Tuesday 13 August 2019

Cathedral Rock

Tuesday 13th August 2019

Cathedral Rock
Although I have been to Cathedral Rock numerous times it has always been part of a longer walk so I thought I would just do the Rock walk this time.
The walk starts in Betts Road at the car park and proceeds along a road before entering Wellington Park. The track follows beside the North West Bay River for some time before connecting to the Betts Fire Trail. The terrain beside the river is quite appealing.

The fire trail gradually wends its way uphill before arriving at the zig zag section which becomes quite steep. It gradually flattens out as the top of Betts Hill approaches. The Cathedral Rock track branches off to the right at the saddle and climbs steeply uphill to the summit of Cathedral Rock.
As it was a clear day great views were presented to us at the top.

A great little short walk that provides a decent workout.
Distance: 9.2 kms.
Time: 4'01"
Ascent: 720 metres
GPX file is here.

Tuesday 25 June 2019

Big Lagoon Beach

Tuesday 25th June 2019

Big Lagoon Beach
It was a cold and frosty morning and the drive down to the start of the walk was a bit slippery in places due to the frosty roads but we got to the start of the walk without incident. For access see previous post here. The locked gate has been destroyed so just drive to the walk start.
It was wet and boggy in a lots of places but that is to be expected this time of year. There was ice in the puddles and some snow on the peaks.

 We made good time to the beach and walked along it for a distance before crossing over the spit to the lagoon side. Normally I would walk around the spit on the rocks but time restraints did not allow that.

The tide was out and this made walking on the lagoon side easy. At a convenient point a track was picked up across the spit to the ocean side and we walked back to the car.
A nice walk on a perfect winter's day.

Tuesday 7 May 2019

Deadmans Point

Tuesday 7th May 2019

Deadmans Point
The walk today took in various tracks and roads in the Kettering area.
I parked the car in Doughboy Drive and walked up to the Manuka Hills track and followed it down to Wilsons Road and then along some roads and tracks to Kettering marina.

Kettering Oval

Bruny Island Ferry

Kettering Marina

Bruny Island and Kettering Point
I walked around Kettering Point and then to Trial Bay and on to Deadmans Point. There is no track around Deadmans Point so the only real way is to walk around the rocks on the coastline. Best done when the tide is low. There is one place on the point where a scramble is required to go up and over some cliffs but it is quite easy.

Bruny Island

Trial Bay

Deadmans Point

Deadmans Point

Deadmans Point

Deadmans Point
After rounding the point I headed for the slipyards and then followed a couple of roads back to Kettering.

Heading around Deadmans Point

Nearing the slipyards
I picked up the track that goes around Oyster Cove Point and walked that to Manuka Road.

Kettering Marina

Little Oyster Cove

The other Bruny Ferry

Bruny Island

Heading around Oyster Cove Point
I followed Manuka Road for a time and then a few other roads and tracks back into the Manuka Hills reserve and finally back to the car. There was an old hut beside Manuka Road which looked interesting.

This was a good easy walk on a great day.
Distance: 15.9 kms.
Time: 4'04"
Ascent: 415 metres
GPX file is here.