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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
20.281 km / 12.602 mi
259 m / 851 ft
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