Showing posts from December, 2008

Mt Monash

Although the scoparia and other flowers were quite good near Lake St Clair in early December they were not nearly as advanced at Mt Field, however the walk over the moors , into the valley near Mt Monash and on to the summit was quite pleasant. Early cloud gradually dissipated to give some sunshine and this was even more so at the picnic area at the park entrance where we enjoyed a BBQ lunch.

Mt. Hugel

Monday 15 December 08 to Friday 12 December 08 A 3 day walk to Mt Hugel, camping near at a tarn on an alpine plateau. We waited a couple of days until the weather forecast was good and had the great advantage of getting the first break of three days of fine conditions for quite a few weeks. On arriving at the Lake St Clair visitor centre one of the first things we noticed was the removal of the two gums that had been just outside the cafe. They used to have decking around them and we thought looked much better than the now bare look of the area. A note was also on the door about not eating outside due to animal problems; so it appears the currawongs have probably been getting handouts from visitors and now become a nuisance. It is back to old days when you had to be very wary of them outside the kiosk. Parks told us that an arbourist had checked the trees and condemned them but our guess is that this is a way of justifying the removal. The walk however wa

Budawangs and Blue Mts

We spent much of September walking whilst holidaying in New South wales, visiting the Blue Mountains and later The Budawangs in Morton NP. On the way a couple of days were spent in The Warby Ranges (near Glenrowan and a known haunt of Ned Kelly) and Weddin Mt NP a dry area in central NSW with gullies and on return called in to do a walk in the Cathedral Range SP in Victoria. The Blue Mountains offer many walking opportunities and on this our secoind visit we were able to walk on different tracks without repeating any from the previous time. Spectacular cliff country. We did a 5 day walk from the Wog Wog entrance to the Budawangs via Corang Perak and Arch then through the valleys to climb Mt Tarn and a spectailar day into the Monolith Valley. Some aspects of the country reminded us of South West Tasmania, with buttongrass, plains and scrub. Photos are on the web at the Picasa site and also at Jalbum (which has quite nice presentaion software).