These pages show the activities for January, Feburary and March. More detailed information is available in the Program received by each member. For non-members wishing to participate in up to two activities before joining please contact the Membership Secretary or another Committee member via the Contacts page.
These program activities may be unavailable or altered due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Tue 1 Dec Gordon`s Hill to Meehan Range Circuit Grade: Medium Plus (est. 17km, 6.5hr, +280m) Map reference: Hobart 1:25k Book by: 6:30pm Sun 29 Nov Start at: 9:15am Marril Street, Lindisfarne Group limit: 12 Bring: Drinks, lunch, wet-weather gear, camera and a torch We will start from Marril Street and enter the Gordons Hill Bushland Reserve via a gate at the end of the street. We will follow a route to the top of Gordon’s Hill then descend and contour around the hill using tracks and trails. After crossing above Gordons Hill Rd we will follow the Gregson Track and then some other faint tracks to the start of the Meehan Range. The Meehan Range contains a complex network of tracks and trails. We shall head up fairly steeply to where we have a clifftop viewpoint then traverse the track until we find another track taking us back down. Re-crossing the Flagstaff Gully Link Rd, we shall return to our vehicles via the Flagstaff Gully Walking Track and another bushland reserve. Coffee at Currency or Spencer’s.
Tue 1 Dec Pandani Christmas Party Are the committee in the process of finding a COVID safe plan for this year`s Christmas Party? You bet they are! Watch this space for more information.
Wed 2 Dec Snug River Stroll Grade: Gentle (6km mostly flat) Map reference: Kingsborough’s Tracks Start at: 10:00am Public Toilets at the Beach Snug. When you arrive in Snug, turn down Beach Road and then turn right, still on Beach Road. There is plenty of street parking here. Group limit: 16 Bring: Suitable clothing and lunch or snack. We will start the walk from the Public toilets on the foreshore and walk along the beach and then join up with the Snug River Track. This is a pretty track; plenty of bird life and the local Land Care Group have planted hundreds of native shrubs and trees to protect the riverbank. We will cross Channel Highway and continue alongside the river. There is on short steep section but in dry conditions it should not cause a problem for anyone. On the return by the same route we can visit the 1967 Bushfire Memorial Park. Coffee for those who want to partake can be had at Brookfield or Margate Train. We will decide on the day.
Thu 3 Dec Droughty Point Grade: Easy Map Reference: Hobart street directory, Tranmere / Rokeby Book by: 7:00pm Wed 2 Dec Start: 9:45am Pindas Drive Reserve, Tranmere Bring: Usual day walking gear (no water on track) This walk starts at the reserve, crosses Oceana Drive, and enters private land, where we follow farm tracks and paddocks to reach the highest point before descending to the remains of an early farm, an historic whaling station site and a beautiful beach. We then continue north through the farm and follow a coastal track back to the cars. There are great views of Fredrick Henry Bay, South Arm and Hobart suburbs. The farm has been in the news recently regarding its community development over the next 30 years.
Sat 5 Dec Cape Surville & MacGregor Peak Grade: Medium - Hard (est. 16km) Map reference: Frederick Henry 1:50k Book by: 9:00pm Thu 3 Dec Start at: 8:00 am, Sorell carpark Group limit: 10 Bring: All the usual daywalk gear including water for a longish walk There is an easy vehicle track past MacGregor Peak to Deep Glen Bay and it’s rumoured that one can continue on to reach Cape Surville. If that doesn’t work out we may head down to Deep Glen Bay instead (where the crew of the sunken Blythe Star finally came ashore). On the way back we’ll leave the vehicle track to climb over MacGregor Peak. This walk is semi-exploratory - we’ve done previously done some but not all of it.
Sat 5 Dec Tyndall Range Grade: Medium - Hard Multiday: 5, 6, 7 and 8 Dec (4d,3n) Map reference: Tyndall 1:25k, Eldon 1:50k, Sophia 1:100k Book by: 8:00pm Sun 29 Nov Start at: 6:00am Granton Group limit: 8 Bring: The usual multi-day walk gear This multi-day walk starts from the Anthony Road and will probably include a camp near Lake Tyndall as a base for further walks to Mount Tyndall, Mount Geike and Mount Sedgewick. (Abels 112, 108 and 125 respectively). If we’re feeling strong, we may also have a look at Walford Peak. We may also move camp as necessary to get to these peaks. While this is intended to be fairly cruisy, it will involve a variety of conditions that are part of this predominantly off-track excursion. This area is magnificent in the right weather with spectacular views of the Eldons, Frenchmans, Dundas and Zeehan. We’ll walk about 4km in (and out) while climbing 500m to get to the campsite. A side walk of about 700 metres will get us to Tyndall and Geike is 3.5 kilometres from the campsite. Sedgewick would be a big day from the campsite being about 8.5 kilometres away.
Sun 6 Dec Mount Mawson via Lake Belcher Track Grade: Medium with some rocky scree for the final ascent Map Reference: Mt Field NP Book by: 8:00pm Fri 4 Dec Start at: 8:00am Granton train park Group limit: 10 Bring: pack for winter walk as this is a very exposed area Description: We will start walking along Wombat Moor and just before the descent into the valley we shall climb to Mt Mawson where we will look across to Florentine and Tyenna Peaks and much more. I am anticipating wildflowers and there is lots of cushion plant which we will need to be mindful of as we traverse up to the ski trail on our return. We shall take in the relatively new Ski Hut as we make our way down via Lake Dobson and walk back to our vehicles. The walk is relatively straightforward but you do need to feel secure about the rocky scree to the summit. I anticipate the walk will take about 6 hours including breaks.
