Archive for October 2013

Bushwalking: Collins Bonnet, Tasmania

This is nice, not too demanding walk, close to Hobart that still commands excellent views. It takes in another, less busy part of the Mt Wellington Plateau and provides for walking in an alpine environment. As such, warm and waterproof clothing should always be carried.

The walk commences at the Myrtle Forest Picnic Ground, just under 5km from the village of Collinsvale. The trail crosses a bridge into forest and then follows Forest Creek southwest climbing steadily all the while. At a track junction you continue south (left) until the East West fire trail (a 4wd track) is reached. Some parts of the walking track prior to reaching the fire trail were somewhat unclear, so take care as it would be easy to drift off the actual track. There is a green shelter building at the base of Collins Bonnet that can be used as a guide if you do lose the track (head straight for it).

Around 100m or so south along the fire trail from the hut, there is a walking track to the summit marked with a cairn; this is easy to miss (I walked straight past it). Follow this track, which required negotiating some boulder fields, to the summit which is marked by a trig point.

There are excellent views from the summit, which include Mt Wellington itself.

After enjoying the views, assuming the weather is kind, you could return by the same route or alternatively take the East West trail west and then turn north on to the Collins Cap trail and at the base of Collins Cap take another walking track east to join the original track out of Myrtle Forest. This diversion also provides the opportunity to climb Collins Cap if you are so inclined – I wasn’t on the day I was there as the track is steep and looked reasonably rough and it was getting late in the day.