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Western Arthur Range Campsites

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Western Arthur Range Campsites


Western Arthurs Campsite 1 - Junction Creek
Western Arthurs Campsite 2 - Lake Cygnus
Western Arthurs Campsite 3 - Lake Oberon
Western Arthurs Campsite 4 - High Moor
Western Arthurs Campsite 5 - Haven Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 6 - Promontory Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 7 - Lake Rosanne
Western Arthurs Campsite 8 - Seven Mile Creek
The campsites that can be found in and along the Western Arthur Range tend to be fairly limited in their size and maximum capacity. Despite this, hikers are still encouraged to restrict their camping to only the designated campsites in order to limit the impact to the environment and to prevent the formation of other new sites. Read more

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Western Arthurs Day 10 & 11 : Lake Rosanne - Wullyawa Creek - Scott's Peak Dam

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Crepuscular Rays


Today was going to be a long day. We had 20 kilometres to cover, a distance that was definitely manageable, but was considered long compared to the average daily distances that we had covered over the previous week. I was already a little weary by then but the fact that the walk was mainly downhill made me feel a lot better about the task up ahead. Read more

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Western Arthurs Day 9 : Promontory Lake - West Portal - Lake Rosanne

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A Change of Plans


I awoke with a start and realised very quickly that the drumming of the rain had stopped and that a heavy silence had blanketed us. It was still dark outside as it was well before dawn, but since the storm had passed, I decided to crawl out of my sleeping bag to stretch my legs and to get some much needed fresh air. As I emerged from my tent, I was greeted by a sky that was blazing with stars. The storm had moved away and its cloud-cover could still be seen, low on the distant horizon, intermittently lit from within by flashes of lightning. Read more

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Western Arthurs Day 7 : Haven Lake - Mt. Scorpio - Promontory Lake

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Lakes Galore


It was dawn of the seventh day and breaking camp had become an established routine - a change clothes, coffee, a visit the privy, and some breakfast, before replenishing my water supply and packing my bag. Once I was ready to set off, I made my way along the trail and continued up the hill for approximately 100 metres Eastwards towards the viewpoint that was located on the saddle. I turned left here to continue along the main track instead of turning right, which would have taken me on the 2-3 hours return trip to the summit of Mt. Aldebaran (elevation : 1107m) and continued on past the magnificent views. Read more

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Western Arthurs Day 6 : High Moor - Beggary Bumps - Haven Lake

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The Beggary Bumps


We set off from High Moor at 10:00 that day, very glad that the storm had finally subsided. After clearing camp, we walked South-Eastwards along the wooden walkway, past the toilet, and began the short climb onto the ridge above us. When we reached the top, we were greeted by spectacular views of the lakes as the ridge ran above and between the two lakes of Lake Saturn and Lake Ganymede, with the former on the left and the latter on the right (travelling Eastwards).

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Western Arthurs Day 4 : Lake Oberon – High Moor

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Lake Oberon


We left the Lake Oberon campsite at 09:00 the next morning, still completely oblivious to the hidden beauty that surrounded us. We made our way back up the junction towards the base of Mt. Orion (elevation : 1151m), but took the path on the right that snaked up and around the lake instead. The path continued along the ridge, then dropped down once again past a smaller tarn on the upper tier and to the flat saddle between Mt. Orion and Mt. Pegasus. Read more

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Western Arthurs Day 3 : Lake Cygnus - Lake Oberon

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White Out!


The original plan had us pushing past Lake Cygnus and on to Lake Oberon on the same day but the inclement weather that had suddenly rolled in had forced us to stop at the Lake Cygnus campsite instead. We ended up taking our sweet time getting ready that morning, knowing that we only had about half a day of hiking ahead of us, and set off around 10:00, unperturbed despite the weather still remaining gloomy and the rain intermittent. We made the steep climb North-West back up to the junction and turned right to follow the main track as it continued East along the crest of the range. Read more

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Western Arthurs Day 2 : Junction Creek - Lake Cygnus

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Across the Buttongrass Plains


We left Junction Creek at 09:00 the next morning and turned right along the Port Davey track at the junction that lay just to the South of the camp. The soft and diffused sunlight that morning was very pleasant, but the trail still remained very muddy. It lead to another river crossing approximately 1 kilometre in, before leading to elevated wooden platforms that lined the track as it crossed the muddy, flat buttongrass plains heading West.

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Western Arthurs Day 1 : Scott's Peak Dam - Junction Creek

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Forest Groves


Damon and I parked the car at the carpark next to Huon Camp, and registered our names at the sign-in booth after disconnecting the car battery. I couldn't wait to get moving as the foreboding profile of the glaciated quartzite ridge of the Western Arthur's, that we had passed as we drove towards Scotts Peak Dam, had left me filled with a great deal of excitement and anticipation. Read more
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Western Arthur Range

Western Arthurs Day 01 - Scott’s Peak Dam – Junction Creek
Western