Mt Field West

Difficulty: moderate-hard.
Time: around 9 hours
Location: Mt Field national park, Tasmania.

Like all walks this begins from Lake Dobson car park, remember to sign in at the day use shelter at lake Dobson.

The walk begins by skirting around the lake and up the Continue reading

Cape Hauy

29/05/2011

Time: 4.5 hours (Including breaks, longer if you have lunch out on the cape)

Access: Drive south from Hobart to Eaglehawk Neck follow the signs on the Arthur Highway to Tasman National Park

Grade: Easy – Moderate

The walk starts from the Fortescue Bay camp ground near the boat ramp. Initially the walking follows the bay around before slowly gaining height as it moves inland, about 15 minutes from the start; there is a small waterfall & creek. The water was good to drink when we walked through, but not sure on how reliable a source it is, so make sure you pack sufficient quantities.

The track dips and then rises gradually across varied terrain including rock, mud and boarded sections. In general the walking is quite easy and not difficult. After about 45mins-1hr you reach a T-junction with the right hand fork leading to Mount Fortescue and the left to Cape Hauy. Shortly after the sign the track starts to lose height gradually then steepens as views of the Cape appear. after the descent the track undulates across the Cape to the end (care must be taken in this section as the track gets close to the cliff line at many points and could be dangerous) at one point the headland is no more than 3 meters wide. There is a nice spot to sit and eat lunch about 50meters short of the end of the cape. Leave your packs here and walk the 50 meters to the end to peer over and have a look at the Totem Pole and Candlestick. The walk back is a simple retrace of the route in.

 

Cathedral Rock

3/1/2011

Time: approx. 4 hours

Access: Follow Davey Street through Hobart towards Fern Tree, continue past Fern Tree to Betts Road, travel along Betts Road for approx 1km till you cross the North West Bay River the car park is on the other side of the bridge.

Grade: Moderate, with some steep parts

Leave the car park and follow the road uphill across private property for about 400 metres, you will come to a gate and a clearly marked track on the right hand side. The track meanders down to the river and follows it for a short while on the bank before turning to follow the river bed for a few metres (old notes say the river section is 900 metres, it’s now a lot shorter, only about 100 metres) the track then turns back onto the river bank at a large cairn and star picket marked with tape.

The track undulates for a period before zig zagging its way up to the saddle; the zig zag section is quite steep and unrelenting in places and certainly raises a sweat. You will come across two trees that look like they are set up to make a lean to shelter at the top of one of the zig zags, from here to the saddle the gradient lessens and is quite nice walking. When you crest the saddle you will see a star picket with a few good sized rocks suitable for a lunch stop.

The track from the saddle leaves to the right and quickly gains height becoming quite steep. When you see some good sized boulders your almost there. The edge approaches quickly so be sure to keep an eye out. Enjoy the views, relax and de-sweat. Simply re-trace your steps back to the car; you will be surprised at how quick you descend.

Mount Field East

1/1/2011

Time: 4-5 hours (Including breaks)

Access: From Hobart Drive towards New Norfolk then on through bushy park, the Park is well signed all the way.

Grade: Moderate.

From the Mt Field visitor centre follow Lake Dobson road to Lake Fenton car park (there are two routes this route starts from the second Mt Field East car park)

From the car park the track skirts uphill to the west then turns back this is to avoid walkers walking up the narrow road to the start at Lake Fenton. Once you have crossed Dobson road, follow the track below Lake Fenton dam (in high winds, spray from the dam can give a quick shower).

The track from here is an uphill slog for about an hour, though not too difficult. The track is a mix of rock, tree roots, boarding and mud. Around 3/4 of the way up is a turn off to Seagers Lookout, continue past the turn off and keep heading up hill.

Eventually the track levels out as you approach a pass where you get some views of your destination. The track descends to an open plain which can be quite muddy the track is easy to follow and is marked with star pickets every 20-40 metres.

This takes you to the start of a scree slope which leads to the summit, it can be rather exposed to the elements here and appropriate equipment is required for all seasons. The track through the scree to the summit is marked with cairns.

From the top you are rewarded with views of Bushy Park, Mount Field West, and even down to Mount Wellington (the radio transmission tower on Mount Wellington is visible to the eye). The walk can be done as a circuit returning to the first car park, I however, chose to retrace my steps back.

Hartz Peak

29/12/2010

Time: 4 hours (Including breaks)

Access: Drive south from Hobart to Geeveston; follow the signs to Hartz Mountain National Park.

Grade: Easy – Moderate.

The walk starts from the Hartz Mountain National Park car park. After you have signed in and registered the intentions of your group follow the sign posted track around the day shelter.

The track dips and then rises gradually across varied terrain including gravel, rock, mud and boarded sections. The track continues to rise very gradually until you reach the Lake Esperance track junction. It is only a short side trip to Lake Esperance and it well worth the short detour.

From Lake Esperance retrace your steps to the junction and follow the track towards Hartz Peak, after another short, easy section of track you reach Ladies Tarn and another good spot for a drink and perhaps a lunch stop, depending on the time you left the car park. From Ladies Tarn the track starts to climb and starts up hill rather abruptly.

The track between Ladies Tarn and the saddle is easy to follow, though it’s quite steep so take your time and enjoy it. Once you’ve reached the top of the saddle, follow the track along the ridge (it can be exposed to the elements here, so ensure you are well equipped and assess whether the weather is suitable to continue). The track then continues to rise all the way to the summit bunker and gets steep in parts. You also need to negotiate boulder fields which can be dangerous in high winds. Once on top you will be rewarded with spectacular views and a camera is a must. Return via the same route.