Mount Arthur Jan 2019

3 and 6 January 2019

It took two attempts to locate the SAMA hut on Mount Arthur. All the cairns and a real maze of pads there didn’t help either.

On the first trip I though the hut would be easily found.But right from the start things didn’t go as expected because I used a pad which I thought was the one used just a few weeks ago, only to find myself above the Scout Hut rather than below as before; somehow missed the junction. Then when looking for SAMA hut pads were followed but none seemed right. Eventually it was decided that the pad we were on was the one that went below cliffs to Lost world, so didn’t continue.There were numerous pads and cairns about often going nowhere.Eventually we decided to leave and come back armed with coordinates and a GPS.

Once the map and the various bits of data were viewed it became quite apparent that SAMA and the pad to it was further to the east by about 100 metres. On this second visit with coordinates in the GPS it was quite easy to get to the hut …

Colourful Scoparia

Shadow Lake 26-27 December 2018

After enjoying the walk through the high valley between Mount Rufus and Hugel in April 2016, we decided it would be a good time to visit again when the scoparia was in flower. Our initial plan was thwarted by the weather, but two weeks later it seemed ideal and we set out, but with a different strategy.Instead of three days we opted for two with the intent of walking to the valley on the second day and then collecting the tent on way back and continuing to the car at Cynthia Bay.This worked out well and as the first day was only as far as Shadow Lake, we stopped at The Wall in Derwent Bridge, where we also had lunch.The carvings at The Wall are now almost complete.

It was warm going up to Shadow Lake where we used a very sheltered campsite, cooked tea then took a stroll to forgotten Lake. The effort of what was a half day of

Two out of Three

Waterfalls On Marriotts CreekTuesday 11 December 2018

It was hoped to visit the three waterfalls on Marriotts Creek. This arose following an enquiry about the third waterfall at Marriotts. It prompted me to look back at my old slide photos and I do have one which I have scanned.  It is marked as the third waterfall and it does look smaller that the other two falls, which is the way I remember it.  However, it looks more impressive than my memory, but it was taken in 1986 or early 1987 so it is hardly surprising my memory of it is not that good.

It is not a long walk but it was more convoluted getting to the second falls than I remembered and by then 2 hours had elapsed. As the distance and time that would be need to get to the third falls was unknown, a decision was made to go no further.

Often it is shady at waterfalls but below the second fall on Marriotts Creek it was pleasantly light and sunny, although on this warm day we chose the dappled shade at the edge for lunch. The falls wer…

Not Where I thought I Was

Friday 30 November 2018

This is a story that I could have just kept quiet, but really it's quite amusing so I thought I might as well share it.

I started out from The Springs on the Lenah Valley track and located the turn off to the Kara and Retreat track. When I walked up to the Kara Hut I didn't take much notice of it as I had seen it many a time and just headed off to The Retreat,  however I hadn't gone far when things didn't look right.  I backtracked, went back again and still nothing looked quite right so  I searched around and then, not finding anything familiar,  eventually followed what was an obvious track but it definitely didn't seem right, nevertheless I followed it and it eventually just got to a creek and stopped.   On  returning to Kara frustrated, I decided if I can't find it I'll go up to Pinnacle Road and back down the Retreat track.  A long way of getting there of course, but  when I got to Pinnacle Road I thought it strange as I though…

Chauncy Vale 2018

Monday 19 November 2018

It was looking like it was going to be quite a warm day and it certainly proved to be the case climbing to the mid-twenties quite early on the day.

We went along the valley floor before climbing to Guvys Lagoon and the lookout on the bill above. Although trees interrupt the view of the cliffs it is still a very scenic spot. After morning refreshments at the seat, we returned to the junction and went up past the caves and were back at the shelter shed for a barbecue.

It was is quite pleasant sitting around under the on the veranda having lunch

Pelverata Falls

Sunday 11 November 2018

It had been 4 years since we came here and there has been a few changes on the properties at the start of the  walk,  one of them  now a private wildlife reserve.

It is a straightforward track still but by the time you get close to the falls the track becomes quite rocky and you have to take a bit of care getting there.

Everything was pretty dry. although the paddocks and that on the way to the start were very green, and there wasn't a lot of water coming over the Falls.

It took almost 1 and a quarter hours one way for the 3.1 k

Retreat on Kunanyi

Friday 19 October 2018

Originally the plan was to walk from Lenah Valley up to the Retreat Hut then to Organ Pipes track and down the new Pinnacle track. To The Springs

I had coordinates for the start of the Retreat track from when I went last, which was some time ago but it seems to have changed. We  followed the GPS compass over the rocks and quite soon came upon the well worn pad at the edge of the bushline, and it was then just a matter of continuing up from there.

By the time the Retreat was reached it was clear that there was insufficient time to return via The Springs, if the planned finish by mid afternoon was to be met. Instead the Organ Pipes track was taken to The Chalet and the Old Hobartian used. We noticed the erosion near the Lost World and on other parts of New Town Rivulet.
One of the highlights of this most enjoyable walk was the wildflowers especially near the start and near New Town Falls.
There was a waratah planted by Jack Thwaites behind the Retreat  hut and Bob W…