Tue 8 Dec Myrtle Forest, Waratah Garden and East-West Trail Grade: Medium - 620m ascent, 11km Map Reference: Tasmap 5025 Collinsvale 1:25K or Wellington Park Recreation Map Book by: 8:00pm Monday 7 Dec Start at: 9:00am, Parking area on right of Berriedale Road about 350m past roundabout at Mary’s Hope Road Group Limit: 15 Bring: Day walk gear – Prepare for all weather including cold, wet & windy Description: In early December the “garden” at the top of the Collins Bonnet track displays waratah and other wildflowers at their best. A car shuttle will convey us to the start point at Myrtle Forest and from the finish point on Mount Hull Road, Collinsvale. The first part of the walk will be a 600m climb from Myrtle Forest car park up to a high point just below Collins Bonnet. From there it is a lengthy downhill route with level sections, via the East-West Trail, and down the Mount Hull Fire Trail.
Thu 10 Dec Hartz Peak (Abel #84) Grade: Medium 4hrs+, gradual climb of 400m Map reference: Hartz Peak Day Walk Map Book by: 8:00pm Wednesday 9 December Start at: 8:30am Community hall car park, near Crn of Huon Hwy and Sandfly Rd Group limit: 16 Bring: Alpine area be prepared for changeable weather conditions. Include all suggested club day walk gear, including wet or foul weather gear. Parks pass required. Description: After meeting at Sandfly we travel first to Geeveston then onto our starting point at the visitors centre carpark in the Hartz Mountain National Park, a drive of a little over an hour from Sandfly. The walk is one of the 60 Great Short Walks of Tasmania, not overly taxing with a variety of boardwalk, track and some steep rocky areas before a scramble to the peak (optional). The views, weather permitting are spectacular taking in much of the south west wilderness, including Federation Peak and Precipitous Bluff and the delightful Hartz Lake. On our way we will take the two short side tracks to view Lake Esperance and a little further on Ladies Tarn at which one of we will have our morning tea break. Lunch will be at the summit of Hartz Peak 1254m, weather permitting, after which we retrace our way back to the visitor`s shelter and our cars. Perhaps bring along after walk refreshments in your cars, the shelter is pleasant and other coffee options will be limited.
Sat 12 Dec Waterfall Bay to Fortescue Bay Grade: MediumMap reference: 1:500k Tasman PeninsulaBook by: 8:00pm Thursday 10 DecemberStart at: 7:30am Station Lane Carpark, SorellGroup limit: 15Bring: Wet weather gear, hat, sunscreen, suitable clothing, comfortable walking shoes, gaiters or long pants and sufficient food and drinks (2L).We`ll depart Sorell and drive to Fortescue Bay, leave cars and drive back to the start of the walk at Waterfall Bay. The track is generally very good and excellent coastal views can be expected. There is only one significant climb to Tatnells Hill, which will be early in the walk. I expect the 16km walk to take around 7 hours.
Sat 12 Dec Wylds Craig & Mount Shakespeare (Abels #59 & 97) Grade: Medium/Hard Multiday: Overnight Saturday - Sunday Map Reference: 1:25000; Abels Vol 2, pp 134-136 Book by: Wed 9 December Start at: 8:00am Granton carpark, southern side of Bridgewater Bridge Bring: The usual overnight gear for a multiday walk; 1 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner + energy food. Description: The drive up the Florentine Valley is initially towards the Lake Rhona track-head, then veers North to get as close to the Abel’s start point as is possible. Only the one bridge is useable in the valley. Follow tapes from a forestry coupe to the ridgeline which is followed to Goodwins Moor where camping is possible further North at Lake Daphne. We will set up tents then climb Wylds on Saturday and Shakespeare on Sunday before retracing steps to the car. Plenty of photography time!
Tue 15 Dec Cascades to Hidden Huts Grade: Medium (600m, 12km ,4 hrs) Map reference: Wellington Park Book by: 7:00pm Monday 14 December Start at: 9:30am at Cascades carpark (near Brewery silos) Group Limit: 16 Bring: Usual day walking gear, raincoat, lunch and drinks Description: Starting from Cascades we make our way to Junction Cabin via the Myrtle Gully Track. After a tea break we pick up the short but steep bush path to the hidden huts. We will lunch here then explore the surrounds before retracing our way back to the cars.
Wed 16 Dec Roches Beach to Seven Mile Beach Grade: Easy (but read description) Map reference: Popular Trails in Clarence booklet 2018 edition page 29 Book by: 6:00pm Tuesday 15 December Meet at: 10:00am Roches Beach carpark off Kirra Road, by the yacht club. (Toilets nearby) Bring: Water bottle, sun hat, sunscreen, morning tea Description: A mostly well made track along the coast with a few ups and downs. A bit of beach walking as well. Our turn around spot will be at Lewis Park at Seven Mile Beach where we will have our morning tea. The park has toilets, picnic tables and shade. Total distance approx. 8km. Total actual walking time 2 to 2.5 hours plus stops. We will not be going up Single Hill!
Thu 17 Dec Xmas Short Walk and Lunch Grade: Easy/Medium Map Reference: “Hobarts Best Bush, Coast and City Walks” Ingrid Roberts Book by: 8:00pm Wednesday 16 December Start at: 10:00am Cornelian Bay Carpark Bring: Morning tea and lunch. Although this has traditionally been a “shared lunch” this may not be possible if coronavirus restrictions are still in place. Closer to the date it will be advised on Facebook. Perhaps a folding chair or a rug to sit on. Description: From Cornelian Bay we will walk the waterside and cycle track along to the Botanical Gardens, then up through the Gardens and onto the Domain for a ramble. There are various options to the route and length which can be determined on the day, I’m prepared to be flexible! Some may choose to stop at the Café in the Gardens for elevenses and make their way back to Cornelian Bay for example. Some may wish to join us for lunch only or walk only but whatever suits you please come along and bring your festive cheer to wind up the year!
