Twamley Farm offers a range of shorter and slightly more challenging day walks for our house guests. We are more than happy to provide our guests with a walking pack including our customised Twamley Farm map, so that you can explore and discover some of the best spots on the farm, a set of binoculars, a compass and, most importantly, a gourmet picnic lunch upon request. Our gourmet picnic packs start at $50 for two guests.
If you prefer to ride rather than walk, borrow a mountain bike from Twamley Farm or bring your own and explore the walking tracks via mountain bike. Most of our walks are just as suitable for mountain biking as they are for walking.
All of our walks and rides are well signposted.
The highest peak in the valley is Prosser Sugarloaf, sitting at 646 metres above sea level south east of the homestead. This walk is popular amongst the Hobart Walking Club with the final reward on a clear day being views to Mt Wellington and the Tasman Peninsula. From the homestead you follow a rough vehicle track for most of the way; the beginning of the ascent winds through a small cool temperate rainforest with large ferns and mossy rocks. The final ascent is very rough and rocky with no track, so there is a reasonable level of agility and fitness required. There is a surveyor point at the peak. The walk is 8km each way and takes approximately 5 hours return.
Discover the forests of the past with towering East Coast swamp
gums. This walk takes you towards the Wielangta Forest and the location of one of the many former timber mills in these heavily timbered forests to the east of Twamley. The timber mill industry at Wielangta began in the late 1800s, and remnants of the Golden Gully mill still remain for those with a keen archaeological eye. From the homestead you follow the same track as for the Prosser Sugarloaf walk but take a right hand track approximately 6km into the walk. The walk is approximately 7kms each way and takes 4-5 hours return.
On the way to both Prosser Sugarloaf and Golden Gully Mill you will discover the ruins of two small settlers huts just off the main track. These are typical of many small huts built on plots of bushland taken up by settlers in the mid to late 1800s throughout this heavily timbered area. One of these huts belonged to the Swan family from Nugent, a small farming hamlet to the south. The other is known as Churchill’s Hut. These families would have survived on snaring wallabies and possums.
Behind the eastern hills in the Twamley Farm valley walking towards Orford you will climb around the Big Hill through dry forest and down to Griffiths Rivulet which runs out on the coast at Rheban. In this unassuming rivulet are many rocky outcrops and one in particular is quite spectacular, forming what we have always known as Hidden Falls. The climb down into Hidden Falls is very rough and rocky with no track so there is a reasonable level of agility and fitness required. The walk is approximately 7kms each way and takes about 5 hours return.
Tea Tree Farm
The area around the original Twamley estate was a soldier settlement farm of 1,800 acres that was purchased by the Turvey family in 1938 and added to Twamley Farm. It is a short 1 hour return walk from the homestead to Tea Tree Farm. The Soldier Land Settlement Scheme started in 1916 for WW1 returned soldiers. The French family owned the farm for many years. Jo French was a returned WW1 soldier with a wooden leg who had a family of 6 children. All that remains of the farm homestead today is an old dairy that would have been used for separating milk, churning butter and other food preparation. The dairy is now used from time to time by hunters to camp in. Feel free to enter the old dairy building and take a look around. You will also notice the remnants of the farmhouse garden around the hut.
Just a further 2kms south east of Tea Tree Farm are the ruins of Sam Cornish’s Hut, situated next to Tommy’s Creek. Sam Cornish was reputed to have been a Colonel in the British army during the Boer War and then escaped the home country to a simple life in the Tasmanian bush.
Top Garden Hill, Bottom Garden Hill & Billy Swan’s Point
In front of Big Hill to the east of the Twamley Farm valley are two small, round, dry forest hills with naturally clear rocky plateaus on top. These have always be known as Top Garden Hill and Bottom Garden Hill. Both of these hills provide wonderful views over Twamley Farm, Prosser Plains and back to the village of Buckland in the west.
Bottom Garden Hill is of particular significance. It was used by our great grandfather Walter Turvey circa 1915-1930 as a garden to grow potatoes, with fertile volcanic soil and situated just high enough to be out of the heavy frost zone in the Twamley valley. You will notice a perimeter of stones that were cleared into small piles by Walter forming a circle at the top of the hill that was originally the garden wall.
Just behind Bottom Garden Hill and up a very steep rise is Billy Swan’s Point. Billy Swan worked at the Wielangta Mill in the 1920s and once a month would walk to Buckland to collect supplies. On one of his regular trips, after spending a little too long in the Buckland Inn, Billy set out late afternoon to head back to Wielangta. A snow storm came in that night and Billy got into a hollow tree to try and get out of the storm, but very tragically died of hypothermia. Billy had his dog with him and his loyal friend stayed by his side until he was found. The point where this hollow tree is situated is known as Billy Swan’s Point. The remnants of the tree still remain, although it has been badly burnt in bushfires over the years. Billy Swan’s grave can be found in the Buckland cemetery.
Charlie’s Hill Look-Out
The most spectacular views of Twamley Farm and Prosser Plains are seen from Charlie’s
Hill Look-Out. Sitting directly behind the homestead at the end of the valley this is a short but steep walk straight up the face of the hill and guarantees to get the heart rate up.
Once at the top you can take a seat on a well positioned log and enjoy the view. This is just a 30 mins to 1 hour return walk.
Charlie’s Hill is named after Charlie Clarkson, a shepherd from the neighbouring farm to the south of Twamley towards Nugent called Vigoes Hill. Charlie was know for his distinctive shepherds call of “ho-wo” when gathering sheep.