Mount Crooke

Friday 5 January 2018
 
View of Lakes Seal and Webster from Mount Crooke
 
Windy Moor
 
The first part of the walk to Windy Moor is so familiar to us all, but never loses its attraction though. Once the middle of the moor crossing was reached we left the track and walked to the waterholes, which had ample water in them, and then located the main drainage creek of the
area.  There was a little concern that it might be starting to dry up, which would make the planned camping there for the track workers due to start building a boardwalk there in February a bit dicey, however the creek had quite a good flow.

 

 

Creek and pond on Windy Moor
 
It was so nice there that a morning drink break was taken, before heading down Windy Moor to Davis River. Mostly the ground was reasonable to walk on and it is scenic with well-spaced Richea and other bushes together with the surrounding wooded ridges and hills.

 

Richea scoparia Windy Moor
 
Mount Crooke lies beyond the valley of the Davis and that is where dense patches of Richea and a host of other bushes grow thickly and make walking quite a bit tougher. Very few people visit, and it is not a spectacular peak, but it is a pleasant and the views to Lakes Seal and Webster are unique with the Rodway Range, Mount Bridges and Tarn Shelf as the backdrop. The immediate surrounds of Crooke comprise snow gums and a high country plateau
devoid of fearsome scrub.
Mount Crooke summit

 

Snow gum on summit
 
The return route taken was more westerly and by luck the scrub was not as bad. We even came upon a hollow comprising a host of Pandani (Richea pandanifolia) surrounded by pineapple grass.  On reaching the Davis River again the shorter route via Lake Fenton was chosen which had the advantage of lessening the distance to travel to 2.6k from an otherwise 3.6k.
 
 
Mt Crooke is named after William Crooke, who was instrumental and a driving force to have Mt Field declared a nation park.  He was often referred to as the father of Tasmanian conservation and   in 1906 promoted the concept of land reservation for the Mount Wellington and Queen’s
Domain parks, Hobart, and of wildlife reserves including bird sanctuaries. Crooke was a keen fisherman and was a regular visitor to Lake Nicholls.

Route of walk
 
 

 

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Freycinet Peninsula

8-10 November 2017
Water had never been a problem on a walk to Freycinet, but it was seriously so on this one. Our plan
was to camp at a small sandy bay near Hazards Beach and source water from Lagunta Creek, but on arrival there it was not running and decidedly dry. A short way up a shady pool did contain some that didn’t look too bad.
Beach and Mount Mayson

 

Sunset on Hazards

 

Bryans Beach with rebuilt  dunes also being eroded

 

Pigface at Bryans Beach

 

Kunzia
 
There was a school group in the camp site and they had collected water from cooks Beach, as did a couple just arriving from there. On the day we headed back there were two people camped and they told us that they went back to the carpark for water when they learnt of the shortage. We left the water to boil rapidly for over 3 minutes and fortunately had no ill effects.  As we were going on a walk to Bryans Beach on the middle day of our stay, a full bladder of good looking water was carried back from Cooks.
Our inward journey was over the saddle and down all the new steps to Wineglass Bay and noticed with
some concern that much of the lagoons were dry. Hazards Beach for once was quite firm and easy walking. Sunset from our campsite was delightful and the morning conditions as well, but the flowers on the walk to Cooks Beach were past their peak.
A surprise was in store at the hut with rubbish bins provided and they were chockers; I thought that perhaps Parks have them here because people were leaving a mess behind anyway, but it turns out the bin was for husk for the composting toilet and a visitor had moved it the hut.
Over the years erosion of the bank at Bryans Beach has progressively got worse, but since our previous visit a rebuilding of the sand has taken place and now there are effectively two bank lines. The new one has been undercut, so it must be part of an ongoing  natural process.

Walk out was by the coastal track, which has had an upgrade with gravel to smooth it somewhat.

 
 

 

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Waratah on Organ Pipes Track

Saturday 25 November 2017

From the Chalet and along the Organ Pipes track where the Waratah were brilliant and at peak flowering. Down the Pinnacle Track and bought lunch from Lost Freight at  The Springs before ascending by the Sawmill to Organ Pipes and on to the car.
Telopea truncata Waratah
Olearia phlogopappa

 

Organ Pipes Track
Olearia phlogopappa
More photos here

 

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Yellow Cliffs

No large waterfalls

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Floras Falls

As shown in Weekly Courier, August 12, 1905. Note person standing at lower right of falls.

