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Mount Montagu

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Tuesday 20 February
The track is along the eastern flank of Thark Ridge then climbs to a saddle.  At this point it follows the ridge top through very pleasant snow gum country before dropping through a rocky section to a heath plain to the southern end of Thark. The track is mostly quite distinct to where it meets the end of an old fire trail, however the last kilometre was now getting quite overgrown and had to be pushed through in parts.
All along the Thark Ridge part of the walk there was mist but this cleared soon after dropping off the ridge and from then on we had a sunny day. The temperature was mild and pleasant with virtually no wind.  It was easy relaxing on the Mount Montagu summit and this was made even more so by the fact that pesky insects, such as march flies and mosquitoes were not present. But the 3 hours walk ahead eventually forced us to start back.




Whilst on the summit we could hear a distant helicopter sound and the source was revealed when we reached the Springs. A …

Wellington Falls 2018

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Tuesday 13 February 2018
The level and relatively good surfaced Milles Track does not give a good indication of what is in store on the walk to Wellington Falls. After the Snake Plains junction, the track gently descends, but it soon becomes rockier underfoot and even more so for the crossing of Potato Fields.  Both these sections seemed longer than my memory of them, but that is a very common with me.  Beyond it was easier walking, with delightful sections of thick Richea dracophylla (candleheath or dragon heath) forming a canopy over the track in spots.
The whole of the track was been trimmed since last visit, the normally damp bits draining off South Wellington were dry and day very good for walking.  Wellington Falls weren’t gushing, but there was still a decent volume of water going over.








From the Springs it took 2:45, with a morning break. Return for the 6.4k was 2:25
Total time with all breaks was 6 hours for the 12.8k walk.
Total ascent:   566 m              Avg. moving speed:     …