10 April, 2021 - 10am - Shipstern Bluff

Now that bookings for the Three Capes Track are closed for our hike in October, we’re going to hike a bit of the Tasman Peninsula we won’t see on the Three Capes slog. Shipstern Bluff is a relatively easy going 8 km hike down to the ocean and back, with a view of the bluff and the massive surf that hammers the southern coast of Tasmania. There is also an extra hike to Tunnel Bay that we can do which adds another 30 minutes. Let’s meet and possibly camp at the Stormlea car park, where there are toilet facilities (as we will be doing the Cape Raoul Track the next day). Alternatively we could share accommodation in nearby Port Arthur. Let me know if anyone would rather do that.

 

11 April, 2021 - 10am - Cape Raoul Track

The Cape Raoul Track starts at the same Stormlea carpark as the previous day’s Shipstern Bluff hike. Meet here to hike the infamous third Cape Raoul which isn’t a feature of the Three Capes Track, even though it is included in the name. This is a relatively undulating 14 km hike easily done in a day. There is no better way to experience the Tasman Peninsula than up close and on foot.

 

12 April, 2021 - 10am - Marion Bay, Three Thumbs and Orford

Once our hike to Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff are over, I thought we could drive out to Marion Bay which is a beautiful marine reserve with stunning views of Maria Island. After, we can head to Orford and the Three Thumbs Lookout, which is the carpark and starting point for the Three Thumbs Trail. The carpark has an amazing view over Orford, Spring Bay, Rheban, Freycinet Peninsula and Maria Island. The Three Thumbs are the hills you can see beind Orford on the Wielangta Road. The trail is roughly 4 km long and takes 2 hours, although one group we heard took about 3 hours and I think they did it quite leisurely with lots of breaks and chatter. This is a conservation area for the Swift parrot and wildflowers. Apparently the views from the Thumbs are not as spectacular as from the carpark so this is a light walk to keep the engine running. After we’ll have lunch at the carpark and maybe head down to Rheban Bay which is an exceptional area with a marine reserve (swimming and beachcombing). Shelly’s Beach outside Orford is also very pretty. All three places are great for van or car camping.

 

13 April, 2021 - 10am - Milles Track to Wellington Falls

Described as one of the best trails on Mt Wellington / Kunanyi, this hike offers amazing views of Hobart, the Disappearing Tarn (if visible) and Wellington Falls. It’s a 12 km hike which could take up to 5 hours, weather permitting. Please remember this is an alpine area, and weather can change rapidly. Please bring appropriate gear.

 

18 April, 2021 - 11am - West Head - Greens Beach Short Walk

This walk starts at Greens Beach north of Beaconsfield and follows the beautiful coastline into Narawntapu National Park to West Head Lookout, which overlooks Badger Beach. It’s an easy going hike with soft paths and some minor rocks and branches to step over. A leisurely walk with many beach stops and ocean views. We will park a car at the Lookout carpark and drive back to Greens Beach to avoid an extended walk.

All up I reckon this walk is max 4 km. Not sure if anyone will want to swim at this time of the year, but I’m game if it’s not too chilly.

Let’s meet at Greens Beach just where the tennis court, playground and shop are. Bring something warm to drink and eat as we’ll have a munch at the lookout. Don’t forget your camera either.

 

24 April, 2021 - 10am - Autumn Fagus at Cradle

The fagus tree changes colour in late April and Cradle Mountain and Mt Field national parks are two of the best places to see this stunning natural event. So lets hop in a car and drive out to Cradle Mountain (or if you’re in the south, then hop in a car and drive out to Mt Field). We’ll meet up at the Cradle Mt Visitors Centre and do the Dove Lake or Crater Lake walks. Both are easy going. Afterwards, we’ll have teatime, so bring your own buns, cakes, scones, and thermos! We may also visit Cradle Mountain Lodge to warm up.

