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Barn Bluff

1/ Barn Bluff is massive, cone shaped peak 27 kilometres south of the visitor centre of Cradle Mountain. It is 1560 metres high, so that from its summit a climber can see a vast panorama of the peaks of the Central Highlands of Tasmania. It is the first major landmark seen by hikers on the famous Overland Track between Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair. This gallery shows scenes taken by our club on a winter visit in 2014.

Cradle Mountaine near Barn Bluff

2/ All visits to Barn Bluff start at Cradle Mountain. This photo shows the Cradle Mountain above Lake Dove. It is showing its classic colours and awesome reflections. Unfortunately, it shows these colours on 12% of the time. The best time to photograph it is in the morning. A further problem is that the weather can change rapidly in the Central Highlands, so that no visitor can be certain of what they will see on any particular day.

Lake Lilla

3/ This journey to Barn Bluff began at the Dove Lake car park. From here the group walked west to join the Lake Lilla Track. They then past Lake Lilla to join the famous Overland Track. This lovely image shows Lake Lilla. It looks towards the south east and the Little Horn of the Cradle. On the left you can see Hansons Peak and below it is a slither of Lake Dove.

Crater Lake

4/ The Overland Track then enters a relatively flat are called the Cradle Plateau. This image looks across the Cradle Plateau towards the west.

Kitchen Hut near Cradle Mountain

5/ Some 7 kilometres south of the Dove Lake car park at the junction of the Overland and Face tracks is the Kitchen Hut. This is one of a number of emergency shelters. There is a cooking stove, a heater, bed spaces and a toilet at the Kitchen Hut.

near Cradle Mountain

6/ From the Cradle Plateau you see this magnificent view of Cradle Mountain, when you look towards the east. The right half of the Cradle is called Weindorfers Tower. It stretches to the south to become Smith Peak, which is 1550 metres high.

near Cradle Mountain

7/ When you walk another kilometre to the south you see this inspiring view of a very distant Barn Bluff to the south.

 Cradle Mountain

8/ As you walk further south you then see to your east Bensons Peak. This jagged wall rises 100 metres and is preceded by a field of scree.

near Cradle Mountain

9/ This view looks north across the Cradle Plateau back to Smithies Peak.

Barn Bluff

10/ This image shows the Overland Track near Waterfall Gully. It looks towards the south west. There are 2 emergency huts at Waterfall Gully. There is a new one and an old one. There is also camping and a toilet. Our group slept here before walking to Barn Bluff the next day.

Barn Bluff

11/ To go to Barn Bluff our group had to walk back north from Waterfall Gully to meet the Barn Bluff side track. The summit of Barn Bluff is 1.5 kilometres down this side track. As you approach Barn Bluff you see to the west the enormous chasm of Fury Gorge.

Barn Bluff

12/ Barn Bluff dominates the southern sky as you approach it.

Fury Gorge near Barn Bluff

13/ This view shows the last kilometre of the track before Barn Bluff.

Barn Bluff

14/ Barn Bluff is 1560 metres above sea level. To reach the summit you must ascend 350 metres up a steep rocky track.

Barn Bluff

15/ This image shows Barn Bluff just before the track became very steep.

Barn Bluff

16/ This view looks towards the summit of Barn Bluff.

Barn Bluff

17/ This view shows a closer view of the dolerite columns that make up Barn Bluff.

Barn Bluff

18/ This is the view from the summit of Barn Bluff, when you look towards the south east. These are the peaks of the Central Highlands that the walkers on the Overland Track see as they walk south towards Lake St Clair.

Barn Bluff

19/ This image shows hills to the south west of Barn Bluff.

Lake Rodway

20/ From the summit of Barn Bluff our group then turned north to go home. They rejoined the Overland Track and near the Kitchen Hut, they turned east to join the Lake Rodway Track. This was because they intended to visit the attractions on the eastern side of Lake Dove. This is an image of Lake Rodway. Beyond it to the left is part of Weindorfers Tower, while to the right is the Little Horn.

Lake Rodway

21/ This view looks across Lake Rodway towards Weindorfers Tower on the left and the Little Horn on the right.

Lake Rodway

22/ This image captured from Lake Rodway looks towards the south west towards Smithies Peak.

Little Horn of Cradle Mountain

23/ Our group then walked north towards the Little Horn and ascended it. The Cradle is frequently covered in cloud and this what you see when you are in a cloud. You must be very careful not to lose sight of your trail.

Little Horn of Cradle Mountain

24/ This is the view from the Little Horn looking west towards Weindorfers Tower. It is a truly awesome experience to ascend the Little Horn.

Little Horn of Cradle Mountain

25/ This is the view from the Little Horn looking north towards Lake Dove. The end of the walk is the car park at the top of this lake. The more adventurous climbers ascend the pinnacle on the left to get the highest view possible from the Little Horn.

 

Cradle Mountain

1/ This gallery of photos shows a visit that our club made to Barn Bluff in the summer of 2013. The visit started at the Dove Lake car park from where you can see this classic view of Cradle Mountain. To the left is the Little Horn and to the right is Weindorfers Towers. On the return journey our group made a side trip to the Little Horn and climbed it to its highest point.

