This walk is classified as Medium because of its length and because it is all beach walking, some on wet sand. The tide should be low in the morning, so we will walk clockwise, starting with Five Mile Beach. The two beaches are quite different. There's a variety of views and some fascinating beachcombing.
We'll meet at the Seven Mile Beach Coastal Reserve car park - accessed via Pittwater Road - and operate a car shuttle to our start at the Five Mile Beach car park.
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 a new outward track. Some rough short stretches of rock hopping and poorly marked tracks as well as a little mud may be expected. About 5 hours of walking over rough country.
This is a long but not hard, walk from Sloping Main to Lime Bay. We park about half way along lovely Sloping Main and walk to the end of the beach, climbing a low cliff line and following it down to Whalebone Beach where we will probably have morning tea. Briefly retracing our steps, we then follow old wood-hooking tracks out to Lobster Point - an alternate morning tea spot, depending on speed. Great views over to Cremorne, Sloping Island, Frederick Henry Bay and South Arm. We'll then wander past the lagoons, which will be dry at this time of the year, and make our way to Lime Bay and have lunch on the beach. We return by a similar route. Great beach views. Opportunities to swim at Lagoon Beach. (Lime Bay is very shallow and only offers opportunities for wallowing.) If I can get permission from the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, some of the early part of the walk can be routed through a recent acquisition of farmland at the rear of Sloping Main Beach.
Come along to a social rock climbing session at the Rock It Climbing Gym in Hobart.
This is a chance to catch up with other Pandani members and develop some basic (or more advanced) rock climbing skills which can improve your confidence and abilities on difficult terrain. A great boost on any walk with rock scree and a must on the more challenging peaks where the boulders get bigger and the rock gets steeper.
Rock It have a wide variety of climbs at all grades so no prior experience is necessary, and all equipment is provided. Just turn up in suitable clothing.
Price is $20 per person for the 2 hour session, this includes harness hire. Please bring cash as a single group payment is required.
I cruise up and down Port Arthur (Bay) a couple of times a week, with work, and this looks like a really interesting paddle. History and natural beauty combined. We'll paddle North-South or South-North depending on the wind. If we're paddling North-South then we'll launch at the Garden Point Boat Ramp; paddle around Garden Point, into Stewarts Bay, around Frying Pan Point into Mason Cove (Port Arthur) [I don't think we'll be able to land as we haven't paid our entrance fee - but Port Arthur looks spectacular from the water]; then around Carnarvan Bay [we can land and stretch our legs here]; then paddle between the Isle of the Dead and Point Puer, under Suicide Cliff and follow the coast south to Safety Cove, where we finish our paddle. If conditions are right, we have the option of paddling around Briggs Point to check out Crescent Bay. Garden Island Boat ramp to Safety Cove is around 12km, the Crescent Bay extension is another 6km return. This activity requires a car shuffle and is weather, wind and wave height dependent. I have not paddled in Port Arthur (Bay) before.
This varied walk takes us along foreshore paths, two beaches, suburban footpaths and some ups and downs on gravel paths in the Waverley Flora Park stopping at information panels detailing Charles Darwin's visit to Hobart's eastern shore in 1836. Western shore residents might like to consider taking the 9am ferry from Brooke Street Pier. There are ferries from Bellerive back to Brooke Street Pier at 3pm and 4pm. People arriving at the meeting point by car should allow sufficient time to find an on-street park nearby. Contact me if you require more information on possible parking places.
We will go up the steep & often muddy & slippery track to the saddle, then head head east roughly along the ridge. How far along depends on the group. Ascent is approx 400m.
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Meet at the Margate Train rear Carpark at 9:am
We drive to Eggs and Bacon Bay to begin walking by 10:am
walk along the coastline past Mickeys Beach and Randall’s Bay with morning tea along the way. We will walk up Echo Sugarloaf Hill via the circuit track opened in 2021, with lunch on top of the hill. We complete the circuit and retrace our steps.
Distance 12 kms, height gain elm., travel distance approx 155 kms. Duration 4:5 to 5 hrs
This is a daywalk to The Thumbs.
We will meet at Granton and then carpool to Adamsfield conservation area off Clear Hill Road.
