Pandani Program


Thu 2 Nov Monthly Meeting - The Appalachian Trail 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 Our guest speakers this month are Brian Dickson & Emily Mallett. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. Ranging from Springer Mountain Georgia, in the south, to Mt Katahdin Maine, near the Canadian border, it crosses 14 states of the USA and is roughly 3500km long. Journeying through east coast national parks and small town Appalachia, come let Brian and Emily share with you their experiences traveling along its route. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Thu 2 Nov Umbrella Point Grade: Easy - medium (est. 5hr) Map reference: Bruny Island Walks Book by: 8:00pm Wed 1 Nov Start at: 9:30am outside Mermaid Cafe to walk onto ferry Group limit: 20 Bring: The usual day-walk gear and plenty of water as it could be quite warm. We will board the 9:30am ferry on foot and disembark at Robert`s Point where we pick up the coastal track. We wend our way along tracks and roads and private property and lunch at Umbrella Point. We meander back a slightly different way and catch the 3:15pm ferry.

Sat 4 Nov Suncoast Headlands Track Grade: Easy - medium Map reference: Kingborough Tracks Book by: 8:00pm Thu 2 Nov Start at: 9:30am Browns River end of Kingston Beach (near bridge) Bring: The usual day-walk/overnight gear From meeting place we walk along Kingston Beach and then follow the track along the cliff top passing secluded Boronia Beach. From here we climb through bushland and then it`s some street walking before emerging onto Blackmans Bay Beach. From here we link with Suncoast Headlands Track which involves more cliff top walking with spectacular views across to Iron Pot and Tasman Peninsula. We return the same way. We should be back to the cars by 2:00pm.

Sun 5 Nov Billop Bluff Grade: Medium - hard Map reference: Bradys LO 1:25k Book by: Wed 1 Nov Start at: 7:00am Granton Group limit: 8 Bring: The usual alpine day-walk gear, and at least 2litres of water. Remember to bring a complete change of clothes for the trip home and a bag for dirty boots, gaiters and clothes. After an early start and a brief stop in Campbell Town we`ll drive just past Poatina. The first and last part of the walk will be a (dirt) road bash of 7km, while the second part of the walk will be a 1.5km/440m assent of Billop Bluff, 1238m. Return via the same route. Anticipate about 17km/5-6 hours of walking.

Sun 5 Nov Mortimer Bay - Goat Bluff Circuit Grade: Medium (est. 5hr) Map reference: D`Entrecasteux 1:25k Book by: 8:00pm Fri 1 Nov Start at: 9:00am Lauderdale Tavern car park Bring: The usual day-walk gear We will car pool to Mortimer Bay car park (and this time the leader will know where she`s going) where we begin the walk. We cross the road and pass the ostrich farm and Calverts Lagoon and onto Goat Bluff. We then cross the road again and return along yet another newly constructed track along beach and coastal track back to Mortimer Bay.

Tue 7 Nov Collins Bonnet from Big Bend Grade: Medium Map reference: Wellington Park Map Book by: 8:00pm Mon 6 Nov Start at: 9:00am Big Bend - Thark Ridge car park Bring: The usual day-walk gear This is a reasonably long but very scenic walk out along fire trails and then tracks to Collins Bonnet, which is only 15m lower than Mt Wellington. The track is very well constructed and leads us over the slopes of Mt Connection to the Collins Bonnet fire trail which we follow till we reach the summit of the Bonnet, which involves some boulder hopping. Spectacular views of the mountains of the Wellington Range, the western mountains, and the Huon Valley, as well as the Derwent Valley and the northern suburbs of Hobart. There is an initial steep descent from Big Bend fire trail which has to be repeated in reverse on the way back, as we return by the same route. Walk time, approximately 6 hours. Walk length is 14km return.

Thu 9 Nov Canoe & Bivouac Bay Grade: Easy Map reference: Tasman Peninsula Map Book by: 7:00pm Tue 7 Nov Start at: 8:30am Station Road, Sorell Bring: The usual day-walk gear, bathers optional. The drive will take us around 1 1/2 hours with the last section dirt. We will commence at Fortescue Bay and head along a beautiful coastal track with a variety of vegetation. We may need to wade across the lagoon so be prepared to get your feet wet. We will call in at Canoe Bay for morning tea before heading to Bivouac Bay for lunch. This is easy walking with very little hills involved. Time for a swim at lunch should you want. We will return by the same route. Fri 10 Nov Pandani Program Submissions Close-off Please submit your activity proposals by or before this date.

