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Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby Werribeewalker » Fri 26 Sep, 2014 6:22 pm

For my yearly Tassie pilgrimage, I thought I would try the Penguin Cradle Trail just after Christmas. Has anyone walked it recently and can tell me in general terms, what the track condition is like and if there are any tricky bits to be aware of?
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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby Tortoise » Fri 26 Sep, 2014 7:26 pm

Hi werribeewalker. I did it in feb, but hoping you'll get some more recent info. If you don't I can probably put you onto someone who can get it for you. It's a very different walk, with proximity to civilisation in places, but I loved it anyway. Wouldn't want to be doing black bluff range in foul weather but people have managed it. LOVED it in good weather. Leven canyon days great though would have loved to have been to the falls if time. So close to home but felt wild. :-) there was a tricky land slip I think south of Blackwood camp on v steep bit - hopefully nwwc have been able to fix it though it would have needed something clever. Some bits were tricky to pick the right route - confusing markers with several tracks and various types of markers. Some bits needed careful footing where track about one boot wide on a v steep traverse. Other parts would not have been passable at higher river levels.
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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby geoskid » Fri 26 Sep, 2014 7:41 pm

Werribeewalker wrote:For my yearly Tassie pilgrimage, I thought I would try the Penguin Cradle Trail just after Christmas. Has anyone walked it recently and can tell me in general terms, what the track condition is like and if there are any tricky bits to be aware of?


You will be fine - if you do your planning. The track is the track and it is a multi-day day walk. Plan accordingly.
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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby Werribeewalker » Fri 26 Sep, 2014 7:53 pm

Thanks Tortoise for the info- this will be a nice change from my regular walks in the SW
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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby bigkev » Mon 29 Sep, 2014 8:28 pm

Hi Werribeewalker,

I did the walk a few years ago so any track condition info is a bit old, if you want to check out my trip report here's the link http://hiking.topicwise.com/doc/8874 , the photos may give you a general idea of what the track is like.

My main memories of the walk were the amount of fallen trees, and of scrambling through Leven Canyon in the rain, the trees weren't much fun but Leven Canyon was awesome fun.

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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby wildlight » Mon 29 Sep, 2014 10:14 pm

I would recommend you make the side trip to Reynolds Falls, on the Vale River. Enjoy that part of it- I'd allow a day in (upon leaving the Penguin-Cradle Trail) and a day out again. Many fantastic campsites on the walk in there- and the photography potential is just superb. You can get in and out in a day- that's like walking the Overland Track in 5 days.

Why "charge" through it like that? What's the rush?

Enjoy the trip. I've only done snippets of the Penguin-Cradle. It's fantastic country!

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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby Werribeewalker » Tue 30 Sep, 2014 11:49 pm

Thanks BigKev
That was a great trip report and plenty of good pics. Shame about the weather towards the end

I might also include the Reynolds Falls side trip Wildlight - thanks for the info and suggestion
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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby Explorer_Sam » Mon 01 Oct, 2018 9:01 pm

Hey all,

Does anyone know which Abels lie along or in close proximity to the Penguin Cradle Trail?

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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby L_Cham_67 » Mon 01 Oct, 2018 10:09 pm

Black Bluff is one (but the true high point is off track), Mt beecroft, and perhaps recondite knob as well, but that would be a long detour and it's right at the end.
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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby north-north-west » Tue 02 Oct, 2018 7:09 am

There's a shorter detour/sidetrip up to Recondite, via an open creek line, which gets you to the old exploration track near Back Peak. From there it's a short easy walk. Either return the way you went up or follow the ((badly overgrown and sometimes boggy) old track back to Speeler Plains.

Black Bluff Range high point is any one of three boulders on the ridge above the track. Short detour. Beecroft has a pad from the little tarn just before the descent to Fourways. Both are worth the effort.
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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby ILUVSWTAS » Tue 02 Oct, 2018 7:48 am

Could add Tor to the list of nearby Abels.

Agree Black Bluff Abel is well worth the extra effort. The walk from the trig to the true high point is excellent in good weather. Allow around 30-40mins each way from the trig.
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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby north-north-west » Tue 02 Oct, 2018 9:36 am

ILUVSWTAS wrote:Could add Tor to the list of nearby Abels.


Bit of a haul along the road to the access track, but you can always camp near Taylors.
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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby Explorer_Sam » Wed 03 Oct, 2018 12:11 am

Thanks for the responses all! No plans currently, just looking at it for future. As a Victorian, I am planning to strategically collect Abels when I venture down to Tassie. I would like to do the PCT-OLT double within the next couple of years.
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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby tas-man » Tue 09 Oct, 2018 8:43 pm

Check out this old thread for some photos of the great variety of terrain that the PCT covers.

htktp://bushwalk.com/forum/viewtopic.ph ... uin+cradle
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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby Mel123 » Thu 01 Nov, 2018 7:53 am

Hi walkers - anyone done the track recently? Conditions?
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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby north-north-west » Thu 01 Nov, 2018 3:39 pm

A little bit of it. There has been some recent work on some sections, including the stretch along the Leven River above Taylors, plus scrub cutting about a km either side of Fourways, plus new posts on Beecroft.
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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby Mel123 » Fri 02 Nov, 2018 6:51 am

Great, thanks so much.
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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby MrWalker » Fri 02 Nov, 2018 7:34 am

From the difficulty that LouPhi had, it looks like the section after the lower Leven River, out to Gunns Plains has not been worked on lately. There were a lot of fallen trees there when I went through quite a while ago. It was difficult to squeeze over, under or through them while wearing a day pack. LouPhi could not do it with his supersize backpack. There is a 4WD track that bypasses most of that section, but I'm sure you will want to stay on the more interesting official route.
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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby Mel123 » Sat 03 Nov, 2018 7:08 am

Thanks. How long ago were you there?
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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby MrWalker » Sat 03 Nov, 2018 8:26 am

Mel123 wrote:Thanks. How long ago were you there?

I went through in December 2016, but it certainly hadn't been cleared in August 2018 when LouPhi went along there, so there might be more trees down than when I did it.
The section I mean is from Mt Lorymer lookout to where you come out near Wings Farm/Zoo.
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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby Mel123 » Mon 12 Nov, 2018 11:06 pm

Thank you. Planning to go in March. Will do some more research.
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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby tastrax » Tue 13 Nov, 2018 1:28 pm

Also check with these folk as they organise the working bees

https://wildcaretas.org.au/branches/wil ... dle-trail/

Updates are also posted here - https://www.nwwc.org.au/index.php/penguin-cradle-trail
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Re: Penguin Cradle Trail

Postby Mel123 » Wed 14 Nov, 2018 6:15 am

Thank you Phil! :)
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