Fern Glade Reserve


Fernglade Reserve is just 3.9km from the city centre. It offers long walks along the banks of the Emu River and the chance to see platypus surfacing.

The Reserve, which also offers barbecue and picnic facilities and toilets, can be accessed by vehicles at the main entrance or from a second entrance 0.5km further up the river.

For those more adventurous take a bush walk to the lookout, more than a dozen species of native orchids have been noted along the walking tracks.

Vehicle access is restricted to the Reserve from dusk to dawn.

Please note, dogs are prohibited at Fernglade Reserve to protect the native Flora and Fauna.


Fern Glade is featured in the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service book called 60 Great Short Walks, which offers the best of Tasmania's day walking opportunities.


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Q: What is Fern Glade Reserve?
A: Fern Glade Reserve is a nature reserve located near Burnie in northwestern Tasmania, Australia. It is known for its ferns, waterfalls, and wildlife, and is a popular destination for hiking, birdwatching, and nature photography.

Q: How do I get to Fern Glade Reserve?
A: Fern Glade Reserve is located about 5 kilometers south of Burnie, Tasmania. There is also an easy walking track that starts in South Burnie and leads to the reserve.

Q: What kind of wildlife can I see at Fern Glade Reserve?
A: Fern Glade Reserve is home to a variety of wildlife, including platypus, wallabies, echidnas, and numerous species of birds, such as the Tasmanian native hen, black swan, and white-faced heron.

Q: Is there an entrance fee for Fern Glade Reserve?
A: No, there is no entrance fee to visit Fern Glade Reserve.

Q: Are there any facilities at Fern Glade Reserve?
A: There is a picnic area and toilets at Fern Glade Reserve, but there are no shops or food outlets, so you should bring your own food and drinks.

Q: What is the best time of year to visit Fern Glade Reserve?
A: The best time to visit Fern Glade Reserve is during the warmer months (December-February) when the weather is pleasant and the wildlife is more active. However, the reserve is open year-round and can be visited at any time of year.

Q: What are Fernglade Reserves opening hours
A: Fernglade Reserve is open During Daylight hours
1 Nov - 31March 7:30am to sunset
1 April - 30 Oct 7:30am to 5pm



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