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The lovely valley of Goulds Country
Poimena
East Coast Region
The many walks in the Blue Tiers
Poimena
East Coast Region
Site of the historic town of Poimena
Poimena
East Coast Region
The Goblin Forest Trail
Poimena
East Coast Region
Green moss is prolific in wet places.
Poimena
East Coast Region
White fungus is prolific on the trails.
Poimena
East Coast Region
The rocky area at the summit
Poimena
East Coast Region
View west from Australia Hill
Poimena
East Coast Region
A view to the north west
Poimena
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POIMENA & the Blue Tiers

POIMENA and the BLUE TIER Mountains are located in the north east corner of Tasmanian in the BLUE TIERS Forest Reserve. Poimena is a former mining town that has now disappeared and today serves just as the starting point for many interesting bush walks and trail rides. The Goblin Forest walk is easy, but the other walks and trail rides require a moderate degree of fitness. There are no facilities and no accommodation at Poimena. The nearest large town is St Helens.

The BLUE TIERS Forest Reserve is north west of St Helens and south east of Derby. This area is close to the northern part of the EAST COAST. From Poimena you are 30 minutes from St HELENS, DERBY and the St COLOMBA FALLS. You are one hour from SCOTTSDALE and St MARYS.

Nearby places are described in the EAST COAST REGION, the NORTH EAST REGION, St MARYS, St HELENS, DERBY, and the St COLOMBA FALLS information pages.


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FACILITIES: There are no facilities at Poimena - just a tourist board and signs to the tracks. The nearest shopping precinct is at nearby St HELENS. The nearest accommodation is near the St COLUMBA FALLS. There is much accommodation at nearby St HELENS.

SIGHTS: POIMENA is an old mining town, which is now a strange looking plain. Between 1876 and 1968 it was the scene of much tin mining. The area is now recovering from this devastation, which has created many interesting sights. At the Poimena car park is a sign showing the various walks and bike rides. These are the:

WARNING: The Blue Tier Plateau is subject to sudden changes of weather, so you should always have a jacket and water with you. You are also required to take away all rubbish and to stay on the marked trails, as there are mining hazards all over this area.

ROUTE: You approach Poimena on the A3 Tasman Highway from either DERBY or St HELENS. In both cases you turn north onto Lottah Road. This runs parallel to the A3 and has 2 exits, one on the way to DERBY and one on the way to St HELENS. The easier road is the one near St Helens that goes through Goulds Country.

You follow Lottah Road to the area of Lottah, where you turn north onto Poimena Road. This takes you to Poimena and the many lovely walks in the Blue Tier Mountains.

WARNING: The Lottah and Poimena roads are gravel roads, which can be rough in some seasons.

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Goulds Country, Tasmania

1/ Poimena is in north eastern Tasmania. It is the starting point for walks into the Blue Tier Mountains. It is north west of St Helens. The preferred approach to Poimena is through Goulds Country near St Helens. The route through Goulds Country is a lovely journey through lush meadows surrounded by forests. See also Goulds Country.

Poimena

2/ The Poimena area is dominated by regrowth forest. From several points there are great views of the surrounding mountains and forests.

Poimena tracks sign

3/ This is the sign at the Poimena car park. It shows you the various walks and bike rides. Some are easy and some are hard. These are explained in my notes above.

Poimena

4/ The old town of Poimena is now a strange looking plain. This photo shows the start of the Moon Valley walk. In this area there were once 3 hotels, 3 stores, a blacksmith, a butcher, a school and many cottages. Today nothing but disturbed ground remains.

Poimena, Tasmania

5/ This is the entrance to the Goblin Forest track. This is the easiest walk and is even suitable for wheel chairs. This walks shows you how the ground, which was once disturbed by mining is now recovering.

Poimena

6/ Near the Poimena car park is the starting point for 3 walks. There is also a 4WD vehicle track to the Sun Flats car park. This section is also suitable for mountain bikes.

Poimena

7/ What is very interesting about Poimena is that in all directions you see evidence of former habitations and mining sites, which nature is now reclaiming. This photo is looking back from the Australia Hill circuit towards Poimena Hill.

Poimena fungus

8/ A strange white fungus dominates many areas of the tracks. This photo shows fungus on the Australia Hill track as it ascends Australia Hill.

Poimena moss

9/ Other areas of the Australia Hill circuit are dominated by a thick layer of green moss.

Poimena rocks

10/ Rocky areas are common towards the summits of the hills. This area had great views of the surrounding forests and mountains.

Blue Tier

11/ This is a view from the summit of Australia Hill. It looks towards the south east coast. St Helens is located to the top left of this photo on the coast.

Blue Tier

12/ This is the view of the mountains to the north west.

Blue Tier

13/ This is a bull wheel. It is about a metre and a half in diameter. It was once part of a haulage cable that took ore skips down the mountain. In many parts of the Blue Tiers you will see evidence of the former tin mines.

 

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