TASTRACKS

A comprehensive guide to Tasmanian walking tracks.

Arm River Track

The main sidetrack to Pelion Hut on the Overland Track. Also used to visit Mt. Pillinger, Mt. Oakleigh, February Plains and Lake Ayr. Located in the Arm River State Forest are, grid reference (AGD 66) - Arm River 429650E, 5372800N; (Determine using map grid). Track - Well maintained track, signed either end, including signs on the Arm River Road from the intersection with the Mersey Forest Road, 11km long, 290m height difference, expect to take 4 hours to Pelion Hut. Track climbs steeply through eucalypt forest to Lake Price (first hour). Small narrow steel bridge over Wurragarra Creek. Originally known as the Innes Track that was cut by Mr. Innes for the government for a railway to the west coast. Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 Topographic Maps, Cathedral and Rowallan. For more information refer to Chapman, J and M. and Siseman, J. (1998). Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair and Walls of Jerusalem National Parks. pp192.

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Lees Paddocks Track (Venetian Blind Track)

 

Links Lake Ayr and the Arm River Track with Lees Paddocks, Pine Hut and the Mersey Forest Road. Located between Lake Ayr ­ - Lees Paddocks – Pine Hut Plains, grid reference (AGD 66) - Lake Ayr 423630E, 5369360N; Lees Paddocks 426660E, 5368000N; Pine Hut Plain 431600E, 5368050N (Determine by using a Tasmap Topo map). Stock track to Lees Paddocks, thereafter an indistinct track, not maintained, mark with pieces of venetian blind nail to trees, 8.5km long with a 320m-height difference. Expect to take 5 hours. You can gain access to the track off the Mersey Forest Road 13.5km after the Rowallan Dam wall. From here follow a 4WD track down to the river and a new (1999) swing bridge at 432300E, 5368250N (AGD66). After Swing Bridge, head upstream through the bush to Pine Hut Plain; track begins at western end of plain. The track leaves Lees Paddocks 200m north of the Lees Paddocks Hut. Be careful not to lose the track markers in the open eucalypt forest. To locate the Lake Ayr end of the track you need to first locate the fallen down hut that once stood at the track end. The remains of the hut are just in from the bush edge on a small rise near the south-eastern corner of the Lake Ayr opening. Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 Topographic Cathedral, Edition 2 1988. Old Swing Bridge is shown on the Edition 2 map. New Swing Bridge is 200m downstream and not shown. For more information refer to Chapman, J and M. and Siseman, J. (1998). Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair and Walls of Jerusalem National Parks or Dickenson, M., Howard, C. and Rubock, G. (1993). Day walks in Tasmania. Envirobook, Sydney. pp.52-53. Information correct to 1999.

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Kia Ora Track

Links the Overland Track with Lees Paddocks between Kia Ora Hut and the top of the Paddocks. Grid reference (AGD 66) - Overland Track 424150E, 5361700N; Southern end of Lees Paddocks ?E, ?N (Determine using map grid). Track - Rough pad with regular blazes north of Kia Ora Creek, 3.5km long with a 260m height difference. Track leaves the overland track approximately 500m south of Kia Ora Hut. After walking through a small gully and traversing a small rise, the pad descends steeply through Myrtle Forest. As the steep slopes level out (wane), the pad crosses Kia Ora Creek. The pad is regularly marked with tree blazes north of Kia Ora Creek. After another 700m, the pad meets the Mersey River, which it follows to Lees Paddocks. Not marked on maps. Refer to Tasmap 1:25000 Topographic Cathedral. Information correct to May 2003.

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Junction Track

Main track between the Walls of Jerusalem and Junction Lake. Grid reference  - Walls of Jerusalem Track  438174E, 5373034N (GDA94); Junction Lake 432580E, 5358400N (AGD 66). Formed track, 18.5km long with a 200m height difference. Expect to take a day to Junction Lake Hut. Follows the Mersey River to Junction Lake Hut from the source of the River. Passes Lakes Adelaide and Meston. Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 Topographic Maps Cathedral, Du Cane and Rowallan. For more information refer to Chapman, J and M. and Siseman, J. (1998). Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair and Walls of Jerusalem National Parks. pp192.

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Chalice Lake Pad

Gives access to Cathedral Plateau. Located between Chapter Lake and Chalice Lake, grid reference (AGD 66) - Chapter Lake 430520E, 5363930N; Chalice Lake 429220E, 5363140N (Determine using map grid). A pad, 2.3km long with a 100m height difference. Pad climbs Grail Falls on the south side. Follows the south side of the stream to Chalice Lake and then crosses the Lake outlet to follow northern shore to the northwest corner of the lake. Not marked on maps. Refer to Tasmap 1:25000 Topographic map sheet, Cathedral. For more information refer to Wilkinson, B. (1994) The Abels Book, Vol. 1. p.80.

