Bush Walking/ Hiking – Cathedral Rock

Today I went for a wander up Cathedral Rock.

Here is a picture I took a while back of what it looks like from afar.

Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock Track is about a half hour drive from Hobart. To get there, leave Hobart via the Southern Outlet. Follow the Huon Highway. Turn right towards Longley at the Sandfly turn off. Turn right at Longley toward The Longley International Hotel. Drive back toward Mt Wellington along Huon Road. On the right you go past Webster’s Road and Leslie Road on the right. Just after Leslie Road, the turn off to Betts Road is on the left. Follow Betts Road for about 1km, go across two small bridges. The parking area is just after the second bridge.

Walk this way

Walk this way

Walk up the hill behind my ute (the ute generally won’t be there) onto the private road. The road climbs very gently for about 500m before the Cathedral Rock Track descends to the right.

The Private Road

The Private Road

 

Track goes down here

Track goes down here

The track will bring you to the Northwest Bay River. The track follows the river for some way going roughly west.

Northwest Bay River

Northwest Bay River

 

Track marker

Track marker

When you get to the track marker, follow the trail up to the left. If you’ve come this far and are thinking how hard the trail is, give up. Go back to your car. You will never get to the top.

Track marker

Track marker

 

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Track

 

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Track

The track climbs away from the river for some distance, heading roughly south west. Follow the trail along the contours of the hill before you ascend in a very steep zig-zag manner. This is quite hard work.

Lightning Sand in the Fire Swamp

Lightning Sand in the Fire Swamp

 

At the top the trail flattens out a little before you find the turn off to Cathedral Rock. This is even harder work.

Turn off here

Turn off here

This spider didn’t seem to give a rat’s arse how hard the climb is.

Spiders, but no rat's arses

Spiders, but no rat’s arses

 

The path up

The path up

If you get to the top, you’ll climb the rock from the back. On a clear day you will have great views. I didn’t have a clear day…

The top looking down

The top looking down

Keep in mind this picture is not rotated, this is the view downwards.

The Top

The Top

Be careful, don’t fall off. Now turn around and go back to your car…

 

My GPS tells me the walk was about 11km. Cathedral Rock is a hard trek.

 

I had some issues with my phone, so the Endomondo workouts are split in to two.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/8342602/workouts/629040828

https://www.endomondo.com/users/8342602/workouts/629040821

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Pete

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