We will start at Lake Dobson car park and head up the Rodway Range, then descend through the boulder field following the Mt Field West trail, until reaching Clemes Tarn. We leave the track and head for Florentine Peak off track (low vegetation) until we pick up another pad to the Peak. There is some rock hopping and a short steepish up to get to the plateau on top and from there it is off track to the summit but again negotiating low vegetation. On a sunny day expect great views to the south west peaks. We will return via the same route.
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.
The Festival of Maccas is a bush base camp and walking event to celebrate the local area of Kooparoona Niara, the Palawa name for the Great Western Tiers and means ‘Mountains of the Spirits’.
Mole Creek is our base camp and there is fabulous walking available in the area. The plan is to camp at our property in Mole Creek (Maccas Shed) and walk, relax and enjoy the local area.
You will need to bring camping equipment as no accommodation is provided. If you would rather not camp there are many local accommodations options available including the Wandering Trout, Blackwood Park and others.
There will be a camp kitchen set up with hot and cold running water, gas cookers and a BBQ. Again, there are lots of local food options if you would rather not "rough it". There will be limited refrigeration so please bring eskies, ice is available at the local supermarket and pub. Please bring camp chairs, blankets to make yourselves at home. Also bring your bathers as the local pool may be open if the weather is nice!
The walk program will be listed separately and you are required to register for the walks separately to this registration. Priority will be given to those who participate in the walks not just those who wish to camp as we have limited facilities on site. A cover charge of $5 per person, per day will be required to cover cost of power, gas and portable toilets.
Hope to see you all soon!
Higgs track is a fairly steep but manageable 4 hours return climb from western creek to the top of the great western tiers. This walk will be done at a relaxed pace giving time to take photos and take in the scenery, expect plenty of uneven ground, tree roots and mud. Please note this walk is part of the maccas festival.
The walk includes viewing two waterfalls - Lobster and Montana. We will travel to one then to the other then back to Maccas (possible stop for coffee at end).The total duration allows 2.5 hrs for Lobster and 1 hr for Montana including stops. Drive time between them and to/from Maccas may add another hour not included. Lobster Falls is nestled between two high cliff faces and comprises two cascades in the Lobster Rivulet. The rivulet flows from the Central plateau near Lake Mackenzie through the Gog Range to the Mersey River. The track is degraded close to falls with loose rock and narrow cliff edge so we shall probably choose a nearby lookout which is safer. The Montana Falls in the Long Reach Regional Reserve are reached via a short track through dry sclerophyll forest. We shall go a bit beyond the falls to also view the cascades.
We will start walking up the Fiona Allen Walkway and continue up the Mt Stuart Circuit, up the fire trail to Noah’s Saddle. Morning Tea near Noah’s Waterhole.
continue walking to the start of the breakneck track, and will then walk down to Old Farm Rd. For lunch. Depending on time we could have a short walk partway down the Cascade track.
after lunch we will walk dow the McCrobies Gully shared bike track and rejoin the track to Noah’s Saddle. There is a big uphill at the end of the walk, but it’s not too long.
there is limited parking at the Resevoir so if anybody can car share that would be great. Give me a call if you like a lift
The walk has several small creeks to be crossed which may be difficult after heavy rain. There's an option for a side trip to Chasm Falls which will add another 2 kms to the walk. The walk is suited to experienced walkers with experience walking in alpine conditions, boulders and scrub. Please note this walk is part of the Maccas Festival
Last year at the FoM, this walk was on the program - however - leader error, we went to Mother Cummings Peak by mistake! This year we will get it right and provide a challenging walk along Mother Cummings Rivulet in Meander. Smoko Falls Track will take us beneath stands of Sassafras, Myrtle, King Billy and Pencil Pine and past the picturesque Smoko Falls to Cummings Head.
Expect some boulders and trickier to navigate sections. This is an Abel and at 1260+ is a decent climb (number 81 on the Abel list)
At least a new footbridge crosses Smoko Creek which was always a bit tricky in the past!
