TASTRACKS

A comprehensive guide to Tasmanian walking tracks.

Tracks are described from northern (Snowy Range), Tahune to southern (Southern Range) areas.

Nevada Peak Track

Gives access to the northern part of the Snowy Range, grid reference (AGD 66) - Forestry coupe 474900E, 5249225N; Snowdrift Tarns 471200E, 5247700N. Look for tapes on the top side of the clear fell. Track climbs steeply directly to Snowdrift Tarns, from here follow cairns. Sidetrack to Woolleys Tarn and Wetpants Peak. Track is 4.5km long with a 620m height gain. Expect to take 3 hours. See Tasmap 1:25000 scale map sheet Nevada. For more information refer to The Abels, Vol. 2. (Wilkinson, B. (Ed.) (2011) The Abels, Tasmania’s Mountains Over 1100m High, Vol. 2. Tasmanian Outdoors Collection, Moonah.) Information correct to early 2007

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Lake Skinner Track

 

Gives access to the southern part of the Snowy Range including Snowy South Peak (1398m). Track begins at forestry coupe, grid reference (AGD 66) - Forestry coupe; Range 473030E, 5245700N. Track is 5km long with a 400m-height gain. There is a sign post at track start ‘Lake Skinner Track’. There are track markers to Lake Skinner, after the outlet creek a rough track continues to plateau, followed by cairns marking the rocky route across the plateau to Snowy South, last bit not cairned. Track is easy enough to follow but wet and rooty. Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 scale map sheet Nevada. Note map incorrectly marks Snowy South Peak as high point 1314m. Snowy South is actually at 1398m. For more information refer to Wilkinson, B. (In press) The Abels, Vol. 2.

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Yo Yo (Huon) Track

 

This was an emergency escape route for sailors from Port Davey. Today the track provides access to Cracroft Crossing and the Arthur Range. The bulldozer track follows the Huon river to Cracroft Crossing from the junction with the Picton River, grid reference (AGD 66) - Tahune 476100E, 5227300N. The track begins at signposts 1km west of the Picton River at a car park. Tall forests are traversed to Blakes Opening, a good campsite. Cross the Buttongrass plain and follow the track to Harrisons Opening another Buttongrass Plain, continue on to the Cracroft River. Cannot be crossed during high water. Cracroft Crossing campsite is west of the river. The wide track is easy to follow, 24 km long with lots of ups and downs. Expect to take 8-10 hours. Shown on Tasmap 1:100000 scale Topo map sheet Huon and Old River. For more information refer to Chapman, J. (2008). South West Tasmania, 5th Ed. John Chapman, Melbourne.

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Farmhouse Creek Track

Provides access to Lake Sydney Track and Federation Peak and Mt Hopetoun in the Southwest National Park, grid reference (AGD 66) - Picton Road 472930E, 5213200N; Cracroft River 460200E, 5209466N. Begins on the south side of Farmhouse Creek in the Picton Valley. Track has been rerouted around Judds Cavern. From the South Picton Saddle, the track heads in a southwesterly direction toward the South Cracroft River. Track crosses river at 465950E, 5209850N (AGD66). From here the track heads toward the northern shoulder of the Crest Range (464022E, 5210444N(AGD66)) and then up the Cracroft River valley rejoining the old track at 460200E, 5209466N (AGD66). The new track (1999) does not go to Cracroft Junction anymore. Track is more than13 km long with a 350m climb to the gap. Expect to take 7 hours. The track shown on Tasmap 1:25000 Burgess sheet is correct to South Picton Saddle (468043E, 5210815N), after this the track has been rerouted around Judds Cavern and what is shown on maps is no more correct. See also Tasmap 1:25000 scale Bobs and Federation sheets. For more information refer to Chapman, J. (2008). South West Tasmania, 5th Ed. John Chapman, Melbourne. Information correct to 12 February 2004. The track coordinates for the rerouted track can be download from here (40KB).

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Lake Sydney Track

Provides access to Lake Sydney and Bobs Range from the Farmhouse Creek Track. Grid reference (AGD 66) - Lake Sydney 468550E, 5207050N. Track junction with Farmhouse Creek track is difficult to see amongst the scrubby Cutting Grass and bog. If you miss the junction and find yourself at the South Picton Saddle, backtrack 45mins to junction. Track climbs onto a ridge above Pine Lake with good views west to the Cracroft Plains and Arthur Range. The campsite is just above a large grassy sinkhole. Even though sinkhole is dry, it will fill from below very rapidly. Do not camp within the sinkhole! Track is scrubby and rough, 5 km long with a 350m climb. Expect to take 5 hours from Farmhouse Creek. Shown on Tasmap 1:25000 scale topographic sheets, Burgess and Bobs.

