Location: Eastern Shore, Hobart
Access: Risdon Brook Dam is approximately 12kms (15 minutes drive) from Hobart. You access it by heading across the Tasman Bridge and turning left towards Lindisfarne. After leaving the bridge head north on the East Derwent Highway for ~7km until the roundabout. Take the second exit at this roundabout heading up Grass Tree Hill to Richmond, and then almost immediately turn left into the Reserve (signed). It’s another few hundred metres to the car park.
Parking: There is plenty of parking at the start
Facilities: Toilets, BBQ areas and drinking water at the start
Distance: ~4km circuit
Slope: Mostly flat (couple small hills)
Risdon Brook Dam is a popular running location for Hobartians, and is also now the home of Park Run (a free 5km fun run every Saturday morning, 9am). Risdon Brook Park, set amongst bushland on the Eastern Shore and is home to one of Hobart’s largest drinking water reservoirs. Several 4wd tracks lead off the main loop making it possible to extend your run distance. Gates are open from 7:30am – 4:30pm every day of the year (open until 8pm during Daylight Savings).
If you choose to run the track anti-clockwise (either way is fine), head out of the car park the same way you drove in, but turn right at the top of the (past past the toilets, heading back down a bitumen slip lane that takes you across the dam wall, and continue to the right. This track is mostly flat. Approximately 1km from the car park the start of the Mt Direction track commences through a small gate off a hairpin bend, or you can continue past and keep heading around the dam, eventually taking you back to the start.
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