Castle Cary - 14th November 2015

Another Boots N' All "first" and another change of leader! Castle Cary is a rocky prominence east of the road from Avoca to Rossarden, looking over the Fingal Valley south of the Ben Lomond area. An energetic but not difficult walk through open forest, although it does involve some steep climbing, rising from an altitude of 260 metres to 560 metres at the summit, which is a magnificent rock tower, with a further but less dramatic rise of 200 metres as the walk continues north. The more adventurous walkers will certainly want to ascent the summit tower. The most likely approach on the day will be to head east from the Rossarden Road for about 1 km, before heading north along the ridge to the summit tower - a further 1 km. The walk meanders north with further climbing to reach an altitude of 760m, then north-west along the ridge line before re-joining the Rossarden Road somewhat more than 5 km from the summit. From that point, we can either return to the start by car (if we organise a car shuttle before we start) or walk back down the road (a little under 6 km). An extended walk over McGinty's Tier west of the road is a less likely return option.
This walk is rated medium because of the steep inclines and off-track walking, but would be achievable for energetic older children with some experience of off-track walking in rocky areas.


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Meeting Times and Places:
If you are interested in going on this walk, please phone your walk leader, Basil Tkaczuk  Ph. 6331 1155 or 0438 664402 [or reply to this email by Thursday night]  to book in. The departure time is 8:00 am on Saturday from the Door of Hope Church car park, Launceston. The alternative meeting place is the start of Rossarden Rd. (turn left just past bridge when entering Avoca) at 8:50 am. It may also be possible to meet us at Perth (by arrangement). Other meeting places by arrangement with leader.
f you would like to arrange to meet the group at these places or elsewhere, please arrange with the leader, and please be at any meeting place 5 minutes ahead of the listed time. The leader should always be notified of any other people you intend to bring along, and 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: From Launceston, proceed south along the Midland Highway. After 34 km, turn east along Esk Main Road, heading for Avoca (26 km). Turn left immediately after crossing bridge. Continue north for about 2.5 km to end of sealed road section, then a further 3 km to the starting point of the walk, about 300m short of the Stanhope Rd. turnoff.

Water!  It is unlikely that there will be any drinkable water on this walk, so please be sure to carry at least 1 litre in a sturdy bottle, and perhaps have some spare water to drink at the car when we get back.
Be aware of possible hazards such as insect bites and snakes. Prepare for a variety of weather conditions from warm and sunny (hat, sunscreen etc) to cold, wet and windy. Walking boots and gaiters are recommended. If you are unsure of equipment requirements, Visit the Boots N' All section of the website per link below and read the guidelines for clothing and equipment.

Map details and references:

Castle Cary (alt. 580m): 1:100000 map is St. Pauls (Tasmap 8414) and 1:25000 map is Hanleth (Tasmap 5437)
Map references:
Short ref. n/a
Zone      Easting        Northing    Latitude    Longitude
55G     5 58 950    53 79 310    -41.73584    147.70888

There are no Peakbagger points on this trip. 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  The same web page contains several other listings of Tasmanian peaks.

(Read "waypoints" for "track" in this next section. No track details available)

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.