Walk 1. An enjoyable walk along the banks of the Meander River in Deloraine. A beautiful short walk looping around the riverbank features a series of interesting sculptures created by local artists along both banks, a Kooparoona-Niara Cultural Trail also follows the same path, so you will learn about the rich local indigenous culture as you follow the trail. Look closely, there are wild platypus living in the river. This walk can be extended. Walk 2. Alum Cliffs, near the town of Mole Creek, is a relatively short and well defined track through an area of historical and cultural significance. From the car park there is a short ascent to a plateau with a large sculpture (the three points on the sculpture represent the three significant paths aboriginal people would walk; from Western Bluff to tulampanga and Quamby Bluff). Then through a gentle descent the track terminates at a viewing platform overlooking the Mersey River and spectacular Alum Cliffs Gorge. The track has a hardened or compacted surface and has a gentle uphill section or sections of occasional steps on the return leg.
From the Hartz Mountains visitors shelter we first walk to Lake Osborne, then on to Lake Perry. Now the fun starts as we push up, through thick scrub onto the ridge that forms the Devils Backbone. It will be slow going as we duck, weave, scramble and dodge our way over and around both scrub and rock, following the ridge SSE to Hartz Pass. where we rejoin the main track for an easy walk back to the cars. Views in all directions will be pretty epic if the weather is kind to us. I have previously led a successful PBC walk along the Devils Backbone.
After parking the cars at Gowrie Park Village we will follow an easy track as it starts to ascend. Then we will take a track to the left which rises along a rough 4WD track for quite a while. Eventually the track reaches the plateau which we will walk along until we reach the summit. Please note this walk is part of the Maccas Festival.
The Chasm Falls walk combines a gentle climb on easy road surface to real bush walking conditions as it follows the Smoko Creek through a series of forested slopes and visits several spectacular cascades.
The Chasm itself is only 35 minutes or so from the trail head and offers some spectacular photo opportunities, so we will allow time for sightseeing and photography along the way.
Another 40 minutes or so takes us to the top falls, passing beneath tall sandstone overhangs and young King William Pines. Verdant mosses and ancient lichens adorn both rocks and trees, providing a varicolour of green hues against the crystal clear water.
I have graded this Easy-medium for two reasons. The easy part is the length, it is a very short (by Pandani standards!). The medium is due to the varying track which is very easy to start and becomes a bit medium closer to the falls. This does include a couple of steeper short climbs.
To celebrate the end of the Festival of Maccas, I have organised for local busines The Hearth of Chudleigh to prepare a set menu private dinner for us.
Two course set menu, $35 per head.
The Hearth of Chudleigh is a licensed venue, drinks will be additional cost.
Please forward any dietary requirements, Mandy is happy to offer changes to the set menu
We will carpool at Mole Creek and then drive to the Arm River Track Head, aiming to start walking at about 11 am. The track climbs about 300 m through forest in a well graded track, but intended to be at a not too fast pace. We will take a branch pad to climb and descend Mt Pillinger (300 m climb without full packs) and then it is about 2 km to camp (about 8 km for the first day). On day 2 we will carry day packs to Mt Oakley via the high route and return to camp, descending on a southward track from the summit, which then connects to the Arm River track (18 km return, with about 700 m of climbing). On Day 3 we basically descend back to the cars along the Arm River track (about 4 km). It should be quite leisurely as we hope to enjoy a well earned lunch in a cafe.
Having visited the Marakoopa Caves numerous times, I thought I would take the opportunity to visit King Solomons Cave this time. King Solomons Cave is a relatively small, dry cave located near Liena, 25 km west of Mole Creek, on the route to Cradle Mountain. King Solomons Cave is also home to the fascinating Tasmanian Cave spider.
Cost is Adults (18+) $19.00, Concession (Seniors, Australian Pensioner and Healthcare card holders) $15.50
Depending on numbers, we may book as a group and be given an allocated time (TBC)
After the tour, we will travel further to Liena and visit the recenlty completed restoration of Old Gads Hill Hut, another project by the Mountain Huts Preservation Society, where we will have a picnic lunch before travelling back to Maccas Shed and then onwards home.
