Friday, 19 May 2017

Rossel Point

Friday 19th May 2017

Rossel Point
I have been suffering from a bit of a tendon strain in one of my feet and have not walked for a couple of weeks, so I wanted something short and not too taxing to test the foot out. It turned out to be reasonably short, but far from easy, due to the scrub and cutting grass, but overall was not too bad. I did end up taking a circuitous path in places, trying to avoid the cutting grass, mainly.
The walk started at Roaring Beach near Southport at the end of Roaring Beach Road.
The first short section was on track down to the beach and then along to the rocks where I left the beach for a short section before coming down to the rocks once again.
Roaring Beach

Burying Ground Point

Roaring Beach

Near first Point
I walked along the rocks again for a short distance before climbing up above the cliffs and walking along a vague track. There were good views here and there along the cliffs.


The track continued on for some distance and then became non existent so I ended up dealing with cutting grass and trying to find a way around it. Hence the not so direct route. I did head for a track which was marked on the map, but it had almost been reclaimed by the bush. However there was just enough of it visible to make it any easier path. It took about 2'15" to reach Rossel Point.
Stack of Bricks at Rossel Point

Rossel Point

From Rossel Point

Rossel Point

Rossel Point
There were good views from Rossel Point and after staying for a short time, I started back determined to find an easier route. It did not work out that way because whichever way I turned, I seemed to find the cutting grass. I did eventually find my way back to the easier walking along the cliff tops and eventually back to the car. It did take me a bit longer going back because I ventured out to some of the various headlands on the way.
Towards Rossel Point

Roaring Beach

Roaring Beach
I don't know if I would recommend this walk beacuse of the scrub and cutting grass, but I guess the nice coastal scenery made up for that.
Distance: 10.0 kms.
Time: 5'05"
Ascent: 300 metres
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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Denmans Cove

Thursday 4th May 2017

Denmans Cove
I took a friend to Denmans Cove today as she had not been before. The weather was absolutely perfect for this good little walk on the Tasman Peninsula. The track is overgrowing somewhat and there are a few more trees and logs across the track but it is still easy to follow. For track notes and access see Denmans Cove 2013 and Surveyors Cove 2016 .

Mount Brown in the distance

Towards Denmans Cove and Arthurs Peak

Stinking Bay

Stinking Bay
Point Puer

Isle of the Dead

Port Arthur

Isle of the Dead

Stinking Bay

Stinking Bay

Fuel reduction burn in the vicinity of Surveyors camp site

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Twilight Tarn

Saturday 22nd April 2017

Twilight Tarn
It was a dreary old day and the weather forecast was not great but we headed off anyway to walk out to Twilight Tarn from Lake Dobson with the aim of dropping in to Platypus Tarn and Lake Seal on the way. As it turned out the day was quite good and even though it was overcast all day, we experienced no rain at all.
We set off and immediately spotted a couple of furry friends grazing beside Lake Dobson. It was then on to the Pandani Grove track, past Eagle Tarn and on to the Lake Webster track. Shortly we came across the Platypus Tarn turnoff and headed down to the tarn which was a nice peaceful spot. The reflections on the water were magnificent.
Lake Dobson

Eagle Tarn

Platypus Tarn

Platypus Tarn

Platypus Tarn

Mount Bridges
After this it was back up to the track and on to Lake Seal which also had a glassy appearance as there was no wind at all.
Small tarn beside the track

Lake Seal

Lake Seal
After Lake Seal we made our way past Lake Webster and then uphill to Twilight Tarn.
Lake Webster

Lake Webster outflow and Broad River

Little tarn near Twilight Tarn

Twilight Tarn Hut

Twilight Tarn Hut

Twilight Tarn Hut

Twilight Tarn Hut

Twilight Tarn Hut

Twilight Tarn
Mount Crooke
After finding a few good rocks to sit on for lunch we walked back along the track to the car.
A very good walk in the alpine country with great scenery.
Distance: 15.2 kms.
Time: 5'57"
Ascent: 615 metres
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