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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.

Billop Bluff

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

Billop Bluff

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.

Billop Bluff

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

Billop Bluff

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

Billop Bluff

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

Billop Bluff

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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