1. Cataract Gorge: 11 mins from Inveresk Campus, Launceston
Cataract Gorge is a mini canyon carved into rockface by the South Esk River and just short drive from the city centre. It's a place where beautiful gardens contrast with ancient cliff faces, and visitors float through the scene on a chairlift. If you prefer to keep both feet on the ground, you'll find plenty of fun trails including the Zig-Zag track or Cataract track for fantastic views of the Gorge, or combine them for a longer, spectacular walk. You can even take a dip in the pool or Gorge to cool off.
2. Hollybank Reserve: 15 mins from Newnham Campus, Launceston
Hollybank is a beautiful forest reserve just 20 minutes from the heart of Launceston, and a mere 15 minutes from our Newnham campus. Hollybank is an absolute outdoor playground, with a plethora of activities at your disposal, including mountain biking tracks, ziplining, tree ropes and Segways for kickstarting the adrenaline. You could even enjoy a game of bush cricket on the pitch. Or, just settle for a tranquil walk.
3. Fern Glade Reserve: 9 mins from Cradle Coast Campus, Burnie
Walk along this beautiful river framed by lush green ferns, native orchids and breathe in the serenity and maybe spot a platypus on your stroll. Burnie is a smaller-sized city in one of the most beautiful parts of Tasmania, with stunningly beautiful coastlines, and with the Tarkine Rainforest just a short drive away, you're spoilt for choice!
4. The Springs, Wellington Park: 18 mins from Sandy Bay Campus, Hobart
Hobart is nestled in the foothills of Mt Wellington, creating a dramatic landscape and the potential to escape up the mountain when needed. There's a spiderweb of tracks across the mountain, ranging from short, easy tracks that scale the entire mountain. There are also mountain bike tracks. You can reach The Springs by foot from any of the city campuses, like the School of Art, Conservatorium or Media School, by walking the idyllic Rivulet Track.
5. Thomas Crawford Trail: Sandy Bay Campus, Hobart
The Thomas Crawford trail is located on the Sandy Bay campus, the largest University of Tasmania campus. This trail is perfect for those without a car who want a nature escape between classes. The campus is habitat to many threatened species, and this trail is the perfect place to spot one. Thomas Crawford was struck by the beauty of the area and wanted students to enjoy the same pleasure he did. The University of Tasmania is truly paradise found.