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 …

Waratah on Organ Pipes Track

Saturday 25 November 2017
From the Chalet and along the Organ Pipes track where the Waratah were brilliant and at peak flowering. Down the Pinnacle Track and bought lunch from Lost Freight at  The Springs before ascending by the Sawmill to Organ Pipes and on to the car.

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Yellow Cliffs

No large waterfalls Tuesday 21 November 2017 The mystery of Floras Falls was not solved today, but a couple of potential locations were eliminated. It was accurately predicted to be a warm day, so we started out a little earlier and it proved beneficial. Our first spot to check to see if a waterfall existed was at a large sandstone cliff to the east of Glen Dhu Rivulet, but although at first sight it looked promising there was no creek and no real sign of a waterfall.

After leaving there we descended to Glen Dhu Rivulet and found it had ample fresh running water and the temperature decidedly pleasant. All too soon we were on the climb through the woodland, heavily shaded by Musk and other small trees until reaching a cliff line. From here conditions became rugged, with fallen trees, still blackened from the fire a few years ago. There were boulders to clamber over and bands of regrowth scrub.  Nevertheless, we reached the gap in the cliffs where a creek was marked some 1¼ hours after lea…

Lost World Mount Arthur

Tuesday 14 November 2017 Quite a hot day, but it wasn’t until we got down to lower altitudes in the afternoon that it was particularly noticeable.  Nevertheless, we sweated a good deal from the start of the walk.
Once above the sandstone cliffs on the Old Hobartian track the golden rosemary and cheeseberries were in abundance and delightful. It was good to reach the Lost World as that signalled the end of the up for a while and a break for lunch. First though we explored a fissure in the boulders and worked a way into an underground cavern, but a torch would be needed to explore further and probably a rope ladder.

Lunchtime entertainment was watching rock climber attempt to scale a cliff, but he hadn’t made it to the top by the time we departed. On reaching the road the choice made was to walk on it to the Chalet and the track then followed down to the carpark. Before doing so an old track was visited where it crossed a scree, thanks to Alan knowing about it.

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Shadow Lake 2016

12-14 April 2016
We had a few days kept free for a walk and, as it was the first one for Sue since her eye troubles, we decided not to overdo the April  pack carrying by choosing Shadow lake as the camping location. It was most satisfying that the weather was predicted to be really good giving us encouragement to go. On the drive to Lake St Clair we made a few geocaching diversions and then set off after lunch for Shadow Lake. The weather went as predicted and our middle day was just superb as was the scenery during a circuit walk of Mount Rufus. The valley from Shadow Lake to the Hugely Rufus saddle is wonderful and made all the more so in sunny calm conditions. The circuit took 6:30 hours for the 13.7k and we did think that the trees grown since the devastating fires of the 1960’s were now big enough to hide a lot of the dead stuff of which some trunks would also now have fallen. The walk through the forest on the connecting track brought us past a huge and impressive eucalypt. …