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Liffey Bluff - Sat. 9th January 2016

Be part of our first Boots N' All bushwalk for 2016! We hope you have had a good look at the 2016 walks calendar, printed one, emailed the link to friends and started to plan which ones appeal to you! You could even set a late new year's resolution to participate in at least 5 or 6 of the walks during the year!

 2016 Boots N' All Walks Calendar
Click here to download a printable walks calendar for 2016


Liffey Bluff can be a moderate or much harder walk depending on which route is taken. Offering expansive views and wide alpine meadows, this walk will take the easier, more relaxed route across the escarpment from Lakes Main Rd (aka Lake Hwy) at Pine Lake, south of Quamby Bluff, so it is relatively flat walking, with only a small ridge to be crossed at the start. It is not tracked, but the open alpine meadows make fairly easy walking, and bands of scrub are easily avoided. Once Liffey Bluff is reached, the views extend across the Liffey Valley, an area chock full of aboriginal history!

Walk route:
From the car park at Pine Lake, the road and low ridge are crossed, and we continue east for about 3 km, before turning north for a further 2 km which brings us to the edge of the escarpment and the best views. Returning south, we divert west to the highest point of the bluff so the peakbaggers can gain their point, before rejoining the outward line southward and west to Pine Lake. The walk is rated medium, but apart from the distance, is relatively easy and would be suitable for energetic and resilient older children. Total return walk distance is approximately 12 km.

Meeting Times and Places:
If you are interested in going on this walk, please phone Graham Alexander on 0407 436 556
 to book in. The departure time is 8:00am from Door of Hope carpark in South Launceston. The alternative meeting place/time is at the "train park" in Deloraine at 8:30 am. (If coming from east, cross the bridge and turn right at the roundabout). 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. Please be at any meeting place 5 minutes ahead of departure time.

To access this area from northern Tasmania: 
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 (unless heading for the 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, up past Quamby Bluff and Projection Bluff to Pine Lake, approximately 25km from the junction. A car park and boardwalk on the west side of the road mark the starting point for the walk.

Warnings:
E...   Exposed alpine conditions – can be dangerous in poor weather if not fully equipped
    Make sure you have a good supply of drinking water - suggest 1 litre per person.
 Walkers are advised to wear strong shoes or boots. Gaiters recommended due to off-track walking. You should always carry wet weather gear as well as warm clothing in case of sudden weather changes.
If unsure of equipment requirements for bushwalking, see www.sutas.org.au/bush-walking/bush-walking for some guidelines


Map details:

Liffey Bluff: 1:100000 map is Tasmap 8214 (Meander) and 1:25000 map is 4638 (Quamby Bluff)
Map reference:
Short ref. 784810
Zone      Easting        Northing       Latitude        Longitude
55G     4 77 780       53 80 130    -41.73033    146.73282

Liffey Bluff is worth 1 peakbagger point. 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.

GPX version of the track: Click here to download. Google Earth version of the track: Click here to download.
Right-click on the file and save target as to a location of your choice. (Suggest you click the Last modified at top to sort by date to get the most recent at top to find the file for the next walk).