Showing posts from October, 2008

South Wellington to North West Bay River

Saturday 18 October 08 Left at 9am and returned about 4:30 7-8 hours 12.5k circuit When Dave collected me at 8AM it was lightly raining but by the time we reached Robyn's house it had just about stopped and things were brightening up as we commenced the walk from the Springs. The Ice House track had been cleared of scrub and some track improvements had taken place since last there; including a few small switchbacks on the early section and and some hardening on the upper area. Morning tea was at Smiths Monument and from there it was off-track along the pleasant woodland of the lower South Wellington plateau and onto the North West Bay River. The only resisting scrub was found just prior to reaching the river. The river was followed upstream for 900 metres and then a scrubby section was crossed to pick up the Thark Ridge track, along this to near Big Bend, then a bit on the road before ducking down the Zig Zag to the car. Photos can be viewed by clicking h

Salters Point

Saturday 11 October 08 This is the most direct way to Salters Point, a narrow neck of land jutting into the western side of Tasman Peninsula. From the point there are quite spectacular views of the coastal cliffs near Tunnel Bay, Shipstern Bluff and Cape Raoul. We were fortunate to have a calm and sunny day and the bush was a delight especially along the high section from Moonlight Hill to the lookdown onto Salters. The highlight being the Tetratheca and many other wildflowers, which were quite spectacular. We followed a vehicle track through pine plantations until reaching a small pile of rocks that marked a walking track that ascended through bush to meet a sign indicating Salters to left and Curio Bay the other. From here we went through a fairly level area with the dominant Eucalypts giving way to a lower heathland before the views down onto the coastline appear. After an early lunch we began the sharpish descent and a circle around a creek before coming to Salt