We follow a well-formed track on the north side of the Tyenna River turning uphill across a field and into a rainforest. From there the track may be muddy with occasional fallen logs to negotiate. Lunch spot will depend on prior rainfall. Time permitting we may also visit Russell and Horseshoe Falls before coffee at the Mt Field visitors centre. (Park pass is required for parking in the carpark.
The walk begins with a steep ascent of the Myrtle Forest track until we reach the fire trail below Collins Cap. From there we follow the East West Trail past the flank of Collins Bonnet and Trestle Mountain until turning off the fire trail to Mt Marian. This track crosses a flat area of alpine bush and then a short rocky ascent to the summit for lunch with panoramic views (weather permitting).
Nothing too technical but a fair distance out and back.
We will meet at the lower Springs carpark and commence our walk along towards Rock Cabin, depending on group we will have morning tea here or continue on to Junction Cabin. We will then head back by the same route to the Springs where we will have a bbq lunch.
Start walking from the top of Lenah Valley up the Lenah Valley fire trail which can be quite steep. Morning tea probably at the top of the fire trail or the junction of the Old Hobartians Track. At the junction we branch left. Just prior to actually reaching the Falls we detour on a steep track down to view the Falls from the bottom, if able to cross over we do so and walk up the other side to the Falls themselves, otherwise return up the steep track. Lunch at the Falls, return the same way without the detour. Just before crossing Lenah Valley Creek there is an interesting ruin just off the track for those who may wish to view.
Legendary bushman Basil Steers built many bush huts in parts of central Tasmania. There are 3 remaining in good condition, with 2 left on the February Plains.
We will visit both on this trip with our walk taking us first to Basil Steers #2, the larger but basic hut. After morning tea we will meander along the February Plains via Hut #1, which has been restored by the Mountain Huts Preservation Society.
Following a recce to the area, it has been decided that instead of camping on the February Plains we will return to Mole Creek for tent based camping on our private property. The huts are located at over 1000 metres and snow was heavy on the ground. There are limited tent sites but plenty of clear ground at Mole Creek.
The catch! We will need to hire a portaloo and the expected cost per participant is $10.
At time of publishing details are a little sketchy, but will become clearer as we get closer to the date. Ben, Tracey, Jess and Simon are wanting to finish off the Eldons and have extended an invitation for a small number of other Pandani Members to join them. Camping sites are expected to be very limited so the group size will be also very small. Are plans are unapologetically ambitious - would you expect anything else. Drive to Lake Burbury Friday morning (or even drive partway Thursday night). Launch the kayaks and paddle up Lake Burbury towards the confluence of the Eldon River and South Eldon River. What happens next, ie how far we can paddle the kayaks will be determined by the amount of water in the Lake. Best case scenario has us paddling to the confluence, beaching the kayaks, getting sorted and climbing about a 1000m to camp just below the summit. Worst case scenario involves a lot of mud. Saturday climb to the summit, 1440m and take the time to enjoy this beautiful area. Sunday descend back to the kayaks, paddle back to the cars and then drive home. There are many variables of this 'plan', too many to detail here, but one is to paddle Lake Burbury Friday and Sunday, camping on the Lake shore or on the banks of either the Eldon or South Eldon Rivers. With a 1200m climb and descent on Saturday. With the paddling anticipate 'open' water paddling on a large lake, with possible muddy shores. The 1200m ascent and descent can't be ignored. the climb will initially be through forest, then scrub, scrub & rock and mossy rock. Anticipate some mud and possibly slippery rock hopping. With an exposed 'high' camp Friday and Saturday nights.
By necessity this will be limited to Members who have a sense of the absurd and have previously walked with me on an Alpine daywalk or multi-day walk. I have not climbed Eldon Peak before and this activity is weather dependent.
Cathedral Rock via Betts Hill Track (private land access)
We will head off from Anderson Road via approved access, thanks to Chris’ contacts, and slowly make our way up from behind the rock through lichen covered hills till we meet the usual trail connection at the bottom of the last push to the top.
This access avoids the north west bay river and the evil switchbacks. There is still the final scramble to the top of the peak, which pushes this walk into the medium range. This will not be a fast walk for those long legged speedsters, as we aim to wander up together and enjoy the lichen rich environment together.
Return back the same way to Anderson Road. If time, we might venture round to cathedral rock vineyard for a celebratory sip or the legendary bush bakery.
The walk starts from Lake Dobson Road and will proceed in an anti-clockwise direction towards Lake Nichols, then continue to the Summit of Mt Field East. The return trip is via Windy Moor to Lake Fenton with a side trip up to Seager Lookout. From Lake Fenton we'll walk back down road to our starting point.
Most of the walk is on a track with boulders to negotiate on the last section up onto Mt Field East. If you're not keen on boulders, you can wait for us at the junction of Lake Nichols and Mt Field East tracks.
This walk takes us through numerous lakes, tarns, flora, and great scenery in the Mt Field National Park. We will do the walk anticlockwise in order to have a pleasant downhill end to the walk.