Fri 18 Dec Marble Bluff & Walford Peak Grade: Hard Multiday: Yes Book by: Tuesday 1 December Start at: 6:00am Friday 18 December Group limit: 8 Bring: Full overnight off-track walking gear. Description: I have not walked this walk. On day 1 we will drive up to the Anthony Road and park cars at the start of the Lake Spicer track. I expect to follow this track, largely a gravel 4WD track all the way to Lake Spicer, where we’ll camp for the night. I do not expect the road to be in great condition, and there will be multiple river crossings, one of which might be knee-waist deep. I do not know how rough the camping will be at the lake (the mystery is half the fun, yeah?)! Day 2 will be set aside for climbing Marble Bluff from our camp at Lake Spicer. Day 3 will see us walk back out, detouring via the summit of Walford Peak. The climbs up Marble Bluff and Walford Peak will be attempted from the road, but are entirely off track, following the obvious ridges. Expect steep and scrubby terrain (who knows, we could get lucky, but if you expect the worse you won’t be disappointed).
Tue 22 Dec Mother Brown`s Bonnet and Woodvine Reserve pre Christmas walk and picnic Grade: Easy/Medium Map reference: 1:25,000 Sorell and Kellevie Book by 8:00pm Monday 21 December Start at 9:30am Station St Carpark Sorell Bring: Picnic food. Depending on the state of the pandemic, we could even bring food to share. Please provide own plate, cup etc. 2 litres drinks, no water on track. Description: This is a short walk close to Hobart in an interesting and little known reserve near Forcett. It was bequeathed to Parks and Wildlife by a former owner to ensure that the part that is bush remains that way and the birds and animals are protected. It is 377 hectares in extent and some 70% of this is relatively untouched bushland. It is worthwhile looking around the old buildings and absorbing a bit of history. The walk leaves from the old homestead on the Woodvine property and follows a sandy vehicle track on the southern boundary for about 2.5km, before ascending gently, off track, to the top of Mother Browns Bonnet, our morning tea stop - a height gain of 150m. The small plateau on top is relatively open with views over the Carlton River. We return the same way and have a pre-Christmas picnic in the area around the old homestead. Approx 3 hours walking. All welcome.
Thu 24 Dec Christmas Eve Walk at Risdon Brook Grade: Easy/Medium (est. 8km, elevation 400m, 4.5hr) Map reference: Richmond 1:25k Book by: 6:00pm Tuesday 22 December Start at: 9:00am Risdon Brook car park Group limit: 12 Bring: Drinks, lunch, wet-weather gear, camera and a torch Description: This walk is short in kilometres but includes some decent climbs. We will start from Risdon Brook car park and walk to the bottom of the reservoir. Then via a gate up a couple of steepish hills until we reach a junction where we turn right to inspect an old hut. Continuing upwards we shall reach a high spot for morning tea. From here there is a long descent to eventually cross Catchpole Creek then a short walk up to our lunch spot. Then a fairly easy stroll from here back to our cars. The whole walk is only 4.5 hours including stops leaving most of the afternoon to head home for Christmas cooking etc.
Mon 28 Dec Lake Myrtle & Mt Rogoona (Abel #55) Grade: Easy - Medium (some climbing into Lake Myrtle and then day walks (est. 4.8km, +450m, 3hr) Multiday: 28 - 30 Dec (3d2n) Map reference: Cathedral 1:25k Book by: 8:00pm Wed 23 Dec Transport: To be arranged with participants but will be an early start on Mon morning 28 Dec Group limit: 9 (3 cars of 3 occupants) Bring: Full overnight pack with all the necessary gear and food for a 2-night, 3 day bushwalk. Note that it can get very cold in this area at any time of the year. Previous pack carrying experience would be handy although day 2 will essentially be an easy day walk from our camp at Lake Myrtle. The initial overnight pack carry is expected to take about 2.5 to 3hr at a gentle pace over some 5km on the Jackson Creek Track. A lot easier track than the track that goes via Lake Bill. There will be no set itinerary for this walk but the idea is to have a full exploration of the area, particularly Mt Rogoona and Lake Meston.
Thu 31 Dec Wish list for Jan-Mar – Tarkine Beach Walk - 6 days Expressions of interest by 31st Dec for a group of 6 to walk from Temma to Corinna. All in the group will be involved in the planning which will involve a long car shuffle at both ends of the walk. Timing will depend on weather and availability of those interested. I haven’t done the walk and don’t intend to pre-walk it. So a sense of adventure is a prerequisite along with experience in overnight walking.
Fri 1 Jan Seakayaking Lake Gordon & Daywalk Pokana Peak (Abel #134) Grade: Seakayaking, Lake/2x part day/Remote, Daywalk, Medium - Hard Map reference: 1:25k Pokana Book by: Thu 24 Dec Start at: To be arranged with participants Group limit: 6 Bring: Seakayak, PFD, Paddle leash, bilge pump, tent, sleeping bag & mat, usual Alpine daywalking gear, including daypack, wet weather gear, reserve clothing, camp clothing, paddling clothing, head torch with fresh batteries, 2x breakfast, 2 dinner and 3x lunch and snacks, stove, fuel, cooking gear etc. Plus at least 2 litres of water for day walk and dry bags for the kayaking. A bag is recommended to put your dirty/wet gear in for the trip home. I have long had a fascination with climbing Pokana Peak and the basic concept is to launch from the end of Clear Hill Road into Lake Gordon and paddle around to Pokana Bay, setting up a base camp near our landing site. On Saturday access Pokana Peak,1127m, from the west via an extension of The Pleiades. On Sunday paddle back to the cars and return home. Paddle and walking times are unknown at time of this Program being published but should be very do-able in the time we have. Will definitely suit more adventurous Club Members (no Visitors) who have access to a sea kayak or estuary kayak (over 4.3m on length with equipment as per MAST requirements).
Mon 18 Jan Western Arthurs Traverse Grade: Hard (remote) Multiday: 18 - 25 Jan (8d7n) Map Reference: 1:50k Western Arthurs Book by: Mon 11 Jan Start at: As arranged with participants Group Limit: 8 Club Members Bring: To be honest, if you don`t know, you shouldn`t be contemplating this bushwalk:) Final details will be organised between participants. One of Tasmania`s and Australia`s truly greater bushwalks. I`ve set aside 8 days for a full Western Arthurs traverse via Alpha and Kappa Moraines from the trailhead at Scotts Peak Dam. With the intention of climbing as many, if not all, Peaks and Abels as possible. Remote, physically challenging and beautiful. I have had two previous trips to the Western Arthurs. Club Membership and prior Alpine multiday bushwalking experience required.
