TASTRACKS

A comprehensive guide to Tasmanian walking tracks.

Western Bluff Track

This track provides access to the north-western corner of the Central Plateau. Located off Urks Loop, Mersey State Forest, Liena, grid reference (AGD 66) - Urks Loop 439400E, 5395400N. Track is an old logging track at first becoming a marked cut track fading out near the edge of the plateau, it is 3km long with a 600m climb. Expect to take 3 hours. Track begins on Urks Loop. To get to the start of the track, turnoff at the northern junction of the Mersey Forest Road and Urks Loop and travel in a clockwise direction along Urks Loop for 4km, go straight through the cross roads, 500m further on take right-hand turn (south), 800m further on look for tapes on left (south-side) of road marking start of track. Road has become narrow due to over growing bush and is rough and rutted. There is a clearing and plenty of places to park at the start of the track. Route follows old logging trails through Myrtle at first before becoming a marked cut track through eucalypt forest with a scrubby understorey. There are the remains of an old trappers hut near another myrtle forest further up. Track crosses Kansas Creek here and climbs up through low heath to scree coming out of a ravine. On your return, do not miss this point where the route leaves the scree and traverses the heath. Follow track up through the ravine to the plateau edge. Not shown on topographic maps. Refer to Tasmap 1:25000 Topographic maps Liena and Mole Creek. Click here to open a map of the track in GoogleEarth. Download a track file for you GPS here.For more information refer to Dickenson, M., Howard, C. and Rubock, G. (1993). Day walks in Tasmania. Envirobook, Sydney. pp.56-58. Information correct in January 2010.

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South Mole Creek Track

This track provides access to the Central Plateau, Mount Parmeaner and Lake MacKenzie. Located off Blairs Rd, South Mole Creek, grid references (AGD 66) - Blairs Road 445500E, 5394000N; Escarpment 446300E, 5390800N. The track is an old stock route, on the plateau its marked with stakes to Lake MacKenzie, it is12.5 km long with a 500m climb. Expect to take 4 hours. To access the beginning of the track, take Blairs Road off South Mole Creek Rd. Once in the forest, take next left for another 1km to a car park and gate blocking vehicle access at 445400E, 5393850N (AGD66). This last kilometre requires a high clearance vehicle. Follow old stock route to plateau and then stakes across plateau to Lake MacKenzie. There are no signs marking the track. Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 Topographic map Lake MacKenzie and Mole Creek, as well as Tasmap 1:100 000 map Mersey. For more information see Hardy, J and Elson, B. (1994). Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania. Hillside Publishing, Hobart. p.88. (Book describes the route between Lake MacKenzie and the escarpment only). Information on Mole Creek Town information board is incorrect. Information correct to September 2010.

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Parsons Track

Track links Caveside with the plateau, Haberles Hut and Lake MacKenzie. Located off Parsons Road, Caveside, grid references (AGD 66) - Parsons Road 450400E, 5390600N, Escarpment 449300E, 5389200N; Grid references (GDA 94) - Escarpment, Lake MacKenzie 448778E, 5387149N Lake MacKenzie 448660E, 5387000N. Track is 5km long with a 540m climb. Expect to take 3 hours. The start of the track is easy following the old logging track and after an hour you come across Hills Logging Hut. Further on you come across Norm’s Spring where you can fill your water bottle. A little further on you get glorious views from Lofty’s Lookout over Dairy Plains. Keep walking until you reach the sign and commence the steep climb up the Little Grunter finally reaching the beautifully restored Haberles Hut. Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 Topographic map Lake MacKenzie and Mole Creek as well as Tasmap 1:100 000 map Mersey. Information correct to October 2010 and supplied by T Yaxley.

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Higgs Track

This is an old stock and fishers route that links Western Creek with the Central Plateau, Lady Lake Hut and Ironstone Hut at Lake Nameless. Located off Dale Brook Road (Off Westrope Rd), Western Creek, grid references (AGD 66) - End of Dale Brook Road 455734E, 5386828N; Lady Lake Hut 453756E, 5383827N; Lake Nameless Hut 453070E, 5380250N; Grid references (GDA 94) - End of Dale Brook Road 455936E, 5387021N; Lady Lake Hut 453873E, 5386021N, Lake Nameless Hut 453200E, 5380400N. Track is a well-maintained walking track. To get to the start of the track, follow signs from the intersection of Western Creek and Westrope Roads. Start of track is sign posted. On the edge of the escarpment there is a World Heritage Area sign. It is 9km long with a 750m climb. Expect to take 4 hours. Track climbs the Western Tiers near Nells Bluff reaching the plateau near Lady Lake. Cross Dale Brook using the small bridge at the start of the Higgs track. Near the top of the climb, the track bifurcates and a more direct but much steeper track crosses Dale Brook and follows its southern edge to reach the plateau (453936E, 5385931N AGD66) near Lady Lake Hut (2004). This bifurcation is not shown on the map. The track continues on to Lake Lucy Long, Lake Nameless and ends at Ironstone Hut (1995). Forty Lakes Peak is just south of the hut. 

Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 Topographic map Lake MacKenzie and Pillans as well as Tasmap 1:100 000 map Mersey. Right-Click here to download and save a gpx file of the whole track or another gpx file with more detail from the carpark to the escarpment. Can then be imported into your GPS or opened in Google Earth. For a map of the track in Google Earth, right click here or here. Above information correct Feb 2014.

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Western Creek Track

This track provides access from Western Creek to the Central Plateau, including Whiteley Hut and Lake Ironstone. Located off Westrope Road, Western Creek, grid references (AGD 66) - Side road off Westrope Road 456400E, 5385900N; Whiteleys Hut 455350E, 5382950N; Track End 455050E, 5382000N; Grid references (GDA 94) - Side road off Westrope Road 456453E, 5386050N; Whitely’s Hut 455500E, 5383150N; Track End 455150E, 5382200N. The track is 4.5km long with a 550m climb. Expect to take 3 hours. To get to the start of the track, follow Westrope Road up through the State Forest. The track leads off a side road 1.5km after Higgs Track turnoff. Follow this steep and rough road for 400m to its end and the start of the track. Sign indicates start of track. The first 1km of the track is bouldery and rough; where it meets Western Creek, track climbs steeply until you cross Western Creek near the top. Be careful to spot the crossing point, as a false track continues straight ahead (formed by retracing your steps). On the plateau, a well-worn pad continues past Whiteleys Hut to the saddle below Mt Ironstone where the track ends. Track is shown on Tasmap 1:100 000 Topographic map Mersey and Tasmap 1:25000 Topographic map Lake MacKenzie Edition 3 (2009). For more information see Dickenson, M., Howard, C. and Rubock, G. (1993). Day walks in Tasmania. Envirobook, Sydney. pp.65-67. Above information correct in December 2009.

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Syds Track

Provides access to the Central Plateau near Mount Ironstone from Western Creek. Located off Westrope Road, Western Creek, grid references (AGD 66) - Westrope Road 457900E, 5385400N; Escarpment 457940E, 5384500N; grid references (GDA 94) - Westrope Road 458000E, 5385600N; Escarpment 458000E, 5384700N. This is a distinct foot track below the plateau and a cairned route across the plateau. Approach roads are signed from the intersection of Westrope Road and Western Creek Road. Start of track is sign posted 7km from the intersection. The track is 1 km long with a 300m climb. Expect to take 1.5 hours. Track climbs up through mixed forest initially, then through scrub to a large scree field that is crossed on a constructed path. After this, the track enters a King Billy pine, myrtle and sassafras forest that ends once the plateau is reached. Across the open plateau the route is marked by rock cairns. Track is only shown on Tasmap 1:100 000 Mersey map. Also consult Tasmap 1:25000 Topographic map Lake MacKenzie Edition 3 (2009) for up to date road mapping. For more information refer to Wilkinson, B. (1994) The Abels Book, Vol. 1. pp.68-69. Right-Click here to download and save a gpx file of the track. Can then be imported into your GPS or opened in Google Earth. For a map of the track in Google Earth, click here.

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Mother Cummings Peak (Northern) Track

Track climbs Mother Cummings Peak from Westrope Road, grid references (AGD 66) - Westrope Road 460750E, 5388050N; Track End 460800E, 5386800N. Follow signs from the intersection of Western Creek and Westrope Roads. Track is 1.8 km long with a 340m climb. Expect to take 2 hours. Track starts on Westrope Road, 12km from the junction of Westrope and Western Creek Roads. Follow the very steep track up to where it ends in a grassy saddle north-west of the peak. Clear scree leads up to the crest of the northern skyline ridge to the east. Climb ridge to the south and summit. Track not shown on maps. Refer to Tasmap 1:25000 scale topographic map Quamby Bluff. Above information correct in 2007.

