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All Those Arthurs


  • Southwest National Park Port Davey Track Southwest, TAS, 7139 Australia (map)

Three weeks exploring parts of Tasmania’s World Heritage Area, including a full traverse of the Eastern and Western Arthur Range, walking the Port Davey Track to Melaleuca and visiting remote south west beaches.

This adventure will suit a small number of fit and experienced long distance hikers who know each other and get along well. Participants need excellent equipment, skills, knowledge and experience to undertake a three week pack hike in remote and challenging terrain.

The reward includes spending time connecting with this country, including breathtaking views from Federation Peak and the Western Arthurs, walking in the footsteps of shipwrecked sailors from the 1800’s and relaxing on some of the most pristine and isolated beaches anywhere.

There will be challenges too, with long sections of track resembling an endurance course. Expect deep sloppy mud, huge climbs and descents, deep water swims and row-boat crossings. The weather can turn from glorious sunshine to thumping rain in minutes and relentless wind can tear a poorly located shelter to pieces.

A mix of awesome natural beauty and grinding determination, this will be a truly memorable trip, walking over 200 kilometres.

A detailed itinerary is available. Here’s an overview:
21 Dec - Fly to Hobart, travel to Scotts Peak Dam, hike to Junction Creek campsite.
22 Dec - Hike to Cracroft Plains and commence an out-and-back traverse of the Eastern Arthur Range to Federation Peak (including rest day and side trips)
28 Dec - Commence full traverse of Western Arthur Range from east to west.
4 Jan - Start Port Davey Track toward Bathurst Harbour
10 Jan - Hike to isolated southwest beaches
12 Jan - Light plane - Leave Melaleuca for Hobart
13 Jan - Travel onward from Hobart.

Participants can join the entire trip, or meet enroute to walk one or more sections. To find out more and discuss this trip, send an email to Rick (rick@hikeout.org).

COST:
• Airfares to and from Hobart
• TAS Parks & Wildlife - park pass.
• Charter van to trackhead.
• Light plane from Melaleuca to Hobart.
• Hobart accommodation (if required)

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
• Contact Rick by email (rick@hikeout.org)
Putting your name on social media lists does NOT signal participation. The first step is to start an email discussion.

It is up to each participant to be fully prepared, on time and ready for this trip. We explore as a group of friends each accepting the personal risks involved with this type of activity. We watch out for each other and are focused on all participants having a safe and enjoyable trip.

RESOURCES:
Previous Hike Out Trip Photos:
1. Western Arthurs
https://www.facebook.com/ausrick/media_set?set=a.10209862216086649.1073741876.1070524646&type=3
2. Port Davey Track
https://www.facebook.com/ausrick/media_set?set=a.10209862271328030.1073741877.1070524646&type=3

Eastern Arthurs Information
1. Traverse from east
https://peopleandotherstrangecreatures.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/eastern-arthur-traverse-and-federation-peak/
2. Video - Western Arthurs from the west then the Eastern Arthurs
https://youtu.be/ZcDUuHQS1Sg

Western Arthurs Information
1. Full Traverse:
https://rockmonkeyadventures.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/western-arthurs-full-traverse-25-january-2-february-2014/
2. Part Traverse:
http://www.theoutdoordiaries.com/hiking-the-western-arthurs/
3. Turn Back:
https://awildland.blogspot.com.au/2016/05/the-western-arthur-range-southwest.html

Port Davey Track Information
Blog: http://bikehikesafari.com/2014/03/18/hiking-the-port-davey-track/
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnCWjbXRExw

People investigating this trip should study the Chapman book South West Tasmania and the map South Coast Walks by TasMap.

This event is planned for members of Hike Out, the friendly, diverse and inclusive community of outdoor enthusiasts where everyone is always welcome. Find out more at https://www.hikeout.org

Earlier Event: October 19
Booderee Camping Weekend