January 23, 2001

Mt Gould

Marian Harradine
Sunday 23rd January:
We left home (Hobart) at 6.55, arriving at Lake St Claire at 8.45. We caught the ferry to Narcissus Bay and arrived there at 9.30.
We set up the tent not far from the jetty in a sheltered tea tree area near the river. It was such good weather that we decided to go up Mt Gould today rather than tomorrow as the views would be good.
We set off at 10.30, taking the turn off to Gould Plateau and Lake Marion soon after. It was a nice track through light bush along the edge of button grass plains and the occasional bit of dried out bog. Eventually we crossed Marion Creek on a log bridge and then came across some quite boggy areas in the next few minutes before we came to the sign post pointing to Gould’s Plateau and Lake Marion at 11pm.
We took the Gould Plateau track which soon went into lovely old rainforest, very gradually climbing, and cool as the day was warming up, following markers which were fairly recent as well as old blazes on trees.
After 25 minutes of rainforest, we walked through a more open area of button grass for about 15 minutes before once again coming into the rainforest. From then the track became steeper and and after half an hour, at 12.05, a bit over one and a half hours from the start, we reached the plateau. The last 10 minutes before reaching the plateau was through scrub and tea tree. The track to this point was quite good and quite well marked.
We spent some time admiring the views, and then continued on north across the plateau towards Mt Gould at 12.18. Within 5 minutes we passed a tarn on our right, with a nice camping spot nearby. Another larger tarn was passed on our left soon after. The southern end of the plateau was raised and the unmarked track, which was now a reasonable pad, descended and then as it neared Mt Gould started climbing. The Acropolis and Mt Geryon made a spectacular backdrop to the north east.
At 12.50 we heard running water near the track and were happy to drink our fill and to refill our bottles. The track continued on and at 1.05 we came to a very scrubby section where the track was very hard to find. I was wishing I had a few ribbons on me to hang to help with our return. We passed through that onto nice green cushiony grassy areas which were like little gardens and quite damp. We stopped there for lunch as we were going to start more serious climbing from there. It was 1.10.
We resumed at 1.25 and within 5 minutes were on steep slippery scree ascending the western side of the mountian along a cairned route up towards the boulder strewn summit ridge. We could see Lake Marion down below to the west, nestled below the Guardians. We reached the boulders at 1.50 and continued towards the northern end of the ridge towards the highest point. The route was still cairned but it was not always easy to find the best way round some of the bigger boulders. The views were breathtaking as we made our way along the ridge. We were enjoying the day.
When the ridge descends before the final summit ascent we moved to the eastern side of the ridge and covered some ground through roughly tracked scrub as well as rocks. We reached the top, still on boulders, at 3pm, 4½ hours from Narcissus. The views were fantastic, in all directions with good visibility. The Labyrinth just below to the north, Pine Valley to the east, the Ducaine Range, Ossa, Hyperion, Eros, The Watchmen, Walled Mountain, of I took photos and we enjoyed half an hour up there before starting our return at 3.30.
We looked down to the eastern side as Brian was a bit tired of the boulder hops, with a view to go down there and sidle our way round back to the plateau as an alternative, but decided that the tried route back would be safer.
We lost a bit of time going back because we stayed on the eastern flank a bit too long and had to backtrack and climb up along the skyline until we eventually, at 4.45 started to descend back down the slippery scree on the western side. We came to our lunch spot at 5.15 and managed to lose the track in the very scrubby area we had trouble with on the way up. We floundered around off track for about ten minutes before luckily joining the track, but having somehow missed out on the fresh water supply that we were looking forward to. We were happy to not have lost much time and being on the track though, and walked south, gradually climbing to the other end of the plateau. We filled our bottles from the larger tarn and continued on to the end of the plateau where we took a last look at the views.
We started our descent down off the plateau at 6.15, coming into the rainforest at 6.22. We lost another 10 minutes when we got to the open area down below after crossing a creek, and followed a false pad. It took us a while to backtrack and find the real track. I think that was a sign of tiredness. By 7.26 we came to the signs pointing to Lake Marion and Narcissus. A few minutes later we crossed Marion Creek, again on the log crossing, arriving back at Narcissus hut at 7.55 very happy with our day.
We realised when we set up our tent this morning and found a lot of mosquitos bugging us that we had forgotton to pack the Aerogard. We decided to call into the hut and ask if anyone there had some insect repellent we could use. While we were gratefully applying some that an English girl had offered us, a Chinese boy called Tung offered us his to take with us, saying he did not need it any more as he was leaving first thing in the morning for Cynthia Bay on the ferry. We were most grateful and found it kept us bite free and blessing Tung for the rest of the trip.