We travel out along the Arve Road and turn onto Picton Road just before the Airwalk. Parks and Wildlife told me they had cleared the track but when I did a recce recently there were still areas of scrub and fallen logs to negotiate. The walk is along the course of the middle Huon River and was bulldozed in WW2 as an escape route from the SW. We start near Tahune and walk on a flat track which gradually climbs to high on the side of a spur, this has close scrub and requires pushing through. We then descend to lovely forest with tall trees. After this we walk beside the river which is magnificent. There are two creek crossing which will hopefully be low at this time of year.
Our lunch spot is Blakes Opening where you may find pieces blue lace agate and quartz if you are lucky!. We return the same way.
We will meet on the city side of Lynton Avenue and car pool down to Kettering, parking in the Oyster Cover Inn car park. From there we will walk along the road and then the track to Trial Bay, returning by the same route ready for lunch at the Oyster Cove Inn.
Growling Swallet is a cavern into which the Junee River disappears, to emerge some 30k away at Junee Cave. The track leads through some of the most impressive old growth forest I've ever seen. After we've visited the cave, we'll return to our cars the same way and drive back to Maydena to visit Junee Cave. This is a short walk of about one hour return through pretty bush. We'll have lunch at the start of the walk to Junee Cave. Both tracks are flattish - the Swallet track follows an old woodcutters' tramline for much of its length. However, if there's been recent rain the Swallet track will be muddy. The Junee Cave track is very well constructed and essentially a tourist track. Approximately 1.5 hours drive from Tynwald Park to the Trail head for the Swallet track. Coffee afterwards at the Mt Field National Park Visitors Centre should people wish.
Mt Bowes is a minor peak (956 m) north of Mt Anne. From Frodshams Pass we walk up the Mueller Road a little way to get onto the historic Old Port Davey Track, which leads southwards through mainly rainforest. No doubt there will be boggy bits and many fallen trees. Once at the foot of Bowes there is a steep and scrubby cairned and taped route that leads to the top, with views over the Weld Valley rainforest, Anne Range, Snowies, etc. Back the same way. Note: I did a reconnaissance on 16 Jan, and the Old Port Davey Track is a bit more overgrown, and slower, than when I last did the walk, so I have increased the duration of the walk from 7h to 9h.
A great summer day's walk with some chance of getting your feet wet. I have completed a recce in part to the creek crossing which was impassable on the day due to rain days before. So we do hope to get to Denman's Cove this time. From Sorell it will take us less than a hour to get to our start point at the end of Anderson's Road, Port Arthur. The track is very overgrown for much of the time with a few significant detours necessary, which will slow our progress. Still the forest is dense and beautiful. We will take a break at Stinky Bay where there are views of Arthurs Peak and Mt Brown. From this point we continue close to the shoreline. We return by the same route.Elevation is a total of 390m.
The Tasman Coastal Trail runs between Fortescue Bay and Waterfall Bay via Tatnells Hill. It is a reasonably good track with a diversity of scenery and vegetation, from beaches to clifftops to the summit at 560 m. Total climbing is about 800 m. Because it is a one-way walk we will divide into two parties who will walk from opposite ends and exchange car keys when we meet in the middle.
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. Here's hoping!
From Hobart make an early early start on the road through New Norfolk and Maydena, turning off onto Clear Hill Road. And follow this to the end, launching the kayaks into Boyes Basin, Lake Gordon. Paddle up to 8km over Pokana Basin to find a suitable camp on the shore below The Pleiades. Sunday morning climb to the high point of The Pleiades, 1082m. On Monday paddle, either directly back to the cars, or take the opportunity to explore some of the Lake Gordon shoreline. I have launched from the end of Clear Hill Road and paddled on Lake Gordon a number of times but have not climbed to the high point of The Pleiades before. Priority will be given to Club Members. Seakayak or Estuary Kayak with a minimum length of 4.5m and accessories as per M.A.S.T. requirements.