 

27 April, 2021 - 6pm - LGBTI Future Planning - Launceston

Have you got rainbow in your veins but planning for the future makes you want to pack up and disappear? Would you like some useful tips on aged care and how to steer your way through the system? Come join Liv from WIO, and guest speakers for a light dinner and a chat as we talk over these important questions and more. We’ll touch on the aged care system and what different levels of support you can access, as well as Wills (why are they important), the difference between Power of Attorney and Power of Guardianship (and why are they important), and other ways to look after yourself and your assets. Finger food provided by WIO. Places are limited so you must register to attend. For further information or to book please contact Liv at liv@workingitout.org.au or 6231 1200.

 

2 May, 2021 - 10 am - Devonport Foreshore Short Walk

Devonport has a fantastic foreshore with flat easy walking. Get a whiff of the Bass Strait and walk with us from the Vietnam Memorial carpark - where we’ll visit Poseidon - and on to Mersey Bluff to see the lighthouse and aboriginal gardens, then back down round the corner to Coles Beach. We’ll leave a car at Coles Beach to avoid an extended return. If we have time, we can stop at the Dannebrog cafe and enjoy some Danish hospitality and coffee. It closes at 4.30pm, so if we’re too late, we can anyway bring our own hot thermos and snacks for a Mersey Bluff pitstop. This walk is flat, apart from up to Mersey Bluff, but it’s a gradual incline and everyone can do it. In total the walk is roughly 5 km. This is another one of the autumn-winter short walks, so we look forward to seeing you there!

 

7 May, 2021 - 6pm - Dinner Exotic North Indian Cuisine

Devonport has a fantastic foreshore with flat easy walking. Get a whiff of the Bass Strait and walk with us from the Vietnam Memorial carpark - where we’ll visit Poseidon - and on to Mersey Bluff to see the lighthouse and aboriginal gardens, then back down round the corner to Coles Beach. We’ll leave a car at Coles Beach to avoid an extended return. If we have time, we can stop at the Dannebrog cafe and enjoy some Danish hospitality and coffee. It closes at 4.30pm, so if we’re too late, we can anyway bring our own hot thermos and snacks for a Mersey Bluff pitstop. This walk is flat, apart from up to Mersey Bluff, but it’s a gradual incline and everyone can do it. In total the walk is roughly 5 km. This is another one of the autumn-winter short walks, so we look forward to seeing you there!

 

9 May, 2021 - 11am - St Patrick’s Head and St Mary’s

This is a relatively less frequented track near St Mary’s, with a stunning view of the coastal beaches and surrounding Mt Elephant. It’s a short hike but packs a punch, with 400 metres gradient and 5 km in total. Hiking time is roughly 2-3 hours in total. There used to be a via ferrata at the top but that’s been taken away as it rusted and it’s been replaced with old fashioned rock scrambling, if you want. But not necessary to have a view. Afterwards we’ll head to the beautiful village of St Mary’s, where there is a nice little eco cafe and other goodies, like fudge. There is a famous pancake place on the Mt Elephant road (the other direction). There is also another short hike just off the A4 before you head over St Mary’s pass to the coast. I can’t find it on the internet, but I know where it is. If we have time we can do that one too, it’s no more than a couple kms long.

 

2 June, 2021 - 10am - Dial Range and Ferndene Picnic

Let’s head to the Dial Range located a 5-minute drive inland from Penguin. The Dial Range has small peaks to climb (roughly 400m high) and is widely used for mountain biking. It’s a beautiful forested area with fern gullies.

We’ll start by hiking up to Mount Montgomery and make our way over to Mt Dial before heading down to Ferndene Gully picnic area, where we’ll leave a second car to take us back to Montgomery Road. Ferndene Gully has toilets, picnic tables and is in a beautiful man fern gully. A lunch break here seems appropriate. There’s also Thorsby’s Tunnel to explore.

Let’s meet at the carpark on Montgomery Road. To get there take the Sports Complex exit off Bass Highway near Penguin, and follow the road to the Dial Park sports complex, and then further to Ironcliffe Road. Turn left onto Ironcliffe Road and follow it until you get to the Montgomery Road turnoff on your left. There will be signs for Penguin Cradle Trail and Mt Dial Walking Tracks. There are also monster power lines, so you won’t miss it.

