Monday, 17 December 2012

Shipstern Bluff and Tunnel Bay

Monday 17th December 2012

Shipstern Bluff
To reach the start of the walk drive along the B37 towards Nubeena on the Tasman Peninsula and turn left into Stormlea Road and follow this to an obvious parking area at the end of the road.
I started walking at 0920 and the track went gradually uphill for about 1,5 kms. to a junction - Cape Raoul left and Shipstern Bluff right. Not long after this the track began to go downhill towards Shipstern Bluff. There were great coastal views all along here.
Looking south east from Shipstern Bluff
At 4.2 kms. from the start I came to a junction - Shipstern Bluff left and Tunnel Bay right so I turned left and walked towards the Bluff. Along the way I encountered an echidna just casually walking along the track. I reached the top of the Bluff and walked down to the rocks below. The waves crashing in were not enormous but it was enjoyable to watch them break on the rocks. I scrambled out to the point and came back for a snack.
Looking north towards Salters Point
Soon I climbed back up the cliff and walked back to the junction and down to Tunnel Bay. It is easy to understand how the Bay received its name when you check out the photos. I found this to be a beautiful spot and to top it off there was another echidna right on the beach. There were also some whale bones which were quite large.
Tunnel Bay
After enjoying the Bay I decided to explore a little further on some of the tracks in the area. I tend to be somewhat inquisitive. Anyway I walked for about 1.5 kms. along the track before deciding to turn around. I suspect that it probably links up with the road where the walks to Salters Point and Tumbledown Point start. I retraced my steps and then walked back to the car.
This was a great walk with plenty of scenery.
Distance: 14.8 kms.
Time: 4'44"
Ascent: 720 metres
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Looking towards Cape Raoul from Shipstern Bluff

At Shipstern Bluff

At Shipstern Bluff

Looking up to Shipstern Bluff

At Shipstern Bluff

At Shipstern Bluff

On the track

Tunnel Bay

On the beach at Tunnel Bay

Tunnel Bay

Tunnel Bay

Whale bones and hat for comparison

Nice sandstone feature beside the walking track

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Trestle Mountain

Sunday 25th November 2012

Trestle Mountain from East West Trail
I had previously walked up Trestle Mountain from the end of Mountain River Road last year and enjoyed that walk so decided to try it from Myrtle Forest.
I started the walk at the Myrtle Forest car park and walked up the track to the junction for Collins Cap and Collins Bonnett. Instead of walking up to the Collins Cap trail I chose to walk up to the East West trail via the Collins Bonnet track. I knew that this would provide me with more up than the other way but I was fine about that.
Collins Cap from Collins Bonnet Track
It was a steady climb of about 600 metres in just over 3 kms. before I reached the East West trail and then it was downhill and on to the short cut at Glen Dhu Rivulet before encountering the East West trail again. Here I turned left and found the ascent track for Trestle Mountain. The track climbed steadily uphill over boulders before coming out at the summit. It had taken me 45" to climb up. The views were great at the top. The last time I had been it was in cloud and I could not see a thing.
From Collins Bonnet track
I spent about 15" here and climbed up on the boulders on the top to get a good view. I walked back down and back to the car via the Collins Cap trail. This was a very enjoyable walk with fantastic views.
Distance: 11.4 kms.
Time: 5'00"
Ascent: 912 metres
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Collins Bonnet from Trestle Mountain

Collins Cap from Trestle Mountain

Mount Marian from Trestle Mountain

Trestle Mountain

Looking towards the Huon

Trestle Mountain Summit

East West Trail from Trestle Mountain

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Mount Dromedary

Saturday 10th November 2012

Mount Dromedary Summit
The aim of today's walk was to climb Mount Dromedary and then go on and do Platform Peak as well. All did not go to plan as I ran out of time in the end because I had to be home by a certain time.
To reach the start of the walk drive out to New Norfolk and turn right over the bridge towards Black Hills and finally turn right into Braslins Road and drive to the end.
I started walking about 0830 and walked around the locked gate and uphill on a good forestry track. It was wet in places with flowing water, but nothing serious and after 30 minutes I came to a junction. I kept heading in an easterly direction before coming to another junction which I noted as I was coming back this way. I carried on straight ahead and after a while the track started heading south.
Along the track to Mount Dromedary
Soon I passed the junction with the track that I was going to return on and kept going south to find the marked track to the summit. The track was easy to follow and after about 50 minutes of climbing I reached the top. There were good views here.
From Mount Dromedary
As I wanted to go to Platform Peak as well, I didn't waste too much time here and climbed back down to the road track and turned left onto the track I had previously seen. This track went down to Little Marsh and paralleled the western side of it. It was quite pleasant walking in this area. After crossing a small creek the track went back uphill to meet the outgoing track. I walked back to the first junction and walked along the track in a northerly direction towards Platform Peak. I did not know were I was really going, only that I had a track on the map in my GPS that went to the summit. This proved to be totally inaccurate in the end. Anyway I came to a good road which was heading in the right direction and then turned left onto another track and searched for the ascent track. I could not find it so I retraced and found another track and at the end some tapes. I followed these but it was not a defined track and I was running out of time, so decided to abandon my attempt and walked back to the car.
This was a good walk with good views and even though I did not get to Platform Peak I enjoyed it.
Note: I have since learned where the track is and have done Platform Peak. If I had kept going along the taped trail for another 30 metres, I would have come across the track!!
Distance: 21.1 kms.
Time: 6'24"
Ascent: 808 metres
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From Mount Dromedary

From Mount Dromedary

From Mount Dromedary

From Mount Dromedary

Platform Peak

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Sandy Point

Sunday 16th September 2012

Looking towards Sandy Point from walk start
The starting point is at the Seven Mile Beach car park off Pittwater Road.
I set off and was immediately on the beach and walking east. It was about 6.5 kms. to the tip of Sandy Point and the walking was very easy on hard sand. There were many shells on the beach at the point and I had good views of Frederick Henry Bay, Dodges Ferry and Lewisham.
Looking towards Midway Point after rounding Sandy Point
After rounding the point I had good views towards Midway Point and Pittwater and I was now on Five Mile Beach. There were dunes all along this side of the point, and as the tide was not fully out, I had to take to an inland track in places to avoid all the trees that have fallen into the water, to avoid getting wet feet. I continued on along to an exit point at the Five Mile Beach Recreation Area. I then walked back to the car via Pittwater Road and a trail through the bush.
A nice flat walk with good coastal views.
Distance:18.3 kms.
Time: 4'13"
Ascent: 100 metres
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Looking south west along Seven Mile Beach

Looking out to sea from Seven Mile Beach

Dunes on Five Mile Beach

Five Mile Beach