We will meet outside Parliament House to be taken on the tour. Cost approximately $15.00 ( to be confirmed)
Arthurs Peak has sweeping views of the Tasman Peninsula and Spring is a nice time of year to be in the area.
We follow the old Cape Pillar Track for just over an hour before turning off onto a little used track to Arthurs Peak. This section of the track may be overgrown in places but easy to follow. We pop out onto the 3 Capes Track and up the hill to Arthurs Peak where we may surprise some 3 Capes walkers who will wonder how we got there.
Retracing our steps a short distance we then follow the 3 Capes Track until it re-joins the old Cape Pillar Track and back to the cars.
Note that there is a reasonable distance to cover in the day, but other than one scrubby section which should take just over an hour most of it is on good or excellent track.
Please note this is polling day for the referendum, so please consider voting early in case we get back later than expected.
The track begins on Quartz Quarry Road, off Picton Road, not far from the Tahune Airwalk. The track heads west, following the south bank of the Huon River through tall forest, giving nice river views. The track is mainly flat, with a few muddy sections. It has been recently re-cleared by a Hobart Walking Club volunteer group, all except the last kilometre into Blakes Opening. Whether we tackle this last bit will be up to the group. Then back the same way. There is a creek crossing that will probably mean getting wet feet. The country was mostly burnt in 2019, but is recovering well.
Tinpot Island is only about 40 m off the western shore of the Forestier Peninsula and can be easily accessed via stepping stones if the tide is low. On the day of our trip the tide may or may not be low enough - we'll find out when we get there. Regardless of whether we get onto the actual island the approach is a pleasant walk of about 6 km along a faint pad through undulating bush, and the return is a similar distance along the shoreline for 4 km and a road for the last 2 km. As well as the shoreline scenery we can hope for spring wildflowers.
We will start at the Cremorne Beach carpark near the toilets and walk North along the beach to the start of the Coastal walk. After a while we will come to Calvert’s Hill reserve and will turn left to climb the hill. This is quite steep in sections but we will have plenty of stops to catch your breath.
At the top we will have fantastic views in all directions while we have morning tea. After morning tea we will descend the hill to the Coastal track below to head to Mays Beach for lunch. The coastal track is well formed with some ups and downs.
After lunch we will head back to our cars staying on the coastal track.
Coffee will be at Lauderdale for those that wish.
This is a level walk, starting from the Canal at Lauderdale and following some of the southern part of the Tangara Trail across wetlands and through rural country to Sandfly. After morning tea we will return by the same route.
Come and explore my neighbourhood. Check out Boronia Hill, the Big Rock, new installations at Kingston Wet Lands, Salt Marshes at Kingston Beach and the Boronia Beach track. This walk comes with a complimentary afternoon tea.
We will meet at the Sandfly Community’s Hall and car pool from there. First stop will be at the Arve Falls Lookout and then onto the start of the track. We will have morning tea at the shelter before heading off to Ladies Tarn and Lake Esperance. We will then retrace our steps to the shelter before heading to Lake Osbourne. We will find a suitable spot for lunch, possible Lake Esperance. After Lake Osbourne we head for home, possibly stopping for coffee along the way.
As previously mention weather can be very unpredictable in this region so please ensure you are suitably prepared.
Douglas Apsley National Park, north of Bicheno is a beautiful place to walk. We will attempt the circuit walk if conditions are suitable with the river bed only able to be followed in semi dry conditions. There is boulder hopping and some scrambling required.
The waterhole is a great place for a very chilly dip at the end!
This is a fairly long drive north of Bicheno (approx 2 1/4 hours each direction) so expect a full day with a lateish arrival back at the cars in Sorell.
We will meet at Sorell and then reassemble at the Buckland Roadhouse where we will be met by walk organiser Bob Graham, who will take us out to the Ryton Hills, a property owned by the Tasmanian Land Conservancy. This is not a scientific expedition but an opportunity for amateurs to learn to identify their local plants. Chris will bring some plant identification books.
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. 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 to Tatnells Hill where we will have lunch.
If time permits we may venture over to Lichen Hill before retracing the track back down to the cars at Waterfall Bay.
We will meet at Fern Glade Car Park and car pool (for those wishing to do so) to Neika. From Neika 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, or takeaway coffee with lunch eaten in the park opposite the tavern.
From Fern Tree, car pool drivers will be returned to their cars at Neika. I will be walking back to Neika if anyone wishes to join me for the longer walk.
This is a four day walk, intending to make use of the Show Day holiday in southern Tasmania (i.e. Thurs to Sunday.) Mt Proteus is an Abel of modest proportions, west of Pine Forest Moor on the Overland track. Although off-track the scrub is not too difficult, and there are no boulders or cliffs to negotiate. It will be the primary objective. Mt Pelion West is an altogether much tougher proposition, especially as its summit is at the far end of a long, very broken summit ridge. Both will be accessed as day trips from the Pelion area. If we have more time, either on the way in or out, the other possibili tes are Mt Oakleigh and Mt Pillinger. We will use the New Pelion Hut if we can, but I want to retain the option to camp elsewhere if necessary. As long as there has not been a fresh dump of snow access should not be a problem from the Arm River track. People intending to come should be fit, experienced overnight hikers, and willing to deal with cold and wet conditions. If access is doubtful due to snow, or the weather forecast terrible, the walk will not proceed.