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Moses Creek Pad

Original Moses Creek track that follows the real Moses Creek to Chapter Lake outlet. Grid reference (AGD 66) - Moses Creek 431100E, 5366500N; Chapter Lake outlet 430300E, 5365000N (Determine using map grid). Indistinct rough pad, 2km long with a 410m height difference. Follows creek to Horeb Falls, then follows a more direct line uphill following eucalypt bush edge to lake outlet. Not marked on maps. Refer to Tasmap 1:25000 Topo map sheet, Cathedral.

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Moses Creek Track (Cloister Lagoons Track)

A Main access track to Chapter Lake, Grail Falls, Cloister Lagoons and Junction Lake from the Mersey Valley. Located between the end of the Mersey Forest Road and Junction Lake, grid reference (AGD 66) - Mersey Forest Road end 431780E, 5366940N; Junction Lake 432200E, 5358550N (Determine using map grid). Track - Formed track between road and Chapter Lake, thereafter more like a pad. Sign located south of Jacksons Creek crossing at junction with Jacksons Creek Track. 9.5km long with a 330m height difference. Expect to take a day to Junction Lake. From end of road track follows former forestry road to Jacksons Creek. Creek crossing is incorrectly shown on the Tasmap 1:25000 Topo map Cathedral, Edition 2 1988. It actually is 400m further up the creek at 431900E, 5366130N. After crossing track climbs through burnt Myrtle and Eucalypt forest to Chapter Lake. This section of the track is well maintained by PWS. Pad through Cloister Lagoons floods easily. Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 Topo Map Cathedral, Edition 2 1988. Edition 3 due to be published, November 2009. For more information refer to Wilkinson, B. (1994) The Abels Book, Vol. 1. p.80. . Click here to view track in GoogleEarth or download a gpx file to import into your GPS. Information correct to April 2013.

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Jacksons Creek Track

Links Mersey Forest Road end with Lake Myrtle and allows you to create a circuit walk via Lake Meston and Lake Junction and Cloister Lagoons with the need for a car shuffle. Grid reference (AGD 66) - Moses Creek Track 431900E, 5366130N; Lake Myrtle 433050E, 5363440N (Determine using map grid). Track - Old formed track with occasional Blazes on trees, 3.5km long with a 380m height difference. Track leaves Moses Creek Track south of Jacksons Creek crossing and heads steeply uphill following creek. To find the start at the Lake Myrtle end, look for the old stakes in the small boggy plain. Not marked on maps. Refer to Tasmap 1:25000 Topo Map sheet, Cathedral.

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Lake Myrtle Track (Lake Bill Track)

Links Mersey Forest Road with Lakes Bill, Myrtle and Meston and can be used to climb Mt. Rogoona and Mt. Bill. Grid reference (AGD 66) - Mersey Forest Road 434580E, 5369500N; Lake Meston 435200E, 5361560N (Determine using map grid). A maintained formed track, start sign posted at either end, 11km long with a 470m height difference. Expect to take 6 hours to Lake Meston. Begins in the Lake Bill Car park and climbs steeply through eucalypt bush to Blizzard Plain. Just before Lake Bill track climbs into bush above eastern shore of Lake Bill (rerouted section) and back down to Jacksons Creek. After Lake Bill track crosses and follows Jacksons Creek to Lake Myrtle. Track continues uphill to east of Lake Myrtle in an easterly direction over the shoulder of Mt Rogoona to come out above Lake Meston near Meston Hut. Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 Topographic Map sheet, Cathedral. For more information refer to Wilkinson, B. (1994) The Abels Book, Vol. 1. p.79.

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Juno Creek Track

Gives access to Lake Louisa from the Mersey Forest Road. Grid reference (AGD 66) - Mersey Forest Road 434820E, 5369400N; Lake Louisa 436400E, 5368200N (Determine using map grid). Rough track, sometimes there is tape to mark where the track leaves the road, track is 2km long with a 300m height difference. Expect to take 2 hours to Lake Louisa. Just east of the Juno Creek Bridge and on a small ridge the track climbs steeply up to Lake Louisa following the creek all the way. Not marked on maps. Refer to Tasmap 1:25000 Topographic map sheet, Cathedral.