The total kilometres are 9 km with a 500m gradual ascent/descent profile (mostly downhill). This will probably take about 4 hours. On the way home, we might stop off at Anvers Chocolate Factory in Latrobe.

I believe it’s possible to take your dog on a lead in the Dial Range.

 

6 June, 2021 - 10.30am - Japanese Bathhouse at The Roundhouse in Jackey’s Marsh

Come and experience an authentic Japanese onsen (bathhouse) at The Roundhouse in Jackey’s Marsh. I’ve booked this for a 10.30am start for four hours, so it will finish at 2.30pm. The cost is $120 for 6 people, or $20 pp for over 6 people. Only 6 people at a time are allowed into the bath otherwise the water will disappear, so if we are more than 6 we’ll just have to hop into the bath in 6 person shifts. Please confirm in concrete that you will be attending, so that I can see we’ll be able to cover the costs. We pay on the day when we rock up. Jackey’s Marsh is on the way to Meander in the Meander Valley about 20 minutes out of Deloraine. Bring your swimsuit, bath towel, something warm to lounge around in, drinks, snacks, and a happy smile. The onsen has been described is very authentic and is woodfired. Kim, the owner, will be there to greet us and show us what’s what. This is a beautiful part of the world with the Great Western Tiers in the background and Quamby Bluff for a view. If you love to sit in hot water and laze the day away, this is probably a good way to do that.

 

13 June, 2021 - 11am - Wynyard Inglis River Short Walk

This is the second short easy walk we’re going to do in autumn-winter. This 5 km walk follows Wynyard’s Inglis River from the Yacht Club to the Bass Highway, walking into a westernly direction. We’ll leave a car at the Bass Highway junction to avoid an extended walk back. There may be a swim in the ocean at Fossil Bluff beach. Wynyard has plenty of cafes and cosy spots to relax and eat a meal or drink away the avo afterwards. Meet at the Yacht Club. Bring warm clothes, a drink and your smile.

 

26 June, 2021 - 10am - Dial Range and Ferndene Picnic

Let’s head to the Dial Range located a 5 minute drive inland from Penguin. The Dial Range has small peaks to climb (roughly 400m high) and is widely used for mountain biking. It’s a beautiful quiet forested area with fern gullies. We’ll start by hiking up to Mount Montgonmery and make our way over to Mt Dial before heading down to Ferndene Gully picnic area, where we’ll leave a second car to take us back to Montgomery Road. Ferndene Gully has toilets, picnic tables and is in a beautiful man fern gully. A lunch break would be great. There’s also Thorsby’s Tunnel there to explore. The start is at the carpark at Montgomery Road. To get there take the Sports Complex exit off Bass Highway near Penguin, and follow the road to the Dial Park complex, drive all the way to Ironcliffe Road. Turn left here onto Ironcliffe Road and follow until you get to the Montgomery Road turnoff on your left. There will be signs for Penguin Cradle Trail and Mt Dial Walking Tracks. There’s also monster power lines there, so you won’t miss it. If anyone is really excited, we could include Mt Gnomon as a third peak? Anyway, the total kilometres are 9 km with a 500m gradual ascent/descent profile (mostly downhill). This will probably take about 4 hours. This hike replaces the Mt Roland and Sheffield day. On the way home, we might stop off at Anvers Chocolate Factory in Latrobe. Or even a swim at Hawley Beach. You never know what can happen 😉 Please remember we always walk at your pace, our hikes are not races. We invite everyone to come along regardless your fitness or experience level. We look after everyone and make it an enjoyable day out. All are welcome.

 

02 July, 2021 - 5pm - Three Capes Track Training Weekend

This weekend is a training weekend for those doing the Three Capes Track in October. It follows the Three Capes Track Day 3 segment in reverse starting at Fortescue Bay and heading to Cape Pillar.

Even if you aren’t doing the Three Capes Track, you are more than welcome and encouraged to come along.

This is a long demanding hike and we will be camping at Bare Knoll which has raised tent platforms and is a dry winter camp spot. The hike will take us to Bare Knoll from Fortescue Bay, where we’ll set up camp and leave our gear, to continue onto Cape Pillar and back.

