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Long Marsh Dam

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Wednesday 30 March 2016
Long Marsh Dam has quite a history as it was the site where local landowners were going to use convicts as free labour in 1840’s but when it was decreed in 1844 that they had to be paid the landowners refused and the convicts walked off the job and that was the end of the project.
Shirley suggested that Honeysuckle Road be used as the access to Long Marsh and a perusal of the 1:25 maps and satellite images seemed to confirm that way would be possible. From Ross it was about 44k with the last 28 Along the gravelled Honeysuckle Road, which was not too bad although it was a bit rougher towards the end. A bridge that once spanned the Macquarie River has long gone which meant a walk along the road to the access 4wd track. It was most noticeable that the bush along beside it was literally carpeted with Hibbertia procumbens to an extent that I had never seen anywhere like this before,
At a junction Shirley took us to the old quarry sites where large stone had…

Cradle Hill

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Tuesday 22 March 2016
Now this walk turned out to be nicer than I thought it might. It didn’t hurt that the day was absolutely lovely, warm but not uncomfortably so.
We expected to find a barrier on the road and when we reached it we were pleasantly surprised to find the property behind it was owned by the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, and there were a lot of large rocks that prevented illegal entry. After a short walk along the road we turned off into the bush, soon came upon an old logging track of sorts to ease the way, then went up a boulder field to a higher level and before long were at the foot of the final scramble to the top of Cradle Hill. Some fine old gums were encountered but they weren’t huge in height and splendid views were appreciated on the rocky summit.


Return was by initially heading north where an open large area, that was marked on the map and clearly visible on satellite images, was crossed. It was all low grass that was heavily cropped by the wildlife that would…

Belton Florentine Circuit

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Tuesday 15 March 2016 I had been trying to organise a circuit walk to Lake Belton and up to Florentine Peak for several months, but weather and other circumstances intervened.  Finally, it was on and completed successfully. The walk was from Wombat Moor to Lake Belton, alongside the eastern shore and ascending by a narrow and very distinct ridge to the plateau between Tyenna and Florentine Peaks. The return journey to go via k Col and the Rodway Range.


Being a long walk we needed an early start and were on the track at 8:00 am. Wombat Moor was as usual a bit wet in parts but not as awful as sometimes and the track from the saddle down to the Humboldt River in very good condition, due to the work of the Friends of Mount Field. A previous visitor had recently placed pink ribbons on trees along the way, which seemed a strange and irritating thing to do as the track is very obvious.

After crossing the river, a route through the bush was taken, as it would be good to find a better way to …

Johnsons Hill

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Wednesday 9 March 2016

Now the ascent to Johnsons Hill was very steep and even the gentlest descent we could see was also steep. Part way down the land levelled out and it was much easier going to the southern gully, although as we discovered it was the northern one that had by far the best caves. Unfortunately, then access to this latter gully was choked with Gorse and a clamber up on the side was needed to get to the destination.


I had mistaken the meeting place for the walk, thinking it was in Kempton, and it as we drove past Dysart when we noticed Dave’s car and had to make a quick exit from the highway. Then soon after we got to the start of the walk a car pulled up and it was Alan, who we didn’t know was coming and had been waiting at Kempton. As no one turned up at Kempton Alan decided to drive out to see if he could find us and we were very glad he did. 



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