I will arrange the key from Parks, and provided another participant can provide a second 4WD and road conditions are good, hopefully we can drive a decent way along the Adamsfield track towards the Packers Spur ridgeline.
The walk follows along this ridgeline heading north until we reach the summit of The Thumbs.
Be prepared for scrub and rocky terrain. Note I have not done this walk before.
A different approach to a much loved and regularly visited peak on our bushwalking program.
Balts Road is a forestry access road in relatively good condition to a point where we will need to leave the cars and walk the last part to the old carpark, due to deep ruts and washouts.
From the carpark the walk continues along the Balt Spur Track and soon enters an area of rainforest understorey containing Myrtle, Sassafras, Native Laurel, the endemic Grass Tree and one of the few occurrences of Celery-top Pine remaining on the Peninsula. The next section of the track is a 4WD track and has been churned up by a bit of use, so expect a walk through a fair bit of mud.
Upon reaching the summit of Tatnells Hill we will be greeted by a 360 degree view that is literally breathtaking. The view takes in Maria and Schouten Islands to the north, Fortescue Bay and Cape Pillar to the south and Mount Wellington, Bruny Island and Adamsons Peak in the west. Closer at hand are Eaglehawk Neck and Waterfall Bay, and offshore the Hippolyte and Cheverton Rocks.
This will be run as a Clean Up Australia event, held annually on the first Sunday in March. The aim will be to collect litter from around the carpark, along a short section of very safe roadway and downriver along the foreshore track to Porter Bay and Tommys Bight, usually around a 20 minute walk. We will work on different sections, in groups of 2-3. Bagged rubbish will be stacked on the roadside, ready for collection by the Clarence Council.
Clean Up Australia will provide a kit that includes rubbish bags and gloves. Sunglasses or some sort of eye protection is recommended when reaching in and under shrubs. It would be greatly appreciated if a couple of brave souls who own knee high gumboots were prepared to bring them and venture into the shallows of the two inlets to gather items caught under rocks or on branches. Clean Up Australia does not provide personal accident insurance (neither does Pandani), only public liability. Those attending will need to sign the Clean Up Australia registration sheet.
Two hours should be enough time to complete the planned work or alternatively, finish when you have had enough. There is nothing foul, unpleasant or heavy to deal with. Afterwards bask in the glow of doing a public good. There will be the usual offer of meeting for coffee and a chat afterwards, potentially in either Lindisfarne or Glenorchy.
We should get a wilderness feel on this walk as I doubt whether there will be any water in Disappearing Tarn! Parts of the track are very uneven and rocky under foot and we will be walking across rock scree slopes. About 520 metres total elevation gain. After having lunch overlooking Wellington Falls we will return the same way back to The Springs for a well earned coffee at Lost Freight.
A pleasant walk to a little visited peak in the Wellington Range. We start at the end of Suhrs Road at the top of Collinsvale and the first hour is steady uphill on fire trails.. We then pass between Collins Cap and Bonnet and on to a pretty pond for morning tea. A little more walking on fire trails brings us to the well marked start of the route to Mt Marian. The route is wet at the start and climbs steadily through bush and rocks to the summit with views of Cathedral Rock, Collins Bonnet and New Norfolk. We return the same way
We will meet at the dam car park and walk around the circuit. We will then go to Geilston Bay Picnic area, De Bomford Lane for lunch.
From the meeting place at Tynwald Park, we will drive to the start of the Timbs Track, which is a bit more than 20km past Maydene (where we will stop briefly for the public toilets - frequently they are a matter of byo toilet paper.
We will walk the Timbs Track which has some ups and downs, some beautiful forest, some open country with excellent views, and a bit of history, to the Florentine River. We will return via the same route, with a short diversion to the Twisted Sister. Our pace will be gentle, with time to enjoy the environment.
When I last walked this track, it was there was just a little mud, but with evidence that it could be more muddy.
This is a one-way walk (except for the Shag Bay bit). It's mostly flat apart from a few short uphill bits. We'll meet at Geilston Bay and catch a Metro bus back to our cars there at the end of the walk.
From Geilston Bay we'll walk to Shag Bay and back before morning tea. Then we'll follow the path along the Derwent via Lindisfarne and Montagu Bay to the Kangaroo Bay Parklands at Bellerive. Somewhere along the way we'll stop for lunch. Our bus back to Geilson Bay leaves Rosny Park Stop B at 2:00pm.