We will start from the BBQ area near the toilets. Walk along the beach to the top of the sugarloaf for morning tea and views over the bay.
We then walk back along the beach to Mickeys beach for lunch. Then walk through the rahabilitated quarry to visit the frog pond before returning to the beach and a possible dip at the end.
This short but invigorating circuit, is sure to set you up for the rest of the day. We will start from the carpark in Saundersons Rd. Risdon, and follow the coastal track around Porter Bay and Tommys Bight, then head uphill to join the fire-trail. This is followed for a short distance before descending to Shag Bay. We will then take the ‘spectators track’ uphill, between the two bike trails, to rejoin the fire-trail, which we will follow in a westerly direction across the Government Hills. The final decent will take us to Risdon Street and the last leg of our circuit will be on bitumen, returning to the waterfront and our cars. Elevenses can be taken at someone’s favourite café, if you wish!
A great walk over the back of Mt Wellington starting at the Thark Ridge.
Devils Throne is an isolated but spectacular crag overlooking Mountain River valley. We follow Thark Ridge then drop down into a shallow alpine valley, the source of Mountain River itself. We cross the valley on a cairned route and reach the Throne which is our lunch spot.
We return by following another route and cross back over Thark Ridge to our starting point.
This is quite a long walk over fairly rough country, not much climbing but tracks are not well defined. There are great views of the Huon valley and beyond as well as the Wellington range.
UPDATED ON 30 DECEMBER: We will start at the Cornelian Bay kiosk, where those who wish may buy a takeaway tea or coffee before we start. We will walk to the cemetery and follow a map of historic gravesites and commemorative plaques. While deploring the lack of marked monuments to notable women, we'll take in the graves of Martin Cash, Henry Jones and Peter Degraves among others, on an easygoing ramble. We'll return by a slightly different route to Cornelian Bay for our picnic lunch at about 12.30-1.00pm and perhaps (another) coffee. We could leave lunch in the car (or buy it at the kiosk) and just bring morning tea in our packs.
The walk will start below the second reservoir and follow the north-west side track. There is a steep incline ascending the Gentle Annie Falls area and then on to Halls Saddle, The track continues on to Fern Tree via the Pipeline track which involves a further sharp incline on well-formed steps just before reaching Fern Tree, Depending on time factors, the walk will be extended to include the Silver Falls circuit.
The AGM is an important item in the Pandani calendar. Please come along to have your say in the new committee to be elected for the next year. The venue is Dorney House. Before the meeting there will be a tour of this iconic modern house and the Fort Nelson site on which it has been built.
There is no parking at Dorney House. Please park wherever convenient in the nearest streets and walk up the hill. The walk is a minimum of 800 m with 100 m ascent and may be substantially longer depending where you find a parking spot. Don't miss the tour because you didn't allow enough walking time!
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.
Our walk will take us inland from Lauderdale via the Saltmarsh Track and a section of the Tangara Trail (with a possible short sidetrack), along Forest Hill Road and over the hill to join the track from Cremorne about 1km south of Mays Beach. We'll then head north along the coast back to Lauderdale. There will be about 1.5km walking on a quiet back road and some beach walking. Depending on conditions on the day we may reverse the direction. Time for coffee or tea in Lauderdale afterwards.
From Granton Car Park drive through Maydena and onto Scotts Peak Road, parking our cars at the Red Tape Creek end of the Anne Circuit. Follow the Lake Judd Track till adjacent to Schnells Ridge Traverse the ridge to the high point, 1087m. Then work our way around Smiths Tarn and Moraine Tarn till we rejoin the Judd Creek Track. Part of this walk will follow newly built boardwalk and track, with balance being off track. I have walked part of this walk before but not all of it. Some navigation will be required, plus anticipate light-medium scrub, rocks, trip hazards and some exposure.
We plan to paddle around the Recherche Bay area for two days. In particular we will visit the remains of the garden and observatory of the D'Entrecasteaux expedition in 1792-93, plus whatever else time permits. The plan will be to find a water-access-only campsite well away from the vehicle-based crowds. This trip is very weather dependant, especially with regard to wind.
