Evercreech Forest Reserve
Take a day trip to Mathinna, visit Mathinna Falls and the spectacular Evercreech Forest Reserve, the ’White Knights’, take an easy walk along the well maintained track through magnificent ancient rainforest and enjoy lunch in the beautiful picnic rounds.
The high altitude but gentle climb to the Ben Lomond plateau, up the forested southern slope, is currently overgrown with prickly pink mountain berry native shrubs, making the climb unsuitable for children. The track up between Bent Bluff and Broken Bluff reaches 1,300 m, rewarding climbers with magnificent valley views.
Walk time : Approx 3 hrs return
Commence climb near the Rossarden Link Road, approx 9 km east of Rossarden.
The climb to Tranquil Tarn is more difficult than the Bent Bluff walk, but equally rewarding. Climbers can continue on up to Stacks Bluff (1,527 m). This climb should not be attempted in wet or overcast conditions.
Walk time : Approx 4 hrs return
Commence climb 2km south of Storys Creek
Stacks Bluff walk commences south of Storys Creek, off the gravel road. There is a parking area which is marked. The climbs are all marked with small triangular directional markers but none of the tracks are maintained so it is better if a climber has a bit of experience seeking the markers and is prepared to cover some rough ground.
Walk time : Approx 8 km/6 hrs return
Commence climb south of Storys Creek
Take the Stacks Bluff trail but after reaching the plateau, instead of heading south to Stacks Bluff, head west towards the centre of the plateau and after about 2 km the lake will come into view. You will need to negotiate ground covered in Cushionplants and wildflowers. Try not to damage them by walking on them; they disintegrate if there has not been much rain.
Walk time : Approx 7 hrs return, with rest stops
St Patricks Head
The first part of the walk is a gentle climb but gets steeper as you get higher, with wire rope and a ladder to assist near the top; care needs to be taken near the top but the views are worth it.
Walk time : Approx 4 km/3 hours return
Turn off the Esk Highway just east of St Marys (signposted). The carpark is about 3.5 km from the turnoff
Gipps Creek Bush Walk
Climb onto the wall of one of the three dams that burst in 1929, adding to the devastating floodwaters in that year, then bush climb up to one of the Gipps Creek tin mines and explore the area where, in the late 1800s until the dams burst in 1929, over 1,000 men worked, many of them walking from Avoca to Gipps Creek and back each week.
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Head to Mathinna from Fingal (B43) but turn right at the Mathinna town sign. Follow the Mathinna Plains Road towards Ringarooma (gravel road) and the turn off to Mt Saddleback is on the left after approximately 12 km. Fabulous 360 degree views, including the coast out from Bridport, can be seen from the summit.
Take the Esk Main Road to Avoca and turn right onto Royal George Road. After passing through Royal George continue on (now a gravel road) another 19 km to the M Road junction. Turn left and drive 7 km, then turn right on MG11 for the final 1.5 km to the picnic area and the 10 minute walk to the falls, where the amphitheatre is spectacular.
There are several ways to reach Tower Hill. From Fingal head north on the Mathinna Road, turn left (west) just over the bridge towards Mangana, then just after the golf course turn right onto the Tower Hill Road (gravel), and the Tower Hill turnoff is approximately 12 km on the left. The Forestry Fire Lookout is on Tower Hill and not usually accessible to the public. However there is a beautiful walk away from the lookout to a high rocky outcrop, where great views can be enjoyed while you picnic.
Alternatively, head towards Mathinna on the B43 and take a left turn (gravel roads) at either Miami Road or the next road on the left (signposted to Tower Hill) and when you reach the main Tower Hill Road turn right and follow this until the Tower Hill turnoff on the left.
Take the Esk Main Road to Fingal then 3 km after Fingal, on the way to St Marys, Valley Road is on the right. The climbing first section of this road can be a bit corrugated but after that it is a reasonably good gravel road. Follow this for 16 km, then turn right at a signed intersection and continue another 5km (less well maintained) to the car parking area. At the end of the 15 minute walking track there is an easy winding descent to a fenced lookout of the 20 m falls and the St Pauls River Gorge downstream.
There are clear descriptions for walks in Fingal Valley in the publication “50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania” by Jan hardy and Bert Elson, available from Birchalls Bookshop.
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