Blue Tier Giants & Groom River Loop Walk

Allow a minimum of four hours for this activity. 40 mins drive each way, 2.5 hr walk—with photo & snack stops, and a refreshing stop at the Weldborough pub! Or picnic at Little Plains look out.

One of the significant wins from the Tasmanian Forrest Agreement is the protection of this special area.

How to get there: From Tin Dragon Trail Cottages turn right onto the Tasman Highway (A3). Drive up over the hill out of Branxholm. Continue along the Tasman Highway through Derby, Moorina to Weldborough (26 Km). From Welborough you can continue on the A3 to the top of the pass where you will see a small sign indicating Lottah Road and Little Plains Lookout (6.8 km from Welborough).

You can also drive via the Mt Paris Dam Road to Weldborough (19 km, well maintained gravel road).

entrance to walk

James & Graham near the entrance to the walk

entrance to walk

April 2014. New track construction is underway

Drive into Lottah Road for about 1 km to the Quarry (LHS). Set your odometer to 0. Just past the quarry on the RHS is Lehners Ridge Road, which is unsigned (1.2 km from turn-off into Lottah Rd). Turn into Lehners Ridge Road. Drive mostly downhill till your odometer reading is 1.7km. There is a small pull-off area on the right. Track construction started in April, so the walk entrance is well marked, now. I guess new road signage will appear soon, too.

New contoured track makes the downhill walk easy. There's an amazing stone bridge taking you onto the old tin mine water race. After following the water race for about 200m you will head down hill again.

Be careful in some of the steeper parts, which can be slippery. At the base of the walk is the Blue Tier Giant (Eucalypt regans) or ‘Big Tree’. It is the widest living tree in Australia at 19.4m rbh (i.e. radius at breast height or about 1.4m from the roots)! The new track will bring you back up to the water race. However,you could also follow the old track markers to return via the Groom River before you rejoin the water race. I’m not sure the old track will remain easy to find… Hey! You have just had an easy downhill walk…most of the return is uphill and is steep in parts, particularly after you leave the refreshing waters of the Groom River.

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Remember to be careful because you walk at your own risk.

Blue tier giant

Here she is! The widest tree in Australia!

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