The starting point is The Coal Mine site at Saltwater River with a short car shuttle involved between this site and Lime Bay. We will start our walk heading north toward a disused quarry and on toward Plunkett Point where there are some ruins. We continue on to view various points on the coast and Monk Bay sits amongst these. From Monk Bay we continue to follow the headland north until the coastline returns toward Lime Bay. En route there are views of sandstone cliffs and ledges. Care needs to be taken at times when we are close to the cliff edge. This walk is through very pleasant bush and will provide a satisfying day out with the hope of a swim at Lime Bay before taking the car shuttle to our starting point.
We will begin our day exploring the Coal Mines historic site and then begin a circuit taking in all the main areas of the site.
The start of the walk is at the Settlement, then we will walk up the hill to the Main Shaft. At this point we will detour to the rarely visited Mount Stewart, a short 130m climb to the site of an old signal station now just ruins. I recommend gaiters for this section of the walk as it is quite overgrown and at this time of the year may be a bit "snakey". Once we have enjoyed the views we will head back down the Inclined Plane to Plunkett Point, then return along the convict road to the Settlement.
I recommend this walk for all easy-medium walkers. The medium component is due to a few short steep sections and an overgrown track to Mount Stewart.
Lovely coastal views and a pretty picnic site for our lunch.
Little Lagoon Beach is a beautiful remote beach on the shores of Recherche Bay. It marks the outlet of Black Swan Lagoon. It is accessed by very overgrown and in places invisible, tracks through the Southport Lagoon Conservation area: gaiters will be necessary and long sleeves useful to protect yourself from areas of cutting grass. We drive down to the trailhead just before the D'Entrecasteaux River, and set off across the coastal plain. Once at the beach, we'll head off to explore the outlet creek and go as far as we can in a westerly direction. At the western end of the beach, we'll stop for lunch and a swim. ( Not compulsory.) We return the same way. Approx 5 hours walking - although not hard, the scrub is challenging in places, but not for long. Three hours driving in total.
We will meet at the end of Seven Mile Beach at the start of the track. We will walk along to the Roches Beach Yacht Club, stopping for morning tea at a beach along the way. We head back on the same track and head to the Royal Tasmanian Golf Club, Seven Mile Beach, for lunch.
Waterfall Bluff is a spectacular location on the Tasman Peninsula, near Eaglehawk Neck. .Fabulous coastal scenery and beautiful tall eucalypt forest to be enjoyed on route. More details TBA. Refreshments afterwards at Bangor for those so inclined.
We'll walk uphill at a leisurely pace along the Cascade and Myrtle Gully tracks to our lunch spot at Junction Cabin. Then along the Lenah Valley, Shoobridge and Lower Sawmill Tracks followed by an undulating section along the Middle Island Fire Trail. This will take us back to the Cascade Track and down to our starting point.
This is a short (3½+ hours) but reasonably strenuous return walk. We will start from Cartwright Reserve in Sandy Bay and make the steady, 350m ascent, to Truganini Lookout. The track follows Cartwright Creek, initially rising gently through wet sclerophyll forest, then turns away from the creek and continues uphill through dry sclerophyll forest. After a brief stop at the lookout, we will make our way past the Mount Nelson Signal Station into Bicentennial Park. To begin with, this section of the walk descends gently through open forest, but it becomes steeper as the track drops towards Churchill Avenue. At our farthest point, we will take a short loop, which eventually re-joins the Signal Station Tack. We will return from the Signal Station via the Troglodyte Track, Dorneys Drop and Porter Hill. If you are not a lover of steps, rocks, roots or steepish sections this is probably not the walk for you! Elevenses could be taken at the Signal Station as we return, with the option to take your own or buy something from the cafe. Alternatively, there is usually a pop up van in Cartwright Reserve.
This is a lovely coastal walk to an interesting rock formation. We start at White Beach opposite Wedge Island and walk firstly on a coastal path and have morning tea on a pebbly beach. We do climb a small hill before heading inland for a little while before coming out at Tumbledown Point where we have lunch. We return the same way.