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Lake Ball Track

Links Lake Ball with the Junction Lake Track. Grid reference (AGD 66) - Lake Ball 441600E, 5367460N; Junction Lake Track 438850E, 5368000N (Determine using map grid). A rough track, 3km long with a 90m height difference. Follows lake edge. Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 Topographic map sheet, Walls of Jerusalem. For more information refer to Chapman, J and M. and Siseman, J. (1998). Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair and Walls of Jerusalem National Parks. pp192.

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Walls of Jerusalem Track

Main access to the Walls of Jerusalem NP, located near the Fish River, grid reference (AGD 66) - Walls of Jerusalem Car park 436060E, 5374600N; Dixons Kingdom Hut 442500E, 5368800N (Determine using map grid). Well maintain and marked track. Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 Topo Map sheets, Ada, Rowallan and Pillans Lake. For more information refer to Wilkinson, B. (1994) The Abels Book, Vol. 1. p.76., or Chapman, J and M. and Siseman, J. (1998). Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair and Walls of Jerusalem National Parks or Dickenson, M., Howard, C. and Rubock, G. (1993). Day walks in Tasmania. Envirobook, Sydney. pp.69-70.

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Shannon’s Pad

Provides access to the northern end of the Clumner Bluff plateau and Deception Point. Located in the Mersey State Forest, grid reference (AGD66) - 438613E, 5380584N. This taped well-marked track is 1.5km long with a 400m climb. Expect to take 1.5 hours to the plateau edge. To access the track turn off the Mersey Forest Road 2km after the Lake Rowallan Dam onto the Dublin Road. Follow Dublin Road for 2km to Clumner Spur Road on right side, follow this road for around 5km to an old narrow logging road that climbs steeply (high clearance vehicle recommended) for 500m to its end. From the end of the road follow tapes and blazes up through open eucalypt forest to the low alpine vegetation and plateau. Track ends at escarpment.  From here walk in a south-westerly direction through waist high heath to the main Clumner Plateau. Not marked on maps. Refer to Tasmap 1:25000 Topographic map sheets, Borradaile, Lake Pillans and Rowallan. For further information download map and notes here. Access road clear of fallen timber in October 2010.

 

Little Fisher River Track

Used to access Rinadeena Falls and the Central Plateau at Long Tarns that are north of the Walls of Jerusalem. Mersey Crags, Turrana Bluff and Daisy Lakes can also be climb from this track. Little Fisher River, grid reference (AGD 66) – Road End 443300E, 5379700N; Long Tarns 446000E, 5374300N. Cut track in good condition, Official PWS Car Park at beginning of track and occasional official orange triangular track markers along the way, 6km long with a 420m climb. Expect to take 3 hours. Track initially follows a disused forestry road where there once was a small bridge. To drive there, turn off the Mersey Forest Road 2km after the Lake Rowallan Dam onto Dublin Road. Set odometer to zero here. Follow Dublin Road veering right after 5.3km were a sign points to the Little Fisher River. After crossing the bridge over the river, turn right at next junction (11.6km), then almost immediately right again (11.7km), follow old forestry road to its end (15.1km) and the car park. Initially track uses the former vehicle track down to the river and over the broken down bridge. Just after bridge turn left onto an over grown vehicle track that eventually becomes a walking track where the Myrtle forest begins. After an hour Rinadeena Falls are just before the track crosses the river again. Track shown on the Walls of Jerusalem National Park Map 1:25000 scale printed in 1988. Not marked on Tasmap 1:25000 Topo Map Pillans. (Road access shown on Borradaile and Lake Mackenzie maps). For more information refer to Dickenson, M., Howard, C. and Rubock, G. (1993). Day walks in Tasmania. Envirobook, Sydney. pp.63-64 or Wilkinson, B. (1994) The Abels Book, Vol. 1. p.73-74. Information correct to September 2010.

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Mountains of Jupiter

This track provides access from Junction Lake to Lake Artemis and the Mountains of Jupiter, grid reference (AGD 66) - Junction Lake 432440E, 5358200N; Lake Artemis 431550E, 5356940N. This is a rough track with occasional markers through eucalypt, myrtle forest and bauera. Track is 2km long with a 170m-height gain. Expect to take 1 hour. Track begins on south side of the Mersey River behind the hut. Follow to Lake Artemis. To climb onto the Mountains of Jupiter, ascend directly from Lake Artemis. Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 Topographic Map, Du Cane, Edition 2 1989. For more information see Wilkinson, B. (1994) The Abels Book, Vol. 1. p.81.

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