Seakayaking Lake Gordon & Walk Pokana Peak
I have long had a fascination with climbing Pokana Peak and the basic concept is to launch from the end of Clear Hill Road into Lake Gordon and paddle around to Pokana Bay, setting up a base camp near ourlanding site. On Saturday access Pokana Peak,1127m, from the west via an extension of The Pleiades. On Sunday paddle back to the cars and return home. Paddle and walking times are unknown at time of this Program being published but should be very do-able in the time we have. Will definitely suit more adventurous Club Members (no Visitors) who have access to a sea kayak or estuary kayak (over 4.3m of length with equipment as per MAST requirements).
Burnt Bridge Gully
After meeting 8.30 am at Sorell Station St car park, a car shuffle will be organized to Buckland Roadhouse where the leader will be waiting to guide you to the walk start. Burnt Bridge Gully is a tributary of the Prosser River in Paradise Gorge, west of Orford. About 5k long it should be shady and sheltered for a summer day. However it it is rocky with sticks and logs and pools of water to skirt. We will access from the west with a 200m climb over the Ryton Hills, an untracked descent to the old convict road, then about 2k to the gully, I expect it to have been swept fairly clear of debris by recent flash flooding. We complete this circuit to our cars over some low hills with a swim in a river hole if we need the refeshment. All this walk is on private land and much of it untracked, but mostly open going.
This walk includes beautiful forest, waterfall, alpine scrub and great views (weather permitting) We start from Myrtle Forest car park (after a car shuttle). Continue up steepish Myrtle Forest track, then from the saddle go along a narrow, rocky and sometimes overgrown track to Collins Cap (1098m). On a sunny day beautiful views of Derwent Valley and Wellington Range can be seen from the top. Return via the same route.
Come along on a nice summer adventure through the button grass to Mount Jubilee/Jubilee Range. This walk will include button grass, tea tree, off-track walking and maybe a bit of mud and cutting grass (if you're lucky). We'll follow the taped pad for as long as we can until we reach the ridge, which we'll follow to the highpoint of Mount Jubilee (957m) before heading out to the highpint of the Jubilee Range (1013m). I have not done this walk before.
Trestle Mountain from Mountain River
We start the walk from the end of Mountain River Road and follow the fire trail climbing up to the East West Fire Trail. After a short respite from the climb we then leave the trail and follow the track to the summit. After lunch we return via the same route.
Green Head LIme Bay Circuit
We drive for about an hour and a half to the start of the walk at Lime Bay on Tasman Peninsular and walk around Green Head. There is a bit of scrub bashing and then onto 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 walk with no climbing! Great views of Storm Bay and Slopen Island.
Eagle Hill via Rocky Tom
This walk will be led by Ann Vanderberg (04 5046 6184) and Sally Schofield (04 0562 4793) as a mentored event.
Please direct any pre-event enquiries to either Ann or Sally. We will be heading to Eagle Hill via Rocky Tom. There are fabulous views at our destination and along the way.
The terrain is varied and is a combination of 4WD and bike tracks and some off track sections.
The ascent to Eagle Hill is 417m - the steepness is varied and interspersed with a few more level sections on the way. The return walk will involve some retracing of our steps.
A relaxed stroll on various tracks of the lower section of the mountain. We will start the walk at the Fern Glade Track and head to O'Gradys Falls then make our way to The Springs for our lunch stop. Coffee is available from Lost Freight if you wish. After lunch we will make our way down to Silver Falls and Fern Tree Bower before taking the Pipeline Track back to Fern Tree and the short road walk to our parked cars.
Creekton Falls is a stunning waterfall situated in the Southwest National Park in Southern Tasmania, with a height of about 50 metres.
Though being shorter than nearby Adamsons Falls it is equally as impressive. There are a number of access routes you can take to reach Creekton Falls. We will opt for the walk from Adamsons Falls.
From Adamsons Falls
The hike to Creekton Falls commences on Adamsons Falls Track and from the carpark a 1 hour hike will take you directly to Adamsons Falls. In front of the main waterfall, the start of the makeshift track to Creekton Falls begins, and you will have to cross the creek carefully to continue your walk. Orange tape tied to trees will guide you on a lengthy, difficult walk through very dense forest to Creekton Falls. The track is, for the most part, non-existant between Adamsons Falls and Creekton Falls, and the route has quite a few obstructions, such as fallen trees, that will need to be negotiated. The hike is slow, and despite the relatively short distance between the two waterfalls, it will take at least 2 hours to reach Creekton Falls from Adamsons Falls.
Lindisfarne to Risdon
The walk is largely by the river with a little inland deviation. Views of Bedlam Walls and Shag Bay and undulations. Return on same path. Finish with coffee at Lindisfarne motor boat club.
Western Arthurs Range
One of Tasmania's and Australia's truly greater bushwalks. I've set aside 8 days for a full Western Arthurs traverse via Alpha and Kappa Moraines fromthe trail head at Scotts Peak Dam. With the intentio nof climbing as many, if not all, Peaks and Abels as possible. Remote, physically challenging and beautiful. I have had two previous trips to the Western Arthurs. Club Membership and prior Alpine multiday bushwalking experience required.
Frank van Ravels
Florentine Peak Walk
We will start at Lake Dobson car park and head up the Rodway Range, then descend through the boulder field following the Mt Field West trail, until reaching the Petersen Memorial Hut and then heading to Clemes Tarn. We leave the track and head for Florentine Peak off track (low vegetation) until we pick up another pad to the Peak. There is some rock hopping and a short steepish up to get to the plateau on top and from there it is off track to the summit but again negotiating low vegetation. On a sunny day expect great views to the south west peaks. We will return via the same route.
Frank van Ravels
Clydes Island and Cashs Lookout
We will park near the Tessellated Pavement and explore it and then the island and the lookout during this walk, the order in which we do things will be dependent on the tide as we need a low tide to access the island.