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Kermandie (Old Hartz) Track

Original track up to Hartz Peak before the road existed. Follows the Kermandie River up to the Kermandie Plains and onto Hartz Range, grid reference (AGD 66) - Kermandie River Road 490100E, 5218400N; Hartz Mountain NP Carpark 481500E, 5214850N. Track is 12 km long and climbs 640 m onto range. Before Kermandie Plain, the track is in reasonable condition. There are a few large logs over the track to negotiate. The remains of the old corded track are walked over at various points. Very pretty rain forest for most of the way. Track is shown on Tasmap 1:100000 scale Topographic map sheet Huon. Information current to 2013.

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Adamsons Peak Track

Provides access to Adamsons and Esperance Peaks. Located on Adamsons Peak, grid reference (AGD 66) - Peak Rivulet Road 491400E, 5202000N; Adamsons Peak 485700E, 5200100N. Track is well marked and maintain with a sign at the beginning, it is 8 km long and climbs 1050m. Expect to take 3-3.5 hours. Track is shown on Tasmap 1:25000 Scale Topo map Raminea and 1:100000 scale Topo map sheet Huon. For a good description of the track, refer to Dickenson, M., Howard, C. and Rubock, G. Day walks in Tasmania. Envirobook, Sydney, pp.116-118. Also see The Abels, Vol. 2. (Wilkinson, B. (Ed.) (2011) The Abels, Tasmania’s Mountains Over 1100m High, Vol. 2. Tasmanian Outdoors Collection, Moonah.)

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Moonlight Ridge Track

Provides access to the Southern Ranges. Track begins at an old limestone quarry near Ida Bay, grid reference (AGD 66) -. Limestone Quarry Road 488580E, 5187580N. Track is well signed and maintained and is 13 km long with a 900m climb. Expect to take 6-7 hours. Track initial follows the dismantled Ida Bay Railway to the disused limestone quarry at Mystery Creek. From the west side of the quarry, track climbs steeply onto ridge west of Marble Hill. Continue to follow track steeply up Moonlight Ridge until scrubby alpine vegetation is met near the start of Mystery Creek. A well-maintained track with boardwalks continues to Pigsty Ponds. Campsites at Moonlight Creek and Pigsty Ponds. Refer to Chapman, J. (2008). South West Tasmania, 5th Ed. John Chapman, Melbourne for route description over the entire Southern Ranges to New River Lagoon. Track is shown on Tasmap 1:25000 scale Topographic map sheet, Leprena. For more information refer also to Dickenson, M., Howard, C. and Rubock, G. Day walks in Tasmania. Envirobook, Sydney; and Wilkinson, B. (In press) The Abels, Vol. 2.

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Mt Picton Track (via Lake Riveaux)

Direct route to the summit of Mount Picton. Located in the Picton Valley. For information on this track see the latest edition of The Abels, Volume 2. Wilkinson, B. (Ed.) (2011) The Abels, Tasmania’s Mountains Over 1100m High, Vol. 2. Tasmanian Outdoors Collection, Moonah. Up to date information about this track is greatly appreciated, go to the Contributors page to see how you can contribute to this website.

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Mount Riveaux (Direct Route)

Provides direct access to Mt. Riveaux. Located on Mt. Picton Massif, Picton Valley. This tagged route is open, except for a stretch of Baurea on the ridge. Becomes a pad for the last couple of hundred metres. It is 6km long and climbs 700m directly to Mt Riveaux. Expect to take 5 to 8 hours. The route begins at the first gate on Pear Hill Road. Pear Hill Road leaves Riveaux Road less than 2km after crossing the Picton River. From the first gate follow the road (on foot assuming the gate is locked) for half an hour, ignoring a left turn early on until a second gate is encountered, after this gate, you will see a nice rain forest gully, tags go up on the far side of this gully (west side of the road), very easy to locate. The route initially follows the nice rain forest gully, very steep for much of it with the odd very thick slippery fallen log here and there before the open forest ridge is reached. Then, the annoying bauera stretch begins. It probably only lasts a couple hundred metres but is hard work. The last bit has more logs and rainforest. Its time to get excited when you see your first sign of rock, because your near the top. There are a few logs and then a well-defined pad with a ledge here and there leads to the summit. It’s a very nice feeling to pop out on this little rocky tower after no views all day. Amazing walk and well worth the effort. Route not shown on maps. Refer to Tasmap 1:25000 scale PICTON sheet. Information correct to December 2011 and kindly supplied by Marco D'Alessandro.

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Mount Picton West Pad (Square Tarn)

Provides access to Square Tarn on Mount Picton. Located in the Picton Valley. Up to date information about this track is greatly appreciated, go to the Contributors page to see how you can contribute to this website.

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Last updated 12/1/2013