This is a great alpine walk. We will complete the circuit anti-clockwise from Lake Dobson carpark. We start by descending past Lake Seal to Lake Webster then a 200m climb up to Twilight tarn then further up to Lake Newdegate for lunch. From here we follow the scenic tarn shelf past numerous tarns to the Rodway hut. We will then cross to the ski fields and descend to Lake Dobson.
This is a long medium walk with some steep uphill sections and we will walk at a reasonable pace to return before dark. The weather can be changeable and I may cancel the walk if its looking unfavourable.
Based on Belinda Jefferies wonderful weekend at Maccas but not as definite about the order of walks due to the unpredictable weather on the West Coast. The aim is to travel in convoy up to Queenstown doing some of the shorter walks on the way up including, Franklin River Nature Walk, Donaghy’s Hill, Nelson Falls and The Iron Blow on the way west. I suggest that once you have registered on the walk you book some accommodation in Queenstown ASAP.
We will settle into our accommodation then meet up early on the first evening to discuss the proposed program for the week. The walks will be flexible to suit the weather, but whichever is the best day is the day we climb up to Mt Tyndall. Other possible walks on the list are Pillinger, Mt Dundas, Montezuma Falls,Trial Harbour and Cumberland Lake, short walks around the King River, and possibly Mt Murchison. If you do not feel like doing a walk on a certain day there is the flexibility to spend the day resting in Queenstown or driving down to Macquarie Heads and walking along Ocean Beach and exploring the Henty Dunes. The program must be flexible to take in to account the possible varying conditions. If we are lucky with the weather, it could be a great week of walking. For those that are interested we will also take in the sunset on top of Mt Owen, best weather and conditions allowing, courtesy of Roamwild and there will be a cost for this. Once numbers are confirmed I suggest car pooling will be the best strategy unless you are happy to drive yourself.
We will be doing a walk around Margate (details still to be finalised) heading towards Avi-flora and forner gardens, where we will have a look around the 1 hectare garden. We will have our morning tea in the gardens and then head back to the cars. Lunch will be at Brookfield. There is an entrance fee of $6.00 for the gardens.
This is a pleasant costal walk which we will start from Lewis Park, continue along part of Seven Mile Beach to join the formed track which takes us up and along the cliff tops passing by Single Hill and on to Roaches Beach.
Mt Misery, so called because all the bad weather in the Huon area is said to come from behind it, is a mountain, or at least part of a plateau on the eastern side of the Huon River. It's on land owned by Huon Bush retreats, and is accessed by a steep private road. The track leads through beautiful rain forest to the summit area where there are fantastic views in various directions. We climb steadily up through the forest to reach a western lookout and then continue over the plateau to reach an interesting geological feature where we'll have lunch. Great views of the Wellington Range from this point. We return the same way. Options to have a post walk coffee at the Summer Kitchen Bakery in Ranelagh. Approximately 4 hours of walking and 350m climbing. Interesting interpretations are provided by the owners.
The aim is to complete two shortish walks near New Norfolk. The first will be to the summit of Mt Lloyd, a low mountain at the end of the Wellington Range. (Peak would be an exaggeration.) This involves a steady climb of around 300m up a bush track through pleasant bush to a summit with great views of the surrounding countryside. Poles will be helpful on the descent.
The second is to Black Glen. Black Glen is a steep gorge near the head of the Lachlan River. This is only a short walk of 3-4 k but the river is very pretty and the gorge scenic. Small cascades plunge into pools. Further up there's a larger waterfall. If it's a hot day, a swim in the river would be irresistible and it would be worth including bathers. It's also worthwhile taking this walk slowly to absorb the atmosphere and enjoy the sound of the river. Numbers are limited on this walk as there is very little parking available at both trailheads. (Approximately 3-4 cars at each venue.)
Gather in the Caroline Function Room at the Black Buffalo Hotel, 14 Federal Street, North Hobart. 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start. Our own room with Private Bar. The function room is heated on a cold evening. Overhead projector and sound system. Plenty of space to maintain Social Distancing. Meals, snacks or drinks can be enjoyed in the Dining Room prior to our meeting, please book ahead (03) 6234 7711. Or enjoyed in the Caroline Room and ordered on the night. Ample parking. Super helpful and obliging staff.
takara limuna (Sheoak Walk) is accessed via the Shag Bay Track, the 700m track sits along the Bedlam Walls and has five interpretive panels, a viewing platform, and a central firepit for cultural use by the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. The interpretive panels are embedded with QR codes that allow participants to listen in Tasmanian Aboriginal Language. The Mumirimina people's culture, stories & history is honored by this trail.
