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Knocklofty and more Single Day Hiking Knocklofty and more Lynne Maher
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Tuesday 27 September 2022 09:00 Medium

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 at which point I hope to have worked out exactly where the track down to Cascade Gardens starts.  

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.

Neika to Ferntree Single Day Hiking Neika to Ferntree Lynne Maher
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Wednesday 28 September 2022 10:00 Easy

We will meet at Fern Glade Car Park and car pool 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 slightly longer walk.

Smith's Monument Cancelled Single Day Hiking Smith's Monument Cancelled Gilli Fife
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Thursday 29 September 2022 09:30 Medium

Car share to the Summit then follow the South Wellington track past the broadcast tower.  The trail weaves through beautiful dolerite boulders of Mt Wellington's southern face.  We will morning break at the Rocking Stone then descend gently on to a plateau following a well formed track to the Ice House track junction.  Turn off on to the Smith's Monument track following markers through open snow gum forest for about 20 minutes.  Return by the same route.  Plan B will possibly be some short walks in the Channel

Cape Raoul Single Day Hiking Cape Raoul Peta Cannamela
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Saturday 01 October 2022 08:30 Medium

Cape Raoul is a popular walk on the Tasman Peninsula. Along the way we will see a great variety of vegetation including damp forest, coastal she-oak woodland and coastal heath. There are great views across Storm Bay, South Bruny, Cape Pillar and Tasman Island. There are also views down to the seal rookery at the base of the cape. The trail head starts at the end of Stormlea Road and climbs gradually to Cape Raoul Lookout where we will have morning tea. We will continue on to the Cape itself where we will have lunch and return the same way.
 

Mt Field East Single Day Hiking Mt Field East Clive Calver
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Sunday 02 October 2022 08:30 Medium

The walk starts on Lake Dobson Road not far below Lake Fenton.  We will do the loop in an anticlockwise direction. This is a diverse walk with wet forest, alpine moorland, lakes and spectacular views. The track is bouldery underfoot, in places.  We might do the short side trip to Seagers Lookout if people are keen. 

Barren Rock Falls & Flat Rock Reserve Single Day Hiking Barren Rock Falls & Flat Rock Reserve Ann vanderBurg
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Tuesday 04 October 2022 08:30 Medium

These 2 walks are near Bagdad & are in close by locations. We will carpool from Pontville to the start of the first walk - about a 20 minute drive. Firstly, we will go to Barren Rock Falls in the Devils Den Conservation area. Parking at the start of this walk is limited - room for 2 vehicles (4 people in each!). Please wear masks. Access to this walk is through private land & I will confirm permission closer to the date. The walk is relatively short, but we will be taking it very slowly. The Falls are in a narrow gully & in order to get to them we will have to negotiate sections of the creek. NB The rocks are VERY slippery. Sure footedness is an essential. After visiting the Falls, we'll drive (for about 10 minutes) to East Bagdad Road and follow the tracks to Flat Rock Reserve (West & East Lookouts). On the way back to Pontville, there is an option of visiting a nearby distillery for coffee. 

Flagstaff Hil Single Day Hiking Flagstaff Hil Graeme Denne
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Tuesday 04 October 2022 09:30 Easy - Medium

This is a walk on the Meehan Range trails starting at the mountain bike car park. There is a slow climb up to the plateau where we will take a drink break. Then continue on to the summit of Flagstaff Hill for lunch. On a clear day there are panoramic views from here to the West and surrounding area.

We then descend to Caves Hill track and eventually join our inward track for the return to the start.

Walk with a difference Single Day Hiking Walk with a difference Viv Evans
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Wednesday 05 October 2022 09:30 Easy

Something different this month, we will start off at the Cascade car park and walk down to the Female Factory where we will join the 11.00 tour ($20.00 concession, $35.00 normal). I think we should be ok for concession.  After the tour we walk further down the Rivulet Track where we can have a coffee at Hamlet if people would like.  Alternatively we can head back and stop in at C3 before returning to our cars.

Pelverata and Snug Falls Single Day Hiking Pelverata and Snug Falls Frank van Ravels
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Thursday 06 October 2022 09:30 Easy - Medium

Although  easy walks by club standards, the tracks are well defined and may be rough in places. There may also be some muddy patches if there has been extensive rain. The falls can be spectacular due to the length of drop but do dry up quickly after rain free days. I can’t promise water in the falls but I can promise a pleasant two and a half to three hours return walks through native bush. Will have to do a car shuffle between the 2 car parks but the distance is not very long. May have time to have coffee at Brookfield after the 2nd walk to snug falls. 

Mt Emmett & Barn Bluff Single Day Hiking Mt Emmett & Barn Bluff Joseph Roach
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Friday 07 October 2022 07:00 Medium - Hard

Mt Emmett and Barn Bluff

This is a three day trip, with the possibility of additional peaks depending on weather and our arrival time at Cradle Mtn.  We will depart Hobart early on Friday so that we should be walking in to Scott-Kilvert hut by lunchtime.  If the weather is suitable we might climb Mt Emmett on the Friday afternoon.  Otherwise we will climb Barn Bluff on the Saturday, and Mt Emmett on the Sunday on the way back to Dove Lake.  If there is time we could also climb Cradle Mtn or one of the smaller peaks. Weather will be a factor in what we do, but the hut has been very well refurbished and is very comfortable.  There are tent platforms outside.

Barn Bluff is a magnificent peak on a good day, and not as difficult to climb as it looks from a distance.  We climb up to the Cradle Cirque and then take the sign-posted track which heads across a low ridge to the summit tower.  From there it is a steep scramble to gain the summit - and some of the best views in the Park.

To reach Mt Emmett we again climb up the Cradle Cirque and then head off on rough pads through light scrub and over a few bumps to reach the first boulder field.  From there it is a steady climb up and then down the first of the two humps, before climbing the second to the summit.  We return the same way.  On the Sunday we would continue on past Cradle to Kitchen Hut and down to Lake Dove. 

Tyeena Peak Single Day Hiking Tyeena Peak Greg Robertson
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Saturday 08 October 2022 07:00 Medium - Hard

We'll start from the Wombat Moor and follow the Lake Belcher track for about 4.5km then head off track through the bush passing Lake Belton, The next section is uphill and boulders until we reach Tyeena Peak. We return via the same route. This walk is only suitable for those that are comfortable with off-track walking.

Cape Surville Single Day Hiking Cape Surville Clive Calver
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Saturday 08 October 2022 09:00 Medium

Cape Surville is a cliff-bound promontory on the east side of Forestier Peninsula, with spectacular coastal views. We drive to Murdunna, then left into Hylands Road as far as the cars will go (about 9.5 km). Then a 3.5 km walk along a 4WD track, then on to the marked track to Cape Surville. Return the same way.

Lagoon of Islands Single Day Hiking Lagoon of Islands Christine Wilson
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Sunday 09 October 2022 08:30 Easy - Medium

The Lagoon of Islands is a wetland near the Steppes State Reserve in Central Tasmania. It was formerly dammed and the islands of floating vegetation destroyed, but is now in the process of being rehabilitated. We'll walk round the edge of the wetland which takes the form of an almost circular shallow reed lined lagoon. For me, one of the best things about this peaceful remote walk is the abundance of wildlife. 

