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TUMBLE TOR

Billop Bluff view to the north east
Tumble Tor
Central Mountains Region
Parson & Clerk Mountain
Tumble Tor
Central Mountains Region
Haberle's hut emergency shelter
Tumble Tor
Central Mountains Region
Morning mist in the valley
Tumble Tor
Central Mountains Region
Clear waters of Jackeys Creek
Tumble Tor
Central Mountains Region
View north west of Parson & Clerk
Tumble Tor
Central Mountains Region
View north of Parson & Clerk
Tumble Tor
Central Mountains Region
View north towards Poatina
Tumble Tor
Central Mountains Region
Beware of dangerous snakes
Tumble Tor
Central Mountains Region

TUMBLE TOR, Billop Bluff, & Millers Bluff

TUMBLE TOR is a small mountain in the north eastern part of the Central Highlands of Tasmania. It is south of the town of Cressy and east of the Great Lake. To reach it you must climb the Great Western Tier Mountains at BILLOP BLUFF and then walk a further 2 kilometres to the south. The gallerys on this page look show some of the sights of this area. Since reaching Tumble Tor involves climbing a mountain and following a poorly, defined trail, it is only for experienced bush walkers. You are also warned that the whole of the Central Highlands is subject to sudden blizzards, even in summer, so you must be prepared.

Reaching Tumble Tor takes a full day, so realistically, you will not be able to visit any other place. This area though is geographically close to other attractions shown on my: GREAT LAKE, MEANDER FALLS, LIFFEY FALLS, QUAMBY BLUFF and MOLE CREEK pages.


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FACILITIES: Tumble Tor is a mountain in the wilderness. The nearest large town is LONGFORD and the nearest hamlet with shops, a petrol pump and a hotel is CRESSY.

ACCOMMODATION: The nearest accommodation to this area is at POATINA. However, this area is easy to reach from LAUNCESTON, which has ample accommodation.

ROUTE: From LONGFORD you drive south on B51. You will pass through Cressy and you then turn south onto Lake River Road. This takes you to the eastern edge of the Tiers. Here you must find the rough track to Billop Bluff. On reaching the top of Billop Bluff, you must make you own way to Tumble Tor. Again this walk is only for experienced bush walkers.

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  • TUMBLE TOR
  • Millers Bluff

 

Tumble Tor

1/ Tumble Tor is a small mountain in central, northern Tasmania south of Poatina. To reach it our party had to cross the Great Western Tiers near Billop Bluff and trek south to Tumble Tor. On the way we visited the neighboring peaks of Billop Bluff and Brady's Lookout. This view shows the view from Brady's Lookout looking towards the north east. The peak to the left is Billop Bluff.

Tumble Tor

2/ The climb to the top of the escarpment first involved crossing through a dense eucalyptus forest.

Tumble Tor

3/ The track was just a defined trail. This means a poorly, marked route through the dense forest. Here the trail involved using a log as a bridge. This trip was for experienced hikers only.

Tumble Tor

4/ The trail up the escarpment involved balancing on scree and then scaling up boulders.

Tumble Tor

5/ In this last section we had to scale up these boulders to reach the top of the escarpment.

Tumble Tor

6/ Here one of our party rests at the cairn on the summit of Billop Bluff.

Tumble Tor

7/ This view looks down from Billop Bluff eastwards to other peaks of the Great Western Tiers.

Tumble Tor

8/ This view looks east from Billop Bluff at the eastern edge of the Great Western Tiers.

Tumble Tor

9/ This is the view from near the peak of Brady's Lookout. It looks north towards the Northern Coastal Plain. The cleared strip in the forest is near the Poatina Power Station.

Tumble Tor

10/ This view looks north west from Brady's Lookout towards the Northern Coastal Plain.

Tumble Tor

11/ This view looks north east from Brady's Lookout and shows part of the plateau.

Tumble Tor

12/ This view from Brady's Lookout looks west along the chain of the Great Western Tiers. This hiker is enjoying both the view and his achievement in reaching it.

Tumble Tor

13/ The view from the top of the escarpment is frequently obscured by clouds, which can rapidly appear and then disperse. They give the landscape a strange ethereal effect.

Tumble Tor

14/ Tumble Tor is about 2 kilometres south of the escarpment across an alpine plain. This photo shows our first view of Tumble Tor on the horizon.

Tumble Tor

15/ This photo shows Tumble Tor on the left. Beyond Tumble Tor you can just see the Great Lake.

Tumble Tor

16/ This is our party resting on the summit of Tumble Tor. They are wearing their cold weather clothing, as the Central Highlands are frequently subjected to freezing winds. After reaching Tumble Tor our party returned by the same route.

Tumble Tor

17/ One of the dangers of hiking in the Tasmanian bush are snakes. Fortunately, snakes usually flee when they hear humans coming.

Tumble Tor

18/ In the late afternoon our party reached the edge of the Tiers. A rainbow greeted us from the Northern Coastal Plain below.

 

Millers Bluff

1/ Millers Bluff is in central, northern Tasmania. It is on the most eastern side of the Great Western Tier Mountains. It is south of Cressy and south east of the Connorville estate. It is 1200 metres high and a climb of 300 metres is needed to reach the summit. This gallery shows a trip that our club made to Millers Bluff in 2012.

Millers Bluff

2/ The approach to Millers Bluff was through a forest that had been logged in recent years. This is why the trees are so small. The first part of our approach was on a rough road. Later we had only a poorly, defined trail to follow to the summit.

Millers Bluff

3/ I saw this interesting myrtle tree on the higher slopes. The two trunks gave off an interesting idea of symmetry in their own strange way.

Millers Bluff

4/ The climb to the summit involved bashing our way through thick vegetation and scaling large boulders. It was quite exhausting.

Millers Bluff

5/ This was the breathtaking view that greeted us from the summit. We had a grand view of much of the Northern Coastal Plain.

Millers Bluff

6/ This view looks towards the south east at other peaks of the Great Western Tiers.

Millers Bluff

7/ This was another view to the east from near the summit.

Millers Bluff

8/ This view looks to the north west. The peak on the left is Billop Bluff.

Millers Bluff

9/ This view looks to the far west at the many peaks of the Central Highlands of Tasmania.

Millers Bluff

10/ The final objective was to reach the weather station near the summit of Millers Bluff.

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