Historic Kelly Basin Walk

Historic Kelly Basin Walk

Kelly Basin is on the south east side of Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania’s west coast. The towns of East and West Pillinger once stood on Kelly Basin and had a population of over 1000. East Pillinger was established as a port for the North Mount Lyell Mining Company’s rail line which ran from Queenstown bringing copper to be exported.. The town was abandoned in 1924 after the rival Mount Lyell Mining Company took over North Mount Lyell Mining. Today there are still remnants of the port town of East Pillinger to be explored. This includes brick kilns, parts of buildings, giant metal boilers and the old wharf. We wanted to see for ourselves so headed off from Queenstown to do the half day walk.

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Two Walks in the Tarkine

Two Walks in the Tarkine

The term Tarkine or takayna, its Aboriginal name, is used to describe much of north west Tasmania. It is a region of rainforests and rivers, imposing mountains and wild coastlines. It is currently unprotected. There are ongoing efforts by many people to have this remedied to protect the area for future generations. With regular walking companion Graeme, we chose two walks in the southern part of the Tarkine – the Huskisson River Rainforest Walk and Mt Murchison, one of the west’s highest peaks.

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The Needles - One of Tasmania's Most Spectacular Short Wilderness Walks

The Needles - One of Tasmania's Most Spectacular Short Wilderness Walks

The Needles are a group of rocky spires that protrude from the landscape of south west Tasmania. The 2 – 3 hour return walk to the top-most Needle (1020m) takes you up a steepish trail with spectacular views unfolding as you ascend. From the top you have a 360 degree panorama of the SW Wilderness World Heritage Area. On a clear day this has to be one of Tassie’s most spectacular short wilderness walks.

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Cape Raoul - The Third Cape

Cape Raoul - The Third Cape

When you book the Three Capes Track 4 day walk, in SE Tasmania, you are actually only getting two capes for your money – Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy. This isn’t to say that it isn’t a fabulous experience – it is. The trail takes you along some of Australia’s most spectacular coast and cliffs. But if you want your full complement of capes then you need do a separate additional day walk to nearby Cape Raoul. This post describes our recent visit to Cape Raoul, our first since new track work was done.

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Secret Tasmania - Bluff Canyon

Secret Tasmania - Bluff Canyon

Tasmania is full of places and attractions that don’t feature prominently in the tourist literature. In fact, some are so obscure that many locals don’t even know about them. This post describes a day walk we did to little known Bluff Canyon. In the spirit of Secret Tasmania, we don’t give too much detail about where and how to do the walk. There are no maps here. If you’re interested, you might need to do a bit of extra research.

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