Shag Bay has a more recent Colonial History with farming, a Bone Mill and the wreck of the Nelson.
This will be a leisurely day exploring the area and learning about its cultural significance to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.
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. Of course, you can bring your own utensils if you wish. A butane gas cooker is available but you would need to carry in the gas. Some people prefer to take their own cooker 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 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.
To be honest, I'm not even sure if this walk is possible as a daywalk, but we won't know unless we try. Park our cars at the King William Saddle on the Lyell Highway. Walk along the Beehive Canal Road for as long as we can, then cross country to The Beehive. Then 'contour' around a high point to give us access to Calders Lookout. We would hope to be here for a late lunch. Then 'contour' around that same high point to give us access, after crossing Taffys Creek, to the slopes of Mt Arrowsmith. Then it will be a matter of picking the best route back to King William Saddle. Anticipate about a 1000m of accent, lots of Button Grass, navigation & route selection challenges, scree, rock and scrub. I haven't been to any of these three Peaks before.
Long Marsh Dam & the Convict Probation Station ruins are located in a Conservation Area in Eastern Tasmania, not far north of Tooms Lake & at about the same latitude as Swansea. In the 1840s, a group of Northern Midlands landowners (white folks!) decided that constructing a dam across the Macquarie River would be a good idea & that free convict labour would be the way to achieve this. The project went ahead for a year or so, but was never completed.
We will look at the quarry and huge sandstone blocks scattered about. The we'll cross the river (I'm hoping it will be creek size in November) & examine the remnants of the probation station & try to solve a few mysteries. While in the area, we'll also look at the weir & check out the location of the bridge which used to cross the Macquarie River nearby (but washed away in the 60s/ 70s/80s?
We travel north in convoy on the Tasman Highway, then turn onto Bresnehan Road and take various roads to the site. This last 35-40 kms of the drive are on gravel road and the conditions aren't too bad until the last3-4 kms. A 4WD would be ideal for this. An AWD or 2WD with high clearance could do it with a careful & confident driver. Hopefully, we'll be able to car pool successfully.
The Medium part of this walk will involve the steep, direct walk from Seven Mile Beach up Single Hill on its north side. You can do it at your own pace. Otherwise, our route is downhill, undulating or flat. We'll start by taking the coastal track from Roches to Seven Mile Beach. After a morning tea stop at Single Hill with its 360⁰ views we will follow several sections of the Tangara Trail between properties north of Lauderdale, stopping for lunch at a suitable spot. There will be a little walking on safe roadways. After we return to our cars we'll have time for coffee in Lauderdale.
We will be meeting for a 1 hour tour of the Cascade Brewery, there will be a certain amount of steps and walking on metal walkways.
The details are a little sketchy at present as booking are not permitted until around 1 month before the date. Hence there could be changes to times and possibly (I hope not) dates. They do have a maximum of 15 people on the tours.
If anyone is interested I was thinking we could maybe have lunch at the brewery afterwards, but I would need to know well in advance if you wished to do so, so that I could make the bookings.
The tour is $35.00 if we have a full group we could go for a private tour. I will update as information comes to hand.
We will travel by car to Woodvine Nature Reserve, via Forcett, and turning left into Delmore Rd and then right onto White Hill Road, which terminates at the Reserve. After spending so time looking over the historic farm buildings, we walk along a 4wd track before turning off to head up to Mother Browns Bonnet. The climb is steady with no really steep sections. We will return by the same route. There are broken views from several areas near the top to farmlands in the valleys.
Update on the Overnight Bivi Weekend. If people interested in this challenge are also interested in combining it with a more serious walk - i.e. a peak or two somewhere - please get in touch. I do need to investigate some alternatives, as we are not allowed to have any open fires in most parks and conservation areas after October. So, if you have suggestions, fire away.
Could you survive a night out in the bush without a tent, sleeping bag and the normal necessities and desirabilities for camping out? The truth is, almost everyone can, almost all of the time. But until you have done it, you don't know. Weather is a big factor. So is being minimally prepared. Mind over matter is a big part of it. So is making the best use of your situation. The aim of this weekend is to experience a bivi, but in controlled circumstances - "Alone" if you like, but without being truly alone.
While the focus will be on surviving a bivi - and surviving well - we will likely throw in a small peak or two on the Saturday, and perhaps the opportunity of a good breakfast on the Sunday morning.
This is a fabulous opportunity to explore the stunning coastline of turrakana/Tasman Peninsula as we walk from Tasman Blowhole, via Devils Kitchen right around to Waterfall Bay lookout. Please note this does not inlude continuing on to Waterfall Bluff which makes it an easier day.
