Lower South Wellington (bushwalking) Route Details

Route Description

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Introduction

This walk requires good navigation and sections go over quite bouldery ground with few markers to indicate the route. It is moderate in difficulty and takes some 6-7 hours.

Conditions

Rough indistinct route in sections

Hazards and warnings

Boulders

Detailed description

he walk starts  by using the Ice House track to the top of the climb where it levels out on the lower  South Wellington plateau.  The last part takes the Wellington Falls and Milles tracks back to the start at The Springs.

From the top of the Ice House Track the route heads off south towards Devils Gulch, initially it is not that obvious but a pad can be located once over the early rocky ground. There is also another track further west on the open moorland.  Both join  and a pad follows in the general direction of the rock of the Devils Gulch area to eventually come to a short rock scree.  Some marker rocks are often here and below this nice bushland is again entered and a distinct pad has developed running west along a pleasantly vegetated shelf  before turning briefly north then back to west before a descent over a short scree.   From here a distinct pad with occasional tapes leads west to south west for a shade over 1 kilometre before beginning to descent.  At first it is pretty obvious but as a couple of rocky areas are met the route is less clear, but is often marked with tape of cairns.  On two occasions the route over rocks heads sharply right/west and the pad is again picked up. Eventually an area with a couple of small streams is met and the pad turns more southerly again and leads down to the western side of the large scree near Disappearing Tarn

Narrative

From the Springs we could see just a fleck of snow and the wet and shady spots on the track were a little icy, however neither caused us any problem. It was a fine but cool morning and we stopped for an early morning tea just before reaching the top of the Ice House Track to avoid the colder breeze expected on top.

The pad past Devils gulch was easy to follow and all was fairly straightforward with the only spot needing a bit of extra care being a couple of descents over boulders part way down to the slope.  The bushes on this south sloping face were still wet so with nota lot of sun getting to us below the tress we opted to lunch on the scree just above the Wellington Falls Track. A quick check on the homeward leg revealed Disappearing Tarn empty.

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