Expect to see multitudes of waterbirds, sea eagles, wallabies, wombats and fallow deer. The walk itself is flat but the shoreline may be boggy in places and there may be creeks to cross if there's been recent rain. If this is the case, expect wet feet and bring spare shoes and socks. There are also some beautiful billabongs on the eastern shore of the lagoon and Aboriginal artefacts may be found (but not removed) on the shoreline. If there's time after the walk, we'll pay a visit to the nearby Steppes Homestead  and the Steppes sculptures. 

Salters Point Single Day Hiking Salters Point Sarah Atkinson
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Tuesday 11 October 2022 08:00 Medium

Salters Point

16.5 km return

After meeting at Sorell Station Street carpark we will then drive down to the trail head which is off Stormlea road. There is not a lot of parking on the road before the gate to the track in so we will try to car pool as much as possible from Sorell.  After parking the cars on the road, we will make our way to Salters Point where we will have lunch while we admire the wonderful views towards Shipsterns Bluff and Cape Raoul. We will return on the same track out.  After having done a recce  please note that the final couple of kilometres down the track down to Salters point is a bit scrubby in places and is a bit of a climb on the return. What goes down must come up! There is very little water on the track so please bring plenty of water. I think that the wild flowers, hopefully, will be showing themselves by October.

Alum Cliffs Single Day Hiking Alum Cliffs Robyn Tuft
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Tuesday 11 October 2022 09:30 Easy - Medium

Medium paced walk on well maintained tracks. Our walk starts with a stroll along Kingston Beach, before a short but quite steep incline to the top of the Alum Cliffs. The undulating track includes bush and many wonderful views across the Derwent.

We will stop for morning tea before we reach the Shot Tower. Lunch will be at Hinsby Beach. We return the same way.

Coningham Ramble Single Day Hiking Coningham Ramble Margeret Brocklehurst
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Thursday 13 October 2022 10:00 Easy - Medium

Drive through Snug township, Turn left at the Coningham sign at the start of Old Station Road, around the sharp bend, then left again into Coningham Road. Continue to the end of road and you will see a yellow sign 'Beach'. Drive down the 'No Through Road' and the car park is on the left from where we will start our walk. We will make our way toward Legacy Beach along a bush coastal track. There are steps, muddy sections and in places we will be walking very close to the cliff edge so care will need to be taken. After morning tea we will climb Sheppards Hill taking in the coastal views. After lunch we descend back down to Coningham Beach onto coastal track back to the cars

 

 

Ridgeway to Waterworks Single Day Hiking Ridgeway to Waterworks Geoff Buckman
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Saturday 15 October 2022 08:30 Easy - Medium

This walk ties in with the Pandani Anniversary event at the Waterworks. The walk start is at Hall's Saddle where there is parking for about 8 cars. I therefore propose to meet at the car park outside the front Waterworks gate at 8.15 am and then car shuffle to Hall's Saddle. Arrangements will be made to get drivers back to their cars at walk end. If you let me know before the walk you could meet us at the Hall's Saddle car park at 8.30 am if you prefer. The walk will go through picturesque Ridgeway township, then via the Ridgeway Dam and Sixpence Cave to arrive back at your cars, hopefully around 11.30 am. Morning tea will be somewhere in between start and finish.

Tolmans Hill Circuit Single Day Hiking Tolmans Hill Circuit Robyn Tuft
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Saturday 15 October 2022 09:00 Medium

We will climb up a steep bike track and then fire roads etc to Tolmans Hill. Return is via fire trails, past Ridgeway and back to the Waterworks for the 30th Anniversary celebrations.

30th Anniversary Walk from Fern Tree Single Day Hiking 30th Anniversary Walk from Fern Tree David Reeve
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Saturday 15 October 2022 10:00 Easy

At 10am, after meeting in Davey Street, we will walk down Darcey Street to the Metro bus stop near St Johns Hospital on Macquarie St. The 449 bus will pick us up at 10:16 and take us to Fern Tree, from where we will walk down the Pipeline Track via Gentle Annie Falls (alternative route possible) to the 30th Anniversary BBQ site at Hut 9, Waterworks. After the event, we can walk or be transported back to our cars in Davey Street. 

Walk to the Waterworks Single Day Hiking Walk to the Waterworks Susan Gardner
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Saturday 15 October 2022 10:00 Easy

This is one of the walks to the Waterworks site for our 30th Anniversary. We will start at Macquarie Street and walk up to the park at the corner of D'Arcy Street for a quick morning tea. We then proceed up D'Arcy Street and onto Davey Street/Huon Road which we cross before heading down Romilly Street and the start of the track to the Waterworks. We go around the two reservoirs and join the members for a fun celebration!

30th Anniversary BBQ Category Image 30th Anniversary BBQ Peter Tuft
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Saturday 15 October 2022 12:00 Easy

     The President and Committee invite members to celebrate Pandani’s 30 birthday.

 

     A BBQ lunch and refreshments will be provided by the club. Vegetarian options will be available. If you have any other dietary requirements, please advise and we will meet them if able.

 

     The Waterworks Reserve was first constructed in the 1860s, the reservoirs capture the flow of creeks and rivers rising on the higher slopes of kunanyi (Mt Wellington).

 

     Getting there

     • On foot – join one of the programmed walks that will finish at the site in time for the celebration start. Members need to register for these walks separately on the website.
     • Car – in Dynnyrne, turn off Lynton Avenue into Waterworks Road.
     • Public transport – the closest Metro routes are Fern Tree via Huon Road or Mount Nelson via Dynnyrne.

 

     Site 9 is situated approximately 900 metres from the front entrance. It is a large covered area with a deck and is close to toilets.

     There is level access into the hut.

 

     Parking is limited near the site. Suggested options for members who are not joining a walk are to car pool, use one of the other parking areas in the reserve, park near the front entrance or use public transport.

 

     Bring sunscreen and a plate, cutlery and a glass if you prefer to use your own.

 

     As it’s a Pandani birthday, come prepared with your own Pandani birthday year (the year you joined).

Long Marsh Dam Single Day Hiking Long Marsh Dam Ann vanderBurg
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Sunday 16 October 2022 08:00 Easy - Medium

Long Marsh Dam is in a Conservation Area in Eastern Tasmania - south of Lake Leake, roughly between Swansea and Ross. The best access to the start of the walk is via Bresnehans Road off the Tasman Highway. The meeting point is 3kms north of this atMe & Mum's Cafe, Little Swanport. Here we can have coffee & a briefing. We will travel in convoy from here & should reach our destination after aproximately a 45 minute drive (30kms).  This part of the drive is mostly on forestry roads (reasonably well maintained - gravel, occassional potholes & a bit rocky) - suitable for an all wheel drive vehicle, although a 2WD could do it with a careful and confident driver. Please wear masks if you intend to car share. I'm assuming that some of you will do this closer to Hobart so I will send a group email & we can work this out.   (The overall time allocated for this event is inclusive of a drive from Hobart, picking up passengers etc - about 1 1/2 - 2 hours each way - to the meeting point at Little Swanport & then to the start of the walk and back to the highway.)

