"A fun and gently undulating 12km Hike.. choose a section or the complete Llama Hike"
Will you join Us?!
As our wonderful Llama are giving back to the Tasmanian Community. Hiking 12km on the Tasmanian Trail to raise money for Bush fire relief and awareness for he Tasmanian Trail.
Thanks for your interest in joining us.
Included in your walk is:
- An awesome 12 km (or part thereof) Llama Hike
- Get to know a llama.. the best hiking buddy you'll ever meet
- A Llama Farma "i Brake for Llama" sticker
- The enormous satisfaction of knowing you helped Tassie communities in need get back on their feet
- Membership & access to the Amazing Tasmania trail for 1 year.
- A Tasmanian Trail Badge of honour to add to your hiking gear or pack
This is a Tier 1 Hiking Trail: Well defined and wide track on easy to moderate terrain, in slightly modified natural environments. You will require a modest level of fitness. Recommended for beginners.
We appreciate you also requesting sponsorship's for your hike! Any monies raised can be deposited directly to RV'ers to the Rescue charity bank account. More information will be provided in a welcome pack once registered.
PLEASE NOTE : There will be a minimum of 2 Llama per Hiking group of 8
Hikers will have the opportunity to interact with and lead a lama when possible.
Saturday 12 October 2019
5k & 12k start 10am (shorter sections are tiered start times)
Hike description :
- Full Hike approximately 12 km
Varying surfaces from bush tracks to unsealed road surfaces. Undulating terrain.
Incorporates all of the following legs.
- Leg 1 : 5 km approx
- Unsealed track, abandoned rail trail
This covers the first section of the hike. Undulating terrain and bush tracks of the Caroline Creek forest reserve.
This trail has a bit of a rough start as we traverse a short section of partially plowed trail adjacent to farmland.
This section has recently been in dispute and thanks to the vigilance of the Tasmanian Trail Association we have a beautiful Trail to hike.
Before long we hit some seriously lush bush-land and we forge along the beautiful abandoned Sheffield to Railton rail trail that bridges the divide between wild Aussie bush and lush Tasmanian pasture. Opened in 1913 and abandoned in 1957 this trail had a short but illustrious career as an spur of the Devonport to Deloraine train line established in 1882 and still in use today.
Finishing in the lush tree scape we hand over to Leg 2 participants,
- Leg 2: 3 km approx
- Unsealed track, abandoned rail trail
Starting in the majestic surrounds of the Stoodley Plantation; The plantation focuses attention on some interesting remnants of the old plantings and shows how an area of intensive wood production can be used for a pleasant recreational experience. The original wooden water trough on the Sheffield side of the plantation was built in the early 1900s on the only flat ground on the long pull up from Lowes Bridge at the bottom of the hill. This trough was a regular stopping place for horses and their riders. Traction engines would also stop here to top up their boilers. The waylay in front of the water trough offers a stopping place for motorists and provides a very pleasant view of the surrounding plantations.
Continuing down the trail through some lovely pine plantations this is a very pleasant walk. Reasonably flat/gradually undulating with one short sealed road crossing. Taking in the every changing face of the trail that is the beauty of the pines and bush land.
Finishing at a very conveniently placed parking area, we hand over to the Leg 3 group
- Leg 3: 3 km approx.
- Unsealed road, gently undulating
An easy walk along an unsealed road, partially lined by wildflowers and surrounded by lush Tasmanian pasture land. Enjoy walking with the Llama in an unchallenging and relaxed environment. Rambling down the quiet road to finish your section in the beauty of Sykes Sanctuary.
After handing over to the leg 4 groups take some time to enjoy the beautiful and enigmatic sculptures and join us for a stop for a late lunch break before we finish off our hike into Railton.
- Leg 4: 1.5 km approx.
- Bush track, one minor road crossing
Starting in the fascinating Sykes Sanctuary, this is a spiritual and intriguing site where visitors can quietly sit and listen to birdsong, see wildlife in their natural environs and reflect on life, the Universe and everything.This part of the hike is a lovely section for children. (All children must have a supervising adult present at all times).
Finishing our walk at the lovely Lions Park in Railton.
There's no need to rush home from here! Join us for a celebratory drink 20 m up the road at the Railton Hotel; while the Llama have a rest in the pen before their trip back to the farm.
There's plenty to see if you're waiting for a pick up or you've done a shorter leg and are waiting for the your group to finish the Hike. The charming village of Railton is the ‘Town of Topiary’.
There are over 100 individual topiaries in various stages of growth including Cradle Mountain National Paddock behind Looking Glass Cottage "Fibre Optic Magic". Railton's historic main street was made double-width so pioneer settlers could turn a bullock team in one turn