kunanyi / Mount Wellington Tracks Closed

Hello folks,

I’ve posted a few reports of the local mountain trails for Hobart and surrounds in my blog. Late last week we had a ridiculous amount of rain in a short period, and while many homes and businesses were flooded, our mountain received the most amount of rain ever in a 24 hour period.

If you read my posts and think ‘I’ll head up there for a walk’, please check out these pages first:

https://www.wellingtonpark.org.au/important-notices/severe-weather-closure/

https://www.hobartcity.com.au/Community/kunanyi-Mount-Wellington#section-3

The roads and tracks are all closed until further notice (hopefully not too long) while the damage is assessed.

Thanks for reading.

Pete

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Bush Walking/ Hiking – Chauncy Vale + Browns Cave

Today I took a trudge out to Chauncy Vale and Brown’s Cave.

Why did I do that? I haven’t been on a trudge in a while; I’ve had a few injury issues. Fingers crossed that they are all behind me. And please, no need to send money for my recovery – I’m okay.

Chauncy Vale is not too far from Hobart, as you can hopefully see on the map below. Thanks as always to our good friends at Google Maps.

(click on each image for a larger version)

It seemed like a good short one to do. It’s an easy-ish track, if you’re moderately fit and experienced at bush walking. As always, watch where your feet go. Tree roots and rocks will do their best to trip you. And there are some ledges higher in the hills that have no barriers or protections.

The last 3 or 4 kilometres of the drive to the car park is on an unsealed road, but is easily passable by two-wheel-drive vehicles. There is a gate, but it only ‘looks’ locked. Please ensure you close the gate behind you, and there is a donation box.

For more info about the donation box, the area and its history, please have a look at the website: http://www.chauncyvale.com.au/

The only wild life I saw was a couple of friendly pademelons. Oh, and the guy at the start of the trek, but he didn’t look very wild. His beard was very neatly trimmed. He looked like he worked there.

I saw him near the visitor book.

Plenty of room for parking, and as always, my car probably won’t be there when you go. Make your way to the gate and set off.

The route is well signed, marked out and easy to follow. Follow these signs, as it would be very easy to get lost if you go off into the woods.

To get to the caves, follow the copious ‘CAVES’ signs. The trek tot he caves starts to ascend very early on.

There are other caves besides Brown’s Cave. I looked at a few of them. They are pretty amazing formations.

For my fellow fantasy-lovers, I did check the caves for secret underdark entrances and found one. This rather dejected Beholder would not let me past. He reminds me of a really grumpy M+M.

‘You get in the bowl’

I do not know what that black thing is on the roof.

Once done cave-exploring, take care and make your way downhill to the valley floor to continue exploring, or head back to the car park.

I’m not sure who Eve is. I suspect I should have read some of the area’s history.

She wasn’t having a bath when I walked past.

Here’s a link to my Endomondo workout.

There are a number of walks that can be done in and around Chauncy Vale. The Brown’s Cave Trek is only 3km. With the trudging up and down hills and rocky bits (and some exploring) it took me about an hour.

Thanks for reading!

Pete

 

(picture of the Beholder taken from http://geekrampage.blogspot.com.au/2016/09/trouble-in-mantol-derith-out-of-abyss.html )

Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)

 

I have a confession to make.

 

I live about 5km from MONA, and have never been there. Last time I was there, it was a small boutique winery called Moorilla, and they’d only just started making Moo Brew there. I think they still do the wine thing.

MONA is the best thing to happen to Hobart since we invented sliced bread*; and I’d not been to see it.

So, I went today for a look.

How do you get there?

Thanks to our good friends at Google Maps, here’s the way to travel…

Map to Mona

You can also catch the ferry up the lovely Derwent River. Or, if you’re like me, you can just pop down from home.

The MONA website will tell you a lot more than me.

How was it? It was quite interesting.

As a Tasmanian, I pay no entry fee. I just had to show the scar where my second head was removed. For the rest of you; you will have to pay to get in.

When you enter, you get this little iPhone thingy. You press a button and it tells you all about the artworks that are nearby. Sadly, mine had a flat battery, so I wandered about looking at stuff, and thinking… ‘that’s nice’, or ‘that’s weird’. I eventually found somewhere where I could swap my flat iPhone for a new one.

I’m not an art critic… I’m a heavy metal fan who works as a public servant and writes fantasy adventure books in my spare time.

So, a lot of it was over my head.

 

But it was good fun.

 

The pictures tell the story (as usual).

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Thanks for reading!

 

Pete

 

* It’s possible that this is a made up fact.