We'll fit a coffee shop stop in somewhere appropriate. If not along the route, it's an option after the official end of the walk.
I have not been to this area before so the final route will be a 'work in progress', but you can anticipate climbing all of Chimera 1111m, Hippogriff 1109m, Gell 1447m & Cheyne Range highpoint 1290m. The weather will have a major impact on how many peaks we can visit. A car shuffle will probably be required. Preference will be given to Club Members who have previously walked with me.
Sitting around a campfire is a custom that we still relish. Getting a chance to sample other people's food is another bonus. Also bring along some humorous or outlandish tale to share. The campfire will be in 'The Park' on our Thylogale property. Participants are encouraged to stay overnight and there will be some goodies for breakfast as an enticement. We may even go for a morning or afternoon stroll!
Two walks on the lower slopes of Adamsons Peak. The walk to the falls is through beautiful south west forest, complete with climbing heath. The falls themselves are pretty impressive as are the fossils embedded in the sediments that the creek flows over. This walk is approximately 8 k in total. The walk to Duckhole Lake is accessed from the same road, and is a level walk on an old Tramway, This is a short foray through the bush and is approx 2k return. Duckhole Lake is a large flooded sinkhole, in very pretty bush. I'll write more once I've done a recce.
On a good day Trestle Mountain offers panoramic views of both the Huon and Derwent Valleys, as well as other peaks of the Wellington Range. It's a big climb (1000 m) but surprisingly easy because 80% of it is up a disused road (passing through a range of vegetation communities) and only the last 200 m of elevation is a bit rough with some bouldery sections.
This walk starts at the reserve, crosses Oceana Drive, and enters private land. We follow farm tracks and paddocks to reach the highest point before descending south to the remains of an early farm, and a beautiful beach for lunch. We then return via a coastal track back to our starting point. There are great views of Fredrick Henry Bay, South Arm and Hobart suburbs along our route.
The walk will start at Waterfall Bay Car park. We will proceed to Camp Falls and then to Waterfall Bay Lookout where we have morning tea. We will return to Camp Falls and then take the track towards Tatnells Hill and Fortescue Bay.
The track ascends up a fairly steep and rocky path beside the creek, crossing it in several locations. After approx 45 minutes the track to Clemes Peak goes off to the left and we will follow it out to the summit, some rock scrambling is required to see the view.
After a short stop to admire the sweeping views from Clemes Peak, we will retrace our steps back to the main path and continue the ascent. Tatnells Hill summit is approx 15 minutes off the main Coastal trail, and this is where we will have lunch.
After lunch we will retrace the track back down to the cars at Waterfall Bay.
We will meet at Sandfly Hall then car pool down to the start of the track off the Cockle Creek Road. This is a fairly flat but longish walk on a well marked track. We start on a well marked track which takes us out to Big Lagoon Beach. Walking along the beach we then rock hop around the rocky headland to the mouth of the Southport Lagoon. This will be our lunch spot. We then walk around the edge of the lagoon and hopefully, there will be lots of bird life for us to admire as well as the views towards the southern ranges. Crossing over the headland we return on the same track to the cars. Bring lots of water as there is no water on the track, sun screen and the usual day walk gear. There may be snakes so I suggest gaiters as a precaution for the track part of this walk.
We will follow a variety of tracks from Fern Tree, including the new Rocky Wheelin' Track and Shoobridge Track to Junction Cabin, and back along the North-South and other tracks. This will vary according to how fast or slowly we progress. There should be time for those interested to visit the Fern Tree Tavern afterwards.
Starting from silos at the Cascade Brewery carpark we will walk up the Cascade track and make our way onto the Main Fire Track to the Middle Fire Track, which leads us into the area of some huts. This walk will start off easy but there are a couple of areas which maybe challenging. There will be a creek crossing, then a short area where the track disappears before joining up with the Myrtle Gully Track. After a short sharp climb to view 2 more huts sites we will return to the Cascade Track, back to the cars and coffee is you wish. Morning Tea and Lunch will be on the track where it is convenient.
