NOTE - we will be away walking from November 12th until December 18th 2017. Our house sitters collect mail but cannot process orders.
Changes from the 5th edition, design changes are minimal, all notes and maps are updated, main new addition are
notes for the sidetrip to Daverns Cavern at Frenchmans Cap. Overall the guide describes almost 200 days of walking.
Walks described are South
Track, South West Cape, Port Davey
Track, Huon & McKays Tracks, Precipitious Bluff (Southern
Picton Range, Federation Peak
Arthurs and Farmhouse Creek), Western
Range, Mt Anne, and Frenchmans
Cap. Included as brief planning notes are the West Coast (Strahan
to Port Davey), the Frankland Range, the Denison, Spires and
King William Ranges and also a new section of Other Routes which
includes Mt Hopetoun, Old River to Federation Peak, White Monolith
Range, Vanishing Falls, Mt Norold and the Prince of Wales Range. Here
is the Contents Page
If you are intending to walk here then I recommend you read the literature provided by National Parks. Travel has changed and Tassielink no longer run scheduled buses - the only way to get to Scotts Peak is either a charter or hire a small car and leave it at Scotts Peak (surprisingly often chaeaper than a charter)
For first time visitors to the region, be careful how you use the suggested walking times. The times given are the normal range for fit experienced walkers who are used to the conditions (experience elsewhere often means little in Tasmania as you will find out). The times are only walking times and most groups should add an extra 1 to 2 hours to each section to account for rest and photographic stops. Walkers not used to tasmanian mud and scrambling with packs often find they take much longer than the suggested times and this is normal. Some writers have stated the times in the guide are fanciful but they are not, as I have beaten every time in the book, but also have taken longer myself at the start of a trip when I am less fit and am loaded with 14 days food. Once you have done 1 or 2 days, you will know how your times compare to the given times and will be able to adjust your estimates accordingly. To suggest a time range of 2 to 7 hours would be not very helpful so I hope readers understand why I have given the average range (example - 2.5 to 4 hours) for fit experienced walkers.
Some have asked for an online version - see my online policy page about why we have not done this yet. Here is also an explanation of what our maps include and how we intend they be used.
In writing a guide book, there is a limit as to what can be
included and some useful and interesting information was left out in
As a free service I will be providing some of the extra information
that does not fit into the guide in these home pages. Weather
details, height bar charts and a history of exploration which were once
on this site have been
placed into the current edition. If you have suggestions as to what
you would like included
then drop me an email and if feasible I will add them into the pages