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


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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


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


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.


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.
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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A Changed Track – Cape Raoul

Saturday 1 July 2017
It is now a quite different experience walking to Cape Raoul now that the track has been upgraded, although it was far from finished. The initial early part is predominantly gravel with a little boardwalk and means the slippery mud is now thankfully thing of the past. From the creek crossing it is all gravel and winds up to the Raoul lookout, but on the descent after there some large zig zags have been added and maybe just a bit more than needed. It was still under construction as was long sections between there and cape Raoul. It was pleasing to see the track will continue under the casuarinas but that section was always good walking and it seems a great waste of resource and money ripping through it to add gravel. The same can be said for the last part where the track crosses the heathland before the cape, where the old track has been dug up and rocks removed.  This seems to be very much overdone and again unnecessary and expensive, whereas a little gravel topping would have been quite sufficient.
Cape Raoul from lower lookout on a bend on new track
While on the subject of the track upgrade; it looks likely, based on the yellow paint on the Raoul lookout cliff edge that railing is planned.  Surely quite unnecessary.  Storage sheds were noticed a little off the track and two of them seemed to have been hit bit very strong winds and had blown off the base platforms and one was knocked about quite a bit. The scenery was as usual marvellous, especially in such lovely calm weather and a great highlight was seeing a group of whales rounding Cape Raoul below us as we ate lunch.  You could hear the spume and at times some of them beached with one frequently whacking the water with its tail.
Just before leaving a couple of walkers turned up and both were quite annoyed about the track upgrade. The bloke looked familiar and Sue eventually recalled that it was Dave from the radio who interviewed people at the Mount Field Fagus Festival last year.
Cape Raoul 
The return walk is 15.4k and takes about 2:15 each way.


We plan to return and make use of the old track now reopened to the public and stated to have convict heritage. This goes to Tunnel Bay and the return would be via the upgraded Shipstern Bluff track to make a circuit of the walk.
View a photo album from the walk by clicking the image below.

Cape Raoul 2017

Cape Raoul 2017

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Lichen Hill 2017

Tuesday 16 May 2017
With the ever decreasing daylight at this time of year, it was good to be back in Hobart before darkness descended. This a bonus as it is not pleasant driving the Sorell to Cambridge section with a host of headlights whizzing towards you. This even after stopping for a coffee.

Lichen and moss encrusted rock surface


We went up Pirates and Plateau roads with the vehicle and could have driven to the start of the walk as the barrier was not in use and the final bit of road quite reasonable.
The walk only has a gentle climb or two and was pleasant. The country lived up to its name with much lichen accompanied by patches of fungi. The last little bit from the junction with Balts Spur track and Tatnells Hill was overgrown. It was on Tatnells for lunch with good views although it somewhat cloudy.


Overlooking Waterfall Bay  with view to Fossil Island and Tasman Blowhole



It took a shade over two hours each way for the11k return distance. In hindsight, we could have reduced 2k from this by driving along the last bit of road to the track start.
Most of the walk is with Tasman National Park or land managed by PWs with a small part at the start marked as crown land designated as Future Potential Production Forest. The abutting land is also this category, then it is Forestry run land.
One other memorable thing was the singing of two Grey Shrike-thrush.
Total distance on track 9K on forest road 2k   total time exc lunch 4:10
A photo album is online

Lichen Hill 2017

Lichen Hill 2017

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Plunkett Point Lime Bay

Thursday 11 May 2017

A most pleasant walk along the coast between the convict coal mine settlement and Lime Bay. As there was six of us it allowed for a car shuffle to save making a walk along the road back to the starting point.

Light but quite wetting showers were met on the drive down to Tasman Peninsula, but it was fine if mostly cloudy where the walk took place. The wind was cool and from the south east but the bush was thick enough to block it.
Lunch was at Monk Bay and good fortune brought the sun out for the duration before it disappeared behind cloud again.  The conditions for the last half of the walk at least made it easy to see how clear the water along the coast was.
During the walk the number of little diggings on and beside the track was most noticeable and hopefully it is indicative of a healthy native animal population; possibly many by Bandicoots.
The Fishlips café at Taranna was open and was good for a coffee.

The walk was 9.6k and with lunch took 3:40





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South Wellington Plateau

Wednesday 19 April 2017

The weather was great, making it extra pleasant especially once off the track, where we had the whole of the plateau to ourselves. The snow gums, bushes and tarns all looked splendid. 


South Wellington 2017

South Wellington 2017

Click the image above for a photo album

Rock pillars beside track  South Wellington

Alpine woodland on approach to plateau
Pool on alpine plateau In background Southern ranges, PB and Hartz
Snowgums and yellowbush




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