The Cape Raoul track has recently been refurbished with walkers climbing through open forest to the cliff edge. The 14km walk is through light forest and heath with stunning cliffs never far away. This is a return walk on the same track with beautiful coastal scenery out to the dolerite cape, Cape Raoul. On a nice day, we will be rewarded with stunning views and possible seals on the small islands and rocks below. We will have a leisurely lunch enjoying the views.
Please note the track is long and maybe rough and steep at times.
Fortescue Bay is perhaps my favourite bay in Tasmania. It is situated on the Tasman Peninsular (hence our early start). We shall travel in convoy to the turn-off which is on the left about one km after passing the Devil Park (turn-off is signposted). The road leading in is an old forestry road but in reasonable order. National Park entry is required for cars. From the main carpark near the Ranger's hut we shall walk north via the beach then around the Bay. We shall go as far as possible in about 2-2.5 hours before reversing our direction and walking back out. Possibility of snakes or leeches on track or at lunch spot. Will check out the "wreck" on the way. There is a toilet on the track. If warm you may bring bathers for a beach dip on return.
After meeting at Sorell Station Street car park we will carpool to the trail head off Stormlea Road on the Tasman Peninsula. Parking is very limited at the start of the track to only about 3 car spaces. The first part of the walk is along a logging road before we turn left to walk up Moonlight Hill and over to morning tea looking over Tunnel Bay and further to Cape Raoul. The track out to Salter's Point is downhill and overgrown towards the end so be prepared for some heads down work through the scrub. The views at the point itself are worth the effort. We return the same way and a bit of a climb back up the hill and then back to the cars. There may be time for an ice cream on the way home especially if it has been a warm day out. Don't forget to bring plenty of water as there is no drinking water on the track.
This is an attractive walk, enhanced by its history as one of the earliest parts of the Eastern Shore settled by Europeans. We will follow a route with interpretive signs: https://www.ccc.tas.gov.au/places/old-rokeby-historic-trail/ . The route is mainly flat.
For those interested, coffee/lunch at a nearby cafe afterwards will be an option.
This is a short easy walk around various trails in margate. We will have morning tea somewhere along the trail before returning to dru point reserve for our shared picnic lunch. All members are welcome to either walk and/or lunch or just come along and catch up around the picnic area. Lunch will be round about 12 at a location (table) to be determined. Please bring a camp chair and maybe someone could bring a card table or two. I’m investigating the picnic shelter option so will let you know the exact location closer to the date but obviously somewhere in the reserve.
Update as at 7 Feb. I am still waiting to hear from the Hydro, though I have confirmed with Roam Wild of Queenstown that they can get us in to Lake Margaret at a cost of $90. Roam Wild also advise they can't get us in south of Mt Sedgwick, so a full through trip is off (sadly). My current thinking is that we may as well go in and out via the Hamilton Morraine or the main track in to Mt Tyndal at the northern end of the range. The aim then will be to get as far east or south as possible and climb Mt Sedgwick on the Saturday or Sunday, and Mt Tyndal on the way out on Monday. A reconnaissance on 21/22 Feb will help resolve the best route.
What we do will depend on the weather and the party - and daylight. But as I indicated previously, Mt Sedgwick, Mt Geikie, and Mt Tyndall are top of the list, with the smaller peaks also on the cards: Farquhar Lookout and Whitham Bluff.
In the event of a poor weather forecast I will try and find some cheap accommodation in Queenstown (think ~$100 each for three nights with shared rooms and bathrooms) so we can try some day walks - Mt Tyndal, Mt Murchison, Mt Lyell come to mind - and have more pleasant evenings. But if the forecast is really poor it will be better to cancel - the Tyndall Plateau is not somewhere good to be in a wild westerly - I know!
Parts of this walk are a bit notorious for scrub, and there is some decent height to be gained and lost. You should be fit and determined.
Plans may change as Easter draws closer and the interests of participants are factored in. But at this stage the broad plan would be to catch the early ferry to Narcissus on Good Friday, then contour around Byron, can be climbed if required, to gain access to the Cuvier Shelf. Easter Saturday will be a daywalk to Goulds Sugar Loaf. Sunday will be a daywalk to Manfred. Easter Monday will be retracing our path to Narcissus and a ferry back to Cynthia Bay. The Cuvier Valley Track, via Lake Petrarch, maybe utilised, instead of the ferry on either Easter Friday or Easter Monday. I have previously walked from Narcissus to Byron and Cuvier, and walked towards Goulds Sugarloaf as far as Coal Hill. I have not been to either Goulds Sugarloaf or Manfred. Priority will be given to Club Members who have previously walked with me in Alpine Areas.
