Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Carlton Bluff and River

Wednesday 4th July 2018

Carlton Bluff
Today's walk was an exploratory along the banks of the Carlton River starting at Primrose Sands and then to return and walk around Carlton Bluff and back to the start point.
It was an overcast day to start with so some of the earlier photos depict that.
I parked at the western end of Primrose Beach and walked along Frogmouth Lane to the Carlton River and then in an easterly direction along the southern bank of the river for about 4.3 kms. to where the river reserve ends. It is private property after that. It was easy walking, sometimes on the beach and other times on a rough track above the beach, with some small rock hopping thrown in.

Carlton River

Carlton River

Carlton Bluff

Carlton River

Carlton River
Once I reached the end of the reserve I turned around and walked back to the start of the Carlton Bluff track but deviated inland slightly to check out the wetlands or salt marsh. There was plenty of water in here.


Carlton River

Salt Marsh

Drain for the Marsh

Heading towards Carlton Bluff
I walked along the bank of the river for a short distance before scrambling up to the track that runs around the bluff. It is a reasonable track for about half way round but becomes very faint and ill defined later on. That is not a problem as it is just as easy to make one's own way. There were a few patches of nuisance scrub but nothing bad, although some of the prickly bushes had a bit of a bite.

Carlton River

Carlton River

Spectacle Head

Carlton Bluff

Carlton Bluff
I stopped about half way around to have some lunch and then continued on walking close to the shoreline.

Carlton Bluff

Carlton Bluff

Carlton Bluff
Once I reached an old road I followed it down to the beach and rock hopped back to Primrose Beach and just managed to keep my boots dry from the incoming tide.

Heading back to Primrose Beach

Heading back to Primrose beach

Primrose Beach
This was a good walk with nice views, both in the river and from the bluff. The walk is best done when the tide is low as it would be more problematic with higher water levels.
Distance: 14.2 kms.
Time: 4'33"
Ascent: 270 metres
GPX file is here.




Thursday, 21 June 2018

Tumbledown Point

Tumbledown Point
I had previously walked to Tumbledown Point about 5 years ago but that was from Stormlea. This time I started from White Beach at the end of White Beach Road.
I set off heading in a southerly direction along a basic track and it was quite easy walking. There was some rock hopping involved but that could have been avoided by sticking to the rough track. The sun was just appearing and was lighting up Wedge Island.

The track

Wedge Island

Rock Hopping
The first port of call was Sand Bay and Low Point.

Sand Bay, Low Point, Wedge Island

Wedge Island from Low Point

Kelp at Low Point
I continued on around the coastline passing Duckhole Bay to Rush Lagoon on Crooked Billet Bay. There was plenty of water in the lagoon from recent rain and the surrounding ground was quite wet.

Duckhole Bay

Duckhole Bay

Crooked Billet Bay

Rush Lagoon
Once I had rounded the point after Rush Lagoon I could see a white deposit on the next point, which I assumed was from birds and sure enough when I reached it, that was what it was. Obviously a favourite perch.

Crooked Billet Bay

Crooked Billet Bay

Unnamed Point with White Deposit


I kept going around to Two Island Bay where there was an opportunity to descend to a rocky beach below some high cliffs.

Two Island Bay

Rocky beach below cliffs

High Cliffs

On the rocky beach

Further around looking back
Around Two Island Bay I encountered a little bit of scrub but nothing too serious before accessing an old road/fire trail which I followed to the turnoff to Tumbledown Point. This avoided a bit of a scrub bash. I then walked the short distance down to the point. There was a fishing boat right at the point and it appeared that they had been putting out cray pots.

At Tumbledown Point

At Tumbledown Point

Tumbledown Point


After a short stop I walked back to the old road a kept going south east to the National Park fire break which I followed all the way back to Noyes Road and then White Beach Road to the car. This was all good walking and made the return leg quite easy.

Sheep Paddocks from the National Park
This was an excellent walk on a very pleasant day. There is no real track for most of the coastal route but it is easy to make a path through low grassy vegetation.
Distance:17.8 kms.
Time:5'12"
Ascent: 475 metres
GPX file is here.