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

 

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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

Bushwalking/ Hiking – Shadow Lake Circuit

Today I went for a trudge to Shadow Lake and back.
Shadow Lake is a dark, and dangerous place; home of the evil Shadow People.

A malevolent race, they are best avoided at all costs. Their touch drains the very soul from a living creature, their fearsome appearance is unsettling…

Oh, sorry, got a little carried away.

Shadow Lake is actually a really lovely spot, north and west of Lake St Clair in Tasmania.
I drove there. Here is a map that the good folks at Google will be really chuffed that I popped here.

I left home at about 7am, and the drive up took about two and a half hours. Much of the road is elevated (700m+ above sea level), and ice on the road makes for a slow trip before noon during winter. There are many sharp corners on the road and you do share it with a number of log trucks (from time to time).

Once at Derwent Bridge, follow the signs a further 5km to Lake St Clair Visitor Centre. It’s a national park, so you will have to ensure you have the entry fee covered.

Anyway, once you get all the ‘getting there’ and ‘paying to be there’ stuff out of the way, you can start walking!

The staff in the Visitor Centre are very helpful and knowledgeable. There are a bajillion tracks that can be started and ended at Lake St Clair, including the Overland Track. The Shadow Lake walk is best walked in a clockwise direction, and it is best done along the Mount Rufus Track.

The whole track is probably best described as a ‘moderate’ bushwalk. The trail is fairly level, and well-marked. Even in snowy conditions, the plentiful trail markers show the way.
For the first 5km, you do steadily climb, but there are no particularly steep sections. The track starts off at about 800 metres above sea level and climbs about 300 metres over that five kilometre section.

On the way, I found this ferocious-looking tree. I bet he was put there to scare off the Shadow People…

The track has some quite pretty scenery along the way…

The climb ends at a right turn. You can continue to Mount Rufus (if you like), or head north to Shadow Lake. (Remember Shadow Lake? That’s what I was originally talking about…).

It had snowed before I arrived, and I met up with some penguins, who are old friends of mine.


And this odd mountain goat. He plays drums in my band. We call him ‘Goaty’.


Okay, some of this probably isn’t making a lot of sense any more…

 

After 3 kilometres of trudging past the turn off, you will (hopefully) find Shadow Lake. There are loads of signs, and you can’t get lost.


Well, you can get lost if you leave the trail, but please don’t. I’d feel awful…

Shadow Lake, at last… and no signs of Shadow People…


The track was cold, and wet. Snow, mud and muddy water. Mind you, it is winter here at the moment… but if you do take the trail, make sure you wear good shoes. I mentioned before that it’s a moderate track. It’s still a typical bush track; tree roots, mud and rocks. But the overall lack of significant climbs help make this one a good trek for all ages. It’s well-marked and well-maintained.

Overall I walked 14.2km (according to my GPS). Here’s a link to my Endomondo workout.

Oh, I nearly forgot… on the way back to the visitor centre, I saw a sign for a guitar plant.

I was disappointed it wasn’t Robert Plant with a guitar.

He would have scared off the Shadow People

Oh well…

Thanks for reading!

Pete

 

 

* Please keep in mind, I made up some bits of this. Its unlikely you will see Shadow People, a goat called Goaty who plays drums, penguins, or Robert Plant. If you do, please send me feedback.

Bushwalking/ Hiking – Snug Falls

Today I trudged down to Snug Falls.

Its a nice, short little walk that’s not too strenuous. The falls themselves are quite pretty, and apparently much better to view after rain.

We haven’t had much rain lately, but I went anyway.

How did I get there? I drove.

^ if you drive south from Hobart, along the Channel Highway, turn off in the township of Snug, at Snug Tiers Road then follow the signs. Its a lovely spot.

Parts of the actual Snug Falls Road (as you get closer to the falls) are unsealed, but it is easily passable by two-wheel drive vehicles.

^ The car  park looks something like this. When you visit, my ute wont be…

Ooh, wait… I traded in the ute. I now have a bat-wagon. Its red/ maroon. Actually, the official colour is called ‘sizzle’. Oh well…

Some people have called it the big red car, which of course looks like this…

You do come up on the car park quite suddenly, so drive carefully. The car park is about 150 metres before the start of the track.

Walk the rest of the way to the start and begin your trudge. It seems dogs are welcome to join you, as long as they are on a leash. If you don’t have a dog, don’t feel bad. Just walk by yourself.

^ start here, and go through the turnstile. Or go around it. There isn’t anyone there to judge you.

The walk goes gently downhill to the falls, and then (of course) is gently uphill on the way back. It’s a well made and easy to follow trail, but like any track in the forest, you still should watch where you put your feet, as tree roots and rocks still may trip you.

 

The falls are quite pretty. You can walk around the pool and stand underneath (if you want to), but please take care, the rocks can be quite slippery.

All up I walked about 3.5km and took a leisurely hour trudging along the track and scrabbling about at the waterfall taking way too many pictures (not reproduced here).

Here’s a link to my Endomondo workout.

The falls are a popular walk, so don’t be surprised to see lots of people. And maybe dogs. Perhaps you’ll see a dragon, too?

Unlikely, but you never know. Its always good to be prepared.

Thanks for reading!

Pete