Visit Liffey Valley Reserves (Tas)

Last updated: Thursday 12 May, 2016

Take a look around the interpretive walk on our Liffey River Reserve in Tasmania. 

No camping, no pets, no firearms.

Rainforest understorey of Swamp Gum and Messmate, wet sclerophyll forest, Liffey Valley. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
Rainforest understorey of Swamp Gum and Messmate, wet sclerophyll forest, Liffey Valley. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
Our Liffey River (105 ha) and Oura Oura (25 ha) reserves in central-northern Tasmania (near Bracknell) are open to the public for day visits all year round.

Our Liffey Valley reserves provide important foraging habitat for two threatened birds of prey: the endangered Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle and the White Goshawk. They also protect endangered Manna Gum Wet Forest, and provide sanctuary for significant species, such as the vulnerable Spotted-tail Quoll and the rare Maidenhair Spleenwort Fern.

Nesting Grey-breasted Silvereye feeds its young. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
Nesting Grey-breasted Silvereye feeds its young. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
In 2013 Liffey River Reserve and Coalmine Creek Reserve were included in a 170,000 hectare expansion of the 1.4 million hectare Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

When to go

Avoid visiting during extreme weather, such as following or during heavy rainfalls as the creeks and rivers are subject to flooding.

Facilities

Western Tiers World Heritage Area at dusk, seen through wet sclerophyll forest on Liffey River Reserve. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
Western Tiers World Heritage Area at dusk, seen through wet sclerophyll forest on Liffey River Reserve. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
There are no toilets. At the nearby Lower Liffey picnic area you can find basic picnic facilities and a campground. On Oura Oura, there's no public access to the house, though you're welcome to look around the grounds and outbuildings. Once in the Liffey Valley mobile phone reception is poor, so it’s good to tell someone of your trip intentions.

Liffey River Reserve walking track

Interpretive boardwalk across native grasslands at Liffey River Reserve. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
Interpretive boardwalk across native grasslands at Liffey River Reserve. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
This 3.5km trail (approx. 90 minutes) will lead you to many of the highlights of this reserve. Wander through magical rainforest, open grassland, river flats and forested ridgelines. While you enjoy the magnificent views and enchanting forests, keep an eye out for forest birds among the trees, birds of prey soaring in the sky, and platypuses diving in the river. 

You could also enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of Pages Creek. Deans Track – This walk begins behind the house at Oura Oura on Bush Heritage land but then crosses over into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. This 6 to 8 hour return walk is for experienced bushwalkers, as it involves steep inclines and sections of rock climbing. Please be well prepared and seek more information from the Bushwalk Tasmania website.

Superb Blue Wren at Liffey River. Photo Wayne Lawler.
Superb Blue Wren at Liffey River. Photo Wayne Lawler.
When you arrive at Liffey River Reserve, park at the far end of the Lower Liffey Falls picnic area. This is near the starting point of the Liffey Falls walk, but don’t take this track. You'll see a track on the left of the road marked by a wooden sign ‘Bush Heritage Liffey Reserve 150m’. This is the entrance to the reserve and directs you to the beginning of the circuit walk.

Detailed interpretive and reserve signage will guide you from here. The entrance to Oura Oura Reserve and the parking area are on the south side of Gulf Road, Liffey. Look for the Bush Heritage Oura Oura reserve sign as you approach. From here, follow the track on foot down to the river and cross over the foot bridge (keep your eye out for the resident platypus). You have arrived at Oura Oura.

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