We will take our time to explore all the scenic viewpoints along the way
Mt Eliza overlooks Lake Judd, with stunning views of the rest of the Southwest during the ascent from our start on the Scotts Peak road. It's a somewhat brutal climb of 1000 m over about 4 km plus another couple of km across the plateau but will be done at a relaxed pace
This is a lovely walk out to a cape at the northern end of Adventure Bay. After parking our cars at the trail head, we walk out past some lagoons, to Adventure Bay beach and hopefully, tides permitting, make our way round the base of Mars Bluff to pretty Moorina Beach. We visit a natural arch and a hidden fishermen's shack, before walking out to the cape itself. We'll have lunch on the cape with its great views of Storm Bay and Adventure Bay. We then retrace our steps.There are opportunities for a swim at Moorina Beach, should people wish. If we can't walk round the base of the Bluff we will have to climb it, about 200m in total.
Back top Mt Emmett, with Barn Bluff as the second objective if the weather is on our side. This is planned as a four day walk, requiring both the Friday and Monday.
Friday we will drive to Cradle Mtn, and walk in to the Scott-Kilvert Hut. Facilities there are excellent, but it may be necessary to camp on the tent platforms. Saturday, assuming reasonably favourable weather we will take day packs and climb from the hut to the Cradle Cirque, and then follow the ridge out to Mt Emmett. There is quite a good pad, but expect some scrub. At the base of the boulder fields it is a case of picking our way over the first bump to the further second bump, and the summit. You need to be comfortable on boulder fields to do this one - though there are no steep drops or really difficult sections. Then it is back the same way.
If the Saturday is bad weather wise, and the Sunday good, we will tackle Mt Emmett then.
Assuming Emmett is bagged on Saturday we will climb up to the Cradle Cirque on Sunday, and head out to Barn Bluff, also as a day trip.
If Sunday doesn't co-operate we could have a crack at Emmett or Barn on the Monday. This will involve an early start, dropping our packs when we reach the Cirque, and collecting them on the way back. Needless to say, a potentially long day with the added pressure of getting back in time to catch the last bus back to the visitor centre.
Hopefully the weather will co-operate, which will leave open the possibility of walking out on the Monday and climbing some of the smaller summits on the way.
You should be fit, comfortable on boulders and with a little exposure on Barn Bluff.
This is a trip we paddled a few years ago and it was good fun. Launching from Wingara Road, Howden, we'll unload the kayaks and sort gear before doing a car shuffle so that all cars bar one are at Blackmans Bay. Once the drivers are back at Wingara Road we'll launch the kayaks and group up before following the coast SouSouth East to Tinderbox Bay. Lunch and toilet facilities at Tinderbox. This is a Marine Reserve and Dive Trail so care must be taken to avoid divers and snorkelers. After lunch we'll continue to follow the coast North East till we round Passage Point, then North to Blackmans Bay. A quick car shuffle to retrieve the car left at Wingara Road and we can load all the kayaks and hopefully finish the day with a serve of Fish'n'Chips. This activity is weather, swell and wave height dependent.
An excellent alpine walk (weather permitting) great views to the south and west and pretty tarns. Starts fairly level with some duckboards to Lake Esperence and Lady Tarn. before climbing up a rocky hillside to Hartz saddle and then another climb and rocky scramble to the summit. Height gain about 400m.
We will walk at a reasonable pace and I may cancel if the weather is looking unfriendly.
We'll attempt to climb Ragged Jack, a decent summit to the west of the Ben Lomond plateau proper. About 8km walking and 700m elevation - expect some scree, scrub, and chilly winds on top - if the weather is horrendous, we'll likely leave it for another day. Be advised that I've never been to Ragged Jack before.
We shall meet at the upper end of Lenah Valley Rd (near the reserve) and then car shuffle to Pottery Rd. From there we shall make our way via bush tracks and trails to eventually reach Junction Cabin. From here we can visit Crocodile Rock, Lakins Lair and Newtown Falls. Dropping down and heading east along the Lenah valley track (no typo!) we will then make our way back to Lenah Valley Rd using Rosie's route. The walk is long-ish. Hopefully time for coffee after.
Car pooling from the meeting point we will drive to Hartz National Park via Huonville, Geeveston and the Arve Road. The walk today will take us past Lake Esperance and Ladies Tarn (fairly level with some duck boarding) before a short but quite steep climb up to Hartz Pass where we can enjoy the views to the southwest and down to Hartz Lake.
Depending on the weather, time and the group climbing up to Hartz Peak may be option (for some or all). The track to the summit has been improved over the last few years but there is still some boulder clambering towards the top. We return to the car park the same way.
The intent is to climb to the Black Bluff Range summit on one day (probably Saturday) and climb Mt Tor on the other day before driving home on Sunday.
I My plan is to book a suitable AirB&B in the local area, giving us the option of driving up on the Friday and making an early start on both days so we not home abominably late.
The Black Bluff summit - the Abel - is further along the range and so a long day walk will get us there and back. It should take about 8 hours, and the track I am told is in pretty good condition - at least to the point where we leave the track to obtain the true summit.
If you are interested in this one please get in touch. You will need to be fit, but determination and time on track will see this one in the bag.
