Posts

Showing posts from June, 2008

Buckland Gorge

Friday 27 June 08
Off road NW of Buckland
For the first time in about two months Hobart had decent rainfall and some showers were still about on the Friday that this walk was due to go. Thoughts of slippery rock and wet scrub were cause for some concern, and at the first rocks encountered the difficulty of walking on them was all too apparent as Philip slid into a pool and Wendy and Sue had trouble crossing over a slab. When the Bluff River was reached all agreed that keeping to the high ground above the gorge was the best option and we were able to enjoy the bush up there with glimpses of the gorge country from time to time. By good fortune we managed the second crossing of the Bluff River at an easy location and proceeded around some steep hills before crossing the old sand mining area and eventually pickling up a taped route past cliffs and caves to meet the exit point for the walk.
See photos are at
http://picasaweb.google.com.au/PeterJFranklin/BucklandGorge

Plunkett Point to Lime Bay

Friday 20 June 08
The whole day was delightfully fine and calm, with initial patches of morning fog about. On arrival at the Coalmines site near Saltwater River the fog was just starting to lift and after leaving cars at Lime Bay we started off via Plunkett Point though the tea tree dominated scrub to Ironstone Bay. It seemed that the fog had lifted but as soon as we crossed the headland to Monk Bay it was met again. When I arrived at the western end of the beach Dave was already there and had started lunch and soon after the fog cleared away. The remainder of the walk was in bright sun, it got quite warm and jumpers were put away in the packs and probably the only thing to complain about was the glare reflected off the calm water.
David invited us to view his house at White Beach and we were all quite impressed; not really expecting to see either such a large place or the amount of work that gone into the garden. Soon after an equally impressive sunset we headed off to The Mussel B…

Grasstree Hill

Image
Friday 13 June 08
Walk in the Meehan Range
On this walk we left the main Risdon Brook circuit track after the prominent bay and where a offshoot track leads to a gate. Once over the gate it was just a matter of following the mostly distinct old vehicle track to a junction with a higher grade track. Earlier we had heard trail bikes in the distance but were quite surprised when two bikes appeared along the way we had come, they headed off downhill in the opposite direction to us.
From the junction we turned east then on arrival at a fence followed a rougher vehicle track steeply uphill
where it ended at the top of the hill and from then on it was a matter of picking the easiest route to the over to a fence line and eventually up to the Grasstree summit. A vehicle track headed north then west and on leaving this track we headed south over the hilltops to reach another rough vehicle track but it would appear if we had continued for another 80-100 metres we would have got onto a bette…