The last time we did this walk was probably about 10 years ago. It’s highly unlikely that we will check it out again before the club event.
This will be a long day at quite a fast pace. It is an exposed alpine area on the edge of the SW, and the weather could do anything on the day, so pack accordingly. We will all enjoy this hike if everyone has a good level of fitness and prepared for all conditions.
After skirting the shore of Lake Dobson we will ascend to the Mawson Plateau, then via Lions Den and K Col in the Rodway Range to Mt Field West. On the way the aim is to do an off track 400m return side trip to Naturalist Peak, a climb of 200m from the track.
After lunch at Field West we will retrace our steps to return to the cars.
Don’t expect to be back at Granton before 6pm
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. Function Room is heated on cold evenings. There is room to maintain 'Social Distancing'. Overhead projector and sound system. Meals available in dining room prior to our evening starting, or can be brought into the Caroline Room. If dining in restaurant please book ahead (03)6234 7711. Ample parking. Super helpful and obliging staff.
The walk begins and ends at the Cascade brewery car park. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before start time and advise the organiser if traffic problems occur on the day. We shall go up the Rivulet Track with the aim of having lunch at Fern Tree Park. Take-away drinks are available from the nearby Fern Tree Tavern. We shall return via the Bracken Lane Fire Trail and some tracks connecting with Huon Rd. Basically the morning will be spent climbing, with a break for morning tea, and the afternoon will be spent descending. Option available to leave the walk after lunch and catch the bus back if you run out of puff! Weather for the day will dictate clothing requirements but if it is warm we will need to take adequate water.
The plan will be to complete the Anne circuit over three days, with side trips to Mt Anne, Lots Wife and Mt Sarah Jane. Participants will need to be comfortable with rock hopping, scrambling, exposure and maintaining a steady (but not fast) pace in Alpine terrain. Priority will be given to Club Members and Members who have previously walked with me (on either a multi-day or daywalk) in Alpine environs.
This is a second try, after an earlier attempt was stymied by a fallen tree over Hylands Rd. Cape Surville is a cliff-bound promontory on the ocean side of Forestier Peninsula, with spectacular coastal views. We drive to Murdunna, then left into Hylands Rd 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. Your leader will expound on the geology visible in the cliffs.. Return the same way.
After meeting up on the Cnr of Sth Arm Highway and Rifle Range Rd we will car pool and drive to the end of Rifle Range Road to begin our walk along Gorringe Beach. At the end of the beach we will pick up the Mortimer Bay coastal track which offers great water views of the Derwent River and Hobart's western shore. Our walk continues as far as the isthmus near the township of Sth Arm where we will have lunch. The return to the cars will be via the same route.
While part of this walk takes in marvelous hilltop views and delightful riverside paths along the meandering Derwent, this time it will include a bit of adventurous exploration, either along overgrown areas of river bank or elsewhere nearby. Come prepared for vicious hawthorns and a bit of crawling under branches. Note the "what to bring" list!
From the starting reserve we follow the Howrah Foreshore Walk before heading up into the Howrah Hills, for good views toward Ralphs Bay and The Derwent. We then follow tracks and reserves before crossing the South Arm Highway to commence the historic Meehan Walk near Bayview High School. From there we continue north to visit Glebe Hill Reserve, before returning vie suburban streets, parks and the Foreshore Walk. We will stop at our home (90 Tranmere Road) for coffee, before a short walk back to the cars.
This walk has 2 short sharp uphill sections, otherwise an easy walk on a variety of surfaces.
This is another trip to the north-east, staying at Brightwater Farm Lodge as our base, and climbing several peaks over the weekend or on Friday for those able to leave Hobart early on Friday. The walks are Mt Victoria, Mt Maurice, Mt Arthur and Mt Barrow - if we have time. Each walk is best described as a short day walk, starting in forest and climbing to a peak for wonderful views over the north-east. There are tracks to all of them, but I understand the approach to Mt Maurice may be longer because of a bridge no longer safe for vehicles to cross.
