Much of Tasmania’s spectacular scenery is located beyond Hobart and requires a car to get there but that doesn’t mean there aren’t scenic walks and trails right on your doorstep should be in the capital. One such trail can be found on Mount Nelson or near Taroona, depending on where you start from. The Truganini Reserve track is a relatively short and simple walking trail on the South Eastern flank of Mount Nelson.
I chose to make my way down to the bottom from Mount Nelson Signal Station and began in the not too dense Eucalyptus woodlands near the summit of Mount Nelson. There had been a controlled burning of the area in recent weeks and as a result one side of the trail wasn’t the most picturesque with a charred landscape on display instead of the more vivid and flora filled view on the right hand side. It was still interesting to see the effect of the burning and how it clears the way for fresh growth to come through and for the forest to renew itself once more.
As the path descended the undergrowth grew thicker and at times it became difficult to see the path but that’s what adventuring is all about. The trail continued downwards into the Cartwright Reserve and joined up with the Cartwright Creek, a small trickle at this time of year that brings water to the vegetation on the slopes. The dampness brought about by the creek changes the scenery considerably as you descend, with the dryer Eucalyptus trees giving way to ferns and damp moss covered logs. The air turns a bright green as the plant matter overtakes everything and leaves every surface damp with moisture. There had been a small shower just before I began my hike and so the trail was somewhat slippy in places so you will need to have your wits about you and wear suitable footwear.
I began my hike down shortly after lunch and didn’t need to refuel when I reached the end of the trail. I would definitely recommend starting at the bottom though and working your way to the top, as the view from the Signal Station is out of this world and there’s a lovely restaurant where Sinead and myself enjoyed a delicious scone and coffee a few days earlier. I’ll have another post up soon from the Signal Station and surrounds.