Walk #7 - Wellington Falls

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Wellington Falls can be reached by a fun flattish Mountain Bike Ride and then a 2km walk out and back, or a 4 hour walk from The Springs via Dissapearing Tarn (unfortunately it had dissapeared the day we did it) then back to Neika where we had left a car. It went through every sort of terrain possible yet managed to be relatively flat for a mountain walk.  The track crossed boulder fields, marshy swamps, through tall trees and into pandanda forests where it was hard to hear over the buzz of the bees in the flowers. The  mountain offers something for everyone I tell you!   And just to prove that I have actual friends you'll see these photos feature my two walking buddies. Ok. So maybe one is my sister.  oh ok so what that the other person is one of her friends - what's your point? sigh. 

Walk #6 - Alum Cliffs

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Starting from the north end of Kingston Beach, the Alum Cliffs is a nice (undulating) 40-45 minute return run, or walk out to a lookout and back. It used to just be a series of steep ascents and descents but it's been re-routed so it's much more walkable and runnable.  The views along the way are really nice. The only drawback for dog-o-phobes is that it starts from the Kingston dog beach, so you normally have to put up with a few dogs for the first few minutes. 

Walk #5 - Coningham

Monday, 14 December 2009

I was a bit tired of the mountains so today I decided to do a coastal walk starting from Coningham Beach - 15 minutes drive south of here.  The 80 minute walk goes along the foreshore, up a great big bugger of a hill, then back down to the beach again. This walk is pretty runnable - although it is a bit of a slog up the hill. 

Walk #4 - Organ Pipes Track

Monday, 14 December 2009

There are tonnes of great tracks on the mountain but I'll try to limit myself to blogging 3 or 4 good solid walks. Yesterday I walked the Pinnicle track which links to the Organ Pipes track, which then drops down to Hunters Track and returns via the Lenah Valley track. It sounds more complicated than it was.  Once again it's undulating but most of the uphill is done in the first 30 minutes. The views up and down are fantastic and it took me almost exactly 2 hours including some drinks and photo stops. 

I'll have to remember to do this walk around Christmas time again next year as there were tonnes of flowers out so it was even nicer than usual.

Walk #3 - Nierinna Creek

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Starting from the back of Margate this walk is a bit of a track to no-where (and back) but it's still quite pretty and a nice way to spend 75minutes without being too far from home.  It' is undulating and there are always a few walabies around (no snakes though - phew!)

Walk #2 - Cathedral Rock

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

This walk starts only a ten minute drive from our house and even better, the drive takes you past the legendary Bush Bakery in Leslie Vale. The walk itself took me just over two and a half hours and after the first half and hour it is really pretty steep for the rest of the way.  The views from the top are fantastic of course and the track is really good.  On the way down I had stare-offs with two snakes who were sunning themselves in the middle of the track.  After a few moments of of glaring at eachother I remembered that I had the ultimate advantage in this war of wills... arms - so I threw a few sticks at them and they moved along.   I also saw numerous wallabies (or pademelons or potteroos or some other sort of stunted kangaroo) and a very cute echidna.  This walk is was fantastic but my next walk is going to be flat!

Walk #1 - Truganinni Track

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

This is a steep walk that goes from Suicide Bend in Taroona, up to the Mt Nelson Signal Station and back.  Walked briskly with only minimum time taken to pause and cough out a lung, it can be done in a shade under 55 minutes.  If you run it you should try and get to the top in under 20 minutes if you want to be respectable. When I was young I could do it in like 7 minutes. or something like that - my memory is a little hazy.