Quamby Bluff Track, Great Western Tiers, Tasmania

The straightforward but steep climb up to Quamby Bluff (1228m) passes through myrtle beech forest and boulder fields, finishing in heath on the summit plateau, where there are extensive views of the surrounding area, including the Great Western Tiers.

Quamby Bluff Track, Great Western Tiers

We did this walk the morning we arrived on the ferry from Melbourne, as it was on our way to Hobart via a scenic route over the Central Highlands. It starts off in attractive myrtle beech forest, passes through large boulder fields, more forest, then up onto the summit plateau which is heathland. About 6km/500m of sometimes steep climbing to 1228m above sea level. There are good views of the Great Western Tiers and farmland to the north. We also visited nearby Liffey Falls (a short drive away).

Track Notes

The track is marked and so easy enough to follow, although I did get lost at one point in the beech forest, but the markers are there so just be vigilant. We used notes in Day Walks Tasmania. Online the walk is described on Tas Trails and some other sites.

The Scenery

Quamby Bluff Track, Great Western Tiers
Quamby Bluff viewed from the start of the walk.
Quamby Bluff Track, Great Western Tiers
Ascending through boulder fields. Sophia is somewhat camouflaged, standing to the right of the tree.
Quamby Bluff Track, Great Western Tiers
Tasmanian myrtle (beech) forest.
Quamby Bluff Track, Great Western Tiers
The summit plateau of Quamby Bluff (1228m).
Quamby Bluff Track, Great Western Tiers
Sophia on the summit.
Quamby Bluff Track, Great Western Tiers
Sophia in her favourite position. On the summit of Quamby Bluff.
Quamby Bluff Track, Great Western Tiers
View from the summit of Quamby Bluff (1228m). We ascended through part of those boulder fields below-centre.
Quamby Bluff Track, Great Western Tiers
Me taking photos on Quamby Bluff.

Quamby Bluff Track, Great Western Tiers

Quamby Bluff Track, Great Western Tiers
Sophia looking west from the summit plateau of Quamby Bluff.
Quamby Bluff Track, Great Western Tiers
Looking south-east (ish) from the point at which the track descends from the summit plateau of Quamby Bluff.

Quamby Bluff Track, Great Western Tiers

Quamby Bluff Track, Great Western Tiers
Descending through boulder fields.
Quamby Bluff Track, Great Western Tiers
Interesting rock patterns.
Quamby Bluff Track, Great Western Tiers
A little hard to see, but new seedlings were growing from the top of this old trunk, looking a bit like spiky hair. I guess they are getting a head start on their race for the sunlight.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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