Bush Walking/ Hiking – Kelly Basin/ East Pillinger

Today I ventured out to Kelly Basin and an abandoned town called East Pillinger, on Tasmania’s West Coast.

Of course, the irony of a town called east something, but being on the west coast, is not lost on me…

How do you get there? Well, by now I should have shares in Google Maps, but here goes…

The drive isn’t far in terms of actual kilometres, but the road is not a straight freeway. If you drive through Queenstown and follow Conlan Street which will lead you out of Queenstown and onto Mt Jukes Road. If your mobile phone is with Telstra, it’s probable you will lose coverage when you see this to your left:

Follow the road until you get here:

The narrow 4wd track should be easily passable for 2wd cars. I can only imagine if the track is wet and muddy, 2wd’s may have difficulty pulling over to the side to let others pass.

You’re probably wondering why I drove all the way to Kelly Basin, just to walk out into Macquarie Harbour? I recently discovered the journal of Sir Percival Drake, a famed knight and adventurer, who made the journey many years before me. His journal tells the tale of his travels to recover the lost Iron WarMace of Glusp*. I wanted to follow in his footsteps.

The last journey to rescue the Lady Barrington was a dreadful waste of time. Once I’d saved the girl, I realised I didn’t actually like her very much. Oh well. I’ve come here to East Pillinger for the Iron WarMace of Glusp. I’ve tracked it here, as I understand the evil witch Olga Jinx has taken it and is laired in the ruins at the end of the trail.

I imagine Sir Percival found the track just as I did today; it was very wet underfoot in some places, but overall very level. A couple of very minor inclines only. It’s worth mentioning the wetness. Come prepared for muddy feet.

Despite my preparedness; I coated myself with a potion that the wizard said would protect me from arachnids and insects. But still, I was forced to fight my way past her relentless spider minions.

I think Sir Percival may have used something similar to what I did today.

I also popped on my Gaiters of Protection +2.

The rivers ran red with the blood of Olga Jinx’s enemies, but I would not be deterred. I sallied forth, and defeated the thunder serpent she sent to slay me.

I did encounter a tiger snake, but neither my nor its blood stained the river. It fled at my approach, as most snakes do. Not my approach, anyone’s.

Once at the end of the trek, the remains of East Pillinger are laid out for exploring.

I entered the ruins, and inside encountered the vile witch. We fought, and I emerged victorious. I took the WarMace and will return with it to my home.

Sadly, Sir Percival didn’t make it home. What happened to him is a mystery, but the WarMace is still there to see. No one is willing to take it; it may be cursed.


I mulled over Sir Percival’s fate while I ate my lunch on the new jetty.

Here’s the old one:

The jetty’s both sit in Macquarie Harbour; it’s such a beautiful spot.

For those interested, here is what Macquarie Harbour looks like from a different angle.

Once you’re done, retrace your steps.

Here’s a link to my Endomondo workout. It says I walked about 12km, which includes the exploring at the end.

Thanks for reading!




* I made these bits up for my own amusement.


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