Need help getting there?

Hello folks,

A few people have asked about transport options in and around Tasmania to some of the walks I’ve done.

I guess when I started blogging, I didn’t really stop to think that not everyone could just hop in their car and drive to the locations (like I do!).

Joe at Tassie Road Trips sent me a message the other day, reminding me of the services he and people like him offer. It sounds great for tourist-y types or locals who don’t want to self-drive, or travel by bus. He offers a great drop off/ pick up for longer trudges through the bush, like the Overland Track.

You can find Joe’s services here:

Tassie Road Trips
mobile: +61 455 227 536
Website: www.tassieroadtrips.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TassieRoadTrips
Instagram: @tassieroadtrips
@overlandtracktransport2017

Thanks for reading!

Pete

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Bush Walking/ Hiking – Goblin Forest Walk

Last weekend I also visited the Goblin Forest Walk.

Why did I do that?

Well, a good question. I was looking for the mythical lost town of Poimena, and it’s up at the Goblin Forest Walk.

Why is it called the Goblin Forest Walk?

Because of the goblins, I suppose.

 

How do you get there?
Well, the easiest way is to teleport. If that option isn’t available, I’d suggest flying. If using more mundane means of transport, perhaps a car will do. Turn off the Tasman Highway at this sign (possibly only visible if driving east). The road is unsealed, but passable by two-wheel drive vehicles.

 

Otherwise, here’s a couple of maps…

This short trudge is situated on the Blue Tier Forest Reserve, and is the starting point of numerous walks and mountain bike trails.

Maybe it could be called Goblin Forest Hub? It seems more apt. I wonder who I should suggest this name change to?

Maybe… the Goblin King?

But which one?

Hmmm, this may be harder than I thought…

The walk itself is quite easy. A short flat 500m loop through the forest. Forest that’s been regrown since there was a tin mine up in these parts. There’s loads of signs that will tell you all about it. The walk is well-maintained, and no special gear is needed. It’s even wheelchair friendly.

Here’s a link to my Endomondo tracker. I did go a bit off the trails to do some poking around. 

Thanks for reading!

Pete

 

Bush walking/ hiking… definitely just sightseeing – Mt Paris Dam

Last weekend I revisited the Mt Paris Dam. I came here a few years back and did a bit of fossicking in the Cascade River. It was a bit of fun.

But, I’d not taken any photo’s of the awesome structure that is the Mt Paris Dam.

To get there, head east from Launceston (there are a few options), and make your way past Scottsdale. There is a turn off just past Branxholm clearly marked to Mt Paris Dam, or you can meander along into Weldborough and take a shorter drive from there.

The Mt Paris Dam Road (13km long), while unsealed, is passable by 2-wheel drive cars, and can act as a bit of a short cut to Weldborough.

The last hundred metres or so to the face of the dam itself is probably best done on foot, or if you do have a four-wheel drive, you can drive right down to the river.

The dam was built by hand in the 1930’s to help out the local tin mines. But in the 1980’s, had become less useful, so the remaining water was allowed to drain out and holes were blasted through the walls.

I like to imagine the wall was blown apart like at Helm’s Deep, in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. A huge siege, thousands of attackers, a lone orc, an explosive…

But, anyhow…the remainder of the impressive wall is… impressive.

 

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Pete

Bush Walking/ Hiking – Liffey Falls – revisited

Yesterday I went back to Liffey Falls.

Last year I tried to go there, but the road was closed due to floods. See my hilarious write-up here.

That road has reopened now, but I recently discovered there is a back entrance. Who knew?

Liffey Falls is about 18km southeast of a town called Deloraine. There’s loads of roads that can get you there, but Google Maps have helped me show you this way:

 

You can go to the top of the falls, park your car and walk 5 minutes to the falls to appreciate how awesome they are.

Or, you can make your way to a camp ground off Bogan Road and walk a little further (about 7km), and have a nice walk as well as check out the falls.

 

The walk is very well signed, and easy to follow. There are no significant climbs or descents, but the track does undulate its way through the rain forest. It follows the Liffey River most of the way, and it’s do-able by anyone with two functioning legs. There are a few muddy bits, to get your shoes a little dirty.

 

The falls themselves are quite lovely. The water really roars its way over the rocks.

At the viewing platform, the more adventurous can make their way (carefully – its slippery) up to the middle tier, and perhaps beyond.

 

Little known, perhaps its best that way, is the legend of the dragon who makes his lair at Liffey Falls. I was fortunate enough to see the dragon, he was quite friendly; his name is Liffey, and the river and falls are named for him. *

I mentioned this to a few hikers I met on the trail and they all looked at me as if I was weird. Oh well.

Here is a link to my Endomondo tracker. I walked a little over six and a half km, but that included some climbing and scrabbling over rocks when I was feeling adventurous and went past the viewing platform. 

Thanks for reading!

 

Pete

 

* This may not match the official naming of the area, it is something I made up. And please don’t write me nasty notes if you go there and don’t see a dragon…

Bushwalking/ Hiking – Leven Canyon

Yesterday I went for a drive to a place called Leven Canyon for a look around.

Leven Canyon is about 41km south west of a town called Ulverstone, which is on Tasmania’s North West Coast.
Thanks Google Maps for doing all the hard work for us. Leven Canyon is a wonderfully accessible spot that’s only 45 minutes from a large-ish population centre.

Follow the signs from Ulverstone, and you can’t get lost.

It has been quite cold here in Tasmania, and there was snow.

The Leven River flows through the canyon, and there is a walk that can be done on the canyon floor.
For my visit, I wandered between the two lookouts. I walked to the Edge Lookout and then up to Cruickshanks Lookout.
The pictures tell a better story.

There are barriers at both lookouts, so hopefully you won’t be able to fall off.
I admit, I’m not a U2 fan, but I was a little disappointed that their guitar player wasn’t at the first lookout.

Wont be here. Well, may be – but he’ll be visiting the canyon, just like you.

The Edge Lookout is about halfway up the canyon, and the views are just amazing.

Wandering up to Cruickshanks Lookout, you can go via the Forest Stairs. There are a bajillion of them…

I personally think that drinking water can be quite beneficial. Do you think, perhaps, they mean don’t drink this particular water…?

The seats are quite cool, as they provide directions as to where you’ve come from, and how far you have to go.
Here, this seat taunts you, advising there are still half a bajillion stairs to go.

Similarly, Harry Potter fans may be disappointed that the lookout is not named after the cat…

Cruickshanks the cat

The views are quite awe-inspiring. Cruickshanks Lookout is about 275m above the canyon floor.

If you wish to avoid the stairs, simply walk back and forth from the car park to the lookouts. The circuit I did took about 42 minutes, but that included taking pictures.

Here is a link to my Endomondo tracker.

Thanks for reading!

Pete

Another quote

I came across this quote the other day, and it really struck a chord with me.

So, like all good internet users, I thought I’d pop it in a blog post.

The picture is one I took, from Adams River in Tasmania’s Southwest.

I’m not sure who Paulo Coelho is. I should Google him.

Thanks for reading!

Pete