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Sun 1 Oct Trestle Mountain Grade: Medium - hard (last 600m rocky and more difficult, est. 9km, 5hr) Map reference: Tasmap Wellington Park Book by: 6:00pm Sat 30 Sep Start at: 9.30am at off-street park area on Berriedale Rd, opposite Wallcrest Rd. 400m past the roundabout cnr of Berriedale Rd and Mary`s Hope Rd Group limit: 16 Bring: The usual day-walk gear A pleasant alpine walk with a 500m climb. Weather permitting, there are excellent views up the Derwent Valley, to the Huon Valley and Collins Bonnet. The route follows the Myrtle Forest Track to link with the East-West Trail, before climbing to Trestle Mountain. The last 600 metres is a rocky scramble.

Tue 3 Oct Clark Cliffs Circuit Grade: Medium (est. 4hr) Map reference: Port ArThur 1:25k Book by: 8:00pm Sun 1 Oct Start at: 10:00am Station Lane car park, Sorell Group limit: 12 Bring: The usual day-walk gear The Clark Cliff circuit provides a varied sample of the Tasman Peninsula`s wet forest, a stimulating walk, and panoramic views (weather permitting) from the inland dolerite cliffs. It includes a steep climb. Anticipate some mud, surface water, wet/slippery rocks and pads/fire trails/old (almost indistinguishable) trails. If I can find a route up Mt Koonya before then we can also try that. Mt Koonya is described as `approx 1 hour return walk, mainly through forest with some steep sections and a dolerite scree scramble for the top 100m or so, where we can take in the views`. However since the `Peninsula Tracks` 3rd Ed. book was published in 2004, there has been some land development in the area so I`ll find out what I can...

Thu 5 Oct Gunners Quoin Grade: Medium (est. 10km, 4hr, +400m) Map reference: Richmond 1:25k Book by: 7:30pm Wed 4 Oct Start at: 9:30am, 136 Gunners Quoin Road, (off Baskerville Road) Old Beach Group limit: 15 Bring: The usual day-walk gear This is a one-way walk involving a car shuffle from Old Beach to Risdon Brook Dam. We start walking at about 10:00am from the Risdon Brook car park to the northern end of Reservoir. It`s then a steady climb on fire trails until we have tea. Then we continue on to private property, cross a creek and up a steep track towards the Quoin Reserve. There is then the optional steep climb up to the top of the Quoin, off track and over scrubby ground. There are great views across the Derwent Valley from the Quoin (about 420m above sea level). The Reserve is our planned lunch spot. For those who don`t wish to do the final ascent, an alternative viewing spot at a lower level is offered for lunch. We then proceed down the roads from the Quoin - for an optional afternoon tea - then arrange the return back to Risdon Brook Dam car park by about 3:00pm.

Thu 5 Oct Monthly Meeting - Larapinta, Hinchinbrook, Jatbula Start at: 7:30pm 1st Floor, the Phillip Smith Centre Come along to our regular monthly social meeting. It`s an opportunity to meet with other club members, chat about recent and upcoming club trips, look at and exchange photos, and hear about the latest in gear. The Philip Smith Centre is located on the Domain, enter from Edward Street Glebe. For detailed map see our website at pandani.org.au Our guest speaker will be Launceston Walking Club member, mountain bike rider and keen fisherman Andrew Richman. Ever daydreamed about escaping the cold and short daylight hours of a Tasmanian Winter. Three Great Winter Walks, Larrapinta, Hinchinbrook and Jatbula. Come along, check out Andrew`s audio visual presentation, chat to Andrew and plan your next Great Winter Walk. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Sat 7 Oct Collins Bonnet Grade: Medium Map reference: Wellington Park Book by: 8:00pm Thu 5 Oct Start at: 9:00am Big Bend car park Pinnacle Rd Group limit: 12 Bring: The usual alpine day-walk gear We will start from big bend (rather than from Collinsvale) and follow the fire trail and turn off onto the Collins Bonnet track which takes us over Mt Connection and then back onto the East West Fire trail before then joining again onto the Collins Bonnet track for the final climb to the summit. We will return either by the same route. The walk is relatively long and I expect it will take around 6 hours. Generally on well-defined tracks with one small boulder field near the summit.