Lake Lilla

2/ The journey began by taking the Lake Lilla Track. This track wends to the west to join the famous Overland Track. This image shows Lake Lilla. Beyond it is a slither of Lake Dove and above Lake Dove in the centre is Hansons Peak. Our group also visited Hansons Peak on the return journey.

Lake Lilla

3/ This is another view of Lake Lilla. It shows the lovely reflections that you often see on Tasmania Lakes. To the left are ancient pencil pine trees. In the centre of the image you can just see the Little Horn poking out above the trees. A bit further to the west the Lake Lilla Track joins the famous Overland Track.

Marions Lookout

4/ The next landmark is on the Overland Track and it is Marions Lookout. Reaching the lookout involves ascending 200 metres. The last section is so steep that a chain has been added to help climbers. Note that this climber is wearing shorts, but in his large pack he has both food and cold weather clothing.

Cradle Mountain from Marions Lookout

5/ This is the spectacular view that you see, when you look south from Marions Lookout. Below is the southern shore of Lake Dove and above it is the majestic Cradle.

Lake Dove from Marions Lookout

6/ This is the view to the north east of Marions Lookout. To the right is Mount Campbell and to the left, at the top of Lake Dove, is the Lake Dove car park from where the walk began.

Crater Lake

7/ Just to the west of Marions Lookout are the steep cliffs of Crater Lake.

Kitchen Hut near Cradle Mountain

8/ We then walked south to the Kitchen Hut. This is one of a number of emergency shelters on the various tracks. There is also a toilet at the Kitchen Hut.

Cradle Mountain

9/ The group then continued to walk south from the Kitchen Hut past Weindorfers Tower on the left towards Smithies Peak on the right.

Cradle Mountain

10/ They crossed a flat area called the Cradle Plateau. When you look towards the east, you see this majestic view of Cradle Mountain.

Barn Bluff

11/ Further south on the Overland Track the group got there first looked at a distant Barn Bluff.

Fury Gorge near Barn Bluff

12/ As you approach Barn Bluff you see the vast chasm of Fury Gorge. At this point we diverged east onto the short Waterfall Valley track to camp at Waterfall Valley.

Barn Bluff

13/ The next morning our group approached the majestic peak of Barn Bluff.

Barn Bluff

14/ This view shows the Barn Bluff approach track just before it began to rapidly ascend. Our group then had the difficult task of ascending the 300 metres to the summit of Barn Bluff.

summit of Barn Bluff

15/ This is the summit of Barn Bluff. The views from here were simply awesome.

Lake Will from the summit of Barn Bluff

16/ Looking to the south from the Barn Bluff summit you see Lake Will.

view east of summit of Barn Bluff

17/ Looking to the east from the Barn Bluff summit you see these hills.

summit of Barn Bluff

18/ Looking to the north from the Barn Bluff summit you see the Bluff Cirque and Waterfall Valley. In the distance is Cradle Mountain.

rainbow from the summit of Barn Bluff

19/ We also saw a beautiful rainbow. Our group now turned back to return. We again walked north on the Overland Track, but we now turned east onto the Lake Rodway track to reach the Scott Kilvert Hut at Lake Rodway. We intended to see other sights on the return trip.

Scott Kilvert Hut

20/ This is the Scott Kilvert Hut at Lake Rodway. It was built by volunteers in 1966 after the tragic death of a teacher and a student in a blizzard near this point. The construction materials had to be carried by hand 10 kilometres from the Dove Lake car park. There is also a toilet and camping at the Scott Kilvert Hut.

camping near the Scott Kilvert Hut

21/ This image shows a tent near the Scott Kilvert Hut at Lake Rodway. The last rays of the sun are lighting up the near by cliffs.

Lake Rodway

22/ This image shows beautiful reflections, as the sun sets on Lake Rodway.

Lake Rodway

23/ This image shows the lovely reflections and mist that we saw that morning at Lake Rodway.

Lake Rodway

24/ This is another view of the mist and reflections that we saw that morning at Lake Rodway. The next day we trekked north to the south face of Cradle Mountain.

Cradle Mountain

25/ This image looks west at the Little Horn of Cradle Mountain. Our group intended to ascended the 300 metres from the track to the summit of the first peak, called the Little Horn.

Little Horn of Cradle Mountain

26/ This is the daunting view of the Little Horn that our group saw as they ascended it.

summit of Little Horn of Cradle Mountain

27/ Here you see the view from the summit of the Little Horn. Beyond is Lake Dove and to the left is Lake Lilla. One intrepid female walker has climbed the pinnacle.

summit of Little Horn of Cradle Mountain

28/ This is the view from the summit of the Little Horn. Many walkers have a list of peaks that they intend to climb. It is quite an achievement to do this, but you need to be fit and with the right group on the right day. This lady was an experienced climber and she was climbing with other experience climbers. In 2015 a lone and unprepared Japanese climber perished on this same peak.

