Saturday, December 19, 2015

Funny Weather in Hobart

Towering over 1250m above the city of Hobart, Mt Wellington / kunanyi is generally 10 degrees cooler.  Check out the BoM snapshot of conditions while I was on the Pinacle late in the afternoon.
I wonder how often Hobart and the mountain record identical temperatures as shown above.  In fact the summit defeated the capital in a battle for daily maximum honours yesterday as Hobart only managed to crawl 0.9 degrees above its 4:00am minimum.
 My tour enjoyed sunny contions at Russell Falls, Lake Dobson and Bonorong Wildlife Park but our return to Hobart was greeted with gloomy low cloud.  Much to our delight, we broke through above the cloud just above The Chalet.  Generally the summit is crowded in fine sunny conditions.  Instead we basked in the sunshine in relative isolation.  Up above the cotton wool we almost had the mountain to ourselves.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Waterfall Bay

Waterfalls, orchids, berries, flowers, people and boats on a work trip to Waterfall Bay on Tassie's spectacular Tasman Peninsula. This group is starting Tasmanian Walking Company's 6-day Wineglass Bay Sail Walk aboard Lady Eugene.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


I'm sitting atop a sandstone buttress part way up taytitikitheeker  (Drys Bluff). Golden whistlers, Tasmanian currawongs and forest ravens are singing to their hearts content. A breeze has sprung up and high level cloud has replaced the blue sky which accompanied the start of my climb.
Looking north east Mounts Arthur and Barrow join Bens Nevis and Lomond on the smoky horizon. Between me and them the rich fertile patchwork quilt is a modern indication of the fertile deposits left by the ancient lake which covered the Cressy district aeons ago.
This is my first time here for a decade and a half. My first time since conservationist Bob Brown bequeathed his property to Bush Heritage Australia for us all to enjoy. Not that we weren't welcome before. Among the new signs it's great to see there is still one which declares, "Trespassers Welcome"!