The site at Long Marsh Dam Conservation Area is about 450m above sea level so bring warm clothes! In the 1840s the landowners used convict labour to begin dam construction over the Macquarie River. In 1844, it was decreed that convicts had to be paid. The landowners decided they could not afford it so the scheme was abandoned. We will wander around the Probation Station Ruins, walk to the top of the partly completed dam wall and have a look at the quarry and the surrounding area which is littered with very large sandstone blocks.  If time permits we may also do another short walk somewhere else after visiting the dam. 

I have graded this walk as easy-medium. It is relatively short, but muddy, rocky & slippery in parts. Some parts of the walk are on obvious tracks, but other sections are through bush. There are a couple of steep, but short sections. We will cross the Macquarie "River" twice (shallow - one about 2m wide, the other about 3.5). We will not be rushing. 

Cathedral Rock and Norris Hut Single Day Hiking Cathedral Rock and Norris Hut Frank van Ravels
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Tuesday 18 October 2022 09:00 Medium

Cathedral Rock (884m) is that lop-sided pointy peak behind Mt Wellington.

We will take the traditional route from Betts Road – up the zig zag fi re trail.

The rocky track to the summit is very steep and rough but you are rewarded with spectacular views. We will then follow the ridge to the Montague Thumbs (974m), and then to the base of Mt Montague where we turn off to see the little known Norris Hut. We will check out the views from Montagu Thumbs and from the hill behind the hut. We will then continue on until we join up with the Cathedral Rock track and return to our cars. Please note a great walk but it does have lots of up!

Domain and Botanical gardens ramble Single Day Hiking Domain and Botanical gardens ramble Urszula Stanny
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Wednesday 19 October 2022 10:00 Easy

The ramble will take us on various tracks around the Domain and through the Botanical Gardens. We can visit the Botanical shop for a coffee before we head back to the cars. As this walk will be finished by 1pm, I haven’t factored in for a lunch stop, but we can stop for 11’ses at a suitable spot if people wish to, or we can get a snack with our coffee

Walls of Jerusalem National Park Slide Night Category Image Walls of Jerusalem National Park Slide Night Simon Kendrick
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Wednesday 19 October 2022 18:00 N/A

In the Caroline Function Room at the Black Buffalo Hotel, 14 Federal Street, North Hobart, 6.00pm. Our own room with private bar. Drinks available throughout the evening. Room configured as per our needs. Heating. Room to maintain 'Social Distancing'. Overhead projector, wall screen and sound system. Meals available in dining room prior to our evening start - please make your own booking 03 6234 7711. Ample parking. Super helpful and obliging staff.

Three Nights at Fraser Creek Hut Single Day Hiking Three Nights at Fraser Creek Hut Mary Williams
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Friday 21 October 2022 08:00 Medium

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 hrs rtn); Fraser Falls/ Montezuma Falls circuit (7 hours rtn); Moores   

  Pimple (4 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 2-3 hours depending on fitness and track conditions.  The in-out walk initially 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.  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 small shared hut fee, will be forwarded to participants after registration.

Travel arrangements will be made once attendees are known.

Frenchmans & Clytemnestra Single Day Hiking Frenchmans & Clytemnestra Joseph Roach
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Saturday 22 October 2022 07:00 Medium - Hard

Frenchmans Cap and Clytemnestra

STOP PRESS - WALK MAY GO AHEAD AFTER ALL.  Tas Parks has closed the Frenchmans Cap track due to damage to the bridge over the Franklin River.  If the track is re-opened in time, the walk may proceed.  Parks have advised they expect the track to be re-opened before October.....but there are no guarantees.  

The aim of this walk is to climb both Frenchmans and Clytemnestra, though exactly how we do so will depend.  It is possible to do the latter as a long day trip from the new Tahune hut, or to camp there and do more exploring.  The intent is to explore - I'll need to talk to Parks about how we do that within the confines of the registration system, which permits only a single night at Tahune.   I particularly want to see Daverns Cavern and the Lion - so some serious scrambling and scrub is in prospect.  If there is enough interest, and people have the time, we could extend for a day and climb Agamemnon as well on the way out.   A number of members have expressed interest in coming on this walk already, and I will try and accommodate them, but we are limited to six by the registration system.  You should be fit, experienced, and confident off track and scrambling over rocks with a decent amount of exposure.  If you have not walked with me before, feel free to get in touch.

Tom Thumb and more Single Day Hiking Tom Thumb and more John Counsell
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Saturday 22 October 2022 09:30 Medium

We'll take the Big Bend Fire Trail then on to a side track for the short but steep climb and rock scramble to the top of Tom Thumb where we will have morning tea whilst admiring the views (hopefully). We'll then retrace or steps and do some exploring in the Mount Arthur area before returning to the cars. There should be time for a post walk coffee at Lost Freight at The Springs. The Big Bend Fire Trail has been resurfaced but there are still several steep sections. This walk was originally planned for March this year but was cancelled due to a forecast of heavy rain and low cloud. (Fingers crossed for this time!).  . 

Navigation training Day 1 Single Day Hiking Navigation training Day 1 Peter Tuft
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Saturday 22 October 2022 09:30 Medium

This is Day 1 of a two-day activity.  Saturday will be a slow wander of 6-8 km around the hills behind Coningham with detailed instruction and practice navigating both on- and off-track.  Then back home overnight and be ready to meet again on Sunday for a mostly off-track walk where you can put your new skills into practice - see separate event.

You need to register for both days separately.  You don't have to come to both days but it is recommended to reinforce your new skills with further practice.  If you already have basic skills you can come on Sunday only, provided there are spaces - preference will be given to those who sign up for Saturday.

Navigation training - Day 2 Single Day Hiking Navigation training - Day 2 Peter Tuft
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Sunday 23 October 2022 08:30 Medium

This is Day 2 of a two-day activity, following detailed instruction the previous day.  The objective is to practice mostly off-track walking with you doing the navigation.  We will be near Buckland in the Prosser River Reserve of the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, which offers lovely open woodland over terrain which is hilly enough to be interesting for navigation purposes.  And there might be good wildflowers at this time of year too.

You need to register for both days separately.  You don't have to come to both days but it is recommended to reinforce your new skills with further practice.  If you already have basic skills you can come on Sunday only, provided there are spaces - preference will be given to those who sign up for Saturday.

The Mountain via Jackson’s Bend Single Day Hiking The Mountain via Jackson’s Bend Viv Evans
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Sunday 23 October 2022 09:30 Medium

We will meet in Davey Street on the mountain side of the Lynton Avenue roundabout where we will car pool to the start of the walk as there is limited parking.  We will head up The Jackson’s Bend track which is reasonably short but steep.  From there we’ll head along to Betts Vale and on to either Lone or Junction Cabin for lunch.  Heading back to the Springs and down Fingerpost to then head back down the Jackson’s Bend track to the cars.  There are steep sections on this walk that could be both muddy and slippery.

Lost World Single Day Hiking Lost World Robyn Tuft
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Tuesday 25 October 2022 09:30 Medium

This walk follows tracks (some less distinct than others), starting from and returning to the Chalet on Mt Wellington. There are 600 m of climbing involved. We climb to the summit via organ pipes and zig zag tracks and then explore the Lost World before following the Old Hobartians Track back to the start.

