2023 Walks Calendar

While this listing of walks is up-to-date at time of publishing, it is sometimes necessary to cancel or change a planned walk for reasons such as leader unavailability, closed roads or poor weather. It is also Boots N’ All policy that a minimum of 2 persons of the same gender (this can include the leader) will need to register before the walk can go ahead. The main 2023 Walks Calendar is further down this page.

NEW! Boots N’ All Family Fun WalksClick here for printable version

You may remember that Dan Hutchison revived the southern branch of Boots N’ All, and led walks in the south in 2020 and 2021. A move to a new ministry in Launceston, and a growing very young family has made it difficult for Dan to lead or join our regular wilderness walks, but he was also including short, family friendly walks down south, and is now keen to offer similar walks here in the north.
The walks are on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 pm unless otherwise mentioned, and easy to get to. All are manageable for families with young children, although only some are pram-friendly. Here are the walks:

DateLocationDescriptionContact Leader
Feb 5Heritage ForestLoop walk around Launceston’s Heritage Forest, with side trips to the
Tasmanian Native Plant Garden and the Community Garden.
Daniel Hutchison
0457 765 907
Mar 5Trevallyn
Nature Reserve
Explore the extensive bushland and lookouts above and alongside the Gorge.Daniel Hutchison
0457 765 907
May 7Riverbend
to Kings Park
Alongside the upper reaches of the Tamar, there are playgrounds and
walking trails, with viewing spots to enjoy the scenery
Daniel Hutchison
0457 765 907
June 4Youngtown
Regional Park
Less well known, this recently developed loop walk follows reserves
between the growing suburban areas of Youngtown.
Daniel Hutchison
0457 765 907
July 2Lilydale FallsOnly half an hour from Launceston, the two Lilydale Falls are in
a valley of remnant bushland alongside Mt. Arthur.
Daniel Hutchison
0457 765 907
Sept 3Gorge CircuitA good stretch for your energetic youngsters, this circuit is from
Kings Bridge and includes the steep zig-zag track with its great views.
Daniel Hutchison
0457 765 907
Oct 8Tamar IslandSee below – boardwalks, bird life, wetlands and even a bird hide!Daniel Hutchison
0457 765 907
Nov 10Old Mac’s FarmTucked away in the valley of the North Esk below Queechy High School,
Old Mac’s has a hilly traverse, an eagle’s nest, wetlands and trails
that explore the banks of the river.
Daniel Hutchison
0457 765 907