If you are interested in one or other of the peaks just as a daywalk (i.e. not staying overnight) I can increase participant numbers.
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 part two of the Black Bluff and Mt Tor weekend. Most likely Mt Tor on the Sunday, as an early start and slightly shorter walk should see us heading home by 4:00pm. No promises though.
My aim is to book an AirB&B in the local area so we can have an early start on both days. But if anyone wants to join us for just the day that is fine. (I will want to make sure the AirB&B costs are spread as widely as possible - and the limit of 6 is with that in mind. If you are not intending to overnight I can increase numbers on this one.)
There is a reasonable pad these days - so I read - but also one creek and one river to cross close to the start. Come prepared.
You will need to be reasonably fit and determined, but other than that time on track will see us there and back.
I recently returned to the Styx Valley after a long absence and would like to share this experience with you all. I had in hand my trusty notes from the Wilderness Society from some years ago. On this recce I was exploring this area for about 6 hours. It is not a 6 hour walk. It is an opportunity to contemplate the tallest hardwood trees in the world, Eucalyptus regnans. We will start with a wander through the Big Tree reserve and then directly opposite is a 15 minute wander down to the Styx River. We then drive up to the Tolkien Track which has a network of tracks that take us to Morannon, the twin trunks named Fangorn; enter the Cave Tree; and stand in awe under Gandalf's Staff which is the 84m tall giant that was host to the Global Rescue Station. There is also the Chapel Tree which is a 400 year old giant and if there is time we shall finish with the Shinglebend on the bank of the Styx River. Within the Tolkien Track there is also a waterfall which will be the steepest part of the day. If your not up for ten minutes of steepness each way this can be accommodated. So come and explore. Please consider the owner of vehicles which may provide transport as our day will be more fluid if people can leave on walk boots between starts. Please bring something for the car floor, maybe even a sturdy plastic bag.
After we work out carpooling details at Tynwald Park it will be about an hour to the turn off just past Maydena and then the 15 kms into the start of our walk will take less than half an hour.
A car shuttle will take us from our Glenlusk Road meeting point to the car park at Myrtle Valley. We will walk up through the forest, taking either the Collins Bonnet or Collins Cap track, in a loop via the East-West and Collins Cap Trails. We will descend via the other track. On the way we can expect to pass spectacular Waratah blooms and other alpine wildflowers. The climb is steep, with about 600m height gain, and takes us to an elevation of 1100m just below Collins Bonnet.
We will be walking along the foreshore at Lower Sandy bay on a selection of beach, tracks and walkways. As we head back into Lower Sandy Bay we will detour, cross the road and head up into Alexandra Battery where we will have morning tea and then time for a look around before heading back to our cars. We will then drive to the Wrest Point Bistro for lunch.
This is our usual end-of-year Christmas celebration for all club members. A great time to catch up and to acknowledge some of the significant achievements and amusing happenings from the year's activities. Delicious finger food and drinks will be provided.
This is a walk designed for participants to enjoy late Spring/Summer wildflowers. In the event that current work on the Zig -Zag track is completed, we will meet at the Lower Springs Car Park and use a shuttle to the car park before Big Bend. The circuit will then take us up the Panorama Track towards the summit, and Zig-Zag Track and along the Organ Pipes Track.
However, it is quite likely that the Zig-Zag track will still be closed, in which case the route will be changed and a circuit route will not be possible. Also, in the event of bad weather we may modify the route and remain lower on kunanyi.
We will meet at the overflow car park lower Springs and car share to car park just below Big Bend fire trail. We will start from the top of the Lost World, climb down and have a bit of a look around, then climb back up We partake of morning tea and lunch at some point during the walk (clamber)
This 2 day walk will be based on a previous attempt by Jess and myself. Let's call that a reconnaissance and ignore the navigational error I made. But it will require catching the first ferry on Saturday to Narcissus and maybe the last ferry back to Cythia Bay on Sunday. We need to pack a lot into Saturday, up early and drive to Lake St Clair, catch the ferry, set a good steady pace to Pine Valley Hut and beyond to our camp at the foot of Geryon South, then negotiate the scree fields and pads upwards towards the summit, traversing the 'slab of death' to access the summit. Then retreat, possibly partly by head torch to our camp and a late dinner. In comparison, Sunday will be far more casual as we retrace our steps back to Narcissus and the ferry. Anticipate stunning views, scree slopes, rock scrambling, navigational challenges, a lot of exposure, a 1509m summit, possibly some descending by headtorch, possibly pitching tents and eating dinner by headtorch and did I say 'a lot of exposure'. This activity will be weather dependent, and as we'll have pre-paid for the ferry, we may need an alternative activity in the immediate area if conditions aren't right and we can't get a refund. I have previously completed most of this walk (not the final climb). Preference will be given to Club Members who have previously walking in Alpine environments with me.
