This is an easy, pleasant, short coastal walk with spectacular views. Located 22km east of Central Hobart, it is a 20 minute drive from town. The Roches to Seven Mile walk is 3.3km one way. You can start the walk from either end. If you want a longer walk you can start or finish at Lauderdale Canal rather than Roches, a total of 6km. Click here for the Clarence City Council notes and map of the walk.
We did the walk on a sunny Sunday commencing at the Roches Beach end. Parking is at the car park off Kirra Road, Roches Beach.
The track starts from the car park beside the Lauderdale Yacht Club and is well signposted.
There is a little bit of a rise at the beginning but nothing too taxing.
The track is multiple use with joggers, dog-walkers and cyclists all out enjoying the trail. But even with these other fellow recreaters it didn’t feel overly busy.
The coast varies from beach to rock platform to cliff.
Steps lead down to beaches at a number of locations if you want a dip or to find a good spot for a quiet picnic.
There is seating at various spots if you want to stop and enjoy the view.
Some parts skirt behind housing.
Other sections are beside open paddocks.
The well-graded gravel track traverses around Single Hill. After around an hour’s stroll we arrived at Seven Mile Beach.
Keen walkers can continue all the way along Seven Mile Beach if so desired. This eventually leads to the section of coast at the southern end of the runway of Hobart Airport where you can get a close up view of the planes taking off and landing.
We didn’t feel inclined for any plane spotting this day so, after a short break, we headed back the way we had come.
If you are a visitor to Hobart, this pleasant walk gets you out and away from the tourist crowds and in amongst locals who know how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place.
Ken and Cally