This extended version of the Coningham Clifftop Track is an easy 4km return coastal walk along the pleasant coastline of Coningham, 30 minutes south of Hobart. Lovely views of kunanyi/Mount Wellington and lunawuni/Bruny Island are ever-present as the trail wanders past shacks, blue gums and sheoak woodlands.
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|From Hobart, head south along the Southern Outlet (A6) for 10km. Take the right-hand lane at the Kingston Bypass and continue on for 2km before taking the 4th exit to Channel Highway (B68) at the roundabout. Continue for 11km past Snug, turning left onto Old Station Road once the Snug township is passed. After 1km, turn onto Coningham Road and continue for 1km until Hopwood St is reached. Parking is only on the side of Coningham Road. The trailhead can be found at the end of the cul-de-sac.
Leaving from the Hopwood St cul-de-sac trailhead, the trail first meanders along a wide flat gravel walkway through a thin section of coastal heathland. After a few minutes, a rocky detour to the rustic boatsheds of Little Coningham Beach is worth investigating. Views of kunanyi/Mount Wellington from across North West Bay are achieved here, and numerous other times along the walk.
Continuing, the trail passes through a thicket of sheoak before reaching the viewpoint above Coningham Beach. After a quick descent, the beach and toilet facilities are reached. The trail continues from the other end of the beach via an overgrown trailhead behind the boatsheds. A beautiful section of blue gums and native grasses is passed before the trail crosses a steep gully via stairs. Soon after, the trail opens up onto a wide gravel path above Legacy Beach.
Leaving Legacy Beach, the trail finds its way through clifftop sheoak woodlands before finally reaching a very unremarkable disused carpark. Return to the trailhead via the same route.
Map for illustrative purposes only. Base map supplied by Land Information System Tasmania
Hazards and Warnings
Do not approach the cliff edges.