Sat 7 Oct Du Cane Traverse Multiday: Sat 7 - Sun 13 Oct (7d6n) Grade: Hard (est. long) Map reference: Du Cane 1:25k, St Clair 1:50k, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair 1:100k Book by: Mon 2 Oct Start at: 6:00am, details TBA Group limit: 8 people (See note at end) Bring: The usual overnight gear, including wet weather gear, reserve clothing, head torch, tent, sleeping bag & mat, stove, etc. Include breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks for the eventual length of the walk, plus at least 2 litres of water. Remember to bring a complete change of clothes for the trip home and a bag for dirty boots, gaiters and clothes. Because of the nature of this walk the organiser will only consider Club members who have previously walked on a multi-day alpine walk in the company of the organiser. After driving to Cynthia Bay, Lake St Clair we`ll take the ferry to Narcissus, then walk to Pine Valley Hut for our first night. On the second day we`ll climb up to the Labyrinth and spend the next few days completing the Du Cane Range Traverse. This could include, but not limited to, The Parthenon, North Geryon, Mt Massif, Falling Mountain and may include Mt Eros & Mt Hyperion. Returning to Narcissus via the Overland Track, and then the ferry to Cynthia Bay. Final details to be decided by participants and/or the weather. Anticipate about 35-40km of walking, much climbing & descending, exposure to heights, scree fields, boulder scrambling and brilliant views.

Sun 8 Oct Waterfalls in Mt Field NP Grade: Easy Map reference: Mt Field National Park Book by: 6:00pm Wed 4 Oct Start at: 9:30am Granton Group limit: 16 Bring: The usual overnight gear A pretty walk round three waterfalls at Mt Field NP. From the car park we will follow the track down 100+ stoutly-built steps. That`s the slowest part. Then on to Lady Barron Falls, the Tall Trees, Horseshoe Falls and Russell Falls, with elevenses and lunch along the way. This is a short walk – about three hours in fine weather.

Sun 8 Oct Pandani Post Submissions Close-off Grade: Easy - medium (est. 15km, level walking) Map reference: Steppes, Wihareja 1:25k Book by: 8:00pm Mon 9 Oct Start at: 8:00am Granton Group limit: Bring: The usual day-walk gear, 2 litres water - the water available may be of dubious quality. Leaving the cars at the trail head, we wander round the lakeshore inspecting the vast numbers of foot prints from a huge range of animals, as well as Aboriginal artefacts. Last time we saw quantities of wombats, as well as a herd of deer and a white swan. We can explore the ruins of abandoned farm buildings a little way from shore. The walking is easy and essentially paddock walking. At the end of the walk, we`ll visit the Steppes homestead and the Steppes sculptures for an insight into the history of this area.

Thu 12 Oct Waterworks to Fern Tree Ramble Grade: Easy - medium (est. 10km) Map reference: Mount Wellington Walks Map Book by: 8:00pm Wed 11 Oct Start at: 9:30am car park, main entrance to Waterworks Group limit: 20 Bring: The usual day-walk gear The walk will start below the second reservoir and follow the north-west side track. There is a steep incline ascending the Gentle Annie Falls area then on to Halls Saddle. It then continues on to Fern Tree via the Pipeline track which involves a further sharp incline on well-formed steps just before reaching Fern Tree. Depending on time factors, the walk may be further extended to include Silver Falls.

Tue 17 Oct Waterfall Bay to Tatnell`s Hill Grade: Medium (est. 10km, +570m, 5hr) Map reference: Tasman National Park Book by: 8:00pm Mon 16 Oct Start at: 9:00am Station St car park, Sorell Bring: The usual day-walk gear This walk is one of our lovely coastal walks on the Tasman Peninsula. A formed, rocky track climbs steadily through lovely rain forest, quite steep in parts with a couple of small creek crossings. The reward on reaching the top will be the great views. We will stop here for lunch before returning via the same track. A short side trip to Clemes Peak could be included if the group wishes.