2023 Walks Calendar – Click here for printable version

DateLocationDescriptionRatingContact Leader
Jan 7 Walls of Jerusalem Mt. JerusalemA long but worthwhile walk into the heart of this spectacular national parkMedium-hard DELMSKent Lillico 0428 451 528
Jan 21 TBA  L.Weekend possible camping trip?While we have a day walk for 21 Jan, we’re open to suggestions and offers by leaders for a possible camping expedition.  
Jan 21 Ben Lomond peaksExplore the high alpine crags – Markham Heights, Plains of Heaven, Legges Tor, Giblin Peak, Hamilton Crags and moreMedium
B E S
Phil Andrew 0408 014 757
Feb 4Mt. TyndallA “taster” of the Tyndall Ra. which in many ways equals the beauty of the Cradle area. Camp at Tullah Sat. night.
Postponed until 25th March due to weather.
Medium DELMSKent Lillico 0428 451 528
Feb 18 Wineglass BayA world-renowned and spectacular attraction, descend to the beach and return via the isthmus and Hazards Beach.Medium
D L S
Grace Hillman 0490 840 866
Mar 4 Mt. ClaudePart of the Mt. Roland circuit, this short but steep walk explores the jagged peak high above Gowrie Park. Great views!Medium
B E S
Peter Davies 0414 516 268
Mar 11-13 L.WeekendTBAPossible camping expedition – we’re open to suggestions and offers by leaders. Or walk in Great Lake or Ada area led by Basil T  
Mar 25Raglan Ra. HutDefinitely a “first” for Boots N’ All, venture into the western wilderness north of the Franklin River.Medium-Hard E L M SNik Sands
0429 387 777
Apr 1 Fisher BluffStarting from Lake Mackenzie – alpine expanses, lakes and high points with views to Walls and Ossa region.Medium
E L M S
Darren Wunder
0438 557 046
April 8 Easter weekend and school term break  
Apr 22Blue TierExplore the historical tin mines – Duco Adit, The Boiler and Liberator Mine, along with the Weldborough Rainforest walk. Easy-Medium D M SPhil Andrew 0408 014 757
May 6Fagus WalkExperience the unique beauty of the “fagus” in full autumn colour, either Cradle area or Grail Falls depending on forecasts.Medium +Philip Dawson email  pidasms@gmail.com or ph.   6382 3561 after 6:30 pm
May 20Lake Lucy LongA late-season venture into the heart of the northern plateau via Lady Lake Hut.  Beautiful tarns, pencil pines, wilderness.MediumJohn Tabor 0475 566 389
Jun 10 L.WeekendDuck Reach and Gorge BushlandExplore the extensive bushland tracks and unexpected views right within our city limits.Easy-Medium SJohn Potts 0418 576 011
Jun 24TBA   
  school term break  
Jul 8TBA   
Jul 22 Visuals EveningPast glories, future challenges – a pleasant evening of photos, videos, adventure stories and interesting peopleVery easy & relaxing!Basil Tkaczuk 6331 1155
Aug  5Loyatea Pk,
Preston Falls & Leven Canyon
Three short walks around the Preston and Gunns Plains area, including views of the magnificent Leven Canyon. Darren Wunder
0438 557 046
Aug 19Liffey Falls (tbc)Beautiful and well-known waterfalls close to Launceston. There should be plenty of water at this time of year!Easy-Medium
S M
Grace Hillman 0490 840 866
Sept 2Winterbrook FallsJust east of Black Bluff, these spectacular falls tumble over the edge of a high and craggy escarpment directly opposite the Bluff.Medium D E L SBasil Tkaczuk 6331 1155
Sept 16 Meander FallsRain forest walk – spectacular water falls from the escarpment of the Western TiersMedium-Hard L SPeter Davies 0414 516 268
Sept 30 TBA   
  school term break  
Oct 8 (Sunday)Tamar IslandSunday afternoon stroll to a peaceful wetlands area on the very edge of the city – plenty of bird life to observe. Easy – FamilyJohn Potts 0418 576011
Oct 21Seal Lagoon
(Bay of Fires)
Explore the spectacular coastal scenery of yet another world-renowned Tassie attraction. No obligation, but walkers can help carry water in for next week’s Taking on Goliath camp.Medium
L
Nik Sands
0429 387 777
Nov 4 L.WeekendEast Coast SU camping tripSU Youth adventure camp at the Bay of Fires for grades 5-8.
 Check website after July
See registration websiteNik Sands
0429 387 777
Nov 4 L.WeekendTBA   
Nov 10 (Fri.)PlanningMeeting to plan 2024 walks program  
Nov 18Bridport loopA relaxing seaside break at Bridport. Explore the walking track, the wildflowers, and perhaps a swim and a coffee afterwards.EasyPeter Davies 0414 516 268
Dec 2Western Creek trackHead past rugged crags to the very rustic Whiteley’s Hut. Extensive views from the dramatic escarpments of the Tiers.Medium E L M SPhilip Dawson email  pidasms@gmail.com or ph.   6382 3561 after 6:30 pm
  School Christmas holidays  
Dec 27 (Wednesday)TBAWe usually aim for the wide-open spaces and wildflowers of the alpine plateaux to walk off the Christmas cheer.  

Key to Walks Ratings:
B    Boulder field – walkers need to be able to confidently step from rock to rock.
C    Climbing sections using rocks and vegetation as hand holds.
D    Drive distance requires early departure – usually 7:30 am
E    Exposed alpine conditions – can be dangerous in poor weather if not fully equipped – see below.
L    A long day’s walk – in excess of 3 hours each way.
M   Marshy or muddy sections – be prepared to walk with wet feet.
S    Steep incline for at least part of the way

Click this link for a more detailed discussion of Preparation, Food and Safety guidelines for Boots N’ All walks.

Bush walking can involve an element of danger.  All who participate in Boots’n’All activities do so at their own risk.  Intending walkers new to Boots N’ All must contact the leader personally unless the walk is rated “Easy” or “Family”.