There are a large range of activities and events occurring in the region around the Conference venue over December and January. See below for a list of some of the possible activities that might interest you:

  • Don River Railway Museum; workshops and train ride
  • Park walk or bike ride: Mersey River to the Bluff or Don River
  • Splash Aquatic Centre
  • Cradle Coast farmers market @ The Wharf, Ulverstone – Sunday mornings from 8.30 am
  • Harvest farmers market @ Launceston – Saturday mornings from 8.30 am
  • Berry picking, beachcombing and La Mar cafe at Turners Beach
  • Bushwalking on the Kelcey Tier, Dial Range or Mt Roland area
  • Visit the Tasmanian Arboretum, Eugenana
  • Foreshore walk Port Sorell
  • Tastings at Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm (cheese), Anvers Chocolate, Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm south of Devonport
  • Deloraine’s community artwork: “Yarns” for quilters, Kooparoona Niara Cultural Trail, and Sculpture Trail
  • Reliquaire – quality gift, toy and fudge shop in Latrobe
  • Fresh apple juice and cider tastings at Spreyton
  • Penguin viewing Lillico beach – dusk tour ($)
  • Viewing Devils Gate curved-wall dam near Sheffield, Sheffield’s many murals, Tasmazia ($) and the Lake Barrington rowing course
  • Bushwalks in and around Mole Creek – offers a comprehensive list of bushwalking options, a couple of which may be organised as non-caving options during the post-Conference week, depending on demand.

Mountain Biking

Kelcey Tier Green Belt Trails

The Conference venue is 10 min ride from the Kelcey Tier mountain bike trails which are old-school hand-built single track and fire trails in a dry eucalypt forest on the edge of Devonport. We will guide you around the best bits including the fun Finn’s Dinosaur trail. Moderate MTB (mountain bike) skills are essential as there are steep and narrow sections. Reece High School has student bikes which we can use ($10 per day) or you can BYO mountain bike.

Stubbs Road Trails

Only 10 min drive west from Devonport, inland from Turners Beach, this hilly lightly forested area offers about 2 h of mountain bike trails. Access is via a fire trail off Stubbs Road.

Mountain Biking, Kelcey Tier
Mountain Biking, Kelcey Tier - Photo Janice March

Hard Core Rides

Down south, in the Maydena area (Junee-Florentine), there is also a whiz-bang mountain biking set-up (steep and hard core), but word also has it (from a cyclist) that “everything down south is hard core!”.

Family Friendly Rides

The Devonport cycle path is a relatively flat bitumen trail that can be followed from the Don River Railway through the undulating terrain of the teatree forest of the Don River, past the local swimming pool, around the coastal section past some beaches and a café at the Bluff playground, and then along the parklands and a second cafe on the edge of the Mersey River. Totalling about 15 km when ridden as a loop from Reece High School, this ride can be accessed anywhere along its length depending on your fitness level.

Mountain Bike Rides Around Tasmania

Of course, if you are bringing your bike to Tasmania, you might want to do some research and ride in the south and west of the state as well. We recommend the North–South Track, Hollybank, Montezuzma Falls and Launceston’s local trails. Plenty of information is available online at https://www.tassietrails.org/.

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