Sat 11 Nov Waterworks to Rocky Whelans Cave Grade: Easy- Medium (est. 12 km) Map reference: Wellington Walk Map Book by: 8:00pm Fri 10 Nov Start at: 9.30am site 10 Waterworks Reserve Dynnyrne Group limit: Bring: The usual day-walk gear Starting from the Waterworks we will go to Fern Tree via Gentle Annie Falls then to the Silver Falls before joining the Fern Glade Track then to Rocky Whelans Cave, O`Gradys Falls and return Via the Bracken Lane Fire Trail then back to the Waterworks.

Sat 11 Nov Hugel and Little Hugel Multiday: Sat 11 - Sun 12 Nov (2d1n) Grade: Medium - hard Map reference: Rufus 1:25k, St Clair 1:50k, Nive 1:100k Book by: 8:00pm Sun 5 Nov Start at: 6:00am Granton Group limit: 8 Bring: The usual overnight alpine gear This walk is mainly along established tracks though the climbs to each summit could be considered off-track. We`ll walk from the Visitors` Centre at Cynthia Bay to the vicinity of Forgotten and Shadow Lakes (about 7km and 200m higher) and establish our campsite there before climbing Little Hugel (up 320m over 1.5km) on the first day. After an early start the next day we`ll climb Hugel (up 450m over 7km) and return to the campsite to pick up the bigger packs for the walk back to the cars.

Sun 12 Nov Convict Coal Mines – Monk Bay – Lime Bay Grade: Medium Map reference: Cremorne 1:25k or Peninsula Walks Book by: 6:00pm Sat 11 Nov Start at: 8:30am Sorell Group limit: 15 Bring: The usual day-walk gear Starting at the Convict Coal Mine ruins we will do a circular walk along cliff tops, beaches and tracks through heathland and open forest. Good views of Norfolk Bay. No mud or leeches and mostly easy walking except for a short section on narrow rough tracks close to eroded cliff edges and the possibility of a bit of rock hopping.

Tue 14 Nov North Tangara Trail from Lauderdale Grade: Medium (est. 14km, +150m, 6hr) Map reference: Carlton & Hobart 1:25k, Tangara Trail Map Book by: 7:30pm Mon 13 Nov Start at: 9:30am car park beach end of Lauderdale Canal Bring: The usual day-walk gear The northern section of the Tangara Trail is a network of tracks, trails, and roads through scenic coastal reserves, undulating semi-rural country and small urban villages. This walk will follow the coastline to near Single Hill, then cross over to the main trail network. It is intended to return to the cars via the State Equestrian Centre. Although there will be hills these are not difficult but it is a long walk. Coffee will probably be at a nearby cafe.

Thu 16 Nov Waterfalls - Mount Field National Park Grade: Easy (est. 3hr) Map reference: Mt Field National Park Book by: 8:00pm Wed 15 Nov Start at: 9:00am Granton Bring: The usual day-walk gear, parks pass if taking your car into Mt Field NP This is a great spring walk with hopefully plenty of water coming over Russell, Horseshoe and Lady Barron Falls still. A gentle walk through predominantly mountain ash forest to three sets of waterfalls: Russell Falls has a total drop of 45m in 3 stages, Horseshoe Falls drops 10m and Lady Barron Falls has 3 drops of 7, 6 and 5m each. There is a steepish set of stairs at one stage of the circuit which is manageable in short bursts.

Sat 18 Nov Sentinels Grade: Medium Map reference: McPartlan 1:25k Book by: 8:00pm Wed 15 Nov Start at: 8:00am Granton Group limit: 8 Bring: The usual day-walk gear. Recommend scrub gloves in addition to warm, dry gloves and change of footwear at the return to car/s Duration is approximately three hours up and about two hours down. There is a small river crossing at the start and at the end of the walk. Once the river is crossed (by a nicely placed log) there is a very steep climb to the first ridgeline. The track here may be slippery, as it follows the base of a very steep cliff line up a near vertical gully. The gully has been heavily impacted by a fire and subsequently heavily eroded. Some rocks (reasonably large) are loose in this part of the track, which will require some care in order not to dislodge anything too big. At the ridgeline there is a small open saddle, where we may lunch, before taking the scrubbier scramble up to the summit. The track here follows a very narrow ridgeline and has the appearance of being a bit airy. Note: If the weather forecast is for a high chance of rain, this walk will be cancelled. The initial track would turned into a small creek and be too risky.