We will explore the island by scrambling up the short cliffs and checking out the two memorial stones on the summit.
We do have to step across a channel to get to the island but I will bring a lump of timber to assist. There is a steep but shortish climb up the hill to get to the historic Cash’s Lookout (circa 1842).
Cash’s Lookout is where the notorious bushranger Martin Cash and his fellow escapees are said to have watched out over the Eaglehawk Neck guard station and chain of dogs, before making their escape across the bay.
The lookout gives exceptional views across Pirates Bay and the coast
Walkers must be able to travel to Mole Creek on Friday 22nd January and stay at Macca's Shed, our base for the weekend. We will be leaving early Saturday morning to start the walk. You are welcome to stay on for Saturday night. The shed sleeps 6, bring your tent if you prefer. Conditions are very basic but comfortable.
Warners Track leads to the gorgeous Central Plateau with a challenging climb to Adams Peak. The walk traverses both regrowth wet forest and alpine rainforest.
While the track was restored and cleared in 2014, much of the original 19th century stonework – including an impressive, convict-built retaining wall near the Plateau – still remains.
Highlights on this botanically rich ascent include: a picturesque, meandering creek with numerous small waterfalls, superb eucalypt- and myrtle-dominated rainforest, alpine and sub-alpine species, and a stunning array of wildflowers, when in season.
On a clear day one can see far across the Plateau from Adams Peak. Unusually, the idyllic view across the Jackeys Marsh valley is unspoiled by power lines or other indications of modern life. Thus, it is probably little changed from the vista enjoyed by 19th century walkers.
Tasman Monument and Cape Frederick Hendrick
This is a lovely walk on the Bangor property. We drive out to Lagoon Beach and firstly climb onto Cape Frederick Hendrick and follow a pad out to the end of the cape, where there are wonderful views of the coast line. Then we retrace our steps, wander along the 2km of beach and climb gently onto Cape Paul Lamanon. We wander round the edge of the cape, and reach the Tasman Monument, on the shores of an inhospitable stony beach. We will have lunch at this historic spot, pondering Tasman's thought processes, and then retrace our way back to the cars.Opportunities for swimming in many places, but not at the monument. Coffee at the Bangor Oyster Shed afterwards.
East Risdon Circuit
An easy-medium walk which may appeal to new members.
We shall take trails through the Government Hills, stop at Geilston Bay recreation area for lunch, and then return a different way to cars via Shag Bay.
The bush scenery is mostly Meehan style – bleak but beautiful, with little water on track although the Rec Park at Geilston Bay has full facilities.
Neika to Ferntree and back
We will walk the pipeline track, which, after a couple of hundred metres of gentle uphill, is mostly level and shady with some lovely eucalypts, tree ferns and small creeks. We will make the short diversion to Silver Falls, if the group wishes; this does involve a bit of a hill but the falls are rather lovely. There is an option of coffee or a cold drink or lunch at Ferntree Tavern, before we return to Neika.
This is being offered as a longer return walk due to current guidance about car pooling. If it is too long for a Wednesday walk, I can make it shorter. Or people may make their own arrangements to leave a vehicle at Fern Tree for a one way walk.
We will start walking from the top of Fire Tower Road, 70km from Sorell, up a fairly steep fire trail which is pretty and shaded. After about 30mins we turn right to a lookout over Norfolk Bay for morning break. A short way further on the fire trail we turn left and climb up Mt Clark through beautiful rain forest. We do not climb to the summit but walk out to dolerite cliffs overlooking a musk forest and Blackwoods, on a clear day you can see Bruny. We will lunch here then continue down towards Plummers Creek if there has not been too much rain, otherwise we will return the same way as it is steep and can be very slippery.
Echo Sugarloaf circuit and coastal walk
This is a relaxing walk with wonderful views and lovely coastal scenery. We will drive to Randall's Bay and walk up from the beach to do the Echo Sugarloaf circuit, yes it's a circuit now, the new path opened on 4 November. This involves a gentle 45 minute walk up a 198m hill overlooking the bay .We will have morning tea on top. The way down zig zags along the face of the hill with great views.
Once back on the beach we walk along it( there are toilets here!) and then around the coastal reserve. Lunch and possibly a dip or paddle will be at Mickeys Beach. How far we go depends on time and the wishes of the group. We return the same way.
We will try this walk a month earlier than last year. After driving past Maydena, we take a number of forestry roads to the start.. We stroll downhill to the Gordon River which we cross using a conveniently placed large log. We then head up the Vale of Rasselas, walking through button grass most of the way. This is very picturesque, we pass Mt. Wright and will be able to see Reed's Peak in the distance.
Before long we reach Gordonvale where hermit Ernie Bond lived for several years in the 1940s and 50s. We will have lunch here and hear about Ernie as well as finding relics of his stay.. We return the same way. If there has been rain during the previous weeks we will do the Timbs Track walk.
Short Walk with Lunch
SHORT WALK MURDUNNA WITH LUNCH AFTER.
Join me for a relaxed walk along the water front at Murdunna. The walk is completely flat and around 4km in length.
We will then head into Dunalley for a sea food lunch at The Cannery. (Cost not covered) After lunch it’s back home.
Coastal Walk: North from Cremorne
There will be a car shuffle at the beginning or end of this walk. We will follow the delightful recently constructed track from Cremorne to Mays Beach then about 1km on the footpath next to the roadway before walking the length of Lauderdale and Roches beaches. The final section is 3.3km on another lovely coastal track, from Roches to Seven Mile Beach.
ALTERNATIVES: If it’s hot we may, by consensus, decide to call a halt at Roches Beach and maybe go for a swim! We will reorganize the car shuffle to accommodate this possibility.
If Covid restrictions need to be applied we will convert this into a circuit walk.