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Mother Cummings Peak (Southern) Track

Track climbs Mother Cummings Peak from the Meander State Forest, grid references (AGD 66) - Old Smoko Creek Car Park 461250E, 5383950N; Mother Cummings Peak 462150E, 5385500N. The cut track commences at an old car park on the Ironstone Track. Signs indicate track start. Track is 2.5 km long with a 500m climb. Expect to take 2 hours. Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 scale topographic map Quamby Bluff. For more information refer to Wilkinson, B. (1994). The Abels, Volume One. Tasmanian Outdoor Collection, Launceston. p. 67. Right-Click here to download and save a gpx file of the track. Can then be imported into your GPS or opened in Google Earth. Above information correct to 2011.

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Ironstone Track

This track links Meander Valley with the Central Plateau near Mt Ironstone and passes Chasm Falls. Located in Meander Forest Reserve, grid references (AGD 66) - Smoko Creek Road 461900E, 5383400N, Escarpment 457600E, 5383350N; Grid references (GDA 94) - Escarpment 457800E, 5383550N. The track is 5.5km long with a 650m climb. Expect to take 4 hours. Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 scale topographic maps Quamby Bluff and Lake MacKenzie (Edition 3). More information is required; go to the contributor’s page to see how you can contribute.

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Dell Track

Climbs Bastion Bluff and follows below escarpment linking Ironstone Track, Stone Hut Track and Split Rock Track. Located in the Meander Forest Reserve, grid references (AGD 66) - Ironstone Track 459950E, 5383300N, Escarpment 458900E, 5381800N, Cleff Rock – Split Rock Track Junction 459850E, 5380500N; Grid references (GDA 94) - Ironstone Track 460100E, 5383500N, Escarpment 459000E, 5382000N, Cleff Rock – Split Rock Track Junction 460000E, 5380700N. The track is 4 km long with a 490m climb. Expect to take 3 hours. View part of track in GoogleEarth or download a gpx file (right click and save as) for your GPS. Track is shown as a circuit described here in an anticlockwise direction from Smoko Creek Road end, following disused part of Smoko Creek Road, Smoko Creek Track, Dell Track, Stone Hut Track, Bastion Creek Track. Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 scale topographic map Lake Mackenzie Edition 3. Information correct at June 2012 and supplied by P Dawson.

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Stone Hut Track

Provides access to Stone Hut, Croft Track and links with Dell Track below the escarpment. Located in the Meander Forest Reserve, grid references (AGD 66) - Old carpark 462300E, 5382000N; Croft/Stone Hut Track junction 461350E, 5382150N; Dell/Stone Hut Track Junction 459900E, 5382050N (Determine by using 1:25000 Topo Maps); grid references (GDA 94) - Dell/Stone Hut Track junction 460050E, 5382300N (Determine by using 1:25000 Topo Maps)This well maintained track is 2.5km long (+2km disused road, see below) with a 480m climb. Expect to take 4 hours. The 6-7 hour circuit via Bastion Cascades takes you to delightful areas of tall sandstone cliffs and rock overhangs called ‘The Croft’. Road bridge across Mother Cummings Rivulet was washed away in 2012 and has not been replaced. Hence vehicle access to the track start is not possible. Park at Mother Cummings Rivulet and walk or cycle 2km to old carpark and start of track. View part of track in GoogleEarth or download a gpx file for your GPS. Track is shown as a circuit described here in an anticlockwise direction from Smoko Creek Road end, following disused part of Smoko Creek Road, Smoko Creek Track, Dell Track, Stone Hut Track, Croft Track and Bastion Cascades Track. Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 scale topographic map Quamby Bluff and Lake MacKenzie (Edition 3). Information correct at February 2016.

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Bastion Cascades / Croft Tracks

 

Provides access to Bastion Cascades and The Croft and links with Stone Hut Track . Located in the Meander Forest Reserve, grid references (AGD 66) – Old car park 462300E, 5382000N; Bastion Cascades/Croft Track junction 461050E, 5381550N; Croft/Stone Hut Track junction 461350E, 5382150N. This well maintained track is 1.5 km long (+2km disused road, see below) with a 150m climb. Expect to take 2 hours to the cascades. Road bridge across Mother Cummings Rivulet was washed away in 2012 and has not been replaced. Hence vehicle access to the track start is not possible. Park at Mother Cummings Rivulet and walk or cycle 2km to old carpark and start of track. View part of track in GoogleEarth or download a gpx file for your GPS. Track is shown as a circuit described here in an anticlockwise direction from Smoko Creek Road end, following disused part of Smoko Creek Road, Smoko Creek Track, Dell Track, Stone Hut Track, Croft Track, Bastion Cascades Track. Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 scale topographic map Quamby Bluff. Information correct to February 2016.

