Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Waterfall Bluff

Wednesday 11th January 2017

Looking north near Waterfall Bluff
I had a new walker with me today so I wanted something relatively flat and reasonably easy. Waterfall Bluff from the Tasman Blowhole seemed to be a good option.
We parked at the Blowhole car park and had to search in the scrub to find the track. I am sure it was not so obscure the last time I used it and it does not appear to get much use these days, which is surprising. We did lose the track a little further on but soon picked it up and carried on to Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen.

Tasman Arch

Tasman Arch
After this it was on to Waterfall Bay on a good track.

On way to Waterfall Bay

On way to Waterfall Bay

Patersons Arch

On way to Waterfall Bay

Waterfall Bay

Waterfall at Waterfall Bay

Waterfall Bay
After Waterfall Bay we simply walked to Waterfall Bluff with a brief stop at Camp Falls.

Camp Falls

Camp Falls
After reaching Waterfall Bluff we just retraced our steps back to the car.
This was an easy walk with spectacular coastal views.
Distance: 11.4 kms.
Time: 3'57"
Ascent: 400 metres
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Friday, 6 January 2017

Coningham Reserve

Friday 6th January 2017

Towards Bruny Island
I have done quite a few walks in the Coningham Reserve and this one is a little different as it skirts around a substantial amount of the reserve boundary.
I parked in Old Station Road at one entrance to the reserve and set off uphill on the old track. Soon I branched off onto a walking/bike track and headed over to the southern boundary of the reserve where there is a fence line indicating the border between reserve and private property. This is where the private property starts and not where the sign indicates. Once I reached the fence it was just a simple matter of following it down to the coast. It was easy walking with pads to follow.

Ridge line

Following the fence down

Towards Bruny Island

Towards Bruny Island and South
 On arriving at the beach at Peartree Bay I started heading north along the coast. The walking was on small pebbles and easy but soon it became impossible to walk along at water level due to the sandstone cliffs. I had to ascend and followed a rough pad along the cliff tops.

Peartree Bay

Creek running into Peartree Bay

Looking north at Peartree Bay

Simmonds Point

I passed the fish farm and eventually arrived at the access steps. I did not bother going down as I had been before.

From the steps I simply joined up with the Coningham Clifftops walk which basically goes back to Coningham Beach. I did deviate to the cave on the way.

Coningham Beach
When I arrived at Coningham Beach I walked up the road and into the reserve once again following an old road uphill towards Sheppards Hill before branching off onto a walking/bike track which took me back almost to the start.
A really good easy walk with nice scenery.
Distance: 9.7 kms.
Time: 3'23"
Ascent: 470 metres
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Saturday, 24 December 2016

Devils Royals

Saturday 24th December 2016

Deep Bay from Devils Royals
This walk started from Pebble Beach on the Abels Bay Road.
I set off up an old track up to the top of Harveys Hill before descending to walk through a pine plantation. It was all easy walking along a variety of tracks.

Track near start

Walking through the pine plantation
After walking for almost 4.0 kms. I crossed the Channel Highway onto another track. This was followed for a short distance before branching off onto another track. Off course I could have started the walk at the Channel Highway but I thought that would have made the walk too short. After walking a little further I took to the scrub and walked in an easterly direction to finally find the track heading up to Devils Royals. The return path that I took through this area was more direct and much easier to walk. The track up to Devils Royals rose steadily up to a plateau where it was very pleasant walking with views over Deep Bay.
Track along Devils Royals

Deep Bay

Deep Bay

Track along Devils Royals

Huon River
I arrived at the end of the track where I had visions of continuing on to Mount Cygnet. However the scrub did not look too inviting and as it was going to be about a 800 metre scrub bash up to the track on Mount Cygnet, I abandoned that idea for another day. The return journey was fairly easy and when I reached the car there was a small snake crossing the road.

This was a reasonable walk with good views from the top and quite easy walking.
Distance:13.8 kms.
Time: 4'18'
Ascent: 660 metres
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