Overnight Bastion Bluff and Mount Ironstone
Commencing at the Stone Hut Track, the objective for Day 1 is an overnight camp or bivy adjacent to the top of Bastion Bluff - a big day! Depending on availability of water, this camp may become a base for a walk out to Mount Ironstone and return. Alternatively, there is an option to decamp and summit Ironstone, followed by a drop off the escarpment to the Mount Ironstone Track and camp where we can find an opening. Day 3 will see a return to the car/s via the easiest exit track. We should be following known pads throughout. Only mist will thwart our progress. Because of lack of open spaces, the size of group will be limited to tent numbers. Three tents is doable or bivies- I may carry both!
This is an opportunity to learn or brush up on map reading and bush navigation skills.
There will be lots of practical exercises in using both a track network and finding your way off track. We will assume that you have at least a basic understanding of contours on a topographic map.
Tatnells Hill, Lichen lookout
This is a great walk on the Tasmanian Peninsula, with fabulous views.
We will meet at 8.30 at Station Street, Sorell before driving to Waterfall Bay. The walk starts at the Waterfall Bay Carpark and climbs steadily through lovely rainforest, quite steep in parts with a few small creeks to cross. We will be rewarded by some great views from the top of Tatnells Hill, which is the highest point on the Tasmanian Peninsula, and then on to Lichen Lookout (if not too overgrown). a side trip to Waterfall Bay on the way down for some more great views.
A pleasant stroll along the coast line of Mortimer Bay to the neck at South Arm where we will have morning tea and then return to the cars.
2 Bays and a Sugar Loaf
After car pooling at Sandfly we drive to Mickey's Beach where we commence the walk. Morning tea will be at the point which overlooks Randall Bay.
we then progress along the beach to the northern end and connect with the road to start of the Echo Sugarloaf track and commence uphill to the trig point on top for lunch. The return route is via a new circuit route which should be finished in November 2020. On the stroll back along beach a paddle or swim on Randall's beach or further on to Mickey's beach before heading back.
The walk starts up an old forestry road which then flattens out as it heads north. As it does so, the track narrows considerably. The final ascent is steep as we approach the summit. The surveyor's cairn at the top is quite impressive with excellent views in every direction. After lunch we will complete the walk as a circuit on a route that takes us along the length of the peak before we descend. We rejoin the forestry trail as the final leg for the return to our vehicles. Overall climb is 500 metres.
Annual General Meeting
This year the AGM will be held at the Hobart Synagogue situated at 59 Argyle Street, Hobart. The first part of the AGM will consist of a tour of the oldest Synagogue in Australia as well as some information about Judaism and general history. The AGM will be held in the Rose Garden after the tour. Pandani will cover the cost.
Shipstern Bluff and Tunnel Bay
Great forest and coastal heathland walking with mostly moderate gradients along with steps on steep sections.
We descend to sea level and spectacular coastal landforms at Shipstern Bluff and at Tunnel Bay.
We will probably walk clockwise, following the first section of the Cape Raoul track, turning off and stopping at a lookout then descending to the Bluff.
Exploration on the rock platform will depend on sea conditions. From there we cross the headland to Tunnel Bay, then take a more direct track back to the car park.
After organising our carpooling (if health restrictions allow), I have allowed 2 hours for the drive and getting ready to walk. The walk in uphill to begin, then down onto the Cape on a new track. Given good weather there are spectacular coastal views. I anticipate finishing walking around 3, depending on conditions and the feelings of the group.
Lake St Clair weekend
On Saturday we’ll drive up to the King William carpark and climb Mt King William 1, Milligans Peak and Mt Pitt.
This is on track up King William 1, then off track past that point, with some boulder scrambling. We will return to Cynthia Bay and carry our gear about 700m to Fergys Paddock to camp overnight.
On Sunday we will climb Little Hugel via Shadow and Forgotten Lakes. This walk is tracked but I believe may involve some rock scrambling from Forgotten Lake up to the peak.
We’ll pick up our overnight gear on the way back to the cars at Cynthia Bay, and drive home.
It is preferable that walkers are able to travel to Macca's Shed in Mole Creek on Friday 19th February for the walk to start on Saturday morning.
The beautiful Westmorland Falls were recognised as a major attraction in earlier editions of the Lonely Planet Guide. The track, which offers an easy 2 hour return walk, is largely unknown, to be enjoyed by the mildly adventurous who don’t mind a little rough going at times. Unspoiled rainforest surrounds the high, magnificent cascade of Westmorland Falls, as well as a series of smaller cascades in the surrounding area.
For those who have visited Westmorland Falls in the past, this will be a new experience. Severe flooding in January 2011 and again in June 2016 caused a lot of changes; tracks needed to be re-routed and viewing platforms repaired/replaced by Parks and Wildlife, allowing access to the creek. If you have been there before, you will certainly be amazed at the changes wrought by nature. The falls have been cleared by the rushing waters, revealing many fossils, and the little creek below the falls has been transformed into a wide, deep, boulder-strewn riverbed.
After having a good explore and taking many photos, we will travel back to the Honeycomb Caves picnic area for lunch and an explore. If the weather is warm, there is another surprise - pack your bathers!
Macca's Shed is a basic but comfortable shed sleeping 6 people. Please bring a tent if you prefer. You are welcome to stay on for Saturday night or travel back to Hobart. Be warned - we may put you to work if you stay!!
Tunnel Bay Circuit
Head towards Port Arthur and take a right turn onto B37, then a left onto Stormlea Road. Follow along the road for about 10 kms to the carpark. From here we will start the walk along the Cape Raoul track until we turn right at the junction to Ship Stern Bluff. Soon after the junction, the track leaves the heathland forest, and we will have some stunning views of Ship Stern, Storm Bay and Bruny Island. We descend for approximately 2 kms and then walk down to Ship Stern via many steps. We will climb back up the steps and make our way to Tunnel Bay. We can decide on where we have lunch on the day. We will return to the cars through an inland track, which will take us approximately 11/2 hours. There are some steady climbs along this track, but we can take our time.
