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Hiking

Whether you're after a quiet amble or a hardcore hike, Hanmer Springs is a walker's paradise.

The variety of walks is incredible - from short leisurely strolls along forest paths to hikes up Mt Isobel.

Some of the tracks traverse the Heritage Forest Area where the exotic trees were planted over 100 years ago. While other tracks pass through pockets of native mountain beech.

A detailed map of the Hanmer Springs Walks can be purchased from the Hanmer Springs i-SITE Visitor Centre.

Short Walks

The three short walks through the beautiful Heritage Forest Area begin at the Herdsman's Avenue gate on Jollies Pass Road. They are the Forest Amble, the Forest Walk and the Forest Journey, taking from 30 mins to 1¼ hours. For further information on the Heritage Forest visit the Hanmer Forest Trust Website.

The three short walks north of Jollies Pass Road are called the Nature Trail, the Fir Trail and the Upper Dog Stream/Timberlands Circuit. These walks are on more undulating terrain and travel through a variety of habitats.
From the village there is easy access to the Conical Hill Walk, the Woodland Walk, the Majuba Walk and the Dog Stream/Tarndale Reserve. The top of Conical Hill provides good views of the Hanmer Basin while the Woodland Walk is popular with families as it passes a pond and has clear views of Mt Isobel.

Half-Day Hikes

There are two choices for those with half a day to spare. The Waterfall Track and the Chatterton River Track are beautiful walks through Mountain beech forests.

Day Hikes

If you have a day to spare do not miss the opportunity to climb Mt Isobel where the views from the top are breathtaking. Mt Isobel can be climbed via four different routes - the most popular being from the car park along Clarence Valley Road. It can also be climbed from the Waterfall Track, from Jacks Pass or from Jollies Pass. It is possible to combine these routes to make a day circuit.

Hanmer Springs is also a good starting point for experienced hikers to climb the numerous peaks around the Clarence River.

St James Conservation Area

Hanmer Springs is the gateway to the St James Conservation Area and the Lewis Pass National Reserve with both areas offering a range of day and multi-day tramps. For further information visit the DOC website.

Whatever walk you have planned...do take some advice from the locals:

Sturdy footwear is essential for walks longer than two hours.
Be prepared for sudden changes in weather, particularly above the bushline.
Snow is common in winter.
Please respect the information signs, for your own safety.
Please respect the environment and take your rubbish out with you.

 

Biking

The rugged, mountain terrain of the Hanmer Springs Basin is ideal for mountain biking.

The numerous all weather single tracks in and around the Hanmer Forest range from scenic beginner's trails through to technical trails for the experts.

There are also backcountry tracks on gravel roads and the exciting new development of the national cycle way in the St James Conservation Area.

 

The Tracks
Easy Rider (Beginner) - a classic easy loop track through the stunning Heritage Forest. A non-technical track of approximately 4 Kms. Many of the tracks within the Heritage block can be interlinked to provide hours of fun in the forest.

Flax Gulley / Swoop / Majuba (Intermediate) – Link these three classic tracks for a great trip around the back of Conical Hill.

Yankee Zephyr and Red Rock (Expert) – Challenging routes on swooping switchbacks and rocky terrain - amazing views if you can look up from the track!

Jacks and Jollies Backcountry Gravel Road Loop 2 - 4 hour bike ride
Jacks and Jollies Loop is a popular 25km mountain bike ride starting in Hanmer Springs Village. The ride circles Mt Isobel, passing through 800-metre high Jacks Pass and following the Clarence River before entering Jollies Pass and returning to Hanmer Springs Village.

 

Hanmer Springs Mountain Bike Hire
Visitors can hire mountain bikes, helmets and associated equipment from outlets in Hanmer Springs Village. Ask at the Hanmer Springs i-SITE Visitor Centre, or look out for signs advertising bike hire.

Hanmer Springs Mountain Biking Events
For the more competitive bikers, Hanmer Springs Village plays host to a number of mountain biking events throughout the year. The Hanmer Springs Mountain Bike Club organise the annual Hammerhead ride. There is the Mt Isobel Challenge, the Krank Duathlon, the 4 & 8 Hour Event, Mt Bike Orienteering, the Rainbow Rage and the Molesworth Muster. 

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