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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Risdon Hills 2017

Thursday 24 August 2017

A most pleasant walk through Eucalypt woodland coming up from midway along the side of Risdon Brook dam.  I remembered going this way some years ago, but had forgotten that it was nearly all on an old little used vehicle trail.  It was also steeper than I recalled, especially near the top of the climb.

Large parts of the hillside are thickly covered with what I believe to be Ozothamnus scutellifolius which would be worth viewing when in flower during Spring.

 

 

 

 
 

The track along the top of hill here is particularly nice. A steep descent to Huon Gully was made then a climb on the northern hills to a lunch spot.  From there we rejoined the track out to the north-western end of Risdon Brook for the final bit to the car.

If there had been plenty of time it would have been good to walk beyond the lunch spot for a circuit of the fairly flat hills, I had been over these several times in the past but am quite keen to return for such a walk.


















Distance:         11.76
km                     Average speed:           2.63 km/h
Total ascent:   578 m              Avg. moving speed:     3.20 km/h
Total descent: 533 m

 

Total time:      4:27:56.0                     Moving time:  3:36:10.0
Walk profile
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Clyde River Gorge

Tuesday 22 August 2017
 
This was a walk that I didn’t have much idea what it might be like. It crossed farmland to a waterfall, named Falls of Clyde on the map. The falls were bigger than imagined and had a large pool below.  Beyond that we could see a gorge and walked along the top, descended at the far end and proceeded to walk through.  The cliffs were quite big in one section and there were numerous patches of white stain from we assume birds of prey.
Falls of Clyde

 

Cliffs of Clyde River gorge

 

Cliffs with bird stains

 

Lunch above the falls

 

Old Eucalypt
However, the gorge was very weedy and invaded with willow
and gorse and of course the water was murky.
It did make me wonder what it must have been like before the country was
developed for agriculture.  The land pays
a huge price for development, it would have been great if more land had been
spared.

 

Heading to Nant – photo Greg Bell
After the walk which took about 3:30 with lunch for the 7
kilometres, we drove to Nant for a pleasant coffee in comfortable surroundings.  Many of the buildings were historical and
most interesting with a working water wheel.
 
 
 
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A Steep Mistake

Craigow Hill

On our last visit to the Belbins Road end of the Meehan Range a track marked Caves Hill was noticed and that is what brought us here this time.  Obviously, the track is created for bikes but being a weekday meant it was low use.
 
The prior walk to Craigow was 2005, and after reaching the saddle between Flagstaff and Eagle Hills it was reasonably familiar, apart from not remembering having to negotiate a fence twice. At the second fence line, there was a gate and then we were on the Craigow Hill property and it was most apparent that it was managed in a manner leaving the bush in a nicer state. Our lunch spot was in a patch of grasstrees making it sheltered with pleasing surrounds. This was the far point of the journey and marked where the other part of circuit started for the return to the start.

Craigow Hill
 
It was very steep down from Craigow and we missed the descent track used last time.  Although a pile of rocks was noticed the track we were on was very distinct and it was not until we were much further down that suspicions arose that the rocks may have marked the route.  The 4wd track became very steep and didn’t seem to fit with our memory of the previous descent, but by then it felt too much of a bother to go back up.  The steepness continued with the slope averaging 1:5 and seemed to be taking us on the Coal Valley side. At the bottom, we found ourselves in the correct gully but at the wrong end, which was OK, making it a simple task of following the open path until reaching the planned point for ascending to Golden Hill.  The particular track used,part from at the very top, is not marked on maps.

Grasstrees Craigow Hill
 

Ozothamnus

It still wasn’t plain sailing though, because on reaching the spot the GPS indicated the track up started, it was pointing 20 metres through a wall of thick scrub. Puzzling, so we continued walking until the track crossed a creek, noticed a sign up the bank and found ourselves on  completely different and much higher grade vehicle track.  Fancy that two tracks running parallel in this obscure spot; anyway, it explained things and it wasn’t long before we were finally back on the planned route.

 
Incidentally the sign was a PWS one indicating it was a reserve. It also was where management burn had been carried out and the unique Eucalyptus risdonii of the slope were looking miserable with lots of dead leaves; hard to see how a burn in the middle of a big swath of bush helps reduce fire risk and equally hard to see that it would be of any value as regeneration tool in already healthy bush.
 
I had marked in the GPS a couple of junctions and planned to use the second one, but for no
good reason took the first one, which although inadvertent, actually cut a bit off the distance.
 
 

 

Distance
12.5k  Total time with lunch 4:50
Track profile
 
Blue = route taken red = planned route
 
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Denmans Cove

A case of two distinctly different grades of track

Sunday 2 July 2017
It had been 14 years since we walked to Denmans Cove and from some reports we expected it to be more overgrown than previously.  It seemed a bit worse, but not as bad feared. We did make one decision that went through the most difficult section unnecessarily. This came about when we followed tapes close to the end that took us past a short easy track directly to the Denmans beach. The longer scrubbier way was no doubt there for times when the tide made the short cut unviable. The short way was used on return without any trouble.
Euaclypts at Stinking Bay
Back in 2003 a wider track beside a cleared area was used to get to Stinking Bay, but now a walking track through forest brought us onto the coast about 600 metres from the beach. This took close to 40 minutes  and another 1:25 to Denmans, excluding morning drink break.
Correa
Three Capes track

Views were good along the way, but Denmans Cove was in shade and was not going to get any sun during mid winter. The Three Capes Track departs from here and the track was followed for about 10 or so minutes to a seat where we had lunch. Whilst there the boat with walkers starting the track came past and we crossed paths with them during our return to the cove.

Denmans Cove
Rocks at Simmonds Creek
Rocks at Stinking Bay
Stinking Bay
The shorter route to the track was used to leave Denmans and there was no problem getting over the creek outlet. From there it just a matter of retracing our inward steps
Actual one way walking time for the 4.7k  to Denamns Cove is about 2 hours.
A photo album can be viewed by clicking the image below.

Denmans CoveDenmans Cove

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