Lake Webster via Lake Fenton Track
The track along the shore of Lake Fenton, through forest and moors to Lake Webster is one of Mt. Fields hidden little gems (according to Keith Skidmore). The walk starts at Lake Fenton dam wall, we follow the Mt. Field East track for a short distance before turning North West and following the shore of the lake for about 2kms, before crossing Kangaroo Moor. We will then enter the forest and drop about 150 meters to join the Lake Webster track a few100 meters from our lunch spot on the Broad River. After lunch we will walk to Lake Dobson carpark via the Lake Webster track. A steady 150 meter climb of about 4 kms.
A well organised car shuffle (Gail‘S speciality) will be necessary.
Orielton Lagoon the Easy Way.
ORIELTON LAGOON THE EASY WAY
Join me for an easy walk along the eastern side of Orielton Lagoon. We will start from corner of Forcett and Walker Street and head up to Shark Point Road.
We head back the same way, then head off into Sorell for lunch in the park. We then head back to the cars via the Sorell Rivulet. This is a flat walk, suitable for all, approx. 6 km total.
Cape Direction & Potter's Hill
This is a pleasant sea side stroll to the Cape with a short climb to the top of Potter’s Hill on the way back. After elevenses at Fort Beach we will proceed to the Cape being careful not to walk over the crumbly cliffs which suddenly appear on our arrival. After a leisurely lunch we will amble back to the track leading from Fort Beach to Potter’s Hill where the labyrinth presents a challenge to those so inclined and with panoramic views to behold - And then back to the cars in time for coffee on the way home.
Celtic Hill & The Druids
An offtrack circuit walk, climbing two smaller summits in south-west Tasmania, with superb views of Mt Anne if the weather is kind. The country between the two peaks is reputed to be a bit scrubby, but sections of it burnt in the last fires, which may (or may not) make it easier going. Be prepared for mud, scrub, bumbling on buttongrass and about 800m of climbing. If the weather is foul we will think of a suitable alternative - be advised I haven't done this walk before.
Mount Fortescue Circuit
This is a rewarding walk involving the scenery of the Tasman National Park.
This walk must be done in an anti-clockwise direction to help limit the spread of Phytopthora Cinnamomi (root rot).
It starts and ends at Fortescue Bay utilising both the old Cape pillar track and the 3 Capes Track. Mount Fortescue at 478m lies between Retakunna Hut on the 3 Capes Track and Cape Hauy.
The old Cape Pillar track is in good condition and the 3 Capes Track is known for its excellence. The track from Retakunna to Mount Fortescue is steep in places.
Suburban ramble to access 2 bushland areas
From the starting reserve we follow Oceana Drive to access the southern section of the Howrah Hills, with lovely views of Ralphs Bay.
We then follow tracks and reserves to cross the Sth Arm Hwy and reach the historic Meehan walk near Bayview High School. From there we continue nth to visit Glebe Hill Nature Reserve, before returning via suburban streets, parks and Howrah Foreshore Walk. We will stop off for a coffee at our home (90 Tranmere Rd) on the way back to our cars.
This walk has 2 short sharp uphill sections, otherwise an easy walk with a variety of surfaces.
April May June Program
The Program for April May and June 2021 is open for Organisers to start placing there events onto.
Please set your start Registration Date on or after the 8th of March to avoid early registrations.
You may have an event that requires an earlier start registration. Use your own discretion.
Taroona to Kingston via Alum Cliffs
The walk commences with a beach walk along Hinsby Beach where we join a newly made track with a climb to the Shot Tower, then on to the Alum Cliffs track.
There are a couple of short but steep climbs then we follow the clifftop track to Kingston Beach through light bush with good river views.
Lunch at Kingston on the Reserve, then we retrace our steps back to the cars.
Down the Organ Pipes Track
From the Springs we will do a short car shuttle to the Chalet, and walk down the Organ Pipes Track. This is a fairly short walk, leaving time to enjoy the spectacular views. If you wish you can bring lunch and have a coffee at the Springs after the walk.
Waterfalls, Mt Field National Park
We will do the circuit from the carpark at National Park, following the track down 100plus steps leading to Lady Barron Falls, then on to the Tall Trees track, home of the Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans), which leads to Horseshoe and Russell Falls. Please note that a Parks pass is necessary to be able to park in the National Park carpark.
Great Lake weekend
On Saturday we’ll drive up to Great Lake and climb Rats Castle. This involves extensive boulder scrambling. We will return to the Great Lake Hotel caravan park, which is currently (as at Nov 2020) upgrading its facilities for campers. Counter meals are available at the hotel.
Sunday should be relatively relaxed. We’ll drive to Arthurs Lake and climb Mt Penny West, followed by the drive home.
Although relatively short (6km return and 350m total height gain), I have graded the Rats Castle walk as medium due to the extensive rock scrambling required. Mt Penny West is also off-track, but should take no more than two hours to complete. I haven’t done this walk previously. Booking is slightly early to allow me time to book camping at the Great Lake Hotel, which will involve a fee.
Little Lagoon Beach
There is a long drive down to Little Lagoon Beach on the shores of Recherche Bay, about 1.45 hours, but in my view it's worth it. It is a beautiful remote beach near Black Swan Lagoon which offers opportunities for swimming, picnicking and general chilling out. It is reached by following degraded 4WD tracks out over coastal heath. Some of them are very overgrown and we may have to scrub bash for short periods, gaiters will be useful. Fabulous views, opportunities for some exploring in the area.
This is a wander over our and some neighbouring property. The attractions are widely diverse vegetation including tall forest and some panoramic views that may surprise you. It is quite undulating with sections of very steep and uneven terrain, not all on tracks (but no scrub).