Golden Hill & Simmons Hill Circuit Single Day Hiking Golden Hill & Simmons Hill Circuit Geoff Buckman
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Thursday 27 October 2022 09:30 Medium

Golden Hill is a hill near  Cambridge and has an elevation of 261 metres. Golden Hill is situated east of Simmons Hill and south of Craigow Hill. Our intention is to do the walk anti-clockwise i.e. from Belbin’s Rd to Golden Hill to Simmons Hill then return to cars by way of Stringy Bark Gully. Distance is about 10 km and elevation gain approx. 200 m.

Parking at Belbins Rd is limited. Although there is an overflow car park it can get muddy. We shall start early so the car park is relatively empty. Estimated time for whole walk is about 5 hrs including an hour for morning tea and lunch. If it is completed (currently under construction) we may use a new track connecting the Skyline Trail with Stringy Bark Gully. Café afterwards at Citywide Baptist Church 400 Cambridge Rd. This can be reached easily from Belbins Rd.

Arthurs Peak Single Day Hiking Arthurs Peak Gary Poland
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Saturday 29 October 2022 07:30 Medium

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. Expect this section of the track to be overgrown 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 rejoins 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.  

Mt Montagu from Thark Ridge Single Day Hiking Mt Montagu from Thark Ridge Urszula Stanny
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Sunday 30 October 2022 08:00 Medium

We’ll walk along the Thark Ridge track which is quite well marked but very overgrown, which will slow us down somewhat. Eventually it turns into a 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 and requires some clambering over a couple of slippery sections, 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.

For reasons of weather and injury, this event has been jinxed for me over the past couple of years.
I did a reccie in early March 2020 so fingers crossed for a successful walk this time around.

Ryton Hills Botanical Ramble Single Day Hiking Ryton Hills Botanical Ramble Christine Wilson
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Tuesday 01 November 2022 08:30 Easy - Medium

Between Buckland and Orford, the Ryton Hills comprise a grassy and heathy woodland. This walk is for amateurs to share knowledge by identifying native plants from Orchids to Eucalypts. It is not focussed on rare plants or botanical knowledge, but appreciating the bush as we walk through by observing and learning. Wildflowers should be at their best at this time of the year. Afternoon tea at Bob's. A treat is in store. 

Walk with bbq lunch Single Day Hiking Walk with bbq lunch Viv Evans
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Wednesday 02 November 2022 10:30 Easy

We will start from the Lower Springs carpark and walk alon g toJunction Cabin where we will have morning tea.  We will then retrace our steps to the Springs and have a bbq lunch.

Spring at Glenora Single Day Hiking Spring at Glenora David Reeve
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Thursday 03 November 2022 09:30 Easy - Medium

This rural ramble on the hills and along the Derwent River  is always popular. We start at Kenmore Road, Glenora and walk on private land to the north (with permission). Farm tracks provide spectacular hilltop views of farmland, hopfields, villages and mountains, and pleasant strolling along the banks of the lovely Derwent River. As usual, I will investigate the possibility of high tea afterwards at Glen Derwent, New Norfolk.

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Victoria, Albert, Mensa Moor or alternatively, Snake Creek Single Day Hiking Victoria, Albert, Mensa Moor or alternatively, Snake Creek Joseph Roach
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Friday 04 November 2022 20:00 Medium

This is a two or three day trip to the North East around Ben Lomond, and based at a very pleasant AirB&B at Upper Esk - Bright Water Farm Lodge.  

I have several objectives in mind: Mensa Moor (Medium-Hard), as a day walk from the west from the Ragged Jack road; Mt Victoria and Mt Albert (each Medium-Easy); and Snake Creek (Medium-Easy I believe) which I have not visited but which I am told is certainly worth exploring.  So there is a range of possibilities and it may well be possible to split leadership with someone else so that people have several options during the day, and we come back together at night at Bright Water Farm Lodge.

There are three bedrooms at the Lodge: 1 Queen, 1 Queen and a bunk bed; and 4 single beds.  There is also room to put up a tent out the back as an alternative to sleeping inside.  

The indicative cost per person staying two nights is about $150.  It does depend on how many people sign up.  The cost per person will be the total cost divided by the number of people attending - it gets too difficult otherwise.

Those able to leave early on Friday will be able to bag an additional peak - Byatt's Razorback, East and West Tower, or perhaps Mt Saddleback.  If you are interested I would encourage you to let me know.  And if you are interested in leading one of the walks - especially Snake Creek  - also please get in touch.   There is also the possibility of extending to the Monday - let me know also if you are interested in doing that.

Collins Cap Single Day Hiking Collins Cap Isabel Goodfellow
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Saturday 05 November 2022 09:00 Medium

We will meet at the carpark on the corner of Berriedale Road and Marys Hope Road and carpool to the start of the walk at Myrtle Forest. From the carpark we will head up to the picnic area where will start our climb through rainforest, passing Myrtle Falls. From the falls we continue to climb steadily, before intersecting with the fire trail and commencing a slightly steeper, but short, climb to the summit. Expect about 2 hours of uphill to the top, at an easy/moderate pace. From the top we should have nice views across the Derwent Valley and Mt Wellington range where we can enjoy our lunch before descending the same way.

 

Mt Mawson from Wombat Moor Single Day Hiking Mt Mawson from Wombat Moor Christine Anderson
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Sunday 06 November 2022 08:00 Medium

Its time for the annual pilgrimage to Mt Mawson. Last year we missed the wildflowers that did not appear to have emerged so hoping for better luck this time. The drive to the start of the walk at Wombat Moor will take approximately 1.5 hours from the meeting point. The first part of the walk follows the track which leads to Lake Belcher. We will have morning tea looking out over the ridge where the track starts to descend into the valley. At this point we leave the track and make our way over the boulder field that takes us to the peak. This is a slow process as we look for leads and the task of climbing boulders for about an hour. Usually we drop packs next to the final ascent which is also our lunch spot.

The short climb to the peak is not difficult but is exposed at the top. Views on a good day include Tyenna Peak, Florentine Peak, Mt Mueller, Mt Field West, East, etc.

After lunch we follow the ridge to a line of jutting points from which we are able to view Lake Belton and Lake Belcher.

We start our return by heading up to the Ski Tow and follow this down to the Ski Hut and onward returning to our vehicles via Lake Dobson.

Please be advised that this walk is weather dependent due to the exposed area. However its also very rewarding on a clear day.

Old Growth Forest Franklin Single Day Hiking Old Growth Forest Franklin Viv Evans
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Sunday 06 November 2022 09:30 Easy - Medium

We will meet on the city side of the Lynton Av. Roundabout, in Davey Street and car pool down to Franklin.  I am hoping that we will have a guide to show us through the forest and explain what's happening there.  We drive 7km from Franklin to the start of the track this is through forest, largely logged.  We head through a burnt out section of forest from the 2018 bush fires until we come to a creek where we head into the beautiful old growth forest.  The track is pretty basic so you need to be comfortable climbing over logs and negotiating uneven surfaces, morning tea will be at a clearing on the way.  We will head up to where an old mill used to be, where we can see some old pieces of the workings.  We will lunch here and then head back the same way.  The track is not particularly distinct so we will be following a taped path most of the way.  Anyone who wishes to go direct can meet us at the Wooden Boat Centre, 3333 Huon Hwy, Franklin.  But please be sure to let me know.