The cost for two nights at Brightwater Farm lodge varies depending upon numbers, but as a guide $120 (larger group) to $170 (only 4).
Join me for this walk which has the best views on Bruny. We'll meet at 8 am at the Kettering Oval carpark to organise car pooling. Google tells me that it takes a little over an hour to drive from the ferry terminal to Cloudy Bay, where we will park our cars and walk along the beach to the trail head. The track may be quite overgrown. Gaiters are recommended - snakes. The track climbs gently up to East Cloudy Head, where there are magnificent views of Pine Log Bight and the Friars on the SE side and the Southern Ranges to the SW. We'll have lunch on the head, taking in the views and then return the way we came. If it's fine and sunny, we'll pause for a swim at Cloudy Corner, where the track joins the beach. There are options for coffee if people wish on the drive back to the ferry.
We first take the track to Lake Skinner. The follow a pad up to the ridge and travel south west to the summit. Should be great views, if the weather gods are favourable! Return the same way.
A short but varied walk on suburban footpaths, bush tracks, parklands and through the middle of a former golf course (open to walkers). We'll skirt around Rosny Hill, cross Rosny Hill Road on the footbridge and have our morning tea in the middle of the former Rosny Park Public Golf Course. We'll then skirt around the side of Gordons Hill and down to the Derwent Foreshore Trail and back to our starting point. Some of the dirt tracks are sloping with loose gravel in places so some people may wish to bring a walking pole.
This popular walk starts with a beach walk along Clifton Beach before heading into the dunes to access the track up to the viewing platform overlooking Frederick Henry Bay, we will have a short break here to enjoy the view and morning tea. The track then continues over the cliff top of Cape Deslacs with a couple of fences to negotiate, this section is not a formed track but follows the natural contour of the sloping land. After choosing a lunch spot we return part way back the same route before picking up the track through an area of pleasant bush then on to a dirt road which leads us to PipeClay Lagoon. The remainder of the walk is past some homes before heading through some parkland back to our parked cars.
Schnell's Ridge I have not done in a very long time, but suspect is a good deal easier than it was back in the 70s. The walk in is from the rebuilt Lake Judd track, and we follow a pad uphill through button grass and alpine vegetation. A bit of scrambling is required to achieve the summits - there are two. Not a difficult walk, but some very serious uphill - an altitude gain of around 700m.
We will do a car swap, so that we can climb up the Gingerbread Track towards Mt Rufus. Camping near the Gingerbread hut. Next day (or the afternoon if we are keen) we will climb Mt Rufus and then descend to Lake St Clair.
This walk is a long circuit walk on private property, which takes us through the gorge of the Jordan River, with its sandstone cliffs and caves. It is a pretty and peaceful place. We follow an old farm track through the gorge and there are numerous river crossings. Trekking poles will help manage these. At the end of the gorge, we leave the river and walk up towards some ruined homesteads and then follow another farm track through paddocks back to our cars. If the river is too high to cross safely we will do another shorter walk in the same area. This walk is long but not hard, though reasonable balance is required for the river crossings.
A longish day right at the upper end of 'medium length', but very rewarding with good weather. Our route will be up and over the Rodway Range via the Lion's Den, out to The Watcher and then back via Newdegate Pass and Tarn Shelf.
The walk does have some bouldering and lots of rocks to navigate so walkers must be comfortable on this type of terrain and as it is exposed to the elements most of the way it will not proceed in bad weather.
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. Like Simmons Hill, the views are obscured by trees. There are a number of native plants. 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. It is expected we shall take some bike trails as a diversion from the trail after leaving Simmons hill. Distance is about 10 km and elevation gains approx. 250 m.
Parking at Belbins Rd is limited. There is an overflow car park which is fairly basic. As we shall start early the car park should be relatively empty. Estimated time for whole walk is about 4 hrs including 45 mins for morning tea and lunch. We may use a recently constructed track connecting the Skyline Trail with Stringy Bark Gully. Namaste café afterwards at 400 Cambridge Rd if interested. This can be reached easily from Belbins Rd.
