Near Pine Lake is the Duncanson's Rivulet. And near this Rivulet is a rock shelter that I have been meaning to find for some time. A friend of mine sent me a photo of it and co-ordinates. So we should have no trouble finding it. There is a lot of history in the area including early stock runs, trapping and the Hydro. If you would like to come on an off track wonder in search of a bit of that history, please contact me for details.
The HWC Lake Dobson hut will be our base for this trip for three nights. The plan is to head down Friday afternoon/evening and set ourselves up at the hut. On Saturday and Sunday we'll be doing a couple of decent day walks. Target peaks will be Mt Field West, Naturalist Peak, Florentine Peak and Tyenna Peak. Monday can be an easier stroll for those who have the energy - plenty of options for that - before we head home.
Cost for non HWC members for the hut is $20 per person per night. So 60 smackeroos each for a comfy hut stay.
NOTE: HWC have a strict numbers limit on the hut use due to Covid.
As spring is upon us it’s time to smell the flowers and trim the vegetation on the Penguin Cradle Trail. Mt Lorymer, Griffiths Ridge and Black Bluff are areas that require some attention but as always we are guided by the volunteers available and weather at the time. Come join us for an outing in spring sunshine.
Hopefully better weather on take 2 of this walk
We walk up the Arm River Track to a spot just after crossing Wurragurra Creek where we will turn off & head off track through an uphill section of scrub which opens out into alpine grass valleys which we will follow to eventually arrive at Tarn of Islands where there is a couple of nice campsites .The next morning if the weather is ok I plan to walk out on a circuit in a different valley ,, then back on the Arm River Track down to the cars
A long drive for a short walk. The pad from the end of the Mersey Forest Road to Horeb Falls has partially been burnt out and as a less used pad is likely to be a case of GPS navigation initially rather than any following any defined path. That accomplished we visit a very pretty waterfall with some nice fossils in the rocks at the base. Come and join me for a gentle adventure.
General meeting - Come along for a bit of fun, with a not-too-difficult trivia session. Teams of 5 to 6 with prizes to be won.
Drive to the start of Parsons Track and walk up to Hills Logging Hut for morning tea. We then continue up to the turn off to Haberle's Hut, which is a quaint little snarer's hut. Depending on time, some may like to continue on up past the sandstone outcrop known as Parson's lookout and onto the Central Plateau for a look around. Either return the way we came or do a circuit walk involving Charlie's Loop which takes us past Sentinel Rock.
A pleasant combination of car camping & easy kayaking. Saturday we'll meet at the "Fingerpost" toilet spot on the Murchison Highway (just south of the Waratah turn-off) and drive down to the Henty River. Depending on the weather, we'll either kayak up river for the afternoon, or downriver. I have a wonderful camping spot (unlimited sites) about 20km away, then Sunday morning we'll paddle the alternate part of the river before heading home.
Very steep scrambling.
if you are interested, text me on 0428 451 528 for a discussion.
Last year on this walk to Geryon South there was a serious boulder fall incident; to mitigate this risk, the plan is to scramble one at a time through the boulder fall section, but we will bunch up for the slab and chockstone.
Utilising a car shuffle, the plan will be to ascend via the relatively gradual route and then give the brakes a workout on the descent. So we’ll start from O’Neills Road carpark and climb gradually through the nice forested slopes to the open plateau where we can immediately enjoy the extensive 360° views. We then head north and after about an hour’s easy walking we should be lunching on the 1234m summit. From here we continue further east along the plateau before reaching the top of the face track; a steep and badly eroded gully that delivers us to the Kings Road carpark.
Plan is to head in on the Arm River Track. Past New Pelion hut for a bit then hang a left and head up to the saddle below Paddys Nut where we'll camp for a couple of nights. Day walk then up to Paddy's Nut and Thetis. Back out on the 3rd day. The walks in and out (Day 1 & 3) will be in the order of 20km give or take.
An evocative name for a place I haven't visited so why not try? We leave from the Boom Gate Carpark at Cradle, cross the bridge and head off on the Pencil Pine Track. At the far end of the track we will be some two kilometres from the Heap. This distance is through button grass and involves two creek crossings so could be quite challenging and may be quite a bit more than two kilometres. We won't know until we try. Come and join me for a little insanity (or real bushwalking, the difference can be difficult to discern).
Meet at Forth Pub 9am and drive up the Wilmot Road for 12kms to the Alma Bridge and park. Commence walking along the Jamieson Road to the Dooley track and follow to the East Ellis area. We will cross if the River allows us and follow Lucys track for a circuit of around 13kms. If not we will retrace our steps. The track follows the river and has a couple of steep pinches but is a great track for those new Walkers who have yet to walk it! Always a nice days outing, the track has several shelters and seats that always beckons for a quiet sit and we will use them for our stops!
Federation Pk via Farmhouse Creek.
I haven't been in this area for ages and water levels should still be great for photos.There are several waterfalls; expect a muddy slow climb as an easy grade 2-3 that should appeal to Prospective members, with an early finish that should allow for afternoon tea somewhere on the way back to the North West Coast.
