Free bushwalk fun this autumn

WITH cool mornings, sunny afternoons and a sea of colour, autumn is the perfect time to get out of the house and enjoy the natural beauty Tasmania has to offer.

The Tasmanian National Parks Association (TNPA) is running a range of free, guided bushwalks up until 7 May as part of its ‘Autumn Walks’ program.

TNPA Autumn Walks coordinator Anne McConnell said the TNPA ran the free bushwalks to “simply celebrate and enjoy our wild places.”

“Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in, as long as they have reasonable fitness and a pair of sturdy walking shoes,” she said.

“The aim is to help people get out there, discover the pleasures of bushwalking and develop a love for natural areas.”

The Autumn Walks program offers a variety of easy to medium-hard walks, including the caves of Chauncy Vale, Wellington Park and the Icehouse Track.

Further afield walks include the Blue Tier in north east Tasmania, a Lake Fenton Pack Track walk in Mount Field National Park, a Recherche Bay historical walk in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and a walk to Cape Hauy in the Tasman National Park.

Walks range from approximately three-to-seven hours in duration and all participants are required to bring walking boots, lunch, snacks, water and protection from sun and rain.

Bookings need to be made with the walk leader prior to commencement.

Walk leader phone numbers are available on the TNPA website at www.tnpa.asn.au.

For general enquiries, contact Anne McConnell on 0405 746 543.

Caption: Nature lovers are invited to explore Tasmania’s distinctive landscapes on foot as part of a series of free guided bushwalks delivered by the Tasmanian National Parks Association. Photo credit: Anne McConnell.