The authorities responsible for dealing with the fire have issued a notice for people entering areas that have been burnt.
This notice can be found here and should be perused by trail users intending to travel through the affected areas.
Following the devastating fires of the last few weeks affected parts of the Tasmanian Trail will be reopened as conditions allow including ensuring the route is safe and burnt markers are replaced.
Subject to past postings below a route is available from Devonport to Judbury but the southern section from Judbury to Dover is still closed.
The authorities have now announced that the Marlborough Road has been reopened but side roads still should not be used. This has enabled the use of a route that more closely follows the official line of the Tasmanian Trail. There will be considerable damage to markers along the Trail in this area and it will take some considerable time for volunteers to access the route and make amends. In the short term the simplest solution is for users to travel along the Marlborough Road from Miena to Bronte Park without deviating and not to follow the route described in the guidebook.
The maps show the Trail in relation to the areas burnt.
It should be realised that sections of the Trail will be closed for some time. The absence of fire does not make the Trail safe. After bush land has been burnt trees may fall well after the fire has been extinguished and it will be necessary for the route to be inspected and declared safe before the sections are reopened. It will also be necessary for trail markers to be replaced.
On page 56 of the guidebook there are instructions on how to contact the caretaker of the Bushy Park Recreation ground to arrange for an overnight stop. We have been asked to advise users that John should be contacted no later than midday the day they they are coming. It is recommended that he be rung the night before.
Also please note the advice in the guidebook about the grounds not being available for a period prior to and during the annual show.
The property Fenton Forest (Page 55 point 23.5) is being used as a base for helicopter activities though the period of the fire emergency. As a result the Trail has been closed where it passes through the property. Users should proceed from point 23.5 along the main road to Glenora where the Trail rejoins the road just before the bridge over the Styx River (point 28.5).
Temporary detour. (Point 0.9 Page 39)
The Hydro Electric Corporation will be undertaking works to the flume (1.9 to 8.9, page 39) during the period 4th February to 18th April and heavy machinery will be used. The area should be avoided. Trail uses should turn left at point 0.9 and follow the Poatina Highway for 6km and turn right towards Miena. The Trail will be rejoined after 5km where Todds Corner Road enters from the right. This is point 12.3 on page 40 of the guidebook.
The culvert at point 31.7, page 60, has been serverely damaged by floodwaters. Access is possible but users, particularly horse riders, should take care.
The Trail between Latrobe and Railton has been closed due to a dispute with a land owner. Users should take the Railton Road as shown in Map 2 in the guidebook.This matter may take some time to resolve as it may involve legal action.