Sat 18 Nov Lewisham to Red Ochre Grade: Easy - medium Map reference: Tasmanian Town Maps Book by: 6:00pm Fri 17 Nov Start at: 9:30am Sorell Group limit: Bring: The usual day-walk gear. Also there is an opportunity to swim if weather suitable. This is a lovely beach and cliff top walk starting at the Lewisham boat ramp. From here we head along the coast to Okines Beach, depending on tides we may be able to walk along the beach for some of the walk. We will have morning tea either on the beach or at the shelter near the Dodges Ferry Community Centre. From Okines Beach we continue on to Tiger Head Beach, with a short road walk to get to the track around Tiger Head. We will then head up and over Tiger Head and down onto Red Ochre Beach. Lunch will be at the end of Red Ochre Beach, but weather and time permitting we may be able to head across to Carlton Beach.

Sun 19 Nov Jubilee Peak and Jubilee Range Grade: Medium - hard Map reference: Tyenna 1:100k Skeleton 1:25k Book by: 8:00pm Tue 14 Nov Start at: 6:00am Granton car park Group limit: 8 Bring: The usual day-walk gear, plenty of layers - this is an exposed, long walk. A new walk for me and likely to be a longish day - Depending on whether we have snow, rain or gentle weather for the 14km return trip which will mean a good pace and limited breaks. We`ll turn off the Gordon River Road after Maydena onto Styx and Jubilee forest roads and hope to navigate our way accurately to the start of an intermittently taped pad. After passing through tea tree and scrub the track opens out on the shoulder of Mt Jubilee we`ll climb up to the ridge-line and the summit - No points but it`s enroute to the Jubilee Range. We`ll then be following undulating buttongrass slopes before climbing up again to the high point of the range. We`ll return to the cars using the same outward route.

Tue 21 Nov Tinpot Island Grade: Medium (est. 12km, 5hr) Map reference: Tasman National Park Book by: 8:00pm Mon 20 Nov Start at: 8:45am Sorell Bring: The usual day-walk gear A walk in the Norfolk Bay area, near Murdunna. The walk commences from Sommers Bay on a well formed track leading to Flinders Bay, once the site of a Convict Probation Station. Then follows a 20 minute foreshore section where rocks must be negotiated until we reach more open bush. Unless you have an aversion to rock hopping its relatively straight forward! There are good coastal views most of the way including Flinders Bay, King George Island, Mackerel Islets and Tinpot Island. We retrace our steps to the cars.

Thu 23 Nov Mt Hull and the Goat Hills Grade: Medium (est. 12km) Map reference: Collinsvale 1:25k Book by: 8:00pm Wed 22 Nov Start at: 9:30am car park Berriedale Rd, opposite Wallcrest Rd Bring: The usual day-walk gear We car pool to the start of the walk at Mt. Hull Road, then have an initial steady climb gaining 300m altitude. From there the walking is fairly level as we skirt around Mt Hull and onto the Goat Hills from there we follow the zig zag trail down to Collinsvale Road where the drivers will be taken back to pick up the cars. The walk will all on vehicular tracks and will take about 5 hours.

Sat 25 Nov Three Tarns & Seagers Lookout Grade: Medium (est. 10km, +350m, 5hr) Map reference: Mt Field Park Recreation Map, Dobson 1:25k Book by: 7:30pm Fri 24 Nov Start at: 9:00am Granton Bring: The usual alpine day-walk gear Early start but it is Saturday and traffic may be light. After meeting at Granton we will drive to either to Lake Dobson or Lake Fenton from where we shall commence. Actual spot will depend on whether there is early morning mist over Seagers. If so we shall leave it to last and start from Dobson. The plan is to walk to the top end of Lake Dobson via the Pandani Grove, past Eagle Tarn to Platypus Tarn where we will have morning tea. After returning to the Lake Webster track we shall continue past Fairy Tarn and turn into the end of Lake Seal. We then return back to the cars, the next stage being to Seagers Lookout. This will require a shift to Lake Fenton car park. Hopefully the weather will allow us a good view. There is a scramble at the end so not everyone may opt to do the final climb. Then back to cars again via same route. We may find a cafe in time for a post-walk coffee.

