South West Tasmania – Day 3

Day 3 on the South Coast Track. We awoke to another tip top day in paradise. After a refreshing baptism in Louisa River to get the blood flowing we departed to tackle the Ironbound Range, the biggest climb of the main track. Unfortunately the Mad Hatters had caught up to us again and this led to one or two traffic jams throughout the day. Going up seemed a breeze once we had followed Lizzy’s advice to enter a possessed/meditative state by counting every 8 breaths. The clear weather and open track rewarded us with clear views of the inner South West and coast line. Going down through the dense and moist forest on the South side of the range was a bit of a slog. We encountered many beaten individuals along the way, including one young American guy who had somehow managed to get himself lost for “27 hours” in the bush before coming across the track again. The track eventually opened up into dry coastal forest before we reached a very busy day 3 campsite at Little Deadman’s Bay.

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The duckboard highway

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Tasmanian Christmas Bells

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Nice bonnet Bells

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Lizzy and Alfredo on the summit

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Views of the South West with Federation Peak in dead centre

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A Pandani in the road

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The French backpacker

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An unknown little cove near Little Deadman’s Bay

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Camp day 3

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Little Deadman’s Bay at dusk

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Alfredo and the French backpacker

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Jesso reading her cup of soup sediment

South West Tasmania – day 2

Day 2 on the South Coast Track. After deep late morning sleeps we departed our awesome campsite at Buoy Creek to head inland and up. After a bit of a slog up and over Red Point and Spica Hills we moseyed on down into the Louisa plains where we got some respite from the heat by Louisa creek before charging on. After lunch, those with long legs decided to take on the Louisa Bay side trip for an ocean dip and some casual spelunking before heading on to camp at Louisa River where we reunited with the pack. Upon reflection it appeared that whoever had named the natural features in today’s leg was deeply in love with Louisa.

 

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Heading up and over Red Point Hills with Cox Point in the distance

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The A-team heading down Spica Hills

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Louisa Creek

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Dem Tannins

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Tea break at Louisa Creek

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Bells crossing at a random stream

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Louisa Bay

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A funky rock island at Louisa Bay with Louisa Island in the distance

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Big balls and classic Alfredo spelunking

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Rave cave

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Riverside convos

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Camp day 2 with my amazing patented rock seat

South West Tasmania – day 1

The first day of the South Coast Track in South West Tasmania. We set out from Melaleuca in the mid-late arvo after a bit of a delay with our flight. There was a large group of hatted men hot on our trail so with fresh legs and scattered minds we decided to hot foot it to the next campsite at Buoy Creek for an excellent nights sleep.

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The ‘true believers’ on the airstrip before making shapes

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Cox Bight – The first taste of the coast

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Leopard seal chilling out

 

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Grey sand, grey skies

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Stinkfish

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Cox Bluff

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A sharp rocky outcrop

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Cox bluff and some interesting lighting

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A seagull with prime position

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Camp day 1 – Buoy Creek

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Ta

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Big balls inflating the sarcophagus

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Dining in style

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Classic Alfredo toasting marshmallows

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Sunset over Point Cox from Buoy Creek

A Week in the Wilderness – Part 4

 

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Broken men R0010978

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Western Arthur Range from the plainsR0010968

Staying sunsmart R0010953

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The beach, a prominent rock and Lake RosanneR0010911

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Techno Viking having a ponder R0010888

Lightning crevasseR0010883

Federation Peak on the horizonR0010873

The last ascent R0010869

Eye on the prize

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Misty times