 

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Split Rock Track

 

Starts at the swing bridge over the Meander River near Meander Falls Picnic Area and features sandstone rock formations and pretty waterfalls. Located in the Meander Forest Reserve, grid references (AGD 66) - Car park 462000E, 5380600N; Cleff Rock – Split Rock Track Junction 459850E, 5380500N; Grid reference (GDA 94) - Cleff Rock – Split Rock Track Junction 460000E, 5380700N. This well maintained track is 2km long with a 500m climb. Expect to take 3 hours.Track starts at Meander Falls Picnic Area, crossing Meander River on a  Swing Bridge. Meander Falls Picnic Area can now only be accessed via a temporary ‘4WD only road’ that diverges from the Meander Falls Road just after Huntsman Rivulet. Click here to see temporary alternate road in GoogleEarth or download a gpx file for you GPS here (right click and save file). Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 scale topographic maps Quamby Bluff and Lake MacKenzie Edition 3.  Information correct at June 2012 and supplied by P Dawson.

 

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Meander Falls Track

 

A well-defined rough track to Meander Falls, in the Meander Forest Reserve, grid reference (AGD 66) - Meander Falls Road 462060E, 5379950N. It is  4km to the falls. Expect to take 3 hours. Track starts at Meander Falls Picnic Area and follows southern side of Meander River to the falls. View track in GoogleEarth or download a gpx file (right click and save as) for your GPS. Meander Falls Picnic Area can now only be accessed via a temporary ‘4WD only road’ that diverges from the Meander Falls Road just after Huntsman Rivulet. Click here to see temporary alternate road in GoogleEarth or download a gpx file for you GPS here (right click and save file).Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 scale Topo maps Pillans and Breona. For more information see the 60 Great Short Walks . Information correct at June 2012 and supplied by P Dawson.

 

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Dixons Track

Provides access between Meander Valley and the Central Plateau. This track is located in the Meander Forest Reserve, grid references (AGD 66) - Meander Falls Track 461600E, 5379450N; Escarpment 461600E, 5378150N. The track is 1.5km long with a 450m climb. Expect to take 2 hours. Track leaves Meander Falls Track at 461600E, 5379450N (AGD66). View track in GoogleEarth or download a gpx file (right click and save as) for your GPS. For access to Meander Falls Track see above. Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 scale Topo map Breona. Information correct at June 2012 and has been supplied by P Dawson.

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Staggs Track

Links Meander Valley with Sales Lake. Located off Bessells Road, Meander State Forest, grid references (GDA94) - Bessells Road 465850E, 5379150N ; Central Plateau 466020E, 5378220N. Rock cairn and tape mark the beginning with plenty of tape along the way. The track takes off to the south of the car park at the end of a side road to Bessells Road. The well worn track is in good condition, 2km long with a 260m climb. Expect to take 1 hour to the plateau.  Not shown on maps. Refer to Tasmap 1:25000 Topographic map Breona. View track in GoogleEarth or download a gpx file (right click and save as) for your GPS. Information supplied by P. Dawson and P. Andrew, and correct to April 2012.

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Johnstones Track

A track between Bessells Road and the escarpment of the Central Plateau. Located in the Meander State Forest, grid references (GDA 94) - Bessells Road 467130E, 5379210N ; Escarpment 467300E, 53778085N. The track is 1.5km long with a 300m climb to the summit. Expect to take 1.5 hours. Look for a large rock cairn with a white rock on top along Bessells Road. Follow cairns to escarpment. Not shown on maps. Refer to Tasmap 1:25000 Topographic Breona. View track in GoogleEarth or download a gpx file (right click and save as) for your GPS. This information supplied by P Dawson, April 2012.

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Warners Track

This old stock route leads onto the Central Plateau from Jackeys Marsh, grid references (AGD 66) - Burnies Creek 472900E, 5381300N; Lake Highway 475400E, 5378900N. The benched stock route is 4km long with a 640m climb. Expect to take 3 hours. Track begins near Burnies Creek. To access the start of the track go to Jackeys Marsh, turn onto Sugarloaf Road, after 2.3km take road up to Burnies Creek. Follow track through Myrtle Forest to the plateau edge. After passing through a pair of old gate posts, continue on through a low saddle of Adams Peak to the Lake Highway (A5) near Pine Lake. Track to Liffey Falls begins north of here and the two tracks can be combined to form a day throughwalk. Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 scale Topo maps Quamby Bluff and Breona. View track in GoogleEarth/Maps or download a gpx file (right click and save as) for your GPS. This information supplied by P Dawson, April 2012. For more information see the Mountain Huts Preservation Society.

