Winter is a good opportunity for doing some coastal walks with the weather being a bit more forgiving at sea level as opposed to the hills. This stroll from Narawantapu Visitors Centre to Badger Beach return is one worth doing every winter. A lovely on track walk of about 23km or so and normally takes in the order of 7 hours give or take depending on the day. Probably wander in across Spring Lawn then along the coastal track, have lunch at the shelter at Badger Beach before heading back. Bit of beach walking, coastal views, maybe some furry hoppers on Spring Lawn and we'll check out the Springlawn Lagoon bird hide on the way back. If (note "if"), I can find it we may take the inland route from Copper Cove to Badger beach either on the way in or out to make a bit of a part loop walk. We'll see.
This will be the usual delightful circuit in the Meander Forest offering a smorgasbord of fascinating features to discover. It’s a bit of a grunt for the first hour or so but after that the going becomes easier.
One of my favourite walks, especially in the winter when snow is falling, most of this track is in the shelter of the forest, till walk through to the central highlands plateau.
my intention is straight forward up and back , making this walk suitable for most walkers irrespective of your walking strength.
Having said that there are some distinct uphill sections ,google this historic track if you wish then am sure you will want to join me for an easy winter outing.
As winter is with us the working bees will more than likely be closer to the coast, especially with shorter daylight hours. Come join us for an outing, with some gentle exercise along the way.
Training Day for prospective members
Frenchmans Cap in the snow. Prepare for very cold conditions. Snow shoes, crampons, ice axe recommended. Text me on 0428 451 528.
Escape the winter chills to a north east beach. This will be a reasonably relaxed car camping trip most likely staying at Stumpys Bay. Plan is to drive there on Saturday and climb Mt William that day. Sunday the idea is to drive to Deep Creek and then walk back to Stumpys. (Obviously cars will then need to be retrieved from Deep Ck). Monday will be whatever. Maybe build some sand castles before heading home. If you only want to come for the weekend that's fine.
A nice day for Prospective members or those wanting an easy walk. Grade 2/3 and only about 3-4 hours. Let's hope there has been plenty of rain leading up to, but not including the day!
Depending on conditions we may go up or down river. Possibly even to Penguin. Bring lunch and clothing suitable for the weather.
Meet at Gutteridge Gardens at Wynyard at 9am. Walk beside the Inglis River with views across to the Golf Links, the site of the first settlement in Wynyard where John King took up land in 1841. The old cemetery next to the Cenotaph will be on our left as we walk along and we should see lots of birdlife on this very scenic walking track also the wattles will be flowering by now! Depending on the size of the group we can either do the 12kms circuit and take in the extra over to the Fossil Bluff area which would also depend on our weather situation. However its a great area so come and join me for a good town workout. Nearby Vault Cafe next to our carpark will make a good place for a cuppa on our return!
The annual combined NWWC-LWC “Snowshoeing Surprise” returns. In 2019 we went to the Walls to find only a marginal amount of snow. However, last year we hit the jackpot with a heap of fresh white stuff at Ben Lomond which made for a brilliant day. As previously, the “Surprise” is that I won’t decide where we are going and what time we’ll start until probably just a few days before the trip date when we’ll have a better idea as to where the best snow and likely weather conditions exist. Perhaps it’ll be to Cradle, the Central Plateau or somewhere else this time. Beginner snowshoe users are welcome – if you don’t have your own pair perhaps you could borrow some from a friend. Alternatively, they can be hired from both Paddy Pallin and Aspire Adventure Equipment in Launceston (contact me for details, unfortunately I’m unaware of anyone that hires them on the NW Coast).
This walk offers views of Cradle and Barn Bluff from different angles. We will do it as a circuit walk beginning with a climb up onto Hounslow Heath. Riggs track is not used regularly and it is overgrown in places so be prepared for a bit of scrub.
Pine Valley & the Labyrinth in the snow. Prepare for very cold conditions. Snow shoes, crampons, ice axe recommended. Text me on 0428 451 528
Smurf Hut is also known as Wurragarra Creek hut or Basil Steers No.3 hut. It is found off the Arm River track and is near the Wurragarra Creek. There are several other older hut sites near by too. The hut is a very small hut and as I haven't visited it in some years would like to see how it is holding up to the elements. The walk is a fairly long day and depending on creek levels and snow could be a little more challenging. If you would like to come along please contact me.
Bathurst Harbour - paddling, walking and photography with Leanne and Gil Hays
Meet 8am York Street Latrobe at Wattle Hill and drive to Higgs Track carpark at the back of Mole Creek. Cross the Dale Brook bridge and commence the 2 hour climb up the Higgs Track to the plateau and cross over to the wonderful Lady Lake Hut for a well earned rest and lunch. We usually do a lap of the lake before settling in if the weather is kind. This is the annual walk to this area no matter what the weather it is always a great area!
A day in the Dial investigating in part private tracks that we haven’t walked before. Come and see!
business of the NWWC
Counter Meal, Walker Out General meeting
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.
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.
Target peaks will be Mt Field West, Naturalist Peak, Florentine Peak and Tyenna Peak. To be determined (based on weather closer to the trip) if this will be an overnight base camp in the Clemes Tarn area or car camping at the Mt Field camping area. Intent is to head down Friday afternoon/evening.
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 pleasant combination of car camping & easy kayaking. Saturday we'll meet at the Fingerpost toilet spot on the Murchison Highway 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.
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.
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
Last meeting of the year