Mount Montagu

Tuesday 20 February
The track is along the eastern flank of Thark Ridge then climbs to a saddle.  At this point it follows the ridge top through very pleasant snow gum country before dropping through a rocky section to a heath plain to the southern end of Thark. The track is mostly quite distinct to where it meets the end of an old fire trail, however the last kilometre was now getting quite overgrown and had to be pushed through in parts.
All along the Thark Ridge part of the walk there was mist but this cleared soon after dropping off the ridge and from then on we had a sunny day. The temperature was mild and pleasant with virtually no wind.  It was easy relaxing on the Mount Montagu summit and this was made even more so by the fact that pesky insects, such as march flies and mosquitoes were not present. But the 3 hours walk ahead eventually forced us to start back.

Whilst on the summit we could hear a distant helicopter sound and the source was revealed when we reached the Springs. A …

Wellington Falls 2018

Tuesday 13 February 2018
The level and relatively good surfaced Milles Track does not give a good indication of what is in store on the walk to Wellington Falls. After the Snake Plains junction, the track gently descends, but it soon becomes rockier underfoot and even more so for the crossing of Potato Fields.  Both these sections seemed longer than my memory of them, but that is a very common with me.  Beyond it was easier walking, with delightful sections of thick Richea dracophylla (candleheath or dragon heath) forming a canopy over the track in spots.
The whole of the track was been trimmed since last visit, the normally damp bits draining off South Wellington were dry and day very good for walking.  Wellington Falls weren’t gushing, but there was still a decent volume of water going over.

From the Springs it took 2:45, with a morning break. Return for the 6.4k was 2:25
Total time with all breaks was 6 hours for the 12.8k walk.
Total ascent:   566 m              Avg. moving speed:     …

Not Boronia Moor

Wed 31 January 2018 It seemed that it may be reasonable, but there had not been enough sun to sufficiently dry the vegetation from the overnight rain.  This made pushing through scrub for 500 metres an unenticing prospect, so walking to Boronia Moor was replaced with a trip along the track to river flowing out of Lake Dobson and back.
We looked up at the horizon, after finishing lunch in pleasant sunshine on Kangaroo Moor, and saw dark clouds approaching. Showers arrived soon after departure and remained for most of the walk back to the car. 

More photos at this link.

Cliffs But No Flora

Floras Falls Expedition Number TwoWednesday 24 January 2018 After the attempt to find Floras Falls in November I had put the falls way off in the back of my mind, thinking that was probably it.  However, Adrian gave some more thought then worked out another possible location. A warm day was predicted, but the morning was really a most pleasant temperature. After an hour we departed the track through bush burnt in the Molesworth fire of February 2013. We had walked about 300 metres into the bush and were quite surprised to come upon a hut ruin. The outline was obvious and the rocks making up the chimney end were standing to shoulder height and one part at head height.  A sandstone hearth was intact and apparently in good order. Scattered bits of tin and a water tank lay nearby.  Another surprise was a beer can that had been placed on a branch and a yellow tape tied to a tree, indicating a quite recent visitor. From here it was another 250 metres to a lookout to part of the Yellow Cliffs …

Mount Crooke

Friday 5 January 2018

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.

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.

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,…

Bryans Beach 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.

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. Haz…

Missed and Mist

Adamsons PeakTuesday 28 November 2017
Any drizzle was expected to be gone by the time we started walking and it was, however the thing that was overlooked was the drenched vegetation left behind.   By the time Manuka Flat had been crossed I was thoroughly fed up with the constant dousing from the wet Bauera and other bushes and was pleased when Greg took over in front.
What happened on the next section remains a mystery to me, because somehow, I ended up in front.  Greg B stopped for a drink and I wondered on thinking I was following behind Greg K, but did start to wonder why I couldn’t see any of his boot marks in the mud.  Anyway, I got the plateau, which was in thick mist, but there was no sign of Greg.  I returned to the edge of the plateau and there was Greg just pushing through the thick and wet scrub pressing in on the track; Greg looked thoroughly soaked too.  His first words were “how did you get in front of me.”   A good question, I thought.  It seems that I walked past Greg …