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Quamby Bluff Track

Climbs Quamby Peak. Track starts at, grid reference (AGD 66) - Lake Highway 476800E, 5387700N. This well maintained track starts opposite the car park as sign posted, the first part is on private property. The track is 3km long with a 500m climb. A 360 degree panorama is the reward for this 4-5 hour return steep walk to the top. Views of the Great Western Tiers across to Devonport and Launceston on a clear day are breathtaking. Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 scale Topo map Quamby Bluff. For more information see http://tastrails.com/quamby-bluff/ .

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Projection Bluff Track

This track provides access to Projection Bluff from the Lake Highway. The track begins near the Liffey Valley Lookout on the Lake Highway (A5), grid references (AGD 66) - Lake Highway 476700E, 5380750N, Escarpment 476500E, 5380450N. This well marked track through alpine scrub is 500m long and climbs 100m. Expect to take 30 minutes. Track climbs to a flat plateau forming Projection Bluff. Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 scale Topo map Quamby Bluff.

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Liffey River Track

The track follows the Liffey River up onto the central plateau at the Liffey Valley Lookout and near Pine Lake. Located in the Liffey Forest Reserve, grid references (AGD 66) - Liffey Falls Car Park 479800E, 5383250N, Lake Highway at Liffey Valley Lookout 477100E, 5381150N, Lake Highway near Pine Lake 475500E, 5379550N. The track is in good condition with track heads marked at Liffey Valley Lookout on the Lake Highway (A5) and Liffey Falls only. The start of the track is in directly marked on the Lake Highway near Pine Lake and the Upper Liffey Falls by a large road sign proclaiming the highest point on the Lake Highway, there is also an old wooden stake and a few rock cairns here. The track is 5 – 6.5km long with a 650m climb. Expect to take 2 - 4 hours depending on route taken. From near the toilet block at the Liffey Falls Picnic Area follow an old logging road pass the ‘Big Tree’ to the Liffey River. From here track follows the Liffey River through beautiful rainforest changing to Myrtle, King Billy/Pencil Pine, Heath and finally alpine vegetation. The first part follows an over grown old logging road high above the river for 1.5km. There are many big tree falls across this disused road. For the next 2km a foot track follows the steep and rough eastern side of the river passing many beautiful waterfalls. The track crosses the river on boulders at 477750E, 5381200N (AGD66) to the western side. The route up Liffey Bluff, leaves the track just 10m up stream of the river crossing on the eastern side of the river at a prominent rock cairn. Note the river crossing is not possible after heavy rain. After crossing the river, the track climbs the river bank for 250m to a track junction. The shorter track to the highway heads directly up hill from here while the river track continues as a faint pad. A sign indicates Pine Lake is 1 hour, it is more like 2 hours from here. 700m before meeting the highway the track cross back to the eastern side of the river and climbs up above the Upper Liffey Falls. In the alpine heath look for old wooden stakes. It is hard to follow the track here. The track meets the highway at a sign marking the highest point on the Lake Highway (1210m).  Shown exactly on Tasmap 1:25000 scale Topo maps Quamby Bluff and Berona. For more information refer to http://www.forestrytas.com.au/visiting/visitor-sites/north/liffey-forest-reserve . Last field check, December 2010.

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Liffey Bluff Track

This is the original track to Liffey Bluff from the Liffey Valley Track near the upper picnic area. Located in the Liffey Forest Reserve, grid reference (AGD66) - Liffey River Track 479600E, 5383175N; Scarp 479600E, 5381350N (Determine by using 1:25000 Topo Maps), grid reference (GDA94) - Scarp 479770E, 5381500N (Determine using a GPS). Track climbs 600m in height over 2km and hence is very steep. Expect to take 3hours to reach the scarp. Track is well taped, but overgrown in places.  Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 scale Quamby Bluff mapsheet and on 1:100000 Meander Ed.6 mapsheet. Right-Click here to download and save a gpx file of the upper portion of the track. Can then be imported into your GPS or Google Earth. Information correct to October 2011.

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Liffey Bluff Route

This route climbs Liffey Bluff from the Liffey Valley Track. Located in the Liffey Forest Reserve, grid references (AGD 66) - Liffey River Track 477750E, 5381200N; Escarpment 479700E, 5381300N. The route across the boulder field is 1km long with a steep 240m climb. Expect to take 1.5 hours. This route provides direct access to Liffey Bluff. The original track shown on the map is now over grown and impassable. Follow rock cairns across the steeply sloping boulder field. Not shown on Tasmap 1:25000 scale Topo map Quamby Bluff. For further information see Dickenson, M., Howard, C. and Rubock, G. (1993). Day Walks in Tasmania. Envirobook, Sydney. Last field check, December 2010.

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Last updated 14/1/2016