Monash Valley (bushwalking) Route Details

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Introduction

Generally uneven surface due to low vegetation and mounbds of pineapple grass and areas of scrub

Conditions

Roughish but not hard

Hazards and warnings

scrub and navigation

Detailed description

The route to this valley can be varied and there is no definite way in or out, however it is generally easier to walk to the higher parts of Wombat Moor before descending into Monash Valley.  One of the main attractions of the walk is the delightful flowers on the moor and in the valley.   The displays of Richea scoparia from mid December to early to mid January are without doubt some of the best there is and the colour range is magnificent.   Richea scoparia is endemic to Tasmania so this spot is one of the best places in the world to view the plant.

Narrative

Originally planned for mid December, but conditions on the day meant that the walk waited until more favourable weather.  Even so at the time of arrival for the start at Wombat Moor it was quite cool and the peaks were all under cloud.  We turned off the track before reaching the Woodland Mosaic and gently ascended over the wet moor, avoiding where pineapple grass wherever possible as it makes for uncomfortable walking.  A wooded ridge edge was reached  after 20 minutes and this was skirted until an easier descent point could be found and then it was through the woodland, over a small creek and finally into the narrow  northern end of Monash Valley (an unofficial name, but seems appropriate as it sits at the foot of the summit plateau of Mount Monash).

It was soon after this that the scoparia started to become noticeable with many waist high bushes in a very healthy state flowing in many colours.  There were bushes of a variety of shades of pink, various reds  from dark through to rusty, then there were the whites and creams. Quite some time was spent just wondering through this area, but it was not just the Richea as so many other plants were in flower as well; such as Orites, Boronia, Waratah and Epacris.

Lunch was at the southern end of the valley before turning west and finally north over the Boronia strewn upper plateau on the way back to the car.

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