Mount Montagu, Hobart, Tasmania, 2021  

 

Photographs and commentary: copyright Jonathan Nevill 2021, unless otherwise credited. Camera: Samsung Galaxy S7

 

The Mount Montagu track is one of several short hikes available in Wellington Park. The area is not a national park, but is a recreational and nature conservation area managed by the Tasmanian State Government and local governments through the Wellington Park Management Trust (WPMT). Activities are restricted in much the same ways they generally are within national parks: for example interfering with wildlife or plants is prohibited. Dogs are allowed in some parts of the park provided they are on a lead. Parts of the area are also water catchment zones, and certain activities are restricted or prohibited within these zones. 

 

The road leading to Mount Wellington (aboriginal name: Kunanyi) is called Pinnacle Road, and has several small car parks along its length.

To access the Mount Montagu track, you leave your vehicle in the second park back from the summit. The track is marked, but mostly very rocky, so it's slow going. According to the WPMT, the return walk is estimated at 6 - 7 hours.

 

The grid squares are 1 km. As you can see, the Mount Montagu track runs beside and along Thark Ridge
Note the position of Lost World, just east of Mount Arthur, and northwest of the summit of Mount Wellington.

 

Lost World is a boulder-field, formed by the collapse of a cliff-face, presumably after an earthquake or tremor. It's an area which is mainly used by climbers.

A view of the Lost World track, with Hobart in the distance. As you can see, the track is not really a track; it's just rocks with small yellow markers.

 

At this time of year, there's plenty of Tasmanian Waratah (Telopea truncata) in flower.

 

Richea are also in flower. In the background note the Lost World cliffs.

 

Of course there's plenty of lichen, with wonderful fine detail.

 

Lost World, with Mount Wellington in the background, and Hobart and the Derwent Estuary beyond that.

 

 

Lost World hosts two well-known caves, and there may be more. 

Both caves are small, and have multiple entrances. This photo shows the main entrance of Cave No.1. These caves are a little unusual as they are not, like most caves, formed by erosion. They are boulder caves, formed by the collapse of a dolerite cliff face. Cave No.1 can be easily and safely explored without ropes.

 

The main entrance to Cave No.1, viewed from below. The purple colour is an artifact of the LED light we were using.

 

Danielle is looking towards entrance No.3, from a collapsed section of Cave No.1

 

Although they are close together, the Lost World track and the Mount Montagu track are completely separate, . From Big Bend, the Lost World track heads downhill and joins the Old Hobartians Track, which will, if you follow it for long enough, lead you to the outskirts of Hobart.

 

The Mount Montagu track heads uphill.

Here's the Mount Montagu track near its start at the carpark.

It's shrubland in the foreground, with eucalypt woodland visible along the horizon, where the terrain affords more shelter from wind.

I love the blue of the hills in the distance.

 

This track is in many parts an easily-distinguishable formed track, although where it crosses boulders it's just marked with small yellow triangles.

The view from the north end of Thark Ridge, looking south. Although it's so close to Hobart, the landscape has the look and feel of wilderness. 
The vegetation is a mixture of low alpine woodland (in areas somewhat sheltered from the prevailing winds) and alpine scrubland

 

On a sunny day, the eucalypts are a blaze of colour.

 

My first hike along the Mount Montagu trail was at the end of Spring (December 2, 2020). That day I was the only walker on the trail.

At over 1000m in altitude, it's a semi-alpine environment. Although it's generally rocky, with a lot of thin soils, the plants which are adapted to this environment thrive. My second hike (the blue-sky photos) was a week later. Both times I walked solo, and saw no other hikers.

  

 

 

   

 

 

I love the pastel colours of new foliage....

 

From northern Thark Ridge, looking west.

 

Sunshine brings out the colour of the many variations of moss.

 

From Thark Ridge South, looking towards the southwest.

 

From Thark Ridge South, looking towards the northwest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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