There isn't much to specifically describe the track by other than 'steep rock scramble', it is marked with some permanent light reflective yellow arrows, and some faded spray painted arrows. Occasionally the arrows suggest that some sections have separate paths for people travelling up, and for people travelling down. It is, otherwise, a fairly lawless place, at least as far as navigation is concerned. There are 3 distinctly difficult sections that will have you questioning every decision you made that brought you to the moment you find yourself in now. These feelings will pass (at least until you have to attempt those same sections in reverse).
Where we went: Cradle Mountain Summit, returned via Horse Track When we went: Spring 2020 Estimated time to complete walk: 5-8 hours Time spent on walk: 7 hours Grade of walk: 4 Cradle Mountain National Park is one of the most famous and spectacular national parks in Tasmania. There are a range of hikes to… Continue reading Cradle Mountain (summit)
Where we went: Fluted Cape (nuenonne/Bruny Island) When we went: Spring 2020 Estimated time to complete walk: 2.5 hours Time spent on walk: 3 (plus a 1 hour lunch break) Grade of hike: 3 Sommelier and I often struggle to reconcile our love for food with our love of hiking. While such activities are not… Continue reading Fluted Cape (Bruny Island)
Where we went: South Cape Bay (Cockle Creek). Originally the land of the lylue-quonny tribe. When we went: Early spring, 2020 Estimated time to complete walk: 4-5 hours Time spent on walk: 5.5 hours (long lunch break) Grade of walk: Grade 3 Sapphire near the cliffs. South Cape Bay, in the far South of Southwest… Continue reading South Cape Bay (Southwest National Park)
The path hugs the pink quartzite cliff-face for the entire ascent. We were walking in the wetter season and found that there was an almost constant freshwater drip over the cliff and onto our heads. As we were very hot this was a welcome relief, although it did add a certain slip-factor to some of the stones underfoot and we both found ourselves grateful for our hiking poles.
The falls are a broad sheet standing in a small opening in the forest which forms a brilliant beam of light. It makes a soft sound, rather than a thundering, but the collection of broken trees scattered at the base suggest that she can, occasionally, put on a spectacular show.
The Needles is an unsigned, wild walking trail best suited to those with experience. The track is only marked with cairns and plastic ribbon which adds to the sense of wilderness. It is the perfect way to dip your toe in the Southwest National Park and learn what some of the bigger walks might have in store.
A short, guided tour through the stunning Newdegate Cave system; one of the largest dolomoite caves currently accessible to the paying public. Tickets are $24 per adult for a 45 minute tour through stalagmite riddled chambers that weave their way below the surface of the Southern Forests.
Sapphire, almost at the top Where we went: Collins Cap (Wellington National Park)When we went: Winter 2020Estimated time for hike: 3.5 hoursTime spent on hike: 4.5 hours (took an unplanned detour and a very long break, also sustained a minor injury)Grade of hike: 3 Collins Cap, located within the Wellington National Park is best accessed… Continue reading Collins Cap: Wellington National Park
Where we went: 3 Falls Walk (Mt Field National Park) Details of walk: grade 2, with sections that are wheelchair accessible. When we went: winter, 2020 Estimated time to complete walk: 2.5 hours Time spent on walk: a very casual 2.5 hours Sommelier and I awoke on Sunday morning with vague hiking ambitions but no… Continue reading Mt Field: 3 Falls Walk