Sun 26 Nov Wherrets Lookout Grade: Medium Map reference: Maydena 1:25k Book by: 8:00pm Wed 22 Nov Start at: 7:00am Granton Group limit: 10 Bring: The usual day-walk gear After meeting at Granton we`ll drive out to the Florentine Valley Rd to the start of the track & walk to the end of the track then push through to the peak where we`ll have lunch & retrace our steps back to the cars & home.

Tue 28 Nov Steele`s Island to Tiger Head Grade: Easy - medium (est. 10km, 4hr, beaches, trails & road. A short cliff scramble) Map reference: Carlton 1:25k Book by: 8:00pm Mon 27 Nov Start at: 9:30am Sorell Group limit: 10 (my first walk) Bring: The usual day-walk gear A scenic coastal walk in the Southern Beaches area, taking in several beaches, 2 headlands and a bird reserve. I`ve timed it to coincide with low tide. We`ll start at the Carlton Beach Surf Club and walk around Steele`s Island, which is actually a peninsula at the mouth of the Carlton River. There are extensive Aboriginal middens and varied birdlife here. Then along Carlton Beach and a short scramble up Spectacle Head to Sorell Council`s new whale watching area. Views from Spectacle Head are indeed speccy and we may be lucky enough to spot a whale. We then head to Red Ochre Beach and around Tiger Head. After lunch on Tiger Head Beach, we`ll retrace our steps - With a few shot cuts. There are a few options for coffee afterwards.

Thu 30 Nov Cockle Bay & Whaler`s Lookout Grade: Medium (est. 19km) Map reference: Sandspit 1:25k Book by: 8:00pm Tue 28 Nov Start at: 8.30am Sorell Group limit: 15 Bring: The usual day-walk gear, extra water, if hot weather A pleasant walk along coastline with great views across Mercury Passage to Maria Island. Many gates/fences to be climbed! Morning tea at Boot Bay, then easy walk to Cockle Bay. We plan to walk around Cockle Bay, lunch at hut on far side, then climb Whaler`s Lookout for grand views! Total ascent around 525m. As it is quite a long walk, we will need to move quite quickly to ensure that everyone can reach the lookout! (Coffee and cake (?) at Rheban afterwards, if group happy!)

Sat 2 Dec Mount Mawson from the Lake Belcher Track Grade: Medium (est. 5hr) Map reference: Mt Field National Park Book by: 8:00pm Fri 1 Dec Start at: 8:00am Granton Group limit: Bring: The usual day-walk alpine gear This is not a particularly long day for those who are looking to have a walk which is not too demanding. We start walking from Wombat Moor following the Lake Belcher track and the only consideration is a short upward climb on a rock section as we leave that track and come to the summit of Mt Mawson where we will lunch. We will then enjoy views across the Humbolt Valley before we head up to the ski run and make our way back to our vehicles via Lake Dobson.

Sat 2 Dec Mount Hopetoun Multiday: Sat 2 - Mon 4 Dec (3d2n) Grade: Medium - hard Map reference: Burgess 1:25k, Hartz 1:50k, Huon 1:100k Book by: 8:00pm Sun 26 Nov Start at: 5:00am Cenotaph car park Group limit: 6 Bring: The usual overnight alpine gear This walk will start at the southern end of the West Picton Road and follow Farmhouse Creek along the Eastern ArThur Range Traverse Track before diverting to the `old` Cracroft River crossing, then on to the start of Lancaster Lead (about 13km and 150m height gain) on the first day. It is planned to camp about 700 metres west of the Cracroft River and to tackle the climb to the summit (about 4km with height gain of 800m) on the following day. I understand that this has some sections that would qualify as `hard` due to the scrub bashing and scrambling required. The second night will be at the same camp site and the walk out will probably follow the inbound route unless the `old` route can be found and followed. Off-track experience is a requirement for participants.

Sat 2 Dec Mount Rufus Grade: Medium (est. 10km, 8hr, +700m) Map reference: Rufus 1:25k Book by: 8:00pm Wed 29 Nov Start at: 6:30am Granton Group limit: 10 Bring: The usual day-walk gear We`ll be climbing Mt Rufus via the Gingerbread Track, from the South. The walk starts on the Rufus Canal Road. The walk will take around 8 hours covering 14km and climbing 630m. We pass two huts on the climb, the Joe Slater Hut and the Gingerbread Hut. It`s mostly on a good track with a gradual climb, however there are steep parts. From the top, on a fine day, the views are fantastic. I`m hoping the scoparia will be in flower as there are some large spectacular patches we walk beside.
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