Hartz by moonlight Single Day Hiking Hartz by moonlight Peter Tuft
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Tuesday 08 November 2022 16:00 Medium - Hard

On this date moon will be just short of full and rises a few minutes before sunset.  Our aim is to be on the summit of Hartz Peak to watch both the moonrise and sunset then linger over a picnic dinner, weather permitting.  Obviously the walk back to the cars will be in increasing gloom if not darkness.

The walk up Hartz Peak is under 4 km each way with a bit over 400 m ascent.  The track is rough in places and the final 400 m is a boulder field.  You MUST be confident of descending the boulder field by torchlight; that's why this walk is graded Mediium-Hard because the rest of it is straightforward.

Fingers crossed for good weather!

Island Activities Slide Night Category Image Island Activities Slide Night Simon Kendrick
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Wednesday 09 November 2022 18:00 N/A

In the Caroline Function Room at the Black Buffalo Hotel, 14 Federal Street, North Hobart, 6:00pm start. Our own room with private bar. Drinks available throughout the evening. Room configured as per our needs. Heating. Room to maintain 'Social Distancing'. Overhead projector, wall screen and sound system. Meals available in dining room prior to our evening start - please make your own booking 03 6234 7711. Ample parking. Super helpful and obliging staff.

Nierinna Creek Single Day Hiking Nierinna Creek Viv Evans
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Thursday 10 November 2022 10:00 Medium

We will leave the carpark for a short road walk to the start of the track.  Heading along to an early morning tea spot around two dams.  From there we will continue along a lovely bush track with some slight hills.  Lunch will be towards the end of the track in a pretty woodland area.  After lunch we will retrace our steps to our cars minus the stop off at the dams.  Depending on time we will look for a coffee spot on way home.

Snug Falls/Conningham Clifftop Walk Single Day Hiking Snug Falls/Conningham Clifftop Walk Sarah Atkinson
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Saturday 12 November 2022 10:00 Easy

We will meet in the car park of the IGA supermarket which is on Beach Road just past the turn from the Channel Highway.  We will then drive up to the start of the track to Snug Falls.  We will walk up to the falls and have morning tea before retracing our steps back to the cars and then drive on to Conningham Beach.reserve. We will head off along the Clifftop Walk to the end of the trail either as a circuit through the bush or just straight out and return the same way as we go in.  Lunch will be on the cliffs overlooking the channel before heading back to our cars. If the weather is kind and for those that wish to  we can then all have a dip in the lovely clear waters of Conningham beach.  There are changing facilities etc. at the beach. People who are heading to the Campfire Social at the Tuft's may wish to go and have a coffee in Kettering before heading up to the campsite for a night of socialising.  

 

Campfire social, Kettering Category Image Campfire social, Kettering Peter Tuft
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Saturday 12 November 2022 16:00 N/A

"Campfire social" pretty much says it all.  The entertainment is the good company of your friends in the club.  We have a lovely site on level ground in open forest on our property at Kettering.  You can come just for the evening then drive back to Hobart (about 35 min) or you are welcome to camp overnight - plenty of tent space.  We will provide a portaloo and ask you to pay a small fee to cover its cost (amount TBA).

If the weather forecast involves strong wind and/or significant rain we may bring the date forward one day (Friday night) or cancel.

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Devil's Kitchen to Cash's Lookout Single Day Hiking Devil's Kitchen to Cash's Lookout Belinda Jefferies
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Sunday 13 November 2022 08:30 Easy - Medium

We will begin our walk at Devils Kitchen and walk around the stunning cliffline, before heading down onto the beach. We walk about half way along before cutting up onto Blowhole Road and then making a short, sharp climb up to Cash's Lookout where we will have a stunning view of Eaglehawk Neck from a unique position.

Our return will be the same way. At this stage, I have not prewalked and may alter the walk slightly if it is too long or difficult.

Mount Hull Single Day Hiking Mount Hull Geoff Buckman
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Tuesday 15 November 2022 09:00 Medium

Mount Hull is part of the Wellington Range between Collinsvale and Glenorchy. It is just over 790m high. The walk plan is to meet at the Berriedale Rd meeting place and then car shuffle to the base of the Goat Hills zig-zag track on Collinsvale Rd. From there it is up to the main fire trail from where it is a relatively easy walk to the southern jump-off point to Mt Hull. The route up Mt Hull is rocky and could be slippery if wet. The views on top are restricted to looking out over Collinsvale and the Goat Hills. Descending  the northern side is scrubby and the route not easy to follow although an old taped route exists. Having arrived at a bottom junction with the main trail, we then retrace our route back to the shuffle vehicles. There may be slight options on this leg in terms of tracks. It is desirable for bookees to note this walk requires a good level of fitness.

Montague Bay to Geilston Bay Single Day Hiking Montague Bay to Geilston Bay Robyn Colman
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Wednesday 16 November 2022 10:00 Easy

After meeting at Geilston Bay we will car shuttle to Montague Bay (masks may be needed). We'll then take the Clarence Foreshore Trail back to Geilston Bay for lunch. There are several interesting sights along the way, including the commemoration of the Tasman Bridge disaster and the interesting historical presentation of Clarence residents' service in world wars. There are also beautiful views across the Derwent throughout.

Blue Tiers multi day car camping Overnight - multi-day Blue Tiers multi day car camping Jacquie Donovan
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Wednesday 16 November 2022 14:00 Medium

Day 1. We will drive to the Pyengana Recreation ground, which will be our base camp for 3 nights. The Recreation ground has plenty of room for Tents, Campervans and Caravans, $5 per person, per night. For anyone who does not wish to camp the Pub in the Paddock offers accommodation and is only a short walk from the Rec ground. https://pubinthepaddocktas.com.au/accommodation/  After lunch we would like to leave the Rec ground by 2 pm and car share drive to the Big Tree car park,17k from the campground.  The circuit walk to the Big Tree is 3.2k return.  After our walk we will head back to Pyengana Recreation ground for Sundowners before dinner.

Day 2 & 3.  There are two nice walks in the Blue Tiers, starting from the now abandoned town of Poimena. A few footings of the buildings remain. It will depend on the weather as to which we do first. Both walks are approx 9 km long and not difficult.  tracks are reasonable but we may encounter fallen trees over the track and a few creek crossings.  We will walk through some beautiful rainforest that  is regenerating strongly after the ravages of tin mining. There are remnants of mining history in this area, which make it quite an interesting area.  There are toilets at the car park at Poimena.  The best road to travel up to Poimena is Lottah Rd via Goulds Country and the distance is 22.6k

 After our walk on day 3, we will have dinner in the Pub in the Paddock.  Please advise me at the time of booking this event, either way if you are going to join us for dinner or not. The pub is just a short walk from the campsite.

We will also visit St Columba Falls at some point. They are only a short drive from the campground. The walk is 20-30 mins return.The falls are more than 90 mtrs, one of Tasmania's highest. The South George River tumbles down in a delightful series of steep cascades. The wall to the base of the falls takes you through shady rainforest that has some of the tallest tree ferns you'll see anywhere. 

Some of the roads are gravel but were in good condition last year. The only road that was quite rough was down to the Big Tree but we managed ok in 2 WD car's.

Another place of interest, that we may want so visit on the last day before we head of home is the Pyengana Cheese Factory. We may be able to see the cheese being made and have Breakfast/Morning Tea/ Lunch.  They also have some interesting cows.