Photo: Beattie
Copied from  “A Brief History of the Waterfalls Of Kunanyi/Mount Wellington“ by Maria Grist 2016

The mystery of Floras Falls was not solved today, but a couple of potential locations were eliminated. 
It was accurately predicted to be a warm day, so we started out a little earlier and it proved beneficial. Our first spot to check to see if a waterfall existed was at a large sandstone cliff to the east of Glen Dhu Rivulet, but although at first sight it looked promising there was no creek and no real sign of a waterfall.

Cliffs on eastern side of Glen Dhu Rivulet

 

Yellow cliffs

 

Glen Dhu Rivulet
 
After leaving there we descended to Glen Dhu Rivulet and found it had
ample fresh running water and the temperature decidedly pleasant. All too soon
we were on the climb through the woodland, heavily shaded by Musk and other
small trees until reaching a cliff line.
From here conditions became rugged, with fallen trees, still blackened
from the fire a few years ago. There were boulders to clamber over and bands of
regrowth scrub.  Nevertheless, we reached
the gap in the cliffs where a creek was marked some 1¼ hours after leaving Glen
Dhu Rivulet, a distance of 1.2k

Yellow Cliffs from our route
Absolutely no waterfall here and as there was a further cliff line higher
up, we climbed up and continued to the very top of the cliffs, passing a large overhang
on the way. Beyond the first few metres at the top the land sloped west so any
water would head away from the cliffs.   Fortunately,
the old logging track was located and could be followed along the plateau
without too much difficulty. It wasn’t long before a more prominent track was reached,
and this had large numbers of logs and debris placed on it since the fires. I
recalled Peter from PWS mentioning this, and presume it was to aid recovery.

Olearia phlogopappa on cliff edge
We had travelled along the track too far before I realised with the
result that we met the Glen Dhu Rivulet about 150 metres above where we needed
to be, but the water level not high it was easy enough to get back. The day was
now hot and our clothes sweaty and there was plenty of debris down the back of
my shirt. However, it was really delightful and a pleasant temperature sitting
there having lunch and with clear cool water to drink. Traveling along the top
and descending was a shade over 2k and took 1½ hours.
Above the overhang

 

Oxylobium ellipticum Golden Rosemary – only one noticed
The climb back to the old Glen Dhu fire trail was warm and felt steeper than
it ought but we were back at the car in little over an hour.

More photos are at this link.

Route to and from GlenDhu Rivulet
Profile from Glen Dhu Rivulet to cliff top.

 

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Lost World Mount Arthur

Tuesday 14 November 2017
Quite a hot day, but it wasn’t until we got down to lower
altitudes in the afternoon that it was particularly noticeable.  Nevertheless, we sweated a good deal from the
start of the walk.
Lost World at Mount Arthur
Once above the sandstone cliffs on the Old Hobartian track
the golden rosemary and cheeseberries were in abundance and delightful. It was
good to reach the Lost World as that signalled the end of the up for a while
and a break for lunch. First though we explored a fissure in the boulders and
worked a way into an underground cavern, but a torch would be needed to explore
further and probably a rope ladder.
Golden Rosemary

 

Oxylobium ellipticum – Golden Rosemary

 

Resting at Mount Arthur

 

Cyathodes glauca  – Cheeseberry

 

Large Eucalypt

 

Lunchtime entertainment was watching rock climber attempt to
scale a cliff, but he hadn’t made it to the top by the time we departed. On
reaching the road the choice made was to walk on it to the Chalet and the track
then followed down to the carpark. Before doing so an old track was visited
where it crossed a scree, thanks to Alan knowing about it.
Above and below – Ascending to the Lost World

 

 

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Pinestone Valley

15 – 18 October 2017
 
It now takes a bit longer to get to Pinestone Valley than
once and I feel sure it that is somewhat more tiring as well.  Nevertheless, the destination was reached.
 
The track up from arm River now winds its way up via a
series of zig zags, making for a much less steep ascent.  The track into the valley under Mount
Pillinger was used and we climbed the mountain on the way through to a camp at
Wurragarra Creek. It was calm and sunny and there was an added privilege to see
an eagle at close range.  The route up
was different from my memory as it goes up to a plateau on the eastern side and
I had walked across it from Lake McCoy in 2013 and wondered why we came upon a
pad and a sawn log; not realising it was the actual Pillinger track.

