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Category Archives: Bushwalking

Mt Wellington Escape Valve

I’m feeling shy right now. Like at my Grade 7 school social dance level shy. Okay, so I’ve kind of been on an enforced hiatus. My health, namely asthma, has been messing with me and as a result I have been quite restricted these past few months. No outdoorsy action = no blog content. The Great Outdoors I’ve finally got to a point where I am feeling confident enough in myself to take on outdoor activities. It feels fan-bloody-tastic! With renewed confidence I feel i can write again too. Double win. My health and my outdoor activities are still a…

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Russel Falls Escape Valve

Are you looking for waterfalls that are easy to access, that are not too far or too difficult to get to and picturesque enough to make it worth your while? Here are 8 of the best easy to access waterfall walks not too far from Hobart. My opinion is a waterfall must be worth the effort. As a novice photographer I have always thought that waterfalls are an appealing subject. There is often a short adventure to get to the location and they are inherently beautiful and refreshing to be near. Some Tasmanian waterfalls do take a organised effort,…

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escape valve wineglass

I have selected these 6 Tassie summer day walks as they are generally not the glamour walks that you’ll find on most tourism websites or blog itineraries. Each of these are walks I plan to be doing over the next few months. I thought they’d be a good fit in your wheelhouse as well. The tracks are appealing to me for a variety of reasons. Cape Raoul for instance, is to complete the 3 Capes Track and to take in those monstrous coastal cliffs. The Wineglass Bay and Hazards Circuit in Freycinet NP is a great opportunity to make…

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I’ve been sick as a dog. Cabin fever has taken its toll almost as much as the virus that struck me down has. I have to escape this house and get some fresh air. Mt Field is an easy day out option to cure such ills. It is a one and a bit hours drive north from Hobart and offers some easy graded walks filled with nature. I pack the Escape Hatch with my trail shoes, raincoat, camera, a lens, tripod and lunch. Getting to Mt Field Setting out from Hobart at 10am I stop by New Norfolk (“Norfick”) for…

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The Last Day With Lake St Clair and the end of the Overland Track adventure in sight, I think I should be feeling emotions of joy and accomplishment. I feel nothing other than relief and the cold chill in the hut. Talk about ugly in the morning. I’m wrecked. I could happily stay in my sleeping bag and be carried out. Shit is getting tight. The toilet roll supply is low. Every sheet is being accounted for. Breakfast is a slow burn as we have a second cup of tea, and finish off the last of our coffee. Supplies…

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Overland to Du Cane Hut

Snow White At 5am the area is awash in white with its snow coat on. Snow is drifting more and more on to my head. Missed part tres? Read it here It was well after six in the morning before the hut started to wake from its slumber like an awakening grizzly from hibernation. The guys in the tents relayed stories of midnight catastrophic tent collapses and drawn out battles with the elements. Not much sleep was had. Everyone was a buzz with white powder excitement, and the hut was hectic with breakfast and hot drinks. Today the Overland…

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Back on Track Today’s 9 kilometre walk leads us from Pelion Hut up a steady incline through a rain forested hike to Pelion Gap and one of the highlights on the Overland Track, Tasmania’s highest mountain, Mt Ossa, followed by a decent to Kia Ora Hut. Missed part deux? Read it here We expect the weather to change for the worse. The grey skies are foreboding as we depart Pelion in our rain gear. Like the Last Boy Scout, we come prepared. Drizzle comes down within the first few hundred metres. The canopy of the forest protects us from…

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Big Day Out This is our most efficient morning of the Overland Track so far. On the track at 8.45! There’s even dew on the ground on the way to Pelion Hut. We all know this day is going to test us in terms of distance and the spike going up to Pelion Hut. Managing injuries may become an issue. A solid hike and another climb – I’ll see how my health goes. The track leads us off gently on easy-walking plank board, across button grass and into “Pine Forest Moor” – These words are neatly engraved into rock.…

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Overland Cradle

All is in readiness for Mike (my Dad), Stewart, Tim and my most excellent adventure! There isn’t much time for turning back now. The Overland Track is waiting for us. via GIPHY Practice walks are done. Food is prepared and packed. Gear is sorted. All superfluous items have been discarded. The Overland Track is an adventure I have been wanting to complete for years. Unfortunately, my health issues over the past three years have put this goal way off track. Don’t pardon the pun. I have some minor misgivings about my situation and I’m very much the junior in terms…

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5coolthings

Hello folks, are you visiting Tasmania in August? Well done you brave soul. I like you already. So whatya gunna do? If you’re in any way unsure, I’m going to remedy that. 5 Cool Things in August 2018 Here are 5 cool things you can do to get the most of the month of August. 1. The Three Capes Track The first of the “5 Cool Things” is The Three Capes Track located on Tassie’s Tasman Peninsula in the south-east of the island. Bushwalking in Tasmania in deep winter? Are you effing crazy? Well, yes and hell yes! Not only do you…

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