Starting at the Remarkable Cave carpark we'll enjoy great coastal views from a sandy track with a few ups and downs. After checking out Maingon Blowhole we'll continue on tracks in open country and make a side trip to Mt Brown for a morning tea stop at the trig point whilst enjoying more great views. Then its on to Crescent Bay for lunch somewhere along the stunning beach before returning to the carpark. There should be enough time for a coffee stop on the way back to Sorell. The side trip to Mt Brown is a reasonably steep climb and the track surface has some loose stones so some people may wish to bring a walking pole particularly for the descent.
This is a classic South West mountain with an intense climb from the start with a total ascent of 640m. Be prepared for a log river crossing, steep scrambling up a gully and a slightly airy ridgeline. On a clear day there are magnificent views in all directions and well worth the challenge of getting there.
I last did this walk in November 2021 and don’t plan to pre-walk it again, so a bit of patience during navigation would be an asset
IMPORTANT UPDATE - thank you everyone for contacting me in advance, as requested. There has been a lot of serious interest in this walk, including from inter-state Pandani members. As numbers are limited - mainly for campsite considerations, but also because larger groups are slower - the following people are on my list to join this walk: Adrian Hills, Jo Maddock, Emma Bond, Peter Laffan, Reuben May and Maria Monypenny. (Yes, I know, that is 7! Things happen.) You will still need to register, of course. The number of tents and campsites is the big issue beyond Reservoir Lakes. Think about sharing a tent - the footprint of a two-person tent is not much bigger than a one-person, but seven one-person tents means a lot of space....which there isn't. Start date is not fixed, and will not be until closer to the time, but the likely date is an early departure from Hobart on Wednesday 13th December, with a return on Friday 22nd. We will not want to be climbing up to Moonlight Ridge on a 30 degree day, or a 12 degree one with 60kmh winds.
Precipitous Bluff is an iconic Tasmanian mountain, and there is no easy way to get there. But there is a smorgasbord of other peaks on the way, and beaches on the way out. The aim will be to go in over Moonlight Ridge, climbing Mt LaPerouse and Pindars Peak on the way to Wylly Plateau. We will climb Mt Victoria Cross before heading to the Bluff. We will descend to New River Lagoon and walk out via the South Coast track. I am allowing 10 days, but this is not fixed in stone. We will also keep an eye on the weather and aim to depart at any time from Saturday 9 December to Wednesday 13 December to take advantage of better weather.
This is not an easy walk, and there are no shortcuts. If you are thinking of coming please get in touch well beforehand. It is also a walk suitable only for small groups. While some campsites are excellent others are exposed and cramped. It is essential I know everyone's capabilities and that the group as a whole will be able to complete the walk. Bookings will not open for some time, but please register your interest by contacting me directly. There will be plenty of opportunity for people interested in coming to demonstrate what they can do as we head into spring and summer.
From the car park we will use a variety of easily walkable tracks and paths around the Domain, nothing strenuous! We will aim to return between 12 - 12.30 to then enjoy a shared Xmas lunch at Legacy Park which has plenty of seating options (some sheltered) and also public toilets. Please join me to walk and share lunch, walk only or lunch only - whatever you can fit into your schedule at this busy time of year. It is always an enjoyable end to the year sharing good food with good friends. Please note: if you are walking please register but if only coming for lunch just turn up. All welcome!
We will meet and start the walk at the Lower Springs car park, and follow various mountain tracks to the Chalet.
If you enjoy a steep scramble of “190m of up” on rocks, and pushing through scrub over-growing the track as respite from the rocks then you will find the next bit, on the Yellow Paint track, to be a lot of fun. You will be negotiating some low hanging branches at the start of this part of the walk.
The Yellow Paint track is a little used, unmarked, but reasonably well cairned, track behind the Chalet and ends up near the top of the Panorama track.
I have heard of it as the Yellow Paint track but I found no signs of Yellow paint .
I have also heard it referred to as the Sassafras track because of a lone sassafras along the route.
My plan was to come back via the summit and then Zig Zag track and complete a circuit back to the Springs.
However I have since discovered that the Zig Zag track is due for more updates and there is a planned closure from November until early 2024. So, after team consultation, I’ll decide on the day about the return part of the walk
We will meet at the roundabout at the top of Mt Stuart Road and from there walk up onto Knocklofty via the Fiona Allen Track. From there we will follow a section of the summit loop track around the northern side of the summit and cross the fire trail to follow other trails to Noah's Waterhole.
From Noah's Waterhole we will follow fire trails to the head of McRobie's Gully, and briefly join the Main Fire Trail before joining the fire trail along the southern side of McRobie's Gully. We'll follow this to the hill above Cascade Gardens then find the track down to Cascade Gardens.
We'll follow McRobie's Road to the start of a fire trail that will take us up to the top of Forest Road, then back onto Knocklofty to enjoy the view from the Picnic Area.
Then past the Frog Bog, past the elusive Tawny Frogmouths and along the fire trail that takes us to Weerona Avenue and back to our meeting point.
