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Quamby Bluff Sat. 28th March 2015

Please note that the walk to Quamby Bluff, which was listed on an early version of the walks calendar as 21st March, is now on Sat. 28th March.
Quamby Bluff is located offset from the Western Tiers close to the Lake Highway above Golden Valley, offering tremendous views from the summit. The walk is rated "medium-hard" as it is a short (a little over 3 km each way) but quite steep walk with rock hopping across a couple of boulder fields. It will suit strong walkers who are experienced with steep and rocky alpine conditions. Total gain of altitude is about 500 metres from start to summit. Because of the exposed alpine conditions, walkers must be fully prepared for poor weather, even in autumn. Please see the warnings below.

Meeting Times and Places:
If you are interested in going on this walk, please contact your walk leader,  Kent Lillico as follows: Preferred contact is by text  [removed]  or email [removed] Please do not contact Kent until the Thursday/Friday before the walk as he will be away prior to those dates.
The departure time is from Door of Hope car park in Launceston at 7:45 am, to meet Kent at the Deloraine train park at 8:15 am. If you wish to meet with Kent at any other place (he will be setting out from Ulverstone), please arrange with him.  Please be at any meeting place 5 minutes ahead of departure time. However, you still need to contact the walk leader per details above if intending to walk. The leader should be notified of any other people you intend to bring along.
To access the walk from Launceston, head towards Deloraine on the Bass Highway (50 km) and take the first (eastern) turn from the highway into Deloraine. Continue into the town and turn left immediately before the bridge (meeting place - see above). From Deloraine, head south along the "Lake Highway" - now Highland Lakes Rd. (but the first bit may be called Meander Rd!). Make sure to turn left after 7 km at signposted junction for Highland Lakes Rd.  Continue south through Golden Valley, 13km from the junction, by which time you should have reached the beginning of an open saddle with Quamby Bluff clearly visible on the right. The car park is marked and is on opposite side of road from the track which starts a few metres further south on the west side of the road, passing by a private residence before climbing through the forest.

Warnings:
  The following codes [from our 2015 walks calendar] apply:
    S    Steep incline for at least part of the way
    M    Marshy or muddy sections be prepared to walk with wet feet.
    E     Exposed alpine conditions ; can be dangerous in poor weather if not adequately equipped; see www.sutas.org.au/bush-walking/bush-walking for some guidelines.
Unsure of equipment requirements? Visit the Boots N' All section of the sutas.org.au website per link above and read "Clothing suggestions for exposed conditions"


Map details:
Quamby Bluff (alt. 1228m): 1:100000 map is Meander (Tasmap 8214) and 1:25000 map is Quamby Bluff (Tasmap 4638)
Map references:
Short ref. 747885
Zone      Easting        Northing    Latitude    Longitude
55G    4 74 790    53 88 730    -41.65278    146.69724

For peakbaggers, Quamby Bluff is worth  2 points. For listing of peakbagger points, see the Hobart Walking Club Peakbagger's Guide (2000 revision) which can be downloaded (Excel) from http://tastracks.webs.com/peakbaggers.htm  The same web page contains several other listings of Tasmanian peaks.

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