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Tamar Island  – Sunday 25th September 2016

Just to break our normal routine, and to give people a chance to join us for a short and leisurely walk at a peaceful wetlands area on the very edge of the city with plenty of bird life to observe, this Sunday afternoon walk begins at the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre, not much more than a kilometre from the last traffic lights at Riverside. After exploring the visitor centre, follow the boardwalk past wildlife viewing points, tidal branches of the Tamar River, historic scuttled vessels and hundreds of birds to the island itself. Total return walk distance is 4 km. For more details, see http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/indeX.aspX?base=10370 and http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=1392
Note that an entry fees apply: adult/child/family $3/2/6
The boarded walkway to the island is level and will suit some wheelchair users and those with prams and strollers. Tracks on the island have natural surfaces and are generally not suited for wheelchairs.
This walk, rated "Family-easy", is suitable for families with young children who could turn back if the distance proved too much. Water and perhaps a snack should be carried, and normal precautions should be taken against cold and rain.

Thinking of bringing along a children's or youth group?
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Meeting Times and Places:
If you are interested in going on this walk, please phone your walk leader, John Potts, ph. 0418 576011 to book in. The meeting place for this walk is at the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre car park at 1:30 pm.

If you need transport, please discuss with the leader, who may be able to connect you with someone attending from your area. Please be at any meeting place 5 minutes ahead of the listed time. It is also courtesy to let the leader know if you have have changed plans and are no longer coming.
Normally, the leader should be notified of any other people you intend to bring along, although this will not apply for a known easy walk. You should always contact the walk leader if intending to participate in a particular Boots N' All walk.

To access this area from northern Tasmania: To access the walk from Launceston, head north on the West Tamar Highway (A7) through Riverside. About 1 km north of the Cormiston Rd. traffic lights, there is a turning lane to the right, which will allow you to cross into the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre car park. There is signage to assist this, and also signage if coming the other way from Legana.

Warnings:
No warnings apart from a reminder that weather in Tasmania can be very changeable in September, so warm clothing, sensible shoes and a raincoat should be carried. A drink and snack will also add to your enjoyment of the afternoon.
  
Map details:
Tamar Island:
1:100000 map is Pipers (Tasmap 8315) and 1:25000 map is Launceston (TasMap 5041)
Map reference:
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There are no peakbagger points for the area covered by this walk. For listing of peakbagger points, see the Hobart Walking Club Peakbagger's Guide (2000 revision) which can be found and downloaded (as an Excel spreadsheet) from http://tastracks.webs.com/peakbaggers.htm  The same web page contains several other listings of Tasmanian peaks.
GPX version of the track: Click here to download. Google Earth version of the track: Click here to download.
Right-click on the file and “save target as” to a location of your choice. (Suggest you click the “Last modified” at top to sort by date to get the most recent at top to find the file for the next walk).

When you have downloaded the track file, double-clicking on the Google Earth (kml) track should open Google Earth and zoom in to the location if you have Google Earth installed on your computer. The .gpx version of the track should import into mapping software or devices that support gpx tracks and waypoints.