Eastern shore waterfront Ramble
We will start with a car shuffle to Saundersons road and follow the waterfront to geilston bay via shag bay. Then we will head towards Natone hill and up to the trig, for those that wish there is an alternative track, then head down to Anzac park and around to Rose Bay for lunch. After lunch retrace back to cars and afternoon tea at my place
Trestle Mountain via Myrtle Forest
I am asking walkers to meet at my home to reduce congestion at the start point and because I am providing afternoon tea at the end of the day. We will drive to Myrtle Forest and commence our walk ascending Collins Cap trail. We continue onto the East West trail until the beginning of the final ascent. At this point it is a decent climb over some rock formations. The reward at the summit is views in every direction on a clear day. We will have lunch hoping to look across to the Bonnet, the Cap, the Huon and much further south. We may return by the same route or via Collins Bonnet trail depending on the day
Frank van Ravels
Devils Throne Devils Throne is an isolated rocky crag over-looking the Mountain River valley. There are spectacular views of the Huon and great views of the Western and Southern ranges from the top of Thark Ridge. It is a circuit walk, that follows Thark Ridge almost to its end, dips down into the valley of Roaring Creek, and out to the Throne itself. We follow the rim of another valley back towards Thark Ridge, which we climb, and rejoin our outward track. Some rough short stretches of rock hopping and poorly marked tracks as well as a little mud may be expected. The wild flowers should be well worth a look at this time of year. About 5 to 6 hours of walking over rough country.
Mays Beach to Cremorne
A lovely coastal walk with great views. There will be a car shuffle at the start to make this a one-way walk. Most of this walk has been reconstructed recently to provide an even gravel path. There are two beach sand sections and a middle section across the hillside – sloping but not difficult. There are some steps down to the beach at the start and near the finish.
If Covid restrictions need to be applied we will go part way and return to avoid the shuffle.
Mays Beach to Cremorne
A lovely coastal walk with great views. There will be a car shuffle at the start to make this a one-way walk. Most of this walk has been reconstructed recently to provide an even gravel path. There are two beach sand sections and a middle section across the hillside – sloping but not difficult. There are some steps down to the beach at the start and near the finish.
If Covid restrictions need to be applied we will go part way and return to avoid the shuffle.
Named by D’Entrecasteaux in 1792 after a midshipman on his vessel the “Recherche” Cape Deslacs is a pleasant and invigorating walk which, the tide charts being correct, we will do as a circuit, by firstly proceeding along the southern shore of Pipe Clay Lagoon to the track which leads across to the base of the Cape at the eastern end of Clifton Beach. After elevenses we will climb the Cape to the lookout with its panoramic views and then proceed towards Cremorne as far as private property will allow. Lunch will be beneath some friendly she-oaks before we retrace our steps to the base of the Cape for afternoon tea and then shoes off for the walk back along the beach to the cars and coffee on the way home.
Broad River Rock hop
Shortish and relatively easy rock hop down the Broad River to a waterfall @ Sawdust Creek junction and return. Likely to be no water at the falls. Should be a fun explore, though. Have done part of this walk and would advise that it is easier to walk in the water than trying to hop across skull size rocks. On return there is the potential for a swim in a small waterhole.
Tasmanian Bushland Garden and Three Thumbs
We start with a visit to the Tasmanian Bushland Garden near Buckland including a walk of about 2km. We'll then drive on to the Three Thumbs carpark and climb to the trig point on the middle "thumb" where we'll have our lunch while admiring the views. Return to the cars via the forest loop track. Distance about 4.5km. Whilst the walk is graded easy-medium and walking distances are short there are some steep sections on uneven and rocky ground.
Follow the trails of mining, dams, railways and nature at its finest. This is a specialised social/hiking event, with permissions gained to visit areas not normally accessible. Anthony, our guide has created a bespoke tour for us, providing a diverse history of this grand area. https://www.roamwild.com.au some of the areas we are currently working on to gain permission, such as Lake Johnson on top of Mt Read. Any changes and I will make sure you're notified in advance.
Head up to Queenstown on Sunday 28th March. Stop at Linda for early brunch/lunch at new cafe. Visit the horsetail falls track. Check in to accommodation and head off on tour to hike Mt Owen. Includes Berry's Tarn, High Cave. Dinner at Queenstown Pub
Monday 29th: Head out to Mt McCall with our tour guide, visit the No Dams site and propstring gorge where rafters float down the Franklin River. Then we will start at Bird river and follow the old railway cut to Kelly Basin where we will camp overnight at Pillinger with its remaining ruins. Parks toilets on site. Bring all food and camping items you will require for the night. 2 hour hike with slow incline/decline that follows the railway line.
Tuesday 30th: leisurely breakkie and walk back to Bird River bridge where our guide will collect us and take us on his lost mines ancient pines to see BHP_BigHuonPine and the grand old King Billy. Lunch in the Jukes Pty mine. Back to accommodation to scrub up and have dinner and a movie at the Paragon Theatre. https://www.theparagon.com.au
Wednesday 31st: Check out and head to Lake Margaret. Visit the power station and old village. SJ will gain permission to hike the switchbacks to walk the timber pipeline to the Dam site. Great views overlooking ocean beach and the wooden stave pipeline. Head out to Lake Spicer
Thursday 1st April: Depending on gaining an access license to Mt Read, visit Lake Johnson (working on) then set off to hike Mt Murchison if she will allow us to ;-) Visit glacial marbles if time, early dinner at Derwent Bridge, head back to Hobart.
Camping: Pillinger, Kelly Basin and Lake Spicer
Accommodation: Mt Lyell Anchorage for 2 nights non-consecutive nights
Costs: Accommodation, Tour and guide approx 0 each, Paragon Theatre ticket, pub and paragon drinks and meals at cost
Sandford to Goats Bluff
Walk will start at southern end of Gorringes Beach and take the bush track along of the spine of South Arm hills. Lunch at Goats Beach
Pelverata and Slippery Falls
We’ll car pool approximately 10km to the start of the walk. Pelverata Falls is about 114m high and is quite spectacular when it has a good water flow. We walk into the bottom of the falls along a gentle uphill but rocky in places track leading to a viewing platform. From near this spot we'll climb up a rocky track which is short but steep and slippery underfoot. Crossing Pelverata Creek and one of its tributaries, we then follow bush tracks to the top of Slippery Falls, another cascade, almost opposite Pelverata Falls on the escarpment. Return to cars will be via the same route. Much of the walk is forested. There are some patches of rainforest under-storey.