Orford Coast Walk Single Day Hiking Orford Coast Walk Lynne Maher
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Thursday 17 November 2022 09:00 Easy - Medium

We will start near the Orford Bridge and walk along the banks of the Prosser River - whether on the foreshore or paths will depend on the tide - to the point (Millington's Point, I think), then 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, although may cut off the point and do a bit of road walking if we have an incoming tide.

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.

Corinna and Mt Donaldson via Savage River Single Day Hiking Corinna and Mt Donaldson via Savage River Andrew Bowen
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Friday 18 November 2022 08:00 Medium

An overnight walk on marked trails. Outward leg via a track following the Pieman River to the Savage River. An off track section follows on the eastern side to meet a marked trail to the Donaldson summit. We will camp below the summit with an option to wander to the summit to watch the sun dip over the western horizon ….or not. 
Return leg will retrace our steps to the Savage River Bridge. We may leave a vehicle here for a small road trip back to Corinna.

First night may be at Corinna or it may be the second night. If time permits there is also a short walk to the Whyte River upstream of the Pieman River from Corinna. Whichever night is Corinna, minor birthday celebrations will entail. Help me to celebrate

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Mt Dawson and Dawson settlement Single Day Hiking Mt Dawson and Dawson settlement John VanderNiet
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Saturday 19 November 2022 07:00 Medium - Hard

This is a re-run of a winter walk that had to be cancelled due to poor weather. Hopefully, better weather prevails this time.

Mt Dawson is the northern most peak of the Mt Field National Park. Dawson Settlement was set out on the original Dawson Road, which came from the Ouse/Hamilton area. The settlement was never developed, but we'll see if there is anything to see when we get there.

We will drive about 1.5 hours to the trail head for the Mt Dawson climb. This climb is about 400 metres over 2km through varied rock and scrub (about 4 hours). Return by the same route. I haven't been on this walk before, but am following a previous walker's route.

Time and enthusiasm permitting, we will then drive as close to the  Dawson Settlement site (on the Florentine River) as we can get, possible gates allowing, and walk in about a km to the location along a reasonably level track. 

Cascade Gardens to Myrte Gully Falls Single Day Hiking Cascade Gardens to Myrte Gully Falls Margeret Brocklehurst
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Saturday 19 November 2022 09:45 Easy - Medium

We will start this walk  at the Cascade Gardens  carpark. Turn right off Cascade Road (heading towards the Brewery) onto McRobies Road then a hard left into the Cascade Gardens carpark near the toilet block. We will walk up behind the gardens and onto a track which will take us behind the Brewery . Please Note:  Part of this  track will be steep in places and could be muddy so walking sticks are advisable. We will then cross Old Farm Road and join up with the Cascade Track to take us up to the Hidden Falls/ Myrtle Gully Falls before retracing our step back to the Main Fire Trail track, where we will link then up with  a very rocky track (for part of the way), back to the Cascade Gardens. Morning Tea and Lunch will be enjoyed during the walk with a possible coffee after.

Lakes and Falls Hartz Mountain Single Day Hiking Lakes and Falls Hartz Mountain Viv Evans
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Sunday 20 November 2022 08:30 Medium

The drive will take us around 1 1/2 hours.  We will start with a short walk out to the Arve Falls Lookout, from there heading to the start of the Hartz Mountain walk. We will have morning tea either at Arve River or before heading off on the Hartz Mountain Track.  We will go as far as Lake Esperance and Ladies Tarn before heading back to the shelter.  We will then head off for the short walk down to Lake Osbourne.  Lunch stop will be decided on route depending where we are at what time

Eliza Bluff, joint with TUBC Single Day Hiking Eliza Bluff, joint with TUBC Peter Tuft
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Tuesday 22 November 2022 06:30 Medium - Hard

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 km across the plateau.  We have done this walk before but rather a long time ago (1976!).  I believe there have been track improvements recently but it seems likely that parts will still be very steep and rough.

This will be another joint walk with Tas Uni Bushwalking Club.  Numbers from each club are limited so the combined group is not too large.

Bluff River Gorge Single Day Hiking Bluff River Gorge Graeme Denne
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Tuesday 22 November 2022 09:30 Medium

 

The walk begins about 10k in from Buckland where we make our way on a bush track to the start of the descent into the Gorge.

The Gorge’s narrow track passes close to spectacular sandstone caves and outcrops of varying sizes, intricate designs and delightful colours.

Surefootedness is required on this walk as much of the track is narrow and often close to the edge of the gorge. We pass through a small area of nettles so gloves and long sleeves are recommended.

Lake Nicholls Single Day Hiking Lake Nicholls Rosemary Yeoland
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Thursday 24 November 2022 08:30 Easy - Medium

This walk starts approximately 9.5km up Lake Dobson Road (Park pass necessary). It is a short walk around 4.5km with an initial steepish climb. There is a side track to Beatties Tarn followed by a walk on a glacial moraine ridge to Lake Nicholls. Time permitting we will follow later with a walk to Russell and Horseshoe Falls.

Mt Freycinet Easy Overnight Single Day Hiking Mt Freycinet Easy Overnight Belinda Jefferies
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Saturday 26 November 2022 08:00 Medium

This is an easy introduction to overnight hiking for those new, or out of date with carrying an overnight pack.

On Saturday we will leave from a central location (possibly our house) and drive to Freycinet, where we will walk out Hazards Beach to Cook's Beach and set up our camp for 2 nights. Depending on how we are feeling, we can take an afternoon stroll to Bryans Beach for a swim.

On Sunday we will take our day packs to the summit of Mt Freycinet. This is a beautiful steady climb taking in the climb over Mt Graham. Hopefully outstanding views!

Monday - packup and walk back to the cars via Hazards Beach again.

I encourage anyone who is feeling less confident with overnight hiking to consider joining us on this hike - it will be fun and an easier way to get back into it!

Madman's Hill Single Day Hiking Madman's Hill Geoff Buckman
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Saturday 26 November 2022 09:30 Medium

Madman’s Hill has an elevation of 352 metres.  It is situated west of  Risdon Brook Recreation Area and can clearly be seen from Mt Direction. Our start will be from the Risdon Brook car park which is approx 60m above sea level. I intend to reach Madman’s Hill via the trail going up to Gunner’s Quoin. We won’t reach the Quoin but will deviate from below it and hopefully avoid most of the private property between it and Madman’s Hill. This could be a bit scrubby. The hill itself has lots of trees on it so we won’t miss any views if we have lunch on a lower slope. Heading back to our cars may include a short section of off-track walking.

 2 metres.  It is situated west of  Risdon Brook Recreation Area and can clearly be seen from Mt Direction. I intend to reach Madman’s Hill via the trail going up to Gunner’s Quoin. We won’t reach the Quoin but will deviate from below it and hopefully avoid most of the private property between it and Madman’s Hill. This could be a bit scrubby. The hill itself has lots of trees on it so we won’t miss any views if we have lunch on a lower slope. Heading back to our cars may include a short section of off-track walking.

Slopen Main/Lime Bay Circuit Single Day Hiking Slopen Main/Lime Bay Circuit Peta Cannamela
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Sunday 27 November 2022 08:30 Easy - Medium

After meeting at Sorell we will drive to Slopen Main Beach to begin our walk.  We head along the beach and follow the coastal track with great views across Frederick Henry Bay and Slopen Island. Highlights along the way are Whalebone Beach,  Lobster Point, Lagoon Beach and Sloping Lagoon.  We will have lunch at Lime Bay Beach and then return via a slightly shorter route on old bush tracks. This walk is not arduous but is relatively long.

