Showing posts from September, 2016

Freycinet Ridges

26-28 September 2016 On the last occasion that we walked to a favourite campsite on the ridge above Bryans Lagoon there was little daylight left, so breaking the journey into two days sounded quite appealing. It worked well for us with arrival at Lagunta Creek at the end of Hazards Beach about 3:15 pm.  After checking the small bay some 400 metres south a decision was made to camp there; especially as it was half expected that a school party would turn up at the main camping area. Small bay used as campsite The walk through to Cooks Beach next morning was a delight with this section of track one of the richest in flowering plants. Masses of Thryptomene were on show as was the yellows of Hibbertia and Aotus.  From Cooks through to the creek at the bottom of the climb to the ridgetop was also splendid with the greatest number of orchids and a section with heaps of waxflower. It is a steady 1.6k uphill from here and took 50 minutes for a height gain of close on 200m. Af

Murderers Gully

Sunday 25 September 2016 Small cave below the rim Gorge rim A short, but popular, walk to a sandstone gorge in the southern Midlands. It involved walking over paddocks off Lovely Banks Road and a very gentle and short descent into Murderers Gully. The starting time was set to allow us to get to the end of the gully, have lunch before returning by either the same route or via the overhangs and cliff rim.  Most chose the latter where we had a number of interesting rock features and nice slabby rock making easy walking along the rim. Overhang Chris suggested stopping for coffee at an old church at Pontville turned into a restaurant.  The staff at Twelve Stones were welcoming and extremely obliging. Despite there being 12 of us they did not find that a problem at all and quickly arranged for tables to be joined together.  Most impressive and the coffee and food were good too. A photo album is online.

Tarn Shelf 2016

13 September 2016 Quite a lot of cloud cloaked the high ground and it was mighty cold when we started walking and a light smattering of snow encased the trees and bushes. It wasn’t until getting inside Rodway hut that the we escaped from the cold, but amazingly as soon as we departed, after a drink and snack, the sun came out.  Luckily it remained that way for the remainder of the day, making for fine scenic views of the shelf and Rodway Range. Tarn Shelf pool and Rodway Range Lunch location Before ducking down to Twilight Tarn, we stopped for a lunch in the sun near Twisted Tarn, with the Rodway Range as a lovely backdrop. It wasn’t all that long before the long haul up from lake Webster had to be tackled.   After that we opted to walk along the vehicle track beside Lake Dobson and whilst Pat contained on that way, Dave and I went down the track to the HWC hut and followed the old and now overgrowing pad closer to the lake. On the Tarn Shelf More photos