The trail was officially opened earlier in November. Local resident and trail enthusiast Paul Thomas kindly provided a brief description of what to expect.
This trail is tailor-made for you!
Echo Sugarloaf is in Melukerdee country and rises 199 metres straight out of the ocean at Randalls Bay near Cygnet in southern Tasmania. The trail begins above Randall’s Bay beach and loops past a serene little lagoon with a sitting platform for a rest stop, to the summit overlooking the talune/Huon River and D’Entrecasteaux Channel, peaks (snow-capped in winter) of the Southwest National Park, Port Cygnet and Cygnet township.
The loop is a well-graded nature trail of four kilometres and, while it is an hour’s walk for the fit, it deserves 2-3 hours for the nature lover. Starting at Randalls Bay beach it proceeds up Williams Road and into the Reserve passing through a variety of woodland and grassy understoreys to the northern end of the Reserve before traversing to the summit, then down the southern ridge returning to the starting point.
It is a state reserve and wildlife refuge and dogs are not allowed. We recommend you walk it clockwise and enjoy the trail’s switchbacks and filtered views on the descent to the finish.
Watch for scats of the marsupials, including bettongs and devils, which live in the reserve, and the variety of native flowers and eucalypts at different altitudes. Birdwatchers can also expect variety, from the local wedge-tailed eagles to the robins, wrens and honeyeaters.
There is a logbook at the top – please leave a note. Enjoy your outing on Echo Sugarloaf!