This is a memory of my first overnight hike in almost 50 years, with my daughter and son in March 2017. I’m heading back to do it again as soon as the Spring days start to lengthen. The hike up and down Mt Graham is a bit of a slog with a back pack to carry, but the views are simply splendid and demand frequent breaks for photos along the way. At least that’s my excuse for frequent rest and recuperation.
My two legs are older than my son and daughters four legs combined.
15 photos seems like an extravagant post, but these are culled from 390 photos taken over 3 days.
Starting at the Springs along Milles Track, it’s deceptively easy going, until the rock and boulder hopping begins. There are several panoramic views across the Derwent River. The rocky but well maintained track through lovely forest and heath, soon reaches the Potato Field, a stretch of endless wet and unstable rocks back up to the tree line. I managed to restrict myself to just two stumbles, and collected a few more minor grazes and bruises.
I was hiking on my own, I might go with a friend next time, it would be easy to badly sprain an ankle, and it’s not the most popular track.
Superb views to Cathedral Rock appeared at the half way point, first in sunlight, and then through approaching cloud and some light drizzle.
Then it’s all downhill, following a quite muddy and very slippery track to the wonderful Wellington Falls. The weather turned quickly, so my banana and almonds snack was over quickly. I was planning to descend through the unofficial rough and risky track to the base of the falls, but the ominous clouds, sleety wind, and my bruised knee said. « No, another time, leave something to come back for ».
The sign said it was a four hour walk back to the Springs. I’m not a fast walker, but with a few photo stops, including early Spring parrots, I was back at the start in 3 hours.
This Tasmanian wonderland is a half-day side trip through the magical Pine Valley. If you are planning on hiking the Overland Track, I’d recommend including at least one night at Pine Valley hut. This was the highlight, among so many, on my Overland walk.