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Tas NE Highlands Trail - Wild Mag Track Notes?

Postby DonQx » Wed 02 May, 2012 6:08 am

Where could I find a copy of these Wild Magazine Track Notes? ...

The Forbidden Walk: the northeast Highlands Track
Bushwalking track notes, including map, for the Northeast Highlands Track; Ralph Falls; Rattler Range; Maa Mon Chin Lake; Weld River; Poimena; Groom River Valley; Lehners Ridge; Halls Falls
Issue: Issue 112
Page #46-47,49
Writer: Lesley Nicklason


Any help would be appreciatred.

:-) dq.
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Re: Tas NE Highlands Trail - Wild Mag Track Notes?

Postby doogs » Wed 02 May, 2012 6:45 am

Can't help with those specific track notes but Nick D wrote an excellent trip report on this walk. If you use the search for North East Highland Trail you should find it :)
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Re: Tas NE Highlands Trail - Wild Mag Track Notes?

Postby DonQx » Wed 02 May, 2012 7:50 am

thanks doogs, have seen that one already.

I'm wondering whether there might be any track sketches out there.
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Re: Tas NE Highlands Trail - Wild Mag Track Notes?

Postby Son of a Beach » Wed 02 May, 2012 9:44 am

"Lesley Nicklason" can't be a terribly common name. I bet she'd be easy to track down. After a quick search, I reckon you could find her, or somebody that knows her, at: friendsofthebluetier(at)bigpond(dot)com . Probably in the white pages too.

(Third item on my Google search results was this one: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3767 . Not much there, but it may be of some use.)
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Re: Tas NE Highlands Trail - Wild Mag Track Notes?

Postby johnw » Wed 02 May, 2012 10:20 am

DonQx wrote:Where could I find a copy of these Wild Magazine Track Notes? ...

The Forbidden Walk: the northeast Highlands Track
Bushwalking track notes, including map, for the Northeast Highlands Track; Ralph Falls; Rattler Range; Maa Mon Chin Lake; Weld River; Poimena; Groom River Valley; Lehners Ridge; Halls Falls
Issue: Issue 112
Page #46-47,49
Writer: Lesley Nicklason


Any help would be appreciatred.

:-) dq.

DonQx I remember reading this article, which sparked my interest in the Blue Tier region. I ultimately did a couple of day walks in the area about 3 years ago. I'm pretty sure I still have that edition of the magazine lying around at home. I will have look for it but may take a little while due to the current state of my filing system :roll:.
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Re: Tas NE Highlands Trail - Wild Mag Track Notes?

Postby DonQx » Wed 02 May, 2012 10:26 am

That would be great!

Thanks johnw
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Re: Tas NE Highlands Trail - Wild Mag Track Notes?

Postby shazcol » Wed 02 May, 2012 11:20 am

DonQx wrote:Where could I find a copy of these Wild Magazine Track Notes? ...

The Forbidden Walk: the northeast Highlands Track
Bushwalking track notes, including map, for the Northeast Highlands Track; Ralph Falls; Rattler Range; Maa Mon Chin Lake; Weld River; Poimena; Groom River Valley; Lehners Ridge; Halls Falls
Issue: Issue 112
Page #46-47,49
Writer: Lesley Nicklason


Any help would be appreciatred.

:-) dq.


The Launceston Library has copies of Wild that you can borrow for a week at a time, could be worth a try. Have search via their online catalogue?
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Re: Tas NE Highlands Trail - Wild Mag Track Notes?

Postby DonQx » Wed 02 May, 2012 1:15 pm

thanks for the suggestion shazcol, yes I have

the catalog only lists the last 2 years, looks like I might have to go & visit them to look at their archives or whatever it may be called
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Re: Tas NE Highlands Trail - Wild Mag Track Notes?

Postby DonQx » Thu 03 May, 2012 4:31 am

ha! ... we're in luck! ... johnw has found the notes and emailed me a scanned copy.

reduced sized images below, should still be good enough for reading I hope, if not let me know.

thanks for that johnw!

:-) dq.

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Re: Tas NE Highlands Trail - Wild Mag Track Notes?

Postby NickD » Sun 10 Jun, 2012 9:23 am

Such a beautiful trail, a real fine peice of work. Hopefully it gets up and running in the future, will hopefully get myself on that trail once again this coming Summer!
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Re: Tas NE Highlands Trail - Wild Mag Track Notes?

Postby billshep » Thu 05 Feb, 2015 1:23 pm

Update on the Rattler Range traverse. I have just finished waymarking the missing sections on Lesley Nicklason's wonderful Rattler Range walk from Cash's Gorge to Rattler Hill. Its best done with a car shuttle between Ralph's Falls and Ah Foo Road if you can organise this. To locate the start of the route go down from the viewing platform at Cash's Gorge to the old lookout and head down towards the creek on an open rocky slope, tapes will be seen off to the right on the edge of the bush. The route crosses the creek and heads straight back north up along the edge of the escarpment in open tea tree bush. The best views are had in openings in this bush. You cross two small creeks en route. After about an hour you enter beautiful myrtle forest. There are a few scrubby areas but the route avoids them. Some sections are carpeted in thick sphagnum moss. After about 2 hours you will reach the headwaters of Dobson's Creek in a saddle, a beautiful place. Then the track goes back up on to the tops keeping to the east to avoid bad scrub and descends to the head of the South George River, another pristine spot. Leaving here, again skirting the scrub on the east, there is a section of very big myrtles - the Mother of all Myrtles! - before you arrive at an old 4wd track. The walk follows this for an hour. It is illegally used by trail bikers who make an appalling mess in the Forest Reserve. For the final 20 minutes the route leaves the 4wd track before emerging on an old road below Rattler Hill with tin mine workings. There are nice grassy camping spots in this area, with water from the head of the Cascade River.

