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Colourful Scoparia

Shadow Lake 26-27 December 2018

After enjoying the walk through the high valley between Mount Rufus and Hugel in April 2016, we decided it would be a good time to visit again when the scoparia was in flower. Our initial plan was thwarted by the weather, but two weeks later it seemed ideal and we set out, but with a different strategy.Instead of three days we opted for two with the intent of walking to the valley on the second day and then collecting the tent on way back and continuing to the car at Cynthia Bay.This worked out well and as the first day was only as far as Shadow Lake, we stopped at The Wall in Derwent Bridge, where we also had lunch.The carvings at The Wall are now almost complete.

It was warm going up to Shadow Lake where we used a very sheltered campsite, cooked tea then took a stroll to forgotten Lake. The effort of what was a half day of

Two out of Three

Waterfalls On Marriotts CreekTuesday 11 December 2018

It was hoped to visit the three waterfalls on Marriotts Creek. This arose following an enquiry about the third waterfall at Marriotts. It prompted me to look back at my old slide photos and I do have one which I have scanned.  It is marked as the third waterfall and it does look smaller that the other two falls, which is the way I remember it.  However, it looks more impressive than my memory, but it was taken in 1986 or early 1987 so it is hardly surprising my memory of it is not that good.

It is not a long walk but it was more convoluted getting to the second falls than I remembered and by then 2 hours had elapsed. As the distance and time that would be need to get to the third falls was unknown, a decision was made to go no further.

Often it is shady at waterfalls but below the second fall on Marriotts Creek it was pleasantly light and sunny, although on this warm day we chose the dappled shade at the edge for lunch. The falls wer…

Not Where I thought I Was

Friday 30 November 2018

This is a story that I could have just kept quiet, but really it's quite amusing so I thought I might as well share it.

I started out from The Springs on the Lenah Valley track and located the turn off to the Kara and Retreat track. When I walked up to the Kara Hut I didn't take much notice of it as I had seen it many a time and just headed off to The Retreat,  however I hadn't gone far when things didn't look right.  I backtracked, went back again and still nothing looked quite right so  I searched around and then, not finding anything familiar,  eventually followed what was an obvious track but it definitely didn't seem right, nevertheless I followed it and it eventually just got to a creek and stopped.   On  returning to Kara frustrated, I decided if I can't find it I'll go up to Pinnacle Road and back down the Retreat track.  A long way of getting there of course, but  when I got to Pinnacle Road I thought it strange as I though…

Chauncy Vale 2018

Monday 19 November 2018

It was looking like it was going to be quite a warm day and it certainly proved to be the case climbing to the mid-twenties quite early on the day.

We went along the valley floor before climbing to Guvys Lagoon and the lookout on the bill above. Although trees interrupt the view of the cliffs it is still a very scenic spot. After morning refreshments at the seat, we returned to the junction and went up past the caves and were back at the shelter shed for a barbecue.

It was is quite pleasant sitting around under the on the veranda having lunch

Pelverata Falls

Sunday 11 November 2018

It had been 4 years since we came here and there has been a few changes on the properties at the start of the  walk,  one of them  now a private wildlife reserve.

It is a straightforward track still but by the time you get close to the falls the track becomes quite rocky and you have to take a bit of care getting there.

Everything was pretty dry. although the paddocks and that on the way to the start were very green, and there wasn't a lot of water coming over the Falls.

It took almost 1 and a quarter hours one way for the 3.1 k

Retreat on Kunanyi

Friday 19 October 2018

Originally the plan was to walk from Lenah Valley up to the Retreat Hut then to Organ Pipes track and down the new Pinnacle track. To The Springs

I had coordinates for the start of the Retreat track from when I went last, which was some time ago but it seems to have changed. We  followed the GPS compass over the rocks and quite soon came upon the well worn pad at the edge of the bushline, and it was then just a matter of continuing up from there.

By the time the Retreat was reached it was clear that there was insufficient time to return via The Springs, if the planned finish by mid afternoon was to be met. Instead the Organ Pipes track was taken to The Chalet and the Old Hobartian used. We noticed the erosion near the Lost World and on other parts of New Town Rivulet.
One of the highlights of this most enjoyable walk was the wildflowers especially near the start and near New Town Falls.
There was a waratah planted by Jack Thwaites behind the Retreat  hut and Bob W…

Andersons Catastrophe


Curio Bay

Thursday 12 July 2018

After reading Dennis Jeffery’s account of a walk to Tumbledown Point, I decided to use his return route as the basis for getting to Curio Bay. Once past the farm there was a gate on our right, but the wide track we were on continued ahead. It seemed more likely that this should be followed, but after a short distance the waypoint aimed for wasn’t any closer and pointed of to the southwest.

Nevertheless, as the track meandered it got closer for a period and maybe the track would bend towards it in due course, but it still seemed a long way distant.Eventually it became apparent that we were going in wrong direction, and this became very apparent when the park boundary sign loomed up. It was quite some backtrack to do, a bit over 2k and over an hour lost, before we were back on track at that gate. I should have taken more care when first getting there and followed the GPS. A pad was discovered that bypassed the gate and as soon as this ended there was a big blue si…

Huntingdon Tier

Tuesday 19 June 2018 Huntingdon Tier is a sandstone hill area just east of Harry Walker Tier but is predominantly private land. Some cliffs and rock formations are visible from a distance and the walk went to some of these. Locations were picked out after looking at a map and satellite images and one of the first of these was a narrow gully penetrating well into the tier. This spot turned out to be the highlight of the walk.

As we approached what seemed to be a cliff was visible through the trees and on getting closer the scene became impressive, with large overhangs and caves on the other side of the gully. Descent to the floor of the gully passed cliffs as we crossed through deep green mossy rocks under Pomaderris to the cliffs.This side the sun was warm and lighting all the features. It was a short scramble to get to the floor of the largest cavity and from there we went further up the gully passed other caves and ascended to the clifftops.

The route from there went via the western s…