For the next two days, we will endeavour to do the following walks:
Head north on the west side of the island to Mt Killiecrankie. Today’s stunning coastal hike hugs the rocky shores from The Dock to the sleepy fishing settlement of Killiecrankie. Orange lichen decorates the granite boulders and the azure blue water beckons swimmers at Stacky’s Bight. Old Man’s Head, a unique rock formation, dominates the southern section of the hike. We will also do a short walk at North East river.
The highlight for many will be the challenging ascent of Mt Strzelecki, named after Sir Paul Edmund de Strzelecki who explored many parts of Australia in the 1800s. He’s well known for being the first European to climb Mt Kosciuszko – Australia’s highest mountain. The track climbs up through the rugged Fotheringate Creek valley where there are waterfalls and a delightful fern gully. As you climb higher the vegetation changes to sub alpine and finally you reach the bouldery summit. At 756 metres, you are on the highest point on the island.
If there is time or if the conditions dictate, we will set off to the Darling Ranges in the central part of the island. Starting at aptly named Walkers Lookout, we traverse a high ridge that offers excellent views in all directions. For fit walkers with a good head for heights there’s an optional ascent of atmospheric Mt Pillinger – known to locals as the Gin Bottle.
We will also enjoy a sunset cruise to the feeding grounds of the Short Tailed Shearwater birds, watching them fly in at dusk to feed their young.
**please note cruise are subject to weather conditions
Walking: Moderate to challenging / 10-15 km / 5-7 hrs / easier options available each day
Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two course dinner prepared by in-house chef in the lodge restaurant
Accommodation: Secluded Retreat at Trousers Point