Collins Bonnet from Big Bend Single Day Hiking Collins Bonnet from Big Bend Anthony Hollick
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Tuesday 29 November 2022 09:00 Medium

This popular walk starts along the 4WD track (which goes up and down a bit - at Big Bend we start at approximately 1120m). After several kilometres we branch onto the Collins Bonnet Track, which can be boggy / muddy in wet conditions. We reach our destination after crossing some interesting changes in landscape and vegetation. After lunch on the Bonnet (1260m) we retrace our route to the cars.

Neika to Ferntree Single Day Hiking Neika to Ferntree Lynne Maher
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Wednesday 30 November 2022 10:00 Easy

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 slightly longer walk.

Mortimer Bay Reserve Single Day Hiking Mortimer Bay Reserve Nola Chapman
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Thursday 01 December 2022 09:30 Medium

meeting Place:- 9:30 at Mortimer Bay Coastal Reserve Carpark off Gellibrand Drive

a lovely coastal walk along the Tangara Trail

Sentinel Range Crawl Single Day Hiking Sentinel Range Crawl Sarajayne Lada
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Sunday 04 December 2022 07:00 Medium - Hard

The Sentinel Range is an amazingly impressive mountain range guarding Lake Pedder, and looms over the highway on your way to Strathgordon.

I have climbed this twice now, but come short of the final peak after reaching the ridge, mainly as I'm slow, it's all up hill, and pushed myself too hard.

Sooooooo. this is for those who always wanted to climb it, but snail paced, with breaks, time to enjoy the views, and possibly climb a few other peaks up there. It's for the photographers as the Blanidordia should be out and for those like myself who need a little extra time to make those summits. If wet we will cancel, but if a great day, you can see on and on and on.

So if you're fit, but short legged and quite puffy going up hill, then never fear, you can do this mountain. It is hard, you'll need gloves to climb the pinkish sharp granite and a river crossing just as we start. But it's pretty straight forward, just need good balance for steep downhill return, and to be okay with a slight airy patch like all mountains.

Not suggested for those medium/hard walkers who climb mountains like spiders,  there's a concern about hypothermia etc due to getting cold waiting for the whole group, and would prefer the whole group to climb together for safety.

So come along and join SJ 

Arch Rock and environs, D’Entrecasteaux Channel Category Image Arch Rock and environs, D’Entrecasteaux Channel Peter Tuft
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Sunday 04 December 2022 09:00 Kayaking - Coastal

Arch Rock is a small island near Verona Sands that has a couple of tunnels through it.  We will get as close as conditions permit (landing has been possible but requires absolute calm).  As time permits we may explore other parts of the nearby shoreline and/or other larger islands in the area.  Although we will meet at the Gordon boat ramp our actual launch location will depend on wind conditions at the time.

Waratah Walk via Myrtle Gully Single Day Hiking Waratah Walk via Myrtle Gully David Reeve
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Tuesday 06 December 2022 09:00 Medium

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. 

Short Walk with Lunch - Orford Single Day Hiking Short Walk with Lunch - Orford Viv Evans
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Wednesday 07 December 2022 09:00 Easy

We will head up to Orford for the commencement of the walk.  This is a lovely flat coastal walk with views out over Maria Island along the way.  There are some reasonably steep steps down onto Spring Beach but easily negotiable if taken at your own speed.  There is the option to walk down into the old quarry.  We will return the same way and head for lunch in Orford.

Meehan Range Wander Single Day Hiking Meehan Range Wander Ann vanderBurg
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Thursday 08 December 2022 09:45 Medium

This walk is in the Meehan Ranges, roughly between Cambridge and Geilston Bay. The terrain is varied - some parts on good tracks, some tracks a bit gravelly, some on fire trails and some sections shared with mountain bike riders (not too many, I hope!). It also includes a short off track section to view the rare herbaceous Tasmanian plant, Tuecrium corymbosum (Forest Germander) which is in flower at this time of year. 

Lake Ewart and Eldon Bluff Single Day Hiking Lake Ewart and Eldon Bluff Joseph Roach
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Saturday 10 December 2022 07:00 Hard

Lake Ewart and Eldon Bluff

Lake Ewart is a beautiful lake nestled under Eldon Bluff, and surrounded by other mountains.  It is not easy to get to, but we will walk in from Pigeon House Hill on the Lyell Highway, which should see us there on Day 3.  We will then use Lake Ewart as a base for exploring the surrounding peaks - Eldon Bluff, Eldon Crag, Castle Mountain, Rocky Hill, Dome Hill and High Dome.  Weather and the condition of the group will determine what can be done, but making day trips from Ewart or Five Duck Tarn will be a lot easier than carrying packs from Eldon Peak or Pyramid Mountain.  This is difficult but wonderful country, well worth the investment of effort.   The Collingwood River must be crossed at the very start and the end - if it is in flood we will have to wait, so that may mean varying the start date, and/or accepting we will be out later than planned.  You will need to be an experienced overnight walker, able to carry a hefty load, and willing to deal with two river crossings, significant scrub and some very steep scrambles.  If you have not walked with me before and wish to come I would encourage you to get in touch first.   

Cockle Creek to South Cape Bay Single Day Hiking Cockle Creek to South Cape Bay Anthony Hollick
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Saturday 10 December 2022 07:30 Medium

We shall car pool from Huonville to Cockle Creek (Drive time around 90 minutes with dirt road the last 25kms). There is an initial rocky track through light forest before we join the boardwalk across the button grass plains of Blowhole Valley. The track then emerges at the top of an open bluff with excellent views over South Cape Bay. Depending on access and the tide we may descend to the beach and walk along to Lion Rock. After lunch we return via the same route back to the cars.

A Weekend in the South West Single Day Hiking A Weekend in the South West Christine Wilson
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Saturday 10 December 2022 07:30 Medium

***Please note that the book in date has changed because of pressure of bookings at the Lodge. We encourage you to book a room if you are interested in this weekend as soon as possible. Then please let us know and register by September 15, as above. If you want to claim one of the rooms we've reserved, please do so, then let us know. (Text Chris W.) See below.

The aim is to complete two walks in the Lake Pedder area. The first is to Lake Judd, a glacial lake at the foot of Mt Eliza and Mt Anne. It's accessed from the Scotts Peak Dam road and is a long but rather gorgeous walk on a newly upgraded track, which takes us along the foot of Schnells Ridge. The walk basically crosses a buttongrass plain but there are many creeks coming off the ridge and there are quite a few undulations. We cross the Anne River twice on new bridges and climb the terminal moraine to have lunch on the lake shore.  This bit of the walk is through beautiful wet forest. I've tried to time this walk so we can take in the best of the wild flowers. Although, sadly, much of the region was burnt out  in 2019, the views are still amazing and the wildflowers spectacular. The 14 k walk takes around 6 hours and involves 370 m climbing, but it's gradual, with the odd pinch. The only really steep bits are up the moraine. 

We then travel to our accommodation at the Lake Pedder Wilderness Lodge, for a relaxing G&T overlooking the lake followed by dinner. The Lodge also has a heated pool so you may like to bring your bathers. 