Thu 19 Oct Mount Misery Grade: Medium (est. 7km, +414m) Map reference: Tasmania South East 1:250k or www.bushretreats.com.au Book by: 8:00pm Wed 18 Oct Start at: 9:30am corner of Huon Hwy and Sandfly Rd Group limit: 16 Bring: The usual day-walk + gold coin donation towards track maintenance please. Leaving from Huon Bush Retreats picnic area the Mt Misery trail begins with a stroll through tall trees rainforest. After an easy 15 mins we start a gradual climb to the summit. The track zigzags up the hill, before coming out onto the Sun-alpine heathland of Mt Misery. Flat rock offers us fabulous views to both the South West and across to Bruny Island. We may find it necessary to go over or under some fallen trees on our way up as was my previous experience. Nothing too difficult for our Thursday crew. Continuing on we walk through lovely Tea Tree scrub for about 20 mins on our way to the summit. Hopefully many wildflowers will be on show as on my previous visit at this time of year. Some research for suitable coffee stop will be done prior.

Sat 21 Oct Heathy Hills Circuit - Exploratory Grade: Medium (est. rough, off-track, steep, 5hr) Map reference: Elderslie 1:25k Book by: 8:00pm Fri 20 Oct Start at: 9:00am Granton Group limit: 12 Bring: The usual day-walk gear, 2 litres of water - None on track. The Heathy Hills are partly within a state reserve. The aim is to keep most of the walk within the reserve itself, as the area is surrounded by private property. It is about 189ha, 3km northeast of Elderslie and is located within the Elderslie sandstone landforms, an extensive complex of sandstone cliffs and caves in Triassic sandstones. We`ll make our way up Letterbox Gully, admiring the intriguing rock formations, which include an amazing natural arch. We`ll wander round the top of the gully, steeply descend its sides and equally steeply ascend the other, admiring the spring wildflowers as we go and then return to the cars. The walk is all off track. The bush is fairly open and there are interesting views of the surrounding countryside. Wild flowers should be great at this time of year. The walk will involve two crossings of the Jordan River. Bring crocs if there`s been rain and trekking poles to help with steep ascents, descents and river crossings.

Sat 21 Oct Mount Wright Grade: Medium - hard Map reference: Gordonvale 1:25k Book by: 8:00pm Wed 18 Oct Start at: 6:30am Granton Group limit: 8 Bring: The usual alpine day-walk gear This is a moderately challenging walk with views that you`ll be talking about for months! After crossing the Gordon River on the trusty log bridge, we`ll walk along the Lake Rhona track for a short while before veering right to the flanks of Mt Wright. From here, we`ll have an intimidatingly steep walk up the side of the mountain, passing one of the two famous arches. Once on top, we`ll see the second of the two arches before heading to the high point. Expect some rock hopping and off-track walking. This walk may be subject to change of location if there is too much rainfall prior to the day.

Sun 22 Oct Green Head Lime Bay Circuit Grade: Easy - medium (est. 5hr) Map reference: Book by: 8:00pm Fri 20 Oct Start at: 8:30am Sorell Group limit: Bring: The usual day-walk gear (no water on track) We start the walk at Lime Bay on the Tasman Peninsula and walk around Green Head. There is a bit of scrub bashing and then on to a pad which leads us around the low cliffs of the head and emerges at Lagoon Beach. After a short walk along the beach we cross the dunes and follow the edge of the lagoon back to our cars. A pleasant easy walk with no climbing! Great views of Storm Bay and Slopen Island. Approx. 5 hours walking and 3 hours driving.

Tue 24 Oct Three Bays and a Sugarloaf Grade: Medium (est. 5hr) Map reference: Lymington 1:25k Book by: 8:00pm Sun 22 Oct Start at: 8:30am at Sandfly Hall car park (corner of Sandfly and Pelverata Roads) Group limit: 12 Bring: The usual day-walk/overnight gear This is essentially a coastal walk in an area not traversed by walking clubs in recent times. The walk involves some off track, road, beach and cliff top walking and hence provides lots of variety and interest. Most of the walk will take place in the Randalls Bay Conservation area and in the Echo Sugarloaf Reserve (created to provide for the protection of endangered species). The Reserve also contains a geocache: Can we find it` This coastal area is characterised by magnificent eucalypt forests and coastal heath extending almost to the water`s edge and headlands of light coloured sandstone; and sheltered sandy beaches that are unusual in the Huon River and Port Cygnet estuaries. The area is also well known for its 30 odd varieties of orchid. If time permits we may indulge in coffee at Willie Smith`s Apple Shed on the way home.

