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Mt Direction 21st September 2019

Mt. Direction offers a shorter day, with a short but steep walk to a fascinating historical site, complete with ruins of the old signal station that was used to communicate from Launceston to George Town via a network of relay stations at Windmill Hill, Mt. Direction, Mt. George and Low Head. You can read about the history of the site at https://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=19158
Walk Details:
The walk begins at the car park which is on the right, less than 100 metres east of the highway turnoff. The track ascends gently at first, before crossing the railway line via a footbridge. Steepness increases after that, with 100 metres altitude gained over the next 1 km, to reach a rest area with a seat for the tired! A further 100 metres is gained over the next 1 km, to reach the summit area and the historic site. Total altitude gain is 236 metres over 2.3 km. The walk is rated "easy-medium" and requires a moderate level of fitness due to the steepness, but follows formed tracks. Not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers. Young children should cope well, with parental support. The shorter walk allows for a fairly leisurely pace.
It is anticipated that the walk will begin late morning, with lunch on the top. Even at a leisurely pace, with a long lunch break and time to explore, walkers should be back at the car park before 3 pm. Water should be carried (as well as your lunch), and normal precautions should be taken against cold and rain.

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 Meeting Times and Places:
If you are interested in going on this walk, please phone your walk leader, Nik Sands, ph. 0429 387 777 to book in. Meet at Door of Hope car park at 10:30 am, or at the start of the walk (see directions below) at 11 am.
If you need transport, please discuss with the leader, who may be able to connect you with someone attending from your area. Please be at any meeting place 5 minutes ahead of the listed time. It is also courtesy to let the leader know if you have have changed plans and are no longer coming.
Normally, the leader should be notified of any other people you intend to bring along, although this will not apply for a known easier walk. You should always contact the walk leader if intending to participate in a particular Boots N' All walk.

To access this area from northern Tasmania: To access the walk from Launceston, head north for 27 km on the East Tamar Highway (A8) and then turn onto Dalrymple Road (C809), and drive a little under 100 metres and into car park on right. There should be signage to assist this. Allow a little over 20 minutes from central Launceston.

Warnings:
No warnings apart from a reminder that weather in Tasmania can be very changeable in September, so warm clothing, sensible shoes and a raincoat should be carried. Don't forget to carry drinking water - we suggest 1 litre per person.

Click this link for a more detailed discussion of Preparation, Food and Safety guidelines for Boots N' All walks.
  
Map details:
Mt Direction:
1:100000 map is Pipers (Tasmap 8315) and 1:25000 map is Lilydale (TasMap 5043)
Map reference:
Short ref: n/a
Zone      Easting        Northing      Latitude       Longitude
  55G    5 02 720     54 34 470    -41.24117    147.03246

There are no peakbagger points for the area covered by this walk. For listing of peakbagger points, see the Hobart Walking Club Peakbagger's Guide (2000 revision) which can be found and downloaded (as an Excel spreadsheet) 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).

When you have downloaded the track file, double-clicking on the Google Earth (kml) track should open Google Earth and zoom in to the location if you have Google Earth installed on your computer. The .gpx version of the track should import into mapping software or devices that support gpx tracks and waypoints.