Charles Darwin Trail

Bellerive, Clarence
Distance: 12km
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Getting There

Start at car park at the end of Cambridge Road in Bellerive Village.

Follow the footsteps of Charles Darwin when he visited Hobart on the HMS Beagle in 1836. Interpretive signs along the trail are based on the notes and observations Darwin made during his day excursion on Hobart’s eastern shore. The track follows the coast between Bellerive and Howrah, then heads inland via local streets to Waverly Flora Park and returns to Kangaroo Bay. The coastal section is reasonably flat and mostly concrete with gentle grades over Bellerive Bluff and Second Bluff. Stencils have been marked on footpaths between Howrah Beach and Waverly Flora Park to assist with navigation. The track through Waverly Flora Park is gravel and has some steeper sections.

ActivitySuggested TimeDifficulty
WalkingHalf day
Mountain BikingUnder 2 hours🟢

Track Features

Walking with dogsRoad AccessToiletsParkingDrinking waterPicnic areaLookoutCafe/Refreshments/Shop

Dogs may be off lead and under effective control in the Waverly Flora Park section of the track (Effective control means your dog is in close proximity, in line of sight, immediately responds to your voice command. If not, leave your dog on lead). All other sections dogs must be on a lead.


No Horses

Plan your visit

Leave No Trace is an internationally accepted way of minimising impacts on the places we visit. Respect wildlife, be considerate with others, dispose your waste properly.

Be prepared for the walk. Plan your trip ahead, bring enough water, check the alerts, and make sure you are comfortable with the difficulty rating.

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Track contacts

Track managed by Clarence City Council
Clarence City Council

If you have any questions, feedback or updates regarding this track please contact the track manager at the Clarence City Council by phone on 03 6217 9500 or by email to For urgent communications please contact us by phone.