Thu 26 Oct Black Bluff, Beecroft, Cradle & Kate Multiday: Thu 26 - Sun 29 Oct (4d3n) Grade: Medium - hard Map reference: Cradle, Pencil Pine, Loongana 1:25k Book by: 8:00pm Wed 18 Oct Start at: 6:00am Granton Group limit: 10 Bring: The usual alpine overnight gear. Include lunch, snacks and water for four days, overnight and cooking gear (we will self-cater for most meals, with one evening to be spent at a restaurant). On Thursday morning, we`ll meet at Granton before making our way to the Cradle area. Over these four days, we`ll tackle a few of the more spectacular mountains in the area, all with brilliant views and scenic walking. Accommodation will be discussed with participants closer to the date, but will be camping, hotel or a combination of the two. Participants should anticipate some steep climbs, rock hopping and varied weather.

Thu 26 Oct Three Bays Grade: Easy - medium (est. 4hr) Map reference: Lymington 1:25k Book by: 8:00pm Tue 22 Oct Start at: 9:30am at Sandfly Hall car park (corner of Sandfly and Pelverata roads) Group limit: 16 Bring: The usual day-walk gear This is essentially a coastal walk in an area not traversed by walking clubs in recent times. The walk involves some off track, road, beach and cliff top walking and hence provides lots of variety and interest and takes place in the Randalls Bay Conservation area (created to provide for the protection of endangered species). This coastal area is characterised by eucalypt forests and coastal heath extending almost to the water`s edge and sandstone headlands; and sheltered sandy beaches that are unusual in the Huon River and Port Cygnet estuaries. The area is also well known for its 30 odd varieties of orchid. If time permits we may indulge in coffee at Willie Smith`s Apple Shed on the way home.

Sat 28 Oct Knopwood & Mornington Hills Grade: Easy - medium (est. 8km +250m 4hrs) Map reference: Hobart 1:25k Book by: 7:30pm Fri 27 Oct Start at: 9:30am Wentworth Park car park (from Hobart 2nd turn right after Clarence/Wentworth junction near the High School - there is a sign where you turn in) Bring: The usual day-walk gear A wander on the Eastern Shore not far from Hobart. Does include some hill climbing. Starting from the car park we will make our way to Knopwood Recreation Reserve, walking to the top end before morning tea. Then with some careful crossing of the South Arm Highway we will make our way around and up to the top of Mornington Hill, enjoying fine views of Gunners Quoin and Grasstree Hill from near the hilltop! We will have lunch here then make our return back down to Wentworth Park and our cars. There will be an option to have coffee afterwards for those who wish.

Sun 29 Oct Labillardiere Peninsula Grade: Medium (est. long) Map reference: Cloudy and Partridge 1:25k Book by: 8:00pm Sat 28 Oct Start at: 7:00am Fitzroy Crescent (cul de sac near Southern Outlet) 7.00am to catch the 8:00am ferry Bring: The usual day-walk gear, no water on the track The track begins at Jetty Beach, an hour`s drive south from the ferry. We will circumnavigate this lovely peninsular starting on the more rugged western side. The track has a few ups and downs and one small hill to climb. The afternoon will be on the more sheltered eastern side. I aim to return on the 5.30 ferry. The wild flowers that this area is famous for should be starting to appear. Morning tea and lunch will be in specky spots with wonderful views. This is my all time favourite walk!

Tue 31 Oct Fortescue Circuit Grade: Medium - hard (est. 17km, +500m, 8hr) Map reference: Tasman Peninsula Book by: 8:00pm Sun 29 Oct Start at: 8:00am Station Lane car park, Sorell Group limit: 15 creative walkers Bring: The usual day-walk gear Retakunna (Mt Fortescue) Circuit (+Halloween Mask competition) It`s Halloween! So put your creative genes into action and bring along a Face Mask to unveil at lunchtime. There will be a real PRIZE for the winner! (Secret ballot?) This is a rewarding but solid day`s walk that includes wonderful views of Munro Bight, Cape Pillar & Cape Hauy etc. The walk starts at Fortescue Bay on the old Cape Pillar track, initially through rain & eucalyptus forests. We turn onto the Three Capes Track after 2 or so hours then Halloween Mask unveiling and lunch at Retakunna Hut complex. After lunch we head toward Mt Fortescue and will pass through colourful fragrant heath-lands with lookouts across the Tasman. At the Cape Hauy track junction we can have break, snack and take in the views before heading back to the cars below us. Est back at Sorell by 7:00pm.
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