Cathedral Rock

Tuesday 19 May 2020

A cloudy day but warm and with restrictions to reserves lifted, as long it was within 30k,  there was a lot of cars at the start by 9AM.  Always quite a climb to get to Cathedral Rock, but we were there after 2 hours and walked along the ridge towards Montagu Thumbs, to have an early lunch.   A strong wind but within the bushes it was delightfully sheltered.

Bushwalk Access Closed

With the coronavirus now having a big impact, getting out in the bush seemed like one of the safest spots to be. Over the last week we went on three bushwalks in delightful weather, but now best locations have been made not accessible. It is hard to see the logic of this because people can still catch buses, go shopping and to a hairdresser. No one from Government has explained the reasoning behind all this.

On Saturday 21 March a walk on the Mount Field East track allowed us to check some spots previously earmarked for follow up photos to show the change that has taken place since work was done to harden the track there. Some showed a marked improvement, and these can be seen at this website. The track counters were also read and indicated that the walk gets a lot of use, even though numbers are less than for the previous year. See  here 

It was most pleasant weather in the park and apparently much nicer than in Hobart, which was overcast when we departed. But at Mount Field…

The Worst and Best of Ways

Monash Valley

Friday 27 December 2019

According to a GPS track file we tried walking to the Monash Valley by a northern route and I thought it might be worth going that way again.  However, it was a bit scrubby and rocky and was probably the worst way to go.  Once there a gentle slope was noticed leading up to Wombat Moor and this was used for the return and proved to be the best way from the various ones used over the years.

Although Boronia and Epacris were flowering well, along with Bauera, the scoparia was very poor with only a few bushes having any flowers.

It took 1:20 to get to the valley and 0:55 back.

Cheyne Range 2019

21-24 October 2019
This was a walk I did in 2004 and didn't really imagine that I would be repeating it.

Apart from the climb over the rocks below Little Hugel things were going OK. The supposed best way down to Lake Hermione was taken, but it proved to be far from ideal and those that had used different routes on previous occasions felt they were easier. There were lots of fallen trees to get over and plenty of scrub.

The Franklin River below Hermione, where we crossed, was running high and we got wet almost to the hips. Camp was made at the lake and we sat out in the pleasant sun. 

Heavy frost heralded a nice day for the walk through the lovely valleys of the Cheyne Range.  It featured pencil pine forests, tarns, lakes and no scrub. It was a bit of a grunt for the ascent to the top of the range, but it was the descent towards the lake that was to be our campsite that took its toll. We reached a thick scrubby section and found there was no way round so had to force a way through. Whe…

Bluff River Gorge

Sunday 13 October 2019

We reached the point of entry to Bluff River Gorge at the same time as 4 motor bike riders, but as they sped off south the sound of bikes quickly faded.
Although we all have been here several times, the length and convoluted route still surprises. You also forget how many spots there are where great care is required whilst traversing narrow ledges. Overall there are 40 or 50 of these risky bits, many where a fall would be fatal
The flowers were good, especially the Boronia and tetratheca. Overall though perhaps not as good as some years. Morning break under a huge cliff, disturbed a Peregrine Falcon that circled us vocally.
Parts of the track were indistinct, some obscured by fallen vegetation. Scenically it was just as good as ever and the weather good and mostly sunny.

It took about 5 ¼ hours, including breaks for the 9.25k walk

There is a photo album at this link.

Table Mountain from the East

Monday 30 September 2019

Shirley suggested a walk from Sarahs Waterfall to Table Mountain and asked me to work out a route, as I have a GPS.  We delayed the walk until the end of September and just as well, because we probably would have run out daylight if it took place in winter.

There are logging roads and tracks with bush in between and a plantation. Just prior to Sarahs Waterfall is open bushland, but then a plantation had to be skirted before a section of forest. After a circuitous approach we arrived at a substantial logging road which we stayed on for the next 3.2 kilometres. The final section was on an old wide track leading to the summit.

The weather was pleasant, calm and sunny all day, but we were feeling weary by the finish of this 22k 8 hour day.

The actual walking took 3:50 to get there and 3:15 back. This is partly explained by the inward route deviating somewhat to total 11.4k whilst the more direct return was 10.6.   There 3.2k of good standard logging road which we thou…

Mount Direction Western Route

Tuesday 13 August 2019

It was quite obvious from looking at the country above us that it would be a steep walk. Initially we followed a vehicle track where we encountered a woman taking her dogs for a walk. She went past but one of the dogs refused to pass until we stood well back from the track to give it a wide berth.
The first part of the climb was not too bad and the country very open, but soon it became steeper and even steeper towards the upper reaches of the ascent.  But once on the first of two plateaux, the rewards were obvious.  Here the land was attractive with eucalypts and grasses from which many wallabies rushed from and the views were good.   Made all the better by such lovely weather we were enjoying.

After a lengthy tea break in the sun we then moved onto the upper plateau and then to the summit of Mount Direction, before going the eastern high point, a further 500 metres away, for lunch.
On the return we left the plateau at a more southerly location, but it proved to be …