We will meet at Sandfly and then head to the start of the Sculpture Trail at Birch's Bay. This is a gentle short walk, stopping frequently to look at the various sculptures along the way. From there we will head to Woodbridge where, depending on the timing, we will either have a short walk before lunch or after. Lunch will be at the General Store at Woodbridge. From there we will head back home. There is a gold coin donation required at the gate.
We will car pool to the start of the walk approx 4 ks from meeting point.
We will be walking on private land (permission received) through paddocks and then around Pierces Hill to the top.. Elevation gain approx 200 meters. This will give us magnificent views in all directions.
We will decent Pierces Hill picking up some tracks returning to our cars.We will have morning tea and lunch at selected locations.
This land was owned by my parents as I grew up there, very large playground!
Coffee at Sorell somewhere afterwards.
We will meet at the Observatory, in Cambridge, where we will be taken on a 1.5 hour tour of the facilities.
We will meet at the car park at Granton, and if car pooling is advised, we will car pool to Mt Field National Park.
Your walk leader has a perfume allergy, and would appreciate your refraining from use of such for this event.
We will drive to the visitor centre at Mt Field and walk in a very leisurely manner from there to Russell Falls, Horseshoe Falls, via the Tall Trees track to Lady Baron Falls, then return to the visitor centre. It is not a long walk but the return from Lady Baron Falls has a few steps to climb. We will have plenty on time on the way to admire the scenery, some of the world's tallest hardwood trees, and any fungi, orchids, fauna etc that might demand our attention.
This is a relatively easy walk, initially on a good fire trail and then on tracks to Lake Fanny. The following day those who wish can accompany me to Great Pine Tier - expect some scrub and interesting route finding. There is much to explore close by, too. Bring a fishing rod (and a license) and enjoy trying your luck in any of the nearby lakes.
We will walk the Timbs Track which has some ups and downs, some beautiful forest, some open country with excellent views, to the Florentine River. We will return via the same route, with a short diversion to the Twisted Sister.
When I last walked this track, it was dry, but with evidence that it could be muddy.
Crawleighwood Garden is an extensive (4 hectares) private garden at Nicholls Rivulet. It is open Thursday to Sunday in the warmer months but the owners have kindly agreed to open for a Pandani visit on a Wednesday. Their advice is that the autumn colours are usually best in the the week before Anzac Day, but of course given the unpredictability of weather there are no guarantees. Entry is by donation - $8 per person. I visited the garden in spring with some friends and we all thought it worth a return visit in the autumn. PLEASE NOTE THE REGISTRATION CLOSING DATE because I have undertaken to let the owners know how many of us there will be before we visit.
A leisurely Autumn walk along the local Alum Cliffs. We will start at Taroona Beach and head along the Taroona Foreshore Track to the Alum Cliffs. Morning tea will be on the way, lunch at Boronia Beach, then we will return via the same route. The walk includes coastal blue gum forest, silver peppermint bushland, fernfilled gullies, and rewarding views of the Derwent Estuary and Storm Bay. A coffee stop at Kingston on the return journey will be included.
The option of swimming at lunchtime for the intrepid will be available in the secluded waters of Boronia Beach.
This walk involves a couple of steep sections of stairs, there are cliff edges which we will not approach.
At the southern end of the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park is Mt Rufus which can be accessed via a number of routes. It is my intention to do in and out on the same track bypassing the longer circuit option, and avoiding the button grass of the Gingerbread track!
This is still a medium+ walk, although having not been on this track for some time it might be more medium. If there is time, we may detour down from the summit to visit the very quaint Gingerbread Hut.
Prepare for mid-Autumn weather which could be hot or cold depending on the day.