Head down the old road until it meets Ah Foo Road, which runs down to the Mt Paris dam road to Weldborough or Branxholm. The top of Ah Foo has fallen pines above the road, take care. Probably best to leave a shuttle vehicle just before this obstacle.

Allow 5-6 hours for the walk. water can usually be found at the creek heads but don't rely on this.
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Re: Tas NE Highlands Trail - Wild Mag Track Notes?

Postby billshep » Sun 12 Apr, 2015 4:17 pm

Update on the Rattler Range. Now that the whole range is waymarked, I hope to re route the walk away from the worst bits of 4wd/trailbike damage on the northern section. There is little chance of stopping the bikes but we can keep away from their depradations!
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Re: Tas NE Highlands Trail - Wild Mag Track Notes?

Postby north-north-west » Tue 14 Apr, 2015 10:45 am

Ooooo, lovely. I've been meaning to get back in there eventually.
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Re: Tas NE Highlands Trail - Wild Mag Track Notes?

Postby bohwaz » Fri 01 Apr, 2016 4:09 pm

Did the Rattler Range traverse as a two day return walk from Ralph Falls after finding the track by random luck while wandering around and finding the track so beautiful. It was a great experience, it is truly a magnificent walk and we loved it, thank you very much for waymarking it, it is quite easy to follow for someone who never heard about it before.

We got lost a bit on the plateau after climbing back from Dobsons creek as we saw a pink ribbon lower on the slope and followed that line of pink for about 300 meters before realising it was another route going down the range and back in the direction to the creek. Another place where it was confusing was after Elfin Glade when you reach the old vehicle track destroyed by the trail bikes, the pink ribbons continue to the right (and down) but you have to go left (no ribbons) and 150 meters later you reach a newly cleared track to bypass the 4WD bog, after that we had no trouble.

The track is about 12 kilometers long and has ~600 meters of elevation gain and ~600 meters of elevation loss. You don't really see it or feel it while walking as it seems quite flat most of the way, but you feel it in your knees at the end of the day :) The signposted 6-7 hours from start to end is accurate, took 7 hours on the way in (including lunch and lots of photos in the forest) and 6 hours on the way back. Good camping spots around Cascade river headwaters on the plateau.

Very nice place indeed, I hope I can come back one day to do the complete 7 days walk :)

I'm attaching the GPS trace (way back) if anyone is interested, please note that it doesn't include the 4WD bog bypass, as we walked through the vehicle track on the way back (it was mostly dry), so that I could map it later.
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Re: Tas NE Highlands Trail - Wild Mag Track Notes?

Postby Crawfinator » Mon 21 Nov, 2016 1:02 pm

Hi Bohwaz,

Are you able to give an indication as to the vegetation on this track? i.e. is it closed in with a lot of bush/scrub bashing (better left for a dry sunny day - like leaburra track for example) or is it not too bad?

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Re: Tas NE Highlands Trail - Wild Mag Track Notes?

Postby bohwaz » Fri 25 Nov, 2016 9:12 pm

Ah you are so lucky I was just checking out this post again as I am just now going through my photos! (yes I am quite late, that's what happens when you travel for a long time and then you are stuck with thousands of pictures but are now too busy to go through them)

The bush is pretty light, no bush bashing, the forest is surprisingly clear for Tassie, and there is often a thick carpet of moss on the ground (was really fun last summer with it being dry, but if it's wet prepare to have your feet wet), amazing trees, lichens and mushrooms. This forest is probably one of the best in the whole Tasmania!

The only problem there is that you might lose the track, which is not always well defined on the ground. It is very well marked with fluo tape but there was a couple places where we had to backtrack a bit to find the next tape marker. And at one place the track turned left and stayed on the ridge and we went down a slope and spotted some tape but it was another track (hunters track?) but we quickly found that we were going down when the track was supposed to stay on the "ridge" (which is mostly flat btw at this point). So yeah be careful, but with my GPS track you should be able to stay on track, as we didn't get lost without the trace and by just following the instructions from @billshep which were more than enough.

Pictures from my trip in March: http://bohwaz.net/photos/album/2016/03- ... e_Traverse

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Re: Tas NE Highlands Trail - Wild Mag Track Notes?

Postby Crawfinator » Fri 25 Nov, 2016 10:03 pm

Cheers, pictures look amazing, going to have to check it out soon! Will report back
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Re: Tas NE Highlands Trail - Wild Mag Track Notes?

Postby Grindelwalddave » Sat 26 Nov, 2016 4:39 pm

Will any of the 400000 hectares proposed for release for logging in 2018 (some of which is in the Blue Tier) impact on the NE Highlands Trail?
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Re: Tas NE Highlands Trail - Wild Mag Track Notes?

Postby billshep1 » Wed 21 Dec, 2016 5:25 pm

I did a few trips over the Rattler traverse this Spring cleared windfalls and tidied waymarking. The only part where you might lose the route is just north of Dobson's Creek where I ran out of tape! It's only sketchy for a couple of hundred mts.
What you must avoid at all costs is the scrub on top between Dobsons and South George river. This is why the route keeps east of the ridge.
The bypasses avoiding the 4wd bogs are clearly marked now - left a few logs to deter bikers.
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Re: Tas NE Highlands Trail - Wild Mag Track Notes?

Postby bohwaz » Wed 28 Dec, 2016 12:17 am

Awesome, thank you so much for your work :)
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