We’ll sleep overnight at Bare Knoll and hike back to the car the next day. The hike is therefore divided up into 22 km on Saturday and 8 km on Sunday.

Bring your own hiking backpack, sleeping bag, mat, tent and cooking gear, headlamp, food, water, snacks, as well as warm clothing etc., for winter nights. We’ll meet up on the Friday evening at the Forestcue Bay camping area and finish up on the Sunday evening.

 

18 July, 2021 - 10am - Hollybank Forest Short Walk

This is another short walk in our winter series of short walks in Hollybank Forest just outside Lilydale. This event is kid and dog friendly too. 🙂 There is also the Trees Adventure park, plus 20 km of biking trails, and a picnic area. The actual walk itself is about 2 km and takes about 40 mins. The rest of the time we can go biking, cook up some lunch, and swing from the trees 🙂 Take your pick or choose your own adventure.

 

2-6 October, 2021 - 4pm - Three Capes Track

This is for those who have booked and paid for the Three Capes Track starting 3rd of October. No more bookings are possible. Meet up at Port Arthur on the 2nd of October, either book your own accommodation for that night or sleep in your van or tent.

 

31 October, 2021 - 5pm - Penguin Cradle Trail, Stage One

This is the first part of the Penguin Cradle Trail going in the reverse direction, which was postponed. We’ll start at Cradle Mountain Lodge and head to Cradle Mountain Lookout, which is after Fourways (the first overnight camp) and before Bare Mountain Camp (the second overnight camp). I’ve chosen the Lookout as the end of the hike, as it’s most easy to access from the road. We’ll park a car here at the Lookout carpark and then double back to Cradle with a second car. For those heading to Cradle plateau the night before (on the Saturday), there is a free camp site at Lake Lea which is just after the Cradle Mountain turnoff as you drive in the direction of Waratah. It’s situated in the Vale of Belvoir Conservation Area. You’ll see a dirt road to the right and the Vale of Belvoir blue sign. If you reach the Cradle Valley Lookout, you’ve gone too far. This first section is 13 km with a 601 metre profile (means we’ll be hiking 600m of uphill over those 13 kms). The terrain is alpine so we need to be prepared for snow and everything else in between. The trail starts at Cradle Lodge which is near Pencil Pine Cascades on the Sunday morning at 10am.

 

20 November, 2021 - 9am - Mt Murchison Track

Mt Murchison is often lauded as the most amazing day hike in Tasmania with stunning views of the Tarkine to the west and Cradle to the east. It’s a challenging vertical hike with some rock scrambling, and is rated hard. It is also a dog friendly trail (plus kid friendly). It’ll be work but worth the reward at the end and we’ll do it as a team. Some people have even camped up at the summit. If the weather is amazing on this weekend, we can do that. It’s a 700m hike up over 5 km and the same back down. So you’ll need to be firstly comfortable with heights, rocky and ropey negotiations, and carrying your gear up/down for a few hours. This hike is subject to the weather, as it can get hairy if it turns bad. So not a beginner’s hike. Best to arrive the night before (Friday) for an early start. Plenty of free camp sites at Lake Macintosh or Lake Plimsol. Accommodation available at Tullah.

 

28 November, 2021 - 9.30am - Round Mountain, Mt Claude and Mt Van Dyke

This is a longer hike than up to Mt Roland. It takes in views of Mt Roland but it starts on the other end at Round Mountain, for a less brutal hike up to Mt Claude and a ridge hike over to Mt Van Dyke, where we’ll come back down at the intersection to Mt Roland and finish at Gowrie Park. This is a full day’s hike, and I recommend coming the night before to camp at Gowrie Park so we can start early on Sunday. The descent is longer than the climb, so you’ll need good shoes, trekking poles and plenty of snacks and water. The hike is approximately 17 km with 350m ascent and 400m descent. Afterwards we’ll have a drink at Sheffield and stock up on some comfort eating. We’ll park one car at Round Mountain lookout carpark and one at Gowrie Park.