I've selected nine days to either allow some flexibilty in our start date or maybe to allow for a nine day bushwalk. With weather forecasts always being a factor I'm also proposing up to four trips;
1. Southern Ranges Traverse visiting The Hippo, Moonlight Ridge Highpoint, La Perouse, Pindars Peak, Wylie, Victoria Cross and Precipitous Bluff.
2. Frankland Range Traverse
3. Du Cane Range Traverse and environs.
4. A creative route possibly involving any of Goulds Sugarloaf, Cuvier, Manfred, The Guardians, Horizontal Hill plus whatever else makes some kind of sense at the time.
The final choice of location to be made by the group, weather forecasts and such other factors as may be relevant. Applicants must be members of the Pandani Bushwalking Club and have previously walked with me in an extended Alpine Daywalk or multi-day Bushwalk.
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.
Something a little different this month, a good suggestion from a fellow walker that we have a look around the native gardens behind the Margate train. I'm sure we have all seen the sign but how many of us have actually looked around the 22 acres of gardens. After a leisurely walk around the gardens we will have lunch at either the Pancake Train or Brookfield, depending on numbers. The entrance fee for the gardens is $12.00 or $10.00 concession. You will then need money for lunch.
Meeting spot will be Burnaby Drive. Turn onto Sandfly Road just before Margate, then left turn onto Nierinna Road near the church, then first right into Burnaby Drive. This is a pleasant short walk but the track is uneven, rocky, some steps and can be very slippery when wet. Hopefully we will find some nice fungi on the way. Coffee at Brookfields after the walk
The limit for this group has been increased to 24. On the day we will divide into two walking groups of 12, A and B. The fagus - Australia's only deciduous tree (Nothofagus gunnii) should be displaying its glorious colour by this time. We will drive to Lake Dobson (National Park fees apply) and climb to the Tarn Shelf. Then, depending on the group and the weather, Group A will traverse the length of the Shelf and retrace their steps, while Group B will continue a longer circuit route via Twisted Tarn and Lake Webster, with a long uphill climb back to the cars at Lake Dobson.
We will meet at the Resevoir at the end of Mt. Stuart Road at 9:00am.
walk past the Mt. Stuart Circuit, up the fire trail to Noah’s Saddle. Morning tea near Noah’s waterhole.
Then continue up and onto the Slides track to the Breakneck Junction, we will turn left and walk along to the Old Farm Track for lunch. Then down onto the McRobies shared bike and walk track and back up to join Noah’s Saddle and return to Carpark.
With thanks to Rob Hill.
This walk, that is through private properties ,is different to most being mostly along an exposed undulating ridge with unrestricted views all around. After a short car shuttle the walk begins with a gradual ascent of around 350m that will take us over an hour or two until we reach the first plateau of the tier. There are many lovely trees on parts of the ridge as well as countless small rocks that are not difficult to avoid. We can expect to encounter several wallaby's and perhaps an eagle.
At some point after lunch we will tackle the short, and at times, steepish decent that leads to farmland and the downhill stroll to our cars. Hopefully we will be able to enjoy a coffee at Wattlebanks Cafe in Richmond before heading home.
For this particular walk it is essential that all Boots, Gaiters and Poles are first scrubbed with disinfectant as the farmers are concerned about the spread of serrated tussock. I will have some disinfectant in case anyone forgets.
Join me on a ramble around the area from Tolman’s Hill to Ridgeway Dam and beyond. We commence our walk from Tolman’s Hill and wind our way around various tracks and fire trails ending up at Ridgeway Dam. From there we will continue on other tracks heading towards the Pipeline and back to our cars. Be prepared for some reasonably steep, slippery sections on this walk. With our cars at Davey Street, C3 will be a possible spot for coffee after.
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 did this walk 2 1/2 years ago (before the 2018-19 SW fires) and don’t plan to pre-walk it again, so a bit of patience during navigation would be an asset
Parsons Track starts at Caveside, 10 minutes south of Mole Creek. Like so many walk tracks in the area, it was not created for the enjoyment of bushwalkers but has been developed and redeveloped over several generations by the families of early settlers, along with mountain huts constructed as shelters for hunters, trappers and snarers, and timber getters.
The strong attachment of current members of those families and others is the reason they are maintained to this day and, in the case of Parsons Track, have the benefit of signage at the various points of interest.
We’ll walk along the Thark Ridge track which is quite well marked. Eventually it turns into an overgrown 4WD track and some way along this there are cairns that mark the turn off to the top of Mt Montagu. The track to the pinnacle is quite steep but quite well marked. We’ll return the way we came in.
If the weather is kind we’ll see views over the Derwent River, Huon Valley and some of the peaks around Mt Wellington.
I did a reccie in early March 2020 and found the track very overgrown & felt like scrub bashing. It had rained earlier that week and I ended up walking on track that had turned to creeks and I got drenched from the scrub before resorting to pulling on waterproof pants. If only I’d put them on earlier! The wet made for some slippery sections past the turn off to the top. So fingers crossed for a dry spell before the walk.
A short walk from Richmond on the path beside Brinktop Road will take us to a bushland reserve where we will have morning tea. On our return to Richmond we'll wander the back streets and visit some historic sites with a few interesting stories.
After the walk there's the option of lunch at a cafe or a browse through the shops!
This will be a three day walk, camping at the Scott Kilvert Hut, and climbing Barn Bluff on Sunday.
On Saturday we will drive to Cradle Mtn and our walk route will depend on whether access to Dove Lake is allowed. We will walk via Hanson Peak to the Scott Kilvert Hut. Tents will be required as hut access will not be guaranteed. Leaving full packs behind on day 2 we will climb Barn Bluff and return to Scott Kilvert Hut. On Monday we will walk to Kitchen Hut and return to either Dove Lake or Ronney Creek.
Its good to have acess to Risdon Brook Reservoir again from which to enjoy a Winter walk to Gunners Quoin which is part of the Meehan Range. This is a moderate but fairly continuous climb to the peak , otherwise its a fairly straight forward walk in open bushland with views of the Derwent River and surrounding area at the top. We may return via Madman's Hill depending on the day.