Posted in Bushwalking, Places to Visit, Walks, Wildlife, tagged Bushwalks, Cradle Mountain, hiking, Lake St Clair, mountains, Mt Oakleigh, Overland Track, rainforests, snakes, Tasmania, walks, Wildlife on 01/26/2012|
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Late afternoon scoparia by the boardwalk, Overland Track Day 1
Wow. Have just returned from 6 glorious days walking the Overland Track, the classic Tasmanian, 6 day trek from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair – right through the middle of Tasmania’s World Heritage listed wilderness. We had unheard of perfect weather for the entire trip – blue skies and 23 degrees – when the previous week it had been snowing!! It really is such an incredible walk. While the track itself is just over 60km, the terrain is very challenging, with lots of tree roots, rocks, bogs and ancient rotting boards to stumble over, in between the more modern duckboards (AUD$150 a metre, and worth ever penny to protect the fragile line swamps and grasses). There are wonderful sidetrips to be done, to freshwater lakes and various spectacular dolorite summits – I can really recommend the long detour from Mt Pelion to Mt Oakleigh – despite the thigh deep bogs! There was also plenty of wildlife to get up close and personal with: pademelons, wallabies, echidnas, wombats and plenty of snakes! But the standout for me was probably the flora – such unique variety: alpine button grass and cushion plant meadows, myrtle beech rainforests, snowgums, King Billy and Pencil Pines, and glorious end of summer colour of the scoparia.
Alpine cushion plants in the 'Japanese Gardens', Mt Doris, Overland Track
I am going to let my photos speak for themselves and just say, if you ever, EVER get the chance to do this incredible walk, grab it with both hands and shake every last drop out of it. If you want to find out more about walking the Overland Track, including permits, bookings and equipment, click here. I did my trip with Cradle Huts, who I could not recommend more highly.
Snowgums on the Overland Track, Tasmania
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Posted in Bellarine Peninsula, Bushwalking, Coastal Walks, Geelong, Places to Visit, Walking with Children, Walks, tagged Clifton Springs, Overland Track, Port Phillip Bay, walks, You Yangs on 01/13/2012|
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Old pier, Clifton Springs, Bellarine Peninsula
A recent walk took me to the quiet township of Clifton Springs, near Drysdale on the Bellarine Peninsula. The town is perched on the edge of red sand cliffs looking north-west across Port Phillip Bay, and I found a pretty little loop up from the marina, along the edge of the cliffs in front of houses with views-to-die-for, up alongside a ravine and then back down onto the lovely white sand beach. From here you can see the remnants of a number of the old piers which stretch far out into the shallow waters of the bay. This photo, taken from Clifton Beach, shows the You Yangs in the distance, across the water. A lovely late afternoon walk. On Sunday I will leave behind the gentle gradients of the Bellarine Peninsula to tackle the 7 day Overland Track in Tasmania, from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Claire – a classic long distance Australian walk I have wanted to do for years. Apparently it has stopped snowing (and you thought Melbourne weather was unpredictable!) – for the moment! Needless to say I will be packing for all sorts of contingencies!!
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