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.
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.

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.
Our return route …

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. 

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.
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  …

Cape Direction

Sunday 10 September 2017 A short walk along the Blessington Track, which has not been there long, at least in this upgraded form.  At the end of gravelled track, Fort Beach was walked and this was quite soft and somewhat tedious to trudge, for the first third but then became firmer and the going much nicer.

At the end of the beach, access is allowed to Cape Deliverance within military establishment of Fort Direction and this leads on to Pot Beach.  After traversing some of the rocky platforms a difficult bit was reached but we went up onto the headland for some good views of the Iron  Pot.
Return was by the same route.
Distance 8k and walking time 2:30

Cape Queen Elizabeth

Friday 1 September 2017 Quite a delightful day and reasonably calm, although it was cold in the breeze at the cape. Although we last walked there in 2007, the photos taken showed that we went over Mars Bluff.  That is the reason why we could not remember going through the gap on the coastal route., as it is most spectacular and something not easy to forget.

A large gap lies immediately north east of Cape Queen Elizabeth and we walked to the other side of it hoping to find a sheltered lunch spot. It was a delightful surprise to find many the shrubby variety of Eucalyptus cordata there.

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Labillardiere Peninsula 2017

Thursday 31 August 2017
It is amazing how, in the space of 10 years, the length of the walk and hills on the stretch of track along the west coast of Labillardiere Peninsula have been forgotten. Our memory was of a walk along a heathy scrubland to the beach at the pointy end opposite Partridge Island. As a consequence the tree covered hill, Mount Bleak, came as a surprise. Butlers Beach was longer than expected and the track along Great Taylors Bay became tiring.  Nevertheless, we got around in 6 hours including lunch.

There is a fish farm in the bay and the constant irritating noise, possibly from a tug like boat, was a big negative.  It doesn’t seem right that they are allowed close to the coast and it is hoped that one day soon they will all be forced to locate out in the ocean.  
The walk is 18k and takes about 6 hours

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        …

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.

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.

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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