bit of dirt track around Kangaroo Bluff, the ride turns around behind the low sand dunes and sandstone edges of Bellerive beach. Return along the foreshore trail to Lindisfarne. 

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start at the bottom of Paloona St in Lindisfarne and ride southeast on the bike trail.
  • 0.2 Turn left into Talune St.
  • 0.6 At the small roundabout, turn right into Natone St, then immediately left onto the sealed path into Anzac Park.
  • 1.1 Ride through the tennis club car park and turn right onto Park Rd.
  • 1.3 Veer left into Wellington Rd, heading inland (uphill).
  • 1.5 Turn right into the Esplanade.
  • 1.7 Rejoin the bike track beside the Esplanade.
  • 2.0 At the entrance to Lindisfarne Rowing Club, veer right with the bike track into Simmons Park.
  • 2.2 Turn right onto the Esplanade.
  • 3.1 Just before the roundabout, veer right onto the bike trail.
  • 3.7 Veer right with the bike trail, sticking to the foreshore.
  • 4.0 At the trail’s end, continue straight ahead on Rose Bay Esplanade.
  • 4.1 Turn right down the unsigned road almost directly beneath the Tasman Bridge; 50 metres on, veer left onto the darker track passing beneath the bridge.
  • 7.2 Continue straight ahead on Seabird Lane, veering right onto the bike trail after 50 metres.
  • 8.2 At the end of the Kangaroo Bay sports grounds, turn right, crossing through the cul de sac at the end of Kangaroo Bay Dr, rejoining the trail towards Bellerive Yacht Club.
  • 8.3 Cross through the car park and up the steep driveway onto Cambridge Rd (or the shared footpath beside the road).
  • 8.5 Opposite the bakehouse, turn right into an alleyway and Bellerive Boardwalk.
  • 9.7 On Kangaroo Bluff, the track turns to dirt.
  • 10.1 At the trail’s end, continue straight ahead on Victoria Esplanade.
  • 10.5 Where Victoria Esplanade turns inland, turn right into the Bellerive Beach car park. This is the ride’s turn-around point; ride back along Victoria Esplanade.
  • 10.9 Continue straight ahead on the dirt bike trail beside Victoria Esplanade.
  • 12.5 Turn left onto Cambridge Rd.
  • 12.7 Descend through the car park and rejoin the bike trail.
  • 12.8 Veer left with the bike path through the Kangaroo Bay sports grounds.
  • 13.8 Turn left into Seabird Lane, continuing straight ahead on the bike trail at its end.
  • 16.9 Turn right onto the unsigned road below the Tasman Bridge, then turn left into Rose Bay Esplanade at the end of this road.
  • 17.0 Continue straight ahead on the bike trail at the end of Rose Bay Esplanade.
  • 17.9 Turn left onto the Esplanade.
  • 18.8 Turn onto the bike trail through Simmons Park.
  • 19.0 Climb through the Lindisfarne Rowing Club car park and turn left onto the bike trail beside the Esplanade.
  • 19.3 Leave the bike trail and swing onto the Esplanade.
  • 19.5 Turn left onto Wellington Rd.
  • 19.7 Swing right into Ford Pde.
  • 19.9 Turn left into the tennis club car park and immediately left again onto the sealed track through Anzac Park.
  • 20.4 Turn right onto Natone St, then left at the roundabout onto Talune St.
  • 20.8 At the end of Talune St, turn right onto the bike trail.
  • 21.0 Finish the ride back at Paloona St.
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    20.281 km / 12.602 mi

    Total Distance

    259 m / 851 ft

    Total Ascent

    259 m / 851 ft

    Total Descent

    32 m / 104 ft

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    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: Medium
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 21.0
    Elevation Gain: 200
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire facilities
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber

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