January 1, 2001

Turrana Bluff

Sunny Prospects

Driving

  • Mersey Forest Road, to the Dublin Road junction, about 2 km south of the Rowallan Dam;
  • Travel east on the Dublin Road for 4.5 km to its junction with Little Fisher Road;
  • Turn right into Little Fisher Road and travel for 6.5 kilometres past the bridge over the Little Fisher River;
  • Turn right and then turn right again, past a sign for the Walls of Jerusalem National Park;
  • Continue for 4 km until the car park where the road is blocked.

Walking

  • Walk along the old road and cross the bridge over the Little Fisher River;
  • Turn left up the valley and follow an old road which eventually becomes a track;
  • The small but attractive Rina Dina Falls are reached after about an hour of walking; and
  • The track continues to Long Tarns on the plateau at the top of the Little Fisher Valley and is reached after a further 1.5 hours of walking.
  • The routes to Turrana Bluff and Mersey Crag are untracked but open.

Mount Anne - Day Walk

Allan Wise

Introduction

Regarded as Tasmania's premier day walk, Mt Anne attracts experienced bushwalkers for three main reason. One, amazing scenery and great photo opportunities. Two, It's subjected to absolutely foul weather conditions and intense exposure. And Three, The final ascent is very steep, making it hard in the best of times and almost impossible when icy or snowy. Ropes may help at the summit, most confident climbers will find it manageable.

Access

A permit is required for travel in any of Tasmania's national parks. Permits can be purchased from most outdoor shops or on entry to the national park. There is a Toll booth just out of Maydena, the gateway to the south west. About 19.3 km from there - along Scotts Peak Road - is Condominium Creek, the start of the walk. At the start of the walk there is a car park, camp area, toilet, and walker registration booth.

High Camp Hut - 1 to 1.5 hours medium walking

From the car park, walk east along a track that is mostly duckboard for 400m. There is an abrupt start of the climbing spur. The climb is 3.6 km in length and rises 600m. Here there is a hut in a patch of small trees know as High Camp Hut. The toilet has a window and faces north overlooking lake Pedder. It has become know as "the loo with the view". The hut walk is a good day walk in it self. well worth the trip if you are not keen to climb all the way to the summit.

Hut to Mt Eliza - 1/2 to 1 hour medium climbing

From High Camp hut it is a slow ascent to reach the Mt Eliza plateau. the track rises rapidly nearly reaching 45 degrees. Small rock cairns (a pile of rocks) define the easiest route. The route leads directly to Mt Eliza, 300m elevation from the hut and 1289m above sea level. Mt Eliza is rated 2 peak-bagging points.

Mt Eliza to Anne circuit track junction - 45 mins easy walking

Heading in a north-easterly direction the track is basically flat and follows the ridge to the base of Mt Anne. There is a number of small rises and some boulder hopping. There are plenty of tarns, where you can refill water bottles. It is quite exposed to the elements along the ridge, It is a good indication if you are having trouble here that you are unlikely to summit Anne on this trip. The Circuit track junction is just past a very large unnamed crop of rocks and just before a largish rock jutting out of the plateau. This rock provides some wind shelter, good if you are waiting for friends. The Circuit track heads down into the valley to your right.

Circuit track junction to Mt Anne summit - 1 to 2 hours hard walking/climbing

Traveling a short distance we reach the boulder-covered slopes of Mt Anne. Cairns show the access route up. Through an absolute chaos of rocks the awe-inspiring summit block of Mt Anne towers above you. The last section is quite tricky, ropes may help those not totally confident in there free climbing abilities. The summit on a clear day has a panoramic view of virtually all south-west Tasmania. You are surrounded by a plethora of jagged ranges, lakes and button grass ranges. There is a log book at the top.




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