Starting from the car park on Highland Lakes Road, Golden Valley, this walk takes you to Quamby Bluff. The first section passes through farmland, with Quamby Bluff towering at 1228m, clearly visible above the treeline. The trail enters myrtle beech forest and climbs gently at first, getting gradually steeper before reaching a large rock spree. After a steep scramble about halfway up the boulder field, the trail re-enters the forest. The last stretch climbs steeply up the western rock face, ending in alpine heath on the summit plateau, which offers panoramic views of Northern Tasmania, including the Great Western Tiers and the Central Plateau. On a clear day, Devonport and the Bass Straight can be seen to the north. This is a challenging but rewarding walk that involves lots of climbing and some rock scrambling, which can be difficult in icy and snowy conditions. The trail may be hard to follow at times, so keep an eye out for markers on the trees. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
DownloadsGPXPDF Warning This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills. Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn right onto Meander Valley Highway, B54 and drive for another 10.9 km
Turn left onto Exton Road, C502 and drive for another 13.9 km
Turn left onto Highland Lakes Road, A5 and drive for another 5.8 km
Turn right and drive for another 5 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From Highland Lakes Road (1.69km northwest of the intersection with Riversdale Road), head towards the "Quambly Bluff Conservation Area" sign along the dirt path, moving directly away from the road. Pass by the said sign (to your left) and keep left as you head along the dirt track and head around/over the gate to continue along Quambly Bluff Track.....
Directions & comments
Find the gate at the start.
After another 3 km come to "Quamby Bluff".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 3.1 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
3 h to 4 h
Quality of track
Rough unclear track (5/6)
Very steep and difficult rock scrambles (5/6)
Minimal directional signs (4/6)
No facilities provided (5/6)
Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Forecasted & unexpected severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety (5/6)