Mount Pillinger
 
In fine weather we left Wurragarra soon after 8AM and made
it down to Pelion hut, disturbing two Tiger Snakes on the way; our third for
trip so far.  However, we were all found it
an effort getting to Pelion Gap and were pleased to get there and stop for
lunch. Mount Ossa had a lot of snow, but Pelion East west face that was almost
free of any.  Neville was sufficiently recovered
to tackle Pelion, whilst Greg and I continued to Pinestone Valley. What was an animal
pad a mere 6 years ago was not existent, but the scrub was easily avoided and
then the open valley followed up to the head.

Bluff at southern end of Mount Ossa
 
All the snowmelt manifested in widespread water over what is
usually easily crossed grass and herbs, but now required wading through. It
meant wandering about the area wasn’t quite so easy nor as pleasant as
before.  I managed to go down wet holes twice
when walking about but nevertheless it was nice ambling past the tarns and pines
and seeing the gushing waterfalls.

Pinestone Valley
 
Mount Ossa
A change of plan next morning had us taking tents up to the Doris
Ossa saddle with aim of camping the night on Doris plateau. Getting up through
the snow to the saddle was hard work through the soft snow.  I decided a saunter to Mount Doris was preferable
to the exertion of the climb over snow to Mount Ossa, but Greg and Neville continued.  I was impressed that they made it to the top
and so was tour group guide the next day who seemed quite astounded that they
made it. Very good sunset and sunrise views were enjoyed on the plateau. It was
so calm and pleasant there that another snake wriggled past at arm’s length
whilst I was sitting enjoying cup of tea at the campsite.
 
For me it had been a delightful day just being surrounded by
the stunning scenery in such nice conditions. Once I probably would have regrated
not attempting the peak with the others, but I didn’t feel the slightest regret
and, after watching them until they disappeared from sight, just rambled about
enjoying the peaceful natural surroundings whilst it was sunny and calm.
Cathedral Mountain

 

Du Cane Range

 

Mount Pelion East

 

Mount Pelion West

 

Bluff on Ossa
 
 

 

Needless to say, it was a lot easier for us going down from
Pelion Gap and the shade of the forest saved us from the heating day as we
ascended for lunch at Wurragarra Creek. The conventional way out past lake
Price was taken and it was certainly easier on the leg muscles going down the
zig zag than on the now closed track.
 
The photo album is at this link or click the image below.
 
 
 

Pinestone Valley  2017

Pinestone Valley 2017

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The Day I Lost Sue and Christine

Heathy Hills

Tuesday 10 October
2017
This was my third trip
to Heathy Hills and after visiting the arch the plan was to work a way to the
top of the ridge on the south side of the cliff and cave lined valley.

Caves southern side of gully
 
Crossing the Jordan
River wasn’t expected to be a problem, but on arrival on the banks, I was
reminded that I hadn’t told people they had to make a river crossing. Sue and
Christine found the best way over whilst Neville decided to go over bare foot.
 
All went to plan until
just before reaching the arch, at which point Neville and I headed directly up whilst
Dave followed some markers leading to the other side of the arch area. Sue and
Christine decided to follow Dave, then decided the way we went did look
better.  But I didn’t look back and was
unaware of this, at the time I turned sharply to the right to arrive at the
arch a few minutes later. It was soon after Dave arrived that we realized that
Sue and Christine were nowhere in sight and despite our calling out, there was
no response.

Side view of arch
Cliffs northen side

 

Sandstone pillar

 

Pigface hangfing down

 

Caves on nose of ridge

 

 
It all seemed mystifying
and we searched back to where we had last seen them, then widened our search
considerably, scanning the valley floor to near the end, the cliff edge and
finally up onto the ridge top.  This was
where we were reunited, but by now 1 ½ hours had passed. Meanwhile Sue and
Christine seemed unperturbed and had a nice walk along
the ridgetop including morning tea.  But of
course, were concerned where the rest of the party were and disappointed that they
had not seen the arch.
 
After lunch all back
at the arch, a revised walk plan was devised that involved an exploration of
some of the lower caves and cliffs on the south side of the valley.
 

 

The walk part was 2.5k
but in all further was travelled. Total time was exactly 4 hours rather than
the 5 originally anticipated.
 
Click the image below for the photo album or here.
 

