Wednesday, 3 September 2014
The Fluted Cape walk starts from Adventure Bay and it's one I've wanted to do for a while but my two previous attempts have been thwarted by time and bush fires respectively
I have to admit that despite stopping for a toasted cheese sandwich (for $5!) from the Adventure Bay store on the way to the car park, it still took me a while to get going this afternoon. I elected to do the loop in the anti clockwise direction which I think was a good move as it meant I did the longer, more gradual climb, rather than the hellishly steep climb of the other direction.
It was still a good 25 minutes of steady climbing to get to the highest point of the cliffs. Someone disappeared completely on this walk a year or so ago and whilst there is always lots of talk and suggestion of UFO action around Bruny, you only need to do this walk to realise how very very easy it would be to tumble off the edge of the cliffs. I'd be nervous taking the kids on this I recon.
There was still evidence of the recent fires - the bush was thin and the signposts were arty..
After getting to the top of the cliffs, the track descends to a gulch where there's a little island, which I paddled through during a ski race a few years ago.
From there the track turned and headed back to the car park along a pretty level path (much to my pleasure!). Along the way I spotted a cute little cairn..
which caused me to looks towards the water and see another..
and then I noticed they were everywhere!!
Even in the branches! I'm not sure if this was the work of one artist, or many tourists, or a combination of both but it looked fantastic and made me smile!
And 5 minutes later I was back at the car - another great walk done!
I made it back for the 4.30 ferry and was home by 5:10. Perfect!