From Sandfly we shall car shuffle to the junction of Leslie Rd & Huon Highway to do the first half of the walk (keep to right-hand lane after the sign to turn into Leslie Rd) . After this section is completed we shall car shuffle again to Pickett Hill Lookout at approx 11.00am for morning tea. Then the walk recommences with a descent from Pickett Hill to do the second half of the walk. Lunch will be taken on this section at around 12.30 pm. The walk will complete on return to our cars on Pickett Hill. For sturdier walkers there is an option to continue along the Pickett Hill track back to our original carpark in Leslie Rd (approx 20mins) where they can be picked up by the shuffle vehicles. The walking is mainly on tracks, many through bush, interspersed with some unavoidable road walking when needed to link the chosen tracks. The countryside is rural with light bush. Native orchids are supposedly found throughout the year. The view from Pickett Hill is panoramic and takes in scenery from Cathedral Rock to South Arm. There are some hills to climb but not too difficult!
Glenora walks are popular, and give the opportunity to work on private farmland with the owner's permission. The route will include farm tracks at the top of a ridge with superb views, and a pleasant walk alongside the middle Derwent River as it follows its meandering course.
This will be a two-part walk. We will start at Lake Fenton, and walk along the 300m Fagus Walk. This track is fairly good by Tasmanian standards but rocky in places so sticks could be useful. Walkers can pause or stop at any point if they feel uncomfortable about continuing. There are plenty of myrtles at the start of the track, as well as along it, so the colours - if present - can be enjoyed without much effort.
Next, we will drive on to Lake Dobson and walk the Pandani Circuit for a different kind of vegetation. We'll have lunch beside the lake before returning to Tynwald.
As you know, fagus is a fickle tree so I can't guarantee beautiful colours but I'm hopeful!
Why walk to Fraser Creek Hut?
The location provides an opportunity to:
- be immersed in the rugged beauty of the West Coast
- experience staying in a mountain hut
- see first-hand the remains of some of the early logging and mining sites in the area
- potentially walk to: Fraser Falls (4-5 hrs rtn); Fraser Falls/ Montezuma Falls circuit (7-8 hours rtn); Moores Pimple (4-5 hours rtn); all weather dependent.
The hut is located approx. 13 km east of Zeehan, in the foothills behind the historical mining town of Dundas. From where the vehicles are parked, the walk to the hut is just over 4km, with an elevation of around 600m and takes 2½ -3 ½ hours depending on fitness and track conditions. The in-out walk initially follows a 4WD track and then traces the Carbine Track, an old horse drawn sledge track which, as well as being steep, is in poor condition. It then follows a short section of what was Wallace’s tramline. Bear in mind the location is only a stone’s throw from Mt Read and the ground underfoot, whether uphill or downhill, is usually wet in varying degrees, all year round.
You will need to bring the usual multi day bushwalking requirements, minus a tent, crockery and cutlery. A butane gas cooker is available but you would need to carry in the gas. A variety of billies and saucepans are also available. Some people prefer to take their own cooker and pans, to avoid waiting.
There is a wonderful fire, but all participants need to be prepared to carry wood, on a daily basis, from pre-stacked piles a short distance up the track – in all weather conditions!
The hut and bunks are only small, and so for comfort, numbers for this trip are limited to four. Additional information about the hut, including a shared hut fee, will be forwarded to participants after registration.
Travel arrangements and more detail about the hut will be provided once attendees are known.
We will meet at the Fern Tree Tavern, there is a carpark behind the tavern just down Summerleas Road. From there we will walk down the Pipeline track to Halls Saddle where we will cross the road and head up to Bracken Lane having morning tea on the way. Heading across the road we will then head back to FernTree for lunch. This is a little longer than some of the Wednesday walk, but still easy and we will be taking it at a leisurely pace.
After meeting at Sandfly Hall we will car pool to start of walk at Huon Bush Retreat where there is limited parking and quite a steep climb up final part of unsealed road.
From the picnic area( toilets available) we will take Tall Trees Track to viewing platform, then 3/4 hour climb up escarpment to sub alpine heathland plateau. Morning tea at Flat Rock (grand views) then about 1 hour along plateau to top of Mt Misery for lunch and views (and Jack Jumpers)
After returning along the same track, there are some diversions to a beautiful little waterfall, past a tree which has suffered a massive lightning strike.
Several short walks possible after completeion of circuit, well worth the added effort.
Afternoon tea at Ranelagh Summer Kitchen.?