Heathy Hills 2017

Heathy Hills 2017

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Fryingpan Hills Illa Cliffs

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Many years ago, I went on a walk with Dave Tucker to Fryingpan Hills and
just over 10 years ago went to Mount Charles via Midsky Swamp. When viewed from
Gumtop Ridge the cliffs at the edge of the hills look most spectacular and this
was the attraction in going there on this walk.

Greg and Adrian at clifftop

 

Initially is was uphill along a 4wd track, followed by a dip to a creek
and a climb back up to finish at the clifftop. The last 200 metres was through
bush after leaving the track and soon dryer vegetation was reached on the
sloping land taking us down to the cliff edge. An easy way was found ending in a
severe drop at the clifftop.  It was
quite advantageous as it was one of better spots for views and, with the sun
out made it enticing to stop for quite a while and take an early lunch.  


Cliff overhang

 

Cyathodes glauca Cheeseberry

 

Colouration on sheltered rock face

 

Cliffs on Gumtop Ridge side of valley

 

View down to a ledge

 

We had followed the track from Denis of Hiking South East Tasmania blog
and judging by his photos we reached the same spot. Getting down to below the
large cliffs would have been difficult but probably feasible

Illa cliffs with Greg just visible in dark clothes at the top.

 

 

From Jefferys Track it took 2 hours to reach our destination.  Incidentally Jefferys Track was originally
made by a J Doran and finished in March 1842, but was named after ex-British
aristocrat, Molesworth Jeffery who “drew up a beautiful map of the area
surrounding the track “.
 
 
 
A photo album  is at this link or click image below

Fryingpan HillsFryingpan Hills

Distance:
10.40
km
    Average
speed:
2.22
km/h
Total
ascent:
512 m
    Avg.
moving speed:
3.09
km/h
Total
descent:
548 m
Total
time:
4:40:59.0
    Moving
time:
3:15:08.0

 

 

 

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Woods Quoin

19 September 2017
On arrival at the start spot for the walk we could not but notice the sign saying no entry, which caused some concern. The house opposite had smoke from the chimney, but no one was there. Next was to drive back to where we saw two people working at a farm, but that didn’t provide all that much helpful information.

Summit crest of Woods Quoin
 
Our decision was to park at a wide roadside verge at a crest and walk to Woods Quoin from there. It did entail hopping over a couple of fences on the way. It was a steady up then once close to the rocky parts the going got steeper, until a ridge was reached with a pleasant but short section along to the trig on the summit.

Along the summit ridge

 

Dave , Greg and Adrian descending a small rocky outcrop

 

Trig on Woods Quoin

 

 
The walk in had been in briskly strong and cold wind and it was good to be in shelter on top for an early lunch. When the sun was out conditions were agreeable, but at one stage light snow drifted over. The trig is an impressive old-style rock construction and is on a small speck of crown land surrounded by private property.

Dave below a rock face
 
Our return route was much the same as the way in, but the with last half on a somewhat more southerly trajectory.
 

 

Walking time was 2 hours for a distance of a mere 3.5k 
Total ascent:   362 m        Avg. moving speed:     2.01 km/h
Total descent: 370 m         Total
time:
                    2:38:31.0
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Gunners Quoin Risdon Hills

Tuesday 12 September 2017
This was supposed to be a walk to Fryingpan Hills, but the imminent
arrival of showers persuaded us the eastern shore would be a more congenial
area. Although Gunners Quoin was the destination, the route to get there was
quite different from the usual way. Part way along the way we branched off and
headed to the high hilltops and once there we were able to have the pleasure of
walking over flat open woodland before arcing towards Gunners. 


Eucalypts in open forest
By now we had
picked up a rough vehicle track which wound through country with a dense low
understory with masses of Epacris; unfortunately, not yet flowering apart from a
few exceptions.

Track through with Epacris both side. Neville and Adrain ahead
 
Greg and Neville on Gunners Quoin
After Gunners Quoin we ventured
out to Madmans Hill, where the first drops of rain commenced. Down to Saggy
Flats where more consistent, but nevertheless light, rain began falling. It had
more of less stopped by the time we reached the car. During the last leg, we
encountered a great many wallaby beside the track above the dam.

 

 
Distance 17.2  k and it took 6 ½ hours
all up.
 
Distance: 17.14 km      Avg. moving speed: 2.99 km/h
Total ascent: 826 m     Total descent: 829 m
Total time: 6:25:25.0     Moving time: 5:39:17.0
 .
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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