Sunday's walk will be up the Needles. This involves a short nasty little climb to the top of a range close to the Gordon River Rd. Once on top, we can wander along the top of the range taking in the tremendous views. The wildflowers should also be at their peak. Apparently they were prolific after the 2019 bushfires, so let's hope there's a repeat performance in 2022. This area has been burned out but appears to be recovering reasonably well. It takes approximately 1.5 hours to climb the Needles and then expect to spend some time taking in the views. We'll complete this walk on our way home. 

Christine and I have reserved four rooms in the Tim Shea wing of the Lake Pedder Wilderness Lodge. The cost is $70 pp per night, in other words, $139 for a double room. The Pedder wing is $149 for a queen size bed with an additional single bed. The Tim Shea wing is the Lake Pedder Wilderness Lodge Budget accommodation  option. I've reserved 4 rooms: two with a double/queen bed  and 2 with twin beds. If you want to take up the offer of accommodation, please ring/email the lodge - details on their website - and mention that you are part of the Pandani Group. Please let me know via text message if you are claiming one of the rooms I've reserved. There are camping options at Teds Beach Campsite, close to the Lodge. This has basic facilities: toilets, BBQs and an area where you can eat that is under shelter. There's no power for camper vans. You don't need to book but it's not a hugely extensive campsite. It's also free. We will eat at the Lodge on Saturday night. It takes about 2.5 hours to drive out to this area, so I thought rather than 5 hours of driving in one day, we'd stay overnight, support a local business and take in this spectacular place. If you need any further information feel free to contact me. You'll also need to register for this weekend when you book your accommodation.

We will leave the Maydena Mountain Bike Cafe at 9:00 am. If you want a coffee, please be ready to leave with it in your hand at 9. We'll head out to Red Tape Creek, which is about 50km from Maydena. Maydena itself is 1 hour and 10 mins from Hobart. Please allow sufficient time to meet up.   

Mount Dromedary Single Day Hiking Mount Dromedary John Counsell
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Sunday 11 December 2022 08:30 Medium

This walk starts on a minor dirt road followed by a relatively new taped detour through forest to avoid private property. We continue on 4WD roads and tracks until the direct assault on the summit which is a steep scramble of around half an hour through forest and over mossy rocks which could be slippery. Great views from the summit and even better views from a nearby lookout. We'll either retrace our steps or take a less steep but longer route down to re-join the main track.

Tall Trees and Waterfalls Single Day Hiking Tall Trees and Waterfalls Lynne Maher
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Tuesday 13 December 2022 09:00 Medium

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 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 and orchids that might demand our attention.

Christmas Party Single Day Hiking Christmas Party Peter Tuft
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Wednesday 14 December 2022 19:00 N/A

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Christmas walk and lunch Single Day Hiking Christmas walk and lunch Marie Bates
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Thursday 15 December 2022 10:00 Easy - Medium

A short walk along the Suncoast from picnic shelter to view cliffs and eastern shore. We will find a area for morning tea, near where they go down to surf and then a bush section before we return back to the picnic shelter area for lunch. If coming on the walk please register, but if attending the lunch then we should be back around 1215 for you to join us.

Clear Hill Single Day Hiking Clear Hill Susan Gardner
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Sunday 18 December 2022 08:00 Medium

Clear Hill is a 1,136m prominent Peak overlooking Lake Gordon in the South West. We travel out to Clear Hill Road and park beside the road. The walk starts with a very steep 300m climb through scrub and over rocks. After this the track opens up. There has been fire damage from the 2018/19 fires though there is regrowth now. The walk has some sections of climbing over rocks before ascending gradually to the top for magnificent views. There are wonderful conglomerate formations the whole way which makes for a terrific day out.

Mt Montagu from Thark Ridge Single Day Hiking Mt Montagu from Thark Ridge Urszula Stanny
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Tuesday 20 December 2022 08:00 Medium

We’ll walk along the Thark Ridge track which is quite well marked but very overgrown, which will slow us down somewhat. Eventually it turns into a 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 and requires some clambering over a couple of slippery sections, 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.

For reasons of weather and injury, this event has been jinxed for me over the past couple of years.
I did a reccie in early March 2020 so fingers crossed for a successful walk this time around.

South Arm Cliff Top Walk Single Day Hiking South Arm Cliff Top Walk Helen Kendrick
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Wednesday 21 December 2022 10:00 Easy

This very picturesque walk follows a formed track most of the way with some beach walking as well. We enjoy views of the Derwent to Tinderbox, Bruny Island and the Wellington Ranges. The track has some slight inclines but I would not describe these sections as a climb. On reaching Fort Beach we can decide on continuing on over Fort Direction to Pot Beach or heading further up to the lookout over Storm Bay. Whichever option the group chooses we have beautiful views to enjoy while having a rest before heading back to the village where coffee/tea can be indulged if desired. 

Lewisham to Red Ochre Beach Single Day Hiking Lewisham to Red Ochre Beach Lorna Robertson
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Thursday 22 December 2022 09:30 Easy - Medium

This is a pleasant 12 km walk with a variety of coastal scenery. Only a few ups and downs. There are options for coffee/ice creams afterwards for those who want to indulge.

Risdon Brook Ramble Single Day Hiking Risdon Brook Ramble Geoff Buckman
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Tuesday 27 December 2022 10:00 Easy - Medium

This walk is a bit of a ramble. It will circumnavigate the reservoir at Risdon Brook while picking up some other tracks as well. Any walking off track will be small. It will give the chance to stretch your legs after the Christmas break. Bring lunch although we may not have it until we return to the cars.

Mt Tom Thumb Single Day Hiking Mt Tom Thumb Christine Wilson
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Thursday 29 December 2022 09:30 Easy - Medium

Join me for a post Christmas wander out to Mt Tom Thumb, at a time when the wildflowers will be at their peak. The  Collins Bonnet Fire Trail has been recently regraded and resurfaced, but the walk contains a steep descent near the start which has to be climbed on the way back. Just under 2 km from the start, the main trail curves 90 degrees to the right underneath the distinctive node of Mt Tom Thumb. The track to the top leaves from a small quarry to the left of the trail. It climbs a scrubby gully to emerge on a saddle just to the south of Mt Tom Thumb. A little rock scrambling is involved here. From here, rock cairns clearly mark the way to the top.  Very good views over Hobart and the Derwent from this seldom visited peak. On our return, should members be interested, we have the opportunity to visit one of Kunanyi's  secret Mountain huts. This will involve a detour near the end of the walk and a bit of a rock scramble down a small escarpment. 

Cancelledu Single Day Hiking Cancelledu Gilli Fife
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Thursday 29 December 2022 09:45 Easy - Medium

We will start from the meeting place and car share to the Snug Falls car park and walk down to the falls for morning tea, approx 30 mins each way.  The track can be muddy and slippery so walking poles would be an advantage.  We will return to the Snug Beach Reserve, walk along the reserve then follow the Snug River to the Channel Highway.  Cross the highway and continue following the river on the northern side.  If unable to cross we return the same way with lunch at the picnic spot.  After lunch a short circuit around Electrona, across the bridge and along the beach to the cars.  Coffee possibly Brookfield for those who wish.  Please note if cancelling after 8pm Wednesday 28 December please phone or text as I am unable to access emails on mobile.