Starting from the Berriedale Reserve, we will walk around the river foreshore to Cadbury's Estate and back. The paths are mainly flat with just a few short, gentle ascents. This is a calm area and a pretty walk, with views of the Derwent, the Meehan Range and kunanyi, and lots of birds.
We will meet at 9.30 at the end of Lenah Valley Road and begin our walk up the Lenah Valley Track.
We will continue on various tracks including the North South Track to upper Merton ruins.
The ruins was once a lively settlement in the 1890’s thought to consist of German families that worked in the surrounding quarries and we will have time to wander through the ruins.
walk time 5 hours, including time to look at ruins. Total height gain 300 meters, walk distance 12 kms.
An easy kayaking activity to clear the mind and allow us all to focus on Christmas. We'll launch our kayaks from the boat ramp Midway Point/Tasman Highway. After the group is all on the water paddle around Midway Point and, if the water depth allows, continue on to Shellfish Point. Explore, as far as we can, up Iron Creek. Paddle back via Woody Island and Barron Island. I have paddled on Pitt Water a number of times. This activity is weather dependent.
This walk is a bit of a ramble. It will circumnavigate the reservoir at Risdon Brook while picking up some other tracks as well. There may be walking off track as well as on formed trails. Bring plenty of liquid for drinking if weather warm. It will give the chance to stretch your legs after the Christmas break.
I am planning to stay the night before at our shack at Adventure Bay, any walkers coming are also welcome to stay , ferries can be very busy at this time of the year . I will have possibly 3 cars at the start point , so that walkers can leave their cars at the Kettering oval and walk onto the ferry. I would like everyone to be on the ferry around 8.10. We will then drive to Jetty Beach stopping for morning coffee on the way . It’s about 1 hour drive.
we will walk the western side first until morning tea , then retrace our steps and cross over to the eastern side and walk along the beaches back to the start.
Should be Xmas Bells out at this time . Then drive everyone back to the ferry .
This trip will be aiming to visit Lake Ewart and the peaks in the middle of the Eldon Range - Castle Mountain, Rocky Hill, Dome Hill, Eldon Bluff and High Dome. We will go in and out via Pigeon House Hill. It is difficult country and can be dry and hot, or wet and snow covered. There is always scrub. There is sometimes a track, of sorts. There are no technical climbs on the route, but you can expect steep sections with scrambling and the odd boulder-hop. There is no short-cut home, and getting in - and out - is always subject to the level of the Collingwood River.
Registrations will not open for some time. If you are interested in coming please get in touch well beforehand. I'll need to know your experience and that you are up for some serious walking and scrub-bashing.
Although I have notionally set aside 3rd to 11th of January, my aim will be to pick a suitable weather window around these dates to give the group the best chance of success.
This is a trip I've not paddled before, but one I've contemplated every time I've driven too and from the Tasman Peninsula. We'll launch from either the Dunalley Boat Ramp, Denison Canal, Arthur Highway or the Imlay Street Park, Dunalley. Tidal flow through the Denison Canal may make the decision for us. A longish paddle from the Denison Canal paddle West following the coastline to Stroud Point, Murphy Point, across Breaknock Bay to Fulham Point, then turn South to Fulham Island and Smooth Island, before turning Easterly to King George Island, before turning North to Bellettes Bay, Dunbabin Point, Wiggins Point and into Dunalley Bay, before returning to our launching point. This is an exposed trip, with limited opportunities to get out of the kayaks so prior paddling experience will be considered for all participants. Time permitting a late lunch at The Cannery, Dunalley, will finish off a great day. This activity is weather, swell and wave height dependent.
We'll be attempting a full Du Cane traverse and aiming to climb Mt Gould, The Guardians, Horizontal Hill, The Minotaur, Mt Eros, Mt Geryon North, Mt Hyperion, Du Cane Range Highpoint, Mt Massif and Falling Mountain. This will require us to be on the road early Saturday such that we can catch the first ferry of the morning to Narcissus, and on our return, catch the last ferry of the day back to Cynthia Bay.
If needs be, carrying a little extra food to allow for one bad weather day and returning on the Saturday (rather than the Friday).
I have not been to the Du Cane area before, while Jess has traversed the Du Cane Range but not climbed all the available Peaks. Preference will be given to Club Members who have previously bushwalked in Alpine conditions with Jess or myself. Participants should be comfortable walking in Alpine conditions, on scree/rock with a full rucksack and with some exposure to height. Anticipate some navigational challenges, scrub and lots of rock.
We will start near the Orford Park near the Millington Beach Conservation area and walk along Millington's beach, around the headland and East Shelley Beach and along to the end of Spring Beach.
We will return the same way.
It is a combination of beach walking, formed walking tracks, a bit of dirt road and a little bit of across rocks - there are some wonderful sandstone formations. For anyone not totally confident of balance, walking poles might help here.
If the weather is suitable, a swim might be included.
A lovely long cup of coffee, or something, at a cafe near the bridge can round off the day for those so inclined.
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.
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.