Here’s some pics of my trip to Tasmania. I walked the South Coast Track with my friend Roscoe, and two days later walked the Overland Track on my own. Well, as on your own as you can get on this popular track. It was a fantastic trip and I recommend it highly, even though the South Coast Track nearly killed me.
This is the plane that flew us to Melaleuca, where the track starts. There are no roads in. I got to sit up front with the pilot. I hoped he would have a heart attack so I could prove myself a hero, but no luck. You can’t take stove fuel on the plane, so you have to buy it off the pilot when you get there. Our pilot gave us shellite instead of metho, but we didn’t realise until the first campsite. For the whole trip my Trangia belched thick clouds of black smoke and put a layer of soot a centimetre thick on my pots.
The flight to Melaleuca take you over some spectacular Tasmanian wilderness. Even if you are not doing the walk, I recommend a scenic flight over this area if you are in Tasmania. This is the view of Federation Peak. Ross wanted to do this walk with me. I laughed and laughed and laughed. Seriously, a lot of people have died in this area. People who were a lot fitter and more experienced than me.
Tin miner Deny King lived in remote Melaleuca for 45 years until his death in 1991. This is the small dock from behind his house, now preserved by his family as a historical site. Ross is photographing what is pretty much his dream house.
The start of the track proper. This is probably the easiest walking on the whole track. Soon it turns to mud and submerged boardwalk. Much of the walk is on peat soil, which, when walked on turns to slop. You regularly drop into holes waist deep, and learn to leave your camera in your pack where it’s safe. Don’t you hate it when you leave the date stamp on!
Beach at Cox Bight, where we camped for the first night. Most of my photos were of the coast, but really most of the walking is inland. The walking conditions off the beaches was usually difficult, and I couldn’t be bothered taking my pack off to get my camera out too often, so most of my pics are of the beaches.
The Ironbound Range in the distance. Day three involves climbing this, sea level to 900m+ to sea level again. Going east it has formed steps for much of the way up, but going down is an exhausting clamber through steep slippery mud and tangled roots. The day we did it we had gale force winds, with heavy rain, turning to sleet as we got higher. It was not fun, and we got in to Deadman’s Bay campsite after dark.
The camp at deadman’s bay the day after the Ironbounds. I have no photos of crossing the Ironbounds as there was too much wind, rain and sleet to get the camera out. And I was too cold to operate it if I did.
Me on Prion beach, by Roscoe. I ruined my photos of the boat crossing at New River Lagoon by taking them while there was still fog on my lens. The inside of my camera bag was damp from trying to take pics in the rain. Later I tried a trick I read somewhere, and put tea bags in my camera bag to absorb the moisture. It worked!!
Ross on prion beach, by me. Precipitous Bluff in the background. A group that did the Ironbounds the same day as us were planning to climb Precipitous Bluff the next day. They can keep it. I was having enough trouble walking on the flats.
A cool beach somewhere, but I can’t remember where. I’ve gone through my negetives and it’s either Turura Beach or the start of Prion Beach. If you know which, please e-mail me.
Sundown from Rocky Plains, near the turn-off to Osmiridium Beach
Fluted Cliffs, Shoemaker Bay.
I believe this is the view from Coal Bluff, near Lion Rock. Anyway it’s on the second last day. I have no pics from the final day as there was too much rain, sleet and hail to get the camera out.
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The start of the track. After the South Coast Track flat is good. I hope there’s no stairs.
Climbing up past crater lake. That waterall in the distance looks small, but actually it’s huge. Photos don’t do this place justice.
It’s a short, but steep climb to Marion’s lookout. Cradle Mountain, as you’ve seen it a thousand times before.
This a popular lookout for day walkers….
….but the track proper starts over there, where the snow and poorly maintained boardwalk are.
Kitchen Hut emergency shelter. See if you can work out how deep the snow gets here.
I had hoped to see the deciduous beech all golden and impressive, but was too early. It had only started to turn.
Mt Oakleigh, seen from near Windermere Hut.
Mt Pelion West. I think. Frankly I was too cold to care
A freezing day on Pelion Gap. It snowed an blew a gale. I only had time for two shots before it started snowing again. Somewhere in those clouds is the 1617m high Mt Ossa.
Don’t you love it when you get a good shot and you haven’t left the date stamp on? Doesn’t happen often.
Ducane Hut. Now an emergency shelter, originally used by trappers hunting possom and quoll furs.
Now ranger accommodation. Prior to that, your guess is as good as mine.
You can see here why I didn’t stay in my tent. The tent pads had as much ice on them as this boardwalk.
Taking the ferry along Lake St Clair to the track end. You can see the weather outside, and why I didn’t feel like walking another day in it.
This photo is actually in perfect focus! After doing these tracks back to back, it was me who had gone a bit blurry.
Here’s some other pics from around Hobart.
The Cascade Brewery (mmmmmm…..beer) with Mt Wellington in the background. (mmmmmm…..dolerite)
I went to the Botanic Gardens to see some leaves turning yellow. We don’t get that in Brisbane unless you have been careless with herbicide. They were starting to turn, but still a bit green.
Peter Cundall’s vege patch. (If you have to ask, you need to watch more “Gardening Australia”.)
LOOK OUT! A CRINOID!! (If you have to ask, you need to watch more “Dr Who”.)
That was nice.
So was that.
These sub-antarctic island plants were cool. Literaly. The room was refrigerated and windblown.
Yo Ho Ho! If I had more time I would have gone for a sail on this.
Hobart seen from atop Mt Wellington. I have more pics from here, but they are still in the camera.<img src=”me.jpg” alt=”Chilli Bob out of focus” align=”bottom” border=”1″ />
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