Lake Wilks

29/ Looking down from the Little Horn you can see Lake Wilks. It is at the base of Weindorfers Tower. Lake Wilks is about 100 metres above Lake Dove, which is in the chasm to the right.

Lake Dove

30/ This is the full view of Lake Dove that you see from the Little Horn. At the top you can see a distant Lake Lilla. The track that you can see is the Lake Dove circuit that most tourist walk.

Weindorfers Tower

31/ This image looks west from the Little Horn to Weindorfers Tower. Some climbers cross the spur on the right to reach the summit of Weindorfers Tower.

Rangers Hut

32/ This image looks down 200 metres from the Little Horn to the Rangers Hut below.

Cradle Mountain

33/ The group then followed the Lake Hanson Track on the eastern side of Lake Dove. This image was taken on Hansons Peak. It looks towards the south west at the Cradle. Lake Dove is to the right.

Cradle Mountain

34/ This image looks towards the north east from Hansons Peak. The smaller lake is called Twisted Lake and beyond it is Lake Hanson.

Twisted Lake

35/ This lovely image of Twisted Lake should show why it is so named.

Twisted Lake

36/ This image looks south from Twisted Lake back towards the Cradle.

Lake Hanson

37/ This image looks east towards Lake Hanson. Just beyond this lake is a precipitous drop.

Lake Hanson

38/ This is Lake Hanson. It is also famous for its lovely reflections, but we did not see them this day.

Lake Hanson

39/ This image looks back at Lake Hanson. Beyond it to the south west are the twin peaks of the Cradle. From here the group descended the last 1.5 kilometres to the Dove Lake car park.

 

Cradle Mountain Lake Dove

1/ This gallery shows a journey made by our club to Barn Bluff in the autumn of 2012. It will give you some idea of the different colours seen in this area in the different seasons. This gallery also shows some great views of Fury Gorge. The journey started, as usual, at the Dove Lake car park. Dove Lake showed its sombre colours that day.

Cradle Plateau

2/ The group scaled Marions Lookout to enter the vast Cradle Plateau, which is on the western side of Lake Dove. This photo shows the alpine vegetation of the Cradle Plateau and the Overland Track. It look to the east towards the Little Horn of the Cradle. This area is very dangerous for blizzards, which is why a shelter was built here.

Kitchen Hut at Cradle Plateau

3/ This is the Kitchen Hut. It is the emergency shelter for the Cradle Plateau area. Trekkers on the famous Overland Trail often stop here. The photo looks to the east towards Mt Campbell. This mountain towers over the eastern side of Lake Dove.

Cradle Plateau

4/ This image shows a group of trekkers near the Kitchen Hut. They are having lunch before walking south. This photo looks east towards Weindorfers tower. This range continues south to become Smithies Peak. This is the peak to the right. Note the bleak, rocky alpine landscape.

Barn Bluff from Fury Gorge

5/ The Cradle Plateau continues to the south, until it abruptly falls into Fury Gorge. Here you get to see Barn Bluff for the first time. In this image the abrupt drop ahead is the start of Fury Gorge. Beyond it is the stark outline of the mighty Barn Bluff.

Fury Gorge

6/ This image looks to the left into Fury Gorge. It was taken on the spur near the Cradle Cirque.

Fury Gorge

7/ This image looks into Fury Gorge. The Fury River is at the base of this gorge 300 metres below.

Fury Gorge

8/ This is another view of Fury Gorge showing its rugged cliffs and deep valleys. It looks south towards the mighty peak of Barn Bluff.

Fury Gorge

9/ This view shows a cloud rapidly enveloping Fury Gorge. A freezing blizzard persuaded the group to turn back near this point.

Suttons Tarn

10/ This image looks west into Fury Gorge towards Suttons Tarn. This tarn is just west of the Overland Track and is a good place to rest on the way to Barn Bluff.

Barn Bluff

11/ This photo was taken about 5 kilometres from Barn Bluff. You can plainly see the approaching blizzard, which persuaded our group to turn back. Climbing Barn Bluff in a blizzard would have been most foolish.

Cradle Mountain

12/ Our group now trekked north back towards Cradle Mountain. This view looks to the east towards the Weindorfers Tower. Beyond it is the Little Horn. The Face Track runs along the edge of these twin towers. From here you can take a track down to firstly Lake Wilks and then on to Lake Dove.

Cradle Mountain

13/ This was our groups first view of Lake Wilks. The steepness of the cliff here is about 70 degrees. This makes descending very difficult. The trail continues around Lake Wilks and then descends to Lake Dove and the car park.

Lake Wilks

14/ This image shows ancient pencil pine trees on Lake Wilks. It looks south towards Weindorfers Tower. At this time the tower was enveloped in cloud.

Cradle Mountain

15/ This image looks back south towards Weindorfers Tower. The cloud had passed on to reveal the rugged steepness of the landscape.

Cradle Mountain

16/ This view was a very welcome sight. It shows our group descending down from Lake Wilks towards Lake Dove. Note the chain fence that has been added for safety. An easy walk around Lake Dove then took them back to the car park.

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