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.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Mount Direction West

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Mount Direction
Mount Direction is normally reached by starting at Risdon Brook Reservoir and walking up the east side. Today I started at the end of Kandos Drive in Otago and walked up the western side.
I parked just off the road and walked up the easement that leads into Meehan Range Reserve. Don't be put off by the letterbox on the road because it is an easement.
I walked up the track servicing the power line before branching off and starting to climb. The climb is reasonably steep but quite okay and it is all open bush and levels off at the top to a nice open grassy area.



Derwent - Mount Dromedary

Open Bush

Looking Down

Grassy Area on Top
The walking was quite level now across a saddle to Mount Direction and then the short climb to the summit. It was a stunning day.


From the summit

Cute little fella sunning itself
From the summit I walked down to the watercourse and followed that back to almost the start. It was steep going down and I managed to slip over a couple of times.

The Grassy area on the way up

Mount Direction

Mount Direction
This was a good short walk and something different to the normal way up.
Distance: 5.5 kms.
Time: 2'55"
Ascent: 450 metres
GPX file is here.