Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Point Vision

Wednesday 6th August 2014

Bakers Beach from Point Vision Track
Okay, I know this walk is not in south east Tasmania, but I have just spent 5 days holidaying in northern Tasmania and did manage to slot in a couple of walks, this being one of them.
To reach the walk start, simply drive out to Bakers Beach on the north coast. The walk is entirely in the Narawntapu National Park and a Park Pass is required.
As I was kitting up another couple set off across the open country on the south side of Springlawn Lagoon, so I suspected that they were also heading for Point Vision. I chose to walk along the Archers Knob track for about 2.0 kms. before walking in a south easterly direction across the flat country on the northern side of the lagoon. There were lots of wallabies grazing beside the lagoon.
Springlawn Lagoon
 I soon came across the old Point Vision Fire Trail after crossing some swampy land. I did manage to keep my boots dry, thankfully. I noticed the boot prints of the other walkers and knew they were ahead of me, but did expect to probably catch up with them at the top.
Point Vision Fire Trail
The trail climbed steadily and sometimes steeply almost to the summit. After the trail finished a pad led to the high point. There were no views from here to speak of but there was a small summit cairn. There was no sign of the other walkers so I assumed they must have continued on and were doing the same walk that I was. The official walk to Point Vision is to walk up and then back the same way. I always think a circuit is much more enjoyable.
Summit Cairn
I continued walking on a pad that was sparsely marked with tape but was generally quite easy to follow. I did manage to lose it on a few occasions but it was quite easy to pick up again. After a while I heard voices and soon caught up to the other couple. It turned out that they were doing the same walk that I was, and I think they were quite surprised to see me. From this part of the track were great views of Badger Head and Bakers Beach. It was rather windy and the sea mist was blowing in which made it quite hazy.
Looking towards Bakers Beach and Port Sorell
I let the other walkers lead the way as they had walked this track before and when we eventually reached the beach and walked along it to where the track branches off, I left them and walked right along the beach to a point where a track heads inland. It was blowing a gale and I could see the wisdom of the others taking the inland track. I eventually arrived back at the car as a small shower started.
This was a great walk and would be even better on a still, sunny day.
Distance: 17.5 kms.
Time: 4'30"
Ascent: 545 metres
Click here to download GPX track.
From the track

From the track

West Head

Bakers Beach

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