The walk starts with a visit to the Big Blue Slide in nearby Parliament Street. Then heads over to Macquarie Street and down Anglesea Street to the South Hobart Rivulet Walk. If you fancy more of a detour, the rivulet walk heads up towards Cascade Brewery and beyond. Otherwise head downstream towards home.
Some highlights of the South Hobart Rivulet Walk:
At the end of Gore Street, the mansion ‘Vaucluse’ once had manicured pleasure gardens complete with white swans – on the opposite bank is ‘Milton’, a fine example of Georgian architecture.
If you take the longer upstream detour (see map at the bottom of this page), the track leaves the water and climbs through bushland before dropping down to cross the rivulet again at the end of Degraves Street. Here you’ll pass the remains of the Female Factory, once home to convict women and their children.
Fresh mountain water from the rivulet has been used to make fine ales and beers since Peter Degraves established the Cascade Brewery in 1824. But before the first brew was made here, Degraves had built a water-powered sawmill and flour mill on the site. Today, the linear park track ends in Cascade Gardens near the grounds of the famous brewery.
The Walk can be done in short sections or as one longer walk. The full one-way length is just over 2 km or about 45 min. This track is suitable for those with moderate fitness and agility.