Visiting the Liffey Valley

Published 21 Jun 2014 

Temperate rainforest at Liffey River Reserve.Temperate rainforest at Liffey River Reserve. Photo by Wayne Lawler / Ecopix

If re‑connecting with nature is on your holiday travel agenda, Liffey River Reserve in Tasmania provides a chance to explore ancient World Heritage listed forests and connect with a landscape that inspired pivotal campaigns for the environmental movement in Australia.

Open to the public and only a 45‑minute drive from Launceston, you will find the Liffey River Reserve – the birthplace of Bush Heritage – nearby the Great Western Tiers Conservation Area.

For 23 years we have protected this rich ecosystem with its white gum wet forest, myrtle beech‑sassafras rainforest and stringybark dry forest. This land has provided sanctuary for wild creatures like the wedge‑tailed eagle, white goshawk, spotted‑tail quoll and Tasmanian devil.

The boardwalk at Liffey Valley Reserve. Photo by Annette Ruzicka.The boardwalk at Liffey River Reserve. Photo by Annette Ruzicka.

Its towering tree canopies and lush understory are easily accessed with a 3.5 kilometre (90 minute) interpretive walk guiding you through the forest and detailing the important habitats within.

Everyone is welcome to visit our Liffey River reserve and to explore this rare and very special natural sanctuary,

If you finish this and are looking for something more challenging, at our Oura Oura Reserve (just a five minute drive away) you can find the path to Dean's Track – a six‑hour walk up into the breathtaking cliffs of Dry's Bluff.

This trek requires a good level of fitness and preparation. Detailed track notes are available from Bushwalk Australia website.

"Everyone is welcome to visit our Liffey River reserve and to explore this rare and very special natural sanctuary", says Alistair.

New addition

Thanks to our generous supporters, we have been able to enlarge Oura Oura Reserve with the purchase of an adjacent property to the east. This extension of the reserve effectively doubles the size of the property.