Bush Walking/ Hiking – Alum Cliffs/ Kingston Beach/ Boronia Beach

Today I trudged along the Alum Cliffs Track near Kingston.

Well, I did that, plus walked along Kingston Beach, and then did the Boronia Beach walk as well. I did it last weekend too, but I didn’t take any pictures. Today I did, so I’m writing about it.

Confused?

Good.

To get to the Alum Cliffs Track… well, it depends where you’re coming from. If you live near Kingston or Taroona, you can walk there. If you don’t… you can drive from Hobart along the Southern Outlet. Turn off just before Kingston at Browns Road. Follow that to the Channel Highway, turn left, drive past the golf course. Into Bonnet Hill and turn right in to Tyndall Road. Follow that down to the wonderfully named ‘Dog Beach’. The bottom bit of this road is not paved, but suitable for two-wheel drive cars.

 

Kingston and surrounds

Kingston and surrounds

^ This map may help. Park at the Red ‘x’.

Once you’re there, it’s a very easy and well-constructed track to follow. It’s not really a bush walk. I mean, you walk, and there is bush and stuff… But I did it wearing jogging shoes. Not that I jog, mind you. I’m saving myself for the zombie apocalypse for that.

Start here

Start here

Take the high road

Take the high road

You can take the low road; this goes along the dog beach. Expect to see lots of dogs, plus owners. This lower track does give the opportunity to hook up with the actual track later on, but it’s a bit steep-ish.

Where you will end up taking the low road

Where you will end up taking the low road

 

Snakes are welcome, but must be on a leash

Snakes are welcome, but must be on a leash

You can’t ride a bike or a horse along these tracks, but you can bring your pet snake for a walk.

Well constricted

Well constricted

The track is very well constricted.

Actually, that’s a snake joke. It’s well constructed.

to fields of bricks

To fields of bricks

And impossible to get lost. You simply walk as far as you want to, or until you get to the end. There are a couple of offshoots, including the Brickfields Track.  I think they grow bricks there?

 

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You will be sharing the track with walkers, joggers, people walking dogs, people jogging with dogs, and a group of Uruk-Hai, who will politely ask if you have seen any hobbits.

Uruk-Hai

Uruk-Hai

(Always say ‘no’ to these guys).

There are lots of cool views of the cliffs as you proceed. Of course, the pictures never do it justice.

The track is about 7km return, as the sign said, way back at the start.

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The view of the low road

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A big rock

If you’re after a longer walk like I was, you can take a bit longer and do the Boronia Beach track as well.

 

Upper Kingston

Upper Kingston

Footbridge

Footbridge

Kingston Beach

Kingston Beach

Once you return to your car, take the footbridge across Browns River and walk along Kingston Beach until you get to the Sailing Club.

Sailing Club

Sailing Club

Once there, follow the signs.

Self-explanatory sign

Self-explanatory sign

 

Walk here

Walk here

And walk along here. The trail, once again is very easy to follow. It’s only a couple of kilometres return, with some steps down to the beach at the end.

View back

View back

A view of the Alum Cliffs, back the way you came.

Here be dragons...

Here be dragons…

Make sure you shut the gate, you don’t want to let the monsters* out.

 

*Monsters means really cute pademelons on this side of the beach. Not those nasty orcs from before.

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^ Boronia Beach

 

All up, I trudged about 10 and a half kilometres in about 2 hours, but that included stopping for coffee. The best thing about this walk is there are a couple of places to get coffee on the way back to your car. I popped into Beachfront32 for mine.

Thanks for reading.

Pete

 

 

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