Gold coin donation is appreciated for ongoing maintenance of the track and facilities.
We will meet at the Hobart Tea Rooms for a relaxed morning tea, time to catch up and socialize with fellow walkers. For those that wish there is an option for a walk around the waterfront after.
The picturesque Lee’s Paddock is where we will be based for a 2 night adventure. Pending permission from the leaseholders, we will base nearby Lee’s Hut with a number of options for day walks on Friday. My intention is for us to visit Devils Cauldron on Wurragarra Creek, however easier options are also available such as visiting the Reg Wadley Hut, or Ladder Falls and it will be entirely weather dependent.
Be prepared for tent based camping with enough food for 2 nights, three lunches.
We will carpool from my home in Lindisfarne or by pre-arranged meet up spots. It is a long drive (anticipate up to 5 hours) on a fairly rough road towards the end of Mersey Forest Road.
Mike Howe's Lookout is named after one of Tasmania's most notorious bushrangers and is accessed through private property near Oatlands. (Permission has been obtained.) Howe was active in this area in the 1820s. It is a steep little knoll with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. We approach the Lookout through paddocks and then climb it for an early lunch and descend more or less the same way. We'll skirt the base of the knoll on farm tracks and then make our way back to the cars and into Oatlands for a coffee and possibly a wander out to Mary Island if time and energy levels permit.
This is a simple circuit walk. We'll start with a small loop around Macquarie Point below the Cenotaph, then follow the Bridge of Remembrance, Soldiers Memorial Walk and the newly upgraded pathway to the upper entrance of the Botanical Gardens. We'll have morning tea there, and loop around the gardens, exiting at the bottom gate, before we follow the Intercity Bike Path or other footpaths back to our cars.
We will meet at the Sandfly Community Hall, 811 Sandfly Road, for car sharing at 9.45am for a 1/2hr drive to the Geeveston Heritage Park where we will have an early morning tea before doing the walk to Port Huon, after which we will return to Geeveston for lunch before commencing the short Platypus walk. Hopefully the Platypus comes out to play around 1pm after which we will return to our car to travel back to Sandfly Hall. Morning Tea/Lunch maybe purchased from shops in Geeveston if you which. Distance is around 6kms. Duration approximately 4hours including travelling
9:30am: An optional short walk to Silver Falls and Fern Glade
11:00am: We gather in the Meeting Room at Fern Tree Tavern
Talk: Martin Stone is our guest speaker for a 30 minute presentation: Early Tracks and Huts on kunanyi/Mt Wellington
Annual General Meeting - to follow the presentation
Our circuit will take us via O'Grady's Falls, Betts Vale, Shoobridge and Lenah Valley tracks to the Springs (probably our lunch stop). On the way back to Fern Tree we will visit Silver Falls.
The walk commences from the Montrose Foreshore carpark. This is off Foreshore Road (right-hand turn as soon as you enter it)) which joins Brooker Highway. You can turn into Foreshore Road from either direction along the Highway, but I understand it is easier if travelling north to south. The road entrance in that case is just beyond Montrose Bay High School. If travelling north it is just beyond the MyState bank Arena. The walk will begin with a short loop which will include the three "rainbow" foot bridges across Elwick Bay and return via a bike track. We then set off for MONA via the Inter-city Cycle Way (old railway track). On arriving at MONA there will be time for exploring and to have morning tea. The return journey will be largely along the Brooker Highway to have lunch back at the Montrose Foreshore Recreation Park (this is optional if you are in a hurry to depart). The walk is suitable for all members.
This will be an overnight camp with a difference at a secluded hut, with the location to be disclosed only to participants.
You will not be allowed to sleep in the hut and must be prepared for tent based bush camping with no facilities. It will be a short walk from the cars to the camping area so feel free to bring luxury items.
Our walk on Saturday will be on the Penguin Cradle trail to Fourways, a unique waterfall that it the junction of (funnily enough) FOUR waterways.
Time and weather permitting we may also climb Mt Beecroft (for Abel baggers) but this is a secondary destination with the waterfalls being my primary aim.
Prepare for a long drive (up to 5 hours) in each direction. I have not previously walked on this track but anticipate approx. 6 hours walking (maybe more if we do Mt Beecroft).
It will likely be muddy so prepare for alpine walking at this time of the year.
