The Tangara Trail network had its genesis in the 1970’s, following a trend of five acre subdivisions in the Acton and Sandford areas, which attracted significant numbers of horse owners.
The original concept of the Tangara Trail was a network of safe and easily accessible trails for local horse riders between rural-residential subdivisions, and within nearby bush and coastal land. Local horse riders were, and continue to be, keen advocates and users of the trail network, and the Tangara Horse riding Trails Inc. was established in 1988 as a management committee for the trail network to plan the development of new tracks and liaise with private landowners. The Tangara Recreational Trail Committee recognise that it is a unique venue for equestrian use; there is nowhere else in southern Tasmania where horse riding is accommodated as a specific activity as safely and comprehensively. It is an important community resource, and horse riders from outside the municipality float their horses to this trail system to enjoy the rare experience it presents. This asset needs to be preserved into the future.
Since the 1980’s, there has been a significant increase in the use of the trail network by walkers, dog walkers, and mountain bikers. In response to this wider use and with a desire to be more inclusive, Tangara Horse Riding Trails Inc. became the Tangara Recreational Trails Inc. in 2004, and a broader management focus was adopted. Working in conjunction with Clarence City Council the Tangara Recreational Trails Committee continues to identify maintenance issues and opportunities to improve and enhance the trail network. Whilst the Tangara Trail network is now very much a multi-use resource, both Clarence City Council and the Tangara Recreational Trails Committee continue to acknowledge, value and promote the particular
significance of this asset for horse-riders.
Today the Tangara Trail comprises an extensive network of Public Right of Ways and public open space areas between residential subdivisions, grassy road verges, and formal and informal tracks and trails through bushland and along the coast. The network extends from Five Mile Beach in the north, to Lauderdale, and south to Mortimer Bay and South Arm. The Tangara Trail is identified as a ‘significant trail’ in the Clarence City Council Tracks and Trail Action Plan.