It was a lovely warm day yesterday, so I decided to head out & tackle a long walk I’ve been meaning to do for some time; the Tarn Shelf.
The Tarn Shelf is in the Mt Field National Park, which is about 75km from Hobart. It lies (funnily enough) between Mt Field East and Mt Field West. Once you get to the Mt Field Visitor Centre, take the dusty Lake Dobson Road which goes for 16km and ends, surprisingly, at Lake Dobson.
This whole place is basically a ‘choose your own adventure’ of walks (and skiing in colder months). Numerous short trails & walks are available. I went the long option; and ended up trudging for 18.5km on a hot sunny day.
Lake Dobson is at about the 1,000m level. According to my GPS I got up to 1,278 metres and down as far as 817 metres on the trek. I’ll try to embed a link to the Endomondo ‘workout’ below:
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From the north and eastern end of the Lake Dobson car park, there is a gated four-wheel drive (4WD) trail that heads roughly north. I started at about 09:45am.
For anyone interested, I just take pictures on my phone (Galaxy S5).
The walk on the eastern side is quite pleasant. I went past a couple of side paths. One to Platypus Tarn that I started to follow, until it dropped away quite steeply. I figured from my map I would be able to see this tarn later when I circled back (and up), so I returned to the main trail. For the same reason, I didn’t divert to Lake Seal.
I must say, that despite my attempt at humour, it would be very difficult to get lost on this trail (unless it was in snow season). It’s well marked & signed.
On a serious note, I have come across a few snakes in the wilderness, and I understand that every Tasmanian snake is deadly poisonous. The younglings are just as poisonous as their parents… so it’s always best to leave them be, and wait for them to wander off.
Once past the views, it was a bit of rock-scrabbling to get to and then head past the ski club & along a 4WD track back to Lake Dobson. I finished at about 3:30pm, after a long break for lunch and stopping to take loads of photos. It was a long trek, and quite tiring, but loads of fun with awesome views.
Thanks for reading!