Sunday, 7 February 2016

Churchills Hut

Saturday 6th February 2016

Churchills Hut
One of my friends had expressed an interest in seeing Churchills Hut out in the Florentine area so today seemed an ideal day to check it out.
We drove out from Judbury via the Plenty Link Road and then through Maydena and parked at the start of the Timbs Track which is about 21 kms. further along the road past Maydena. It is clearly marked.
The track had quite a few trees down across it but it was nice walking through a mossy forest. The track was dry but would obviously be rather boggy after rain. Soon the forest ceased and we out into more open country where we came upon Tiger Lookout. There were good views of the surrounding country from here, even though there was some smoke haze from the fires.
From Lookout

From Lookout

Track heading down from lookout to Adamsfield Track
 We then headed down the track to the junction with the Adamsfield Track and took the left track down to the Florentine River. In no time we came upon Ewe's Inn which is a quaint hut that has been recently restored.
Adamsfield Track junction

Track to Florentine River

Ewe's Inn

Ewe's Inn

Ewe's Inn

Ewe's Inn
After spending some time at the hut we ventured on to the Florentine River which was a pleasant spot. Logs which were spanning the river would provide a convenient way of crossing. There were remnants of a old hut and various other bits and pieces.
At Florentine River

At Florentine River

Florentine River

Florentine River

At Florentine River
We had a look around and then returned to the previous junction and took the right fork towards Churchills Hut. There were some large trees along the track named the "Burly Giants".
Adamsfield Track towards Churchills Hut

Burly Giant

Burly Giant
The track had a base of logs in places and the remains of bridges in a couple of spots. The bridge across the Little Florentine river is gone but there are logs available to cross.
Adamsfield Track

Adamsfield Track

Little Florentine River crossing

Little Florentine River crossing
About 50 minutes from leaving the track junction we reached Churchills Hut which was located just beside the track. It has also been restored and was in reasonable condition with a few relics located inside.
Churchills Hut

Churchills Hut

Churchills Hut

Churchills Hut

Churchills Hut

Churchills Hut

Churchills Hut
We had a good look around, a bite of lunch and then headed off on a taped track on the left of the hut that led to a logging coup and then a logging road. This we followed until it met Cooks Track.
Cooks Track started off okay with the occasional small tree down across it but it finally deteriorated to a very overgrown path which was hard to discern in places. There were tapes here and there but it was quite a scrub bash for a couple of kms.. Anyway, we eventually reached a better part of the track and soon emerged on to Gordon River Road, and then it was a short amble of 800 metres up the bitumen to the car.
This was an excellent walk with lots to see, but if you don't like a scrub bash, it is probably best to return to the car from Churchills Hut the way you came.
Distance: 15.4 kms.
Time: 5'15"
Ascent: 330 metres
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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Tower Bay

Wednesday 27th January 2016

Tower Bay
Tower Bay is located about halfway between Garretts Bight and Rossel Point on the South East coast and the walk start is reached by turning off the Huon Highway into Peacocks Road and following it until an intersection is reached with Lady Bay Road. Turn left here and drive to a parking area just before the locked gate. All is 2WD access.
It was raining on the way down and I had to use the wipers for the first time in ages.
I set off around the locked gate. The track was good and there was no sign of recent vehicular activity of any kind. The track crossed Selfs Rivulet which had barely a trickle.
Selfs Rivulet

Selfs Rivulet

Peacock Road after locked gate
It was easy walking with a few downed trees across the track but they were easily negotiated. After about half an hour pf walking I reached the place where I intended to head down to Tower Bay. The scrub was just thick enough to make it annoying but I soon reached the small creek that empties into Tower Bay. This I tracked down to the Bay taking just over a hour to do the 800 metres. It was slow going with many large trees to dodge but it was worth it as Tower Bay is a very nice spot.
Creek heading down to Tower Bay
I could see the cliffs up to the north where I guess it gets its name so I thought I would walk along the foreshore to hopefully reach them.
Tower Bay Cliffs

Tower Bay looking south

Tower Bay cliffs
I had timed it so it was just past high tide so I would not be trapped at all. I need not have worried because my progress was soon halted by a lovely little sea cave which prevented any advancement north.
Heading north

Sea Cave

Sea Cave

Sea Cave

The point heading towards the cliffs
This was indeed a nice surprise but there was no way around this spot other than to climb up and over the cliffs in this area and I was not doing that. They were very high and very steep so I simply turned around and walked back to the creek outlet for a break and to take in the scenery. There were a couple of sandstone boulders in amongst the grey rocks which were quite interesting.
High cliffs that would have to be negotiated to get further north

Sandstone Boulder

Sandstone Boulder
What really surprised me about this place is that there was absolutely no rubbish washed up on the beach, which was very pleasing. After a time I headed back up the creek to the road taking about the same amount of time. I then turned right and walked further up the track just to see if there was anything interesting at all. There wasn't really so turned around and headed back to the car.
This was a good walk and the Bay is very pleasant.
Distance: 9.0 kms.
Time: 4'30"
Ascent: 305 metres
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