Community Access to our Reserves

Gunns manage over 45,000 hectares of conservation reserves, with a large majority of this land streamside reserves or patches of bush integrated within our forest and land estate.  

Not all reserve areas are easily accessible by the public. Those reserves that are more easily accessed provide the community with a wide range of activities including fishing, hunting, mountain bike riding, horse riding, bushwalking and orienteering.

To monitor and control the number of visitors, Gunns have a mandatory requirement for a permit to firstly be obtained to access these reserves. Permit requests may be made by clubs organising community activities, whilst limited access may also be granted to individuals on an ‘as requested’ basis.

Gunns provide community access to the following Tasmanian reserves:

North West Region

Surrey Hills Estate extends from the south of Hampshire on the Ridgley Highway to the Cradle Mountain Link Road, 50 kilometres to the south, and incorporates Talbot’s Lagoon.

The estate has various roads and trails used by horse riding and car rally clubs (under strictly controlled access), as well as providing recreational anglers access to the lagoon that is well stocked with both brown and rainbow trout. 

As the estate was purchased from the Van Diemens Land (VDL) Company, visitor days are also arranged through Adult Education by a local historian, providing an informative history of the area and including visits to some of the VDL Company sites.

The Guilford Education Centre, located on the Surrey Hills Estate, is available for group hire, providing dormitory style accommodation for employees and educational, sporting and research groups.

Bushwalkers can also enjoy the scenic views and climb to St Valentines Peak.

The walk, via Kara Road car park, commences on adjoining State forest and incorporates part of the Surrey Hills Estate. This activity is not regulated and can be enjoyed by individuals year round.

The Henry Somerset Conservation Area, Railton Road, Latrobe (5 kms south of the Latrobe township) is a 39 hectare reserve. This natural area is set aside to provide all Tasmanians, as well as visitors to the State, with an interest in environmental management and natural history. The reserve is known for its high diversity of native terrestrial orchids, some of which are now listed as rare and endangered.  Entrance to a 45 minute ‘Nature Walk’ circuit is via the car park off the Railton Road. There are no public facilities or charges to visit this area.

North East Region

Four Springs Lake at Selbourne, approximately 30 mins west of Launceston (or 20km north of Hagley via the C735), is popular with anglers and stocked with both brown and rainbow trout. Access to the lake is via permit and allows anglers, along with mountain bike clubs, horse riding groups and various community groups use of the venue for recreational activities and events.

South East Region

Located mostly to the north of Hobart, Gunns own and manage land in the South East of Tasmania.  Certain areas may be utilised for bushwalking, horse riding, recreational hunting, mountain bike riding, cross country and triathlon events. Again, access to these areas is via permit and caters mainly for clubs and community groups organising their own events and activities. 


To request a permit to utilise the abovementioned areas, please contact:

Gunns Limited Head Office
Ph: 03 6335 5201 

Conducting Research

Gunns supports research activities and views them as an integral component of continuous improvement in forest and land management, through increased knowledge of natural resources.  

If you are interested in undertaking a research project on Gunns' freehold land, please contact:

Forest Conservation Planner - Suzette Weeding
Ph: 03 6249 6130

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