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Projection Bluff - Sat. 13th January 2018

A relaxing walk on the northern escarpment of Tasmania's spectacular central plateau is a great way to get Boots N' All started for the year. The walk is quite short - about 5 km return, and much of it is across the relatively flat alpine meadows, but it does start with a quite steep and somewhat rough track which gains 160 metres altitude from the carpark over about 700 metres. After that, the track meanders northwards along the eastern edge of the plateau, offering spectacular views of the upper Liffey Valley, and Liffey Bluff opposite. Quamby Bluff dominates the skyline to the north, but there are expansive views of the north of the state, and the prominences of the northern part of the central plateau are also visible.
This walk is rated "easy-medium" due to the unveven and very steep access track, but is suited to moderately fit walkers who don't mind a short, steep climb. Energetic and resilient children should be fine!

Meeting Times and Places:
If you are interested in going on this walk, please phone Brian Roach, ph. 6344 7672 to book in. The departure time is   8:30 am from Door of Hope carpark in South Launceston. Depending on people needing to meed the group, the alternative meeting place/time is at the "train park" in Deloraine at 9 am. (If coming into Deloraine 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 to the marked car park on eastern side of road, and start of the track for Projection Bluff a little further on, opposite side of road, approximately 22 km from the junction.

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. There may be drinkable water on the way, but less likely on the higher ground.  

Walkers are advised to wear strong shoes or boots to protect against ankle injury. You should always carry wet weather gear as well as warm clothing in case of sudden weather changes.
As this is a summer walk, please take precautions against sun exposure - a broad rimmed hat and sunscreen are advised.

Click this link for a more detailed discussion of Preparation, Food and Safety guidelines for Boots N' All walks.


Map details:

Projection Bluff: 1:100000 map is Tasmap 8214 (Meander) and 1:25000 map is 4637 (Breona)
Map reference:
Short ref. 765817
Zone      Easting        Northing       Latitude        Longitude
55G     4 76 700      53 81 970     -41.71372      146.71991

Projection 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).