We will head down to Clifton beach turning off at Bicheno Street and heading to the reserve carpark. We will commence the walk from here, walking out to the coast. From there we will head along to the lookout having morning tea along the way. We will then head back to the cars via the beach. Heading back to the cars we will return to Lauderdale. Lunch spot to be confirmed.
A section of this walk is on private property & have yet to get permission. At this stage, I plan to start at Pooleys Wines & visit the nearby quarry - the source of sandstone for the Georgian Richmond buildings. Then we’ll wander around Richmond to its cemeteries and old pub/ liquor store sites. A walk along David’s Way will probably be included. When we return to the cars, there is the option of a drink at Pooleys.
This is a winter long weekend devoted to various walks in the Leven Canyon and Black Bluff area in the North-West. Our base will be a very well appointed two-story, 5 bedroom home with a beautiful garden, set in rain forest above the Leven Canyon. The cost will depend upon numbers, but I expect about $70 per person for the three nights (i.e. around $23 per person per night, but it will be a fixed amount whether you come up on the Friday night or the Saturday morning.)
Simon and I will lead various walks in the general area. Although daylight will be short, there are plenty of possibilities. The program is not yet set, so if you have suggestions, feel free. But what we have in mind includes: Leven Canyon, Mt Housetop, Mt Loyetea, Mt Everett, St Valentines Peak and the Dial Range.
We expect we will share a group meal on the Saturday and Sunday nights, but that will need to be worked out, and will not be compulsory! You will need to bring everything you expect to eat, as there are no shops for 40+ kms - the nearest is effectively Devonport.
For those able to leave early on the Friday, there will be a walk on the way - but quite what it should be is open to suggestion. Otherwise you can arrive late Friday afternoon (or even later on Friday night - it is about a 4.5 hour drive from Hobart) or Saturday morning.
More information on our plans will be posted closer to the time. If you want to flag early interest please do so.
This is a pleasant walk with fantastic views of most of the Derwent Estuary and lots of birds including wedgetail eagles. There are many rabbit burrows so please watch your step. We shall start walking clock-wise and probably stop for a break at Mitchell Beach and lunch further on at another beach, possibly Mary Ann Bay. Further on there is the Gellibrand Vault, the burial site of William Gellibrand who was the original grantee at South Arm. We will continue out to Gellibrand Point then to the Eastern side past the Spit which is out of bounds for walkers being a sensitive bird breeding habitat. Continue walking clockwise creating a circuit back to the cars.
We will meet at Government House for this tour. If people are interested we could then have lunch at Succulents, but I would need to know when you book if you are interested in lunch.
A four hut alpine lake adventure…. In winter!
This could be fun or it could be awful, but lets give it a go. We will be walking in on the 4WD Pillans Lake track so expect slightly boring but easy going track. Lots of mud, lots of boulders and a few river crossings.
I’m not sure at this stage about the winter access point so we will leave our cars wherever that is and walk from there.
First hut is the old shepards hut, Allisons Hut, which I expect might be our lunch spot. The current custodians of this hut are the Mountain Cattlemans Association. We will then continue on to Kerrisons Hut which will be our base camp.
On Saturday we will wander around to the Lake Field and Pillans Lake Huts, or if the weather is awful we might just bail out and walk back to the cars!
Kerrisons Hut is a current summer renovation project of the Mountain Huts Preservation Society and I know the roof wont leak as Stuie and I have just re-lined it! There is also a woodheater currently being installed BUT… you must bring a tent and be prepared to sleep in it.
There are no toilet facilities so bring a spade.
Is there a more appropriate way to celebrate the Winter Solstice than doing something a little silly. Leave Hobart in time to start walking at Sunrise. From Cockle Creek follow the South Coast Track to South Cape Bay. Then follow a pad through scrub till we reach the spectacular finger of rock that is South East Cape. The pad continues South till we reach the tip of the Cape and the southern most point of the Tasmanian 'mainland'. We then retrace our steps to be back at the cars for Sunset.
We successfully did this walk for the Winter Solstice in 2022, highlights were stunning Sunrise, Sunset, the SouthEast Cape is quite spectacular and the culinary highlight was the Service Station Bay Mari offerings in Huonville on the drive home.