We will walk past the boat sheds and along the coastal path from Cornelian Bay to the Botanical Gardens, wander through the gardens, stopping for morning tea at a suitable spot, and return the same way or along the Intercity bike path. An extension walk to the point north of Cornelian Bay is an optional extra.
Drive through the Snug township and turn left at the Coningham sign onto the Old Station Road. Continue along and around the sharp bend, then left again onto Coningham Road. Drive to just before the end of the road and you will see a yellow sign saying 'Beach'. Drive down the 'No Through Road' and the carpark is on the left. We will start our walk from there and make our way towards Legacy Beach along a coastal bush 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 climb Sheppards Hill taking in views of the Channel Area, before having lunch, then descending down to the coastal track back to the carpark and hopefully coffee on the way home.
The club believes that trip organisers should have basic competence in first aid and management of incidents so is sponsoring this training for organisers at no cost to participants. Registration is limited to organisers who are currently active in putting trips on the program, but if there are vacancies it may be opened to other members.
The day will be presented an accredited first aid trainer who has a bushwalking background so understands the circumstances which may occur on club trips.
Morning and afternoon tea will be provided but you will need to bring your own lunch.
At time of publication the exact format of the evening is still being arranged, but envisaged as a fun social evening, working in pairs or small groups to identify the location of photographs, 'How well do you know Tassie', it's landmarks and the places we walk? 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. The function room is Heated on cold evenings. There is room to maintain 'social distancing'. Overhead projector and sound system. Meals available in Hotel dining room prior to our evening start or can be brought into the Caroline Room. If eating in dining room please book ahead (03)6234 7711. Ample parking. Super helpful and obliging staff.
There are three options for this activity, first option : we will car share to the top of Doughboy Drive and walk across to Oyster Cove Point for morning tea. Second option some may wish to only do half the walk in that case we can leave a car/cars at the morning tea spot. Option three is for those who wish to only come to lunch. After morning tea (those doing half the walk will depart) we make our way back along the foreshore to 499 for a shared lunch, the tide will be out enough to walk the beach the last leg instead of scrambling through the bush. Drivers will be taken back to their cars.
This medium walk has a couple of steep sections on loose gravel and rocks as well as loosely defined bush track, fire access road and dirt roadway. After car pooling as very little parking space at track start, we make our way to Tinderbox Reserve where we pass an Explosive storage area and has details of the usage on informaation boards. From here we follow a loose marked track up the hill in the reserve to our morning tea spot with views of Mt Wellington and the Margate train area. After our break we follow a fire access road down hill and wind our way along with a few views over to the eastern shore past housing and onto a dirt road which joins the road leading up to Mt Louis. There are a few remains of the signal station left and buildings on the hill, and this is where we will have our lunch. We will return the same route back to our cars, then to Blackmans Bay. ..swim or coffee may be had by those who ish
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 in Nov 2021 and don’t plan to pre-walk it again, so a bit of patience during navigation would be an asset
Meeting at Granton, we'll make our way to Mole Creek with one or two stops along the way. We'll park the vehicles at the end of Little Fisher Road and begind the walk alongside Little Fisher River towards Rinadeena Falls. The walk to our camping area is approx 14km due to bridges on the Little Fisher Road being out of order, though the walking is mostly straightforward - Road walk, tracked to Rinadeena Falls, finding a suitable place to cross the river, then following a marked pad up towards Long Tarns. We can choose when to summit the peaks (Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning) time and weather permitting. We will walk out via the same route. Be advised I have not been here before.
We will operate a car shuttle to Strickland Falls, and walk from there, taking a variety of tracks that may lead us to Junction Cabin, The Springs and/or other points in between. Eventually we will return to Strickland Falls and shuttle back to the Cascades car park.
From the car park we will take a variable of easily walkable tracks and paths around the Domain (still the Queen's even though we now have a King). The route will be different from the one we took last year. We will stop for morning tea a little late - around 11:30am.