Many club members, ex-members and friends under the Wildcare banner have been very busy in the Cradle Area. Sally will briefly outline some of the many projects that have been completed, or planned.
Yeah I know. West Coast on the iffy side of Xmas weather wise, but anyway................. If the weather is kind the views from the top of this hill are pretty good. Expect a walk in the order of 7 hours. The ascent is about 900m and distance around 13km. It's mostly an old dozer track giving way to a taped route/pad for the last bit. If - as is distinctly possible - the weather is rubbish on the West Coast we'll try for something else.
Another attempt at this walk, hoping for better weather. Tuesday meet at Latrobe and drive to Lake St Clair and walk into Shadow or Forgotten Lake to set up camp for two nights. Wednesday tackle the trackless alpine terrain to Mt Hugel, possibly visiting Little Hugel on the way. Thursday pack up, walk out, drive home. A relaxed trip but bad weather will cause cancellation because of the nature of the walk
Thanks to Paul and Lyndsey and all the research they have done on this walk, I thought it would be a fantastic trip for the walking club. We will be following old mine tracks from the Historical remains of the township of Heazlewood and checking out several mines along the way including Mystery Silver Mine, North Godkin Mine and Confidence mine. All going well we will come out near the Remains of the Luina Township, so a car shuffle will be on the cards. We will be in rainforest and will have numerous small creek crossings. Also tree fall may put obstacles in our way, but plenty of mine relics to see. Contact me if you are interested.
Greystone Bluff & the White Monoliths are a wonderful places to visit. We will bypass Cinder Hill. Several days of untracked scrub. The walk is seven days. Text me on 0428 451 528.
business of NWWC
Middle Island lies in the middle of the Tamar River between Bell Bay and Middle Point on the West Tamar. Between 1903 and 1949 it was used as a quarantine station for cattle arriving from all over the world, its 20 acres being divided into eight paddocks. The only buildings were the caretaker's cottage and outbuildings for the shelter of livestock. Although the island is a tidal island that can be reached on foot at low tide from Middle Point, I plan to leave York Cove at George Town by kayak and paddle on the incoming tide to arrive at Middle Island just on high tide (3.29m at 11:59 at Bell Bay). On the way we might have a look at Deceitful Cove. The one-way distance is about 7km. Bring good footwear (light boots or joggers) with you so that we can explore the island on foot, including visiting the ruins of the buildings. On the return trip, again with the tide, we might visit Redbill Point in West Arm. Note that the viability of this paddle will be dependent on there being a suitable weather forecast and the trip might be changed to Sun 5 December if the forecast is more suitable on that day. Another combined NWWC-LWC trip.
Training Day for Prospective members
Last meeting of the year
Day 1 Starting from the Raspberry Farm we’ll do the familiar Red Hills-Needles-Dairy Plains-Western Creek- Montana circuit. This is basically a flat 50km and the pace will be easy. Our reward will be a nice lunch at the Raspberry Farm. We’ll then head to Quamby Corner Caravan Park for two nights.
Day 2 We’ll do a circuit from Quamby Corner, probably in the Osmaston-Cluan-Westbury-Exton area. That evening we’ll enjoy a meal at a pub.
Day 3 After a leisurely breakfast we’ll head home! We could do another easy ride on the way if people wished.
You can ride these roads and enjoy the delightful rural countryside on any healthy road, mountain, touring or e bike. Also feel free to come for just one or two days. Given there are three reservations to be made, an indication of intention to attend about a month before would be good.
Lake Pedder offers some of the best paddling in Tasmania; a vast waterway surrounded by majestic mountains including the Frankland Range, The Coronets, Mt Wedge and the Anne Massif, and it also spoils us with many spectacular and roomy campsites. As with the amazing December 2020 trip, the plan will be to launch from the Edgar Dam and spend up to six days exploring the southern half of the lake. I don’t intend going much further north than Crumbledown and we’ll hopefully enjoy some of the great alternative campsites we saw last time but didn’t sample. As with all paddle trips, what we actually do will be entirely dependent on the weather, particularly the wind. If the forecast isn’t favourable for the southwest, we could end up at Schouten Island!! Alternatively, as previously, we could postpone until a good weather window appears.
This will be a ‘base camp’ style trip from the 20th to the 25th of February 2022 (this allows two days for travelling). The plan is to stay at the White Beach caravan park and do four day-walks amongst the coastal grandeur of the TNP. Possible walks include the Tunnel Bay / Shipstern Bluff circuit, Cape Raoul, the Crescent Bay / Mt Brown circuit, Cape Hauy, Devils Kitchen to Waterfall Bay / Clemes Peak and I welcome other suggestions. All walks are Grade 3 and will be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. How many days you go for and how many walks you choose to do is entirely up to you. There is scope to have a ‘rest day’ where you can do your own thing. Everyone is responsible for booking their accommodation. So hire a cabin or bring your caravan, motor home, campervan, slide-on, pod, rooftop camper, swag or tent and enjoy some great walks in the southeast.