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Asbestos Range - Sat. 6th October 2018

For those who want a solid spring workout, exploring a large part of the Narawntapu National Park should give you plenty of exercise, extending from Bakers Beach via Point Vision to the high point of the Asbestos Range, before heading north to rejoin Bakers Beach near Little Badger Head. This extended walk will cover about 27 km. The distance and off-track sections give this a "hard" rating, so unsuitable for inexperienced walkers.

Walk route:
The walk starts at the Springlawn Visitor Centre car park and passes the south side of lagoon. The Point Vision 4wd track (fire trail) is then followed to Point Vision, and further to the Asbestos Range high point, from which we'll head north off track for about 4 km with some scrub to Bakers Beach near Little Badger Head, before rejoining good walking tracks for the last 7 km back to the visitor centre.

Meeting Times and Places:
If you are interested in going on this walk, please phone or text Kent Lillico, Ph. 0428 451 528 to book in. Meet at Door of Hope carpark by 7 am. You can meet the group at Springlawn Visitor Centre car park at 8:15 am, but please confirm this, and other meeting places, with the leader. 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: 
The usual way to access Bakers Beach area from Launceston is via Riverside to Exeter, and then west via Frankford Road, eventually reaching the Bakers Beach turnoff, about 300 metres before the Rubicon River bridge. Turn north and follow Bakers Beach Road to the visitor centre. Total distance is 76 km. Allow about 1 hour's driving.

Warnings:
A reminder that weather in Tasmania can be very changeable in early spring, so warm clothing, strong and durable footwear and a raincoat should be carried. Gaiters are recommended due to the off-track sections. Your walk leader advises that there is unlikely to be drinkable water on the way, so please carry 2 litres of water.
The following codes [from our 2018 walks calendar] apply:
     L       A long day’s walk – in excess of 3 hours each way.
     M      Marshy or muddy sections – be prepared to walk with wet feet.
     S       Steep incline for at least part of the way

If unsure of equipment requirements for bushwalking, see www.sutas.org.au/bush-walking/bush-walking for some guidelines.


Map details:   

Asbestos Range: 1:100000 map is Tamar (Tasmap 8215) and 1:25000 map is Port Sorell (TasMap 4644) for the tip of Badger's Head, and Port Sorell (Tasmap 4644) for other parts of the walk.

 Short ref. n/a
Zone      Easting        Northing    Latitude      Longitude
55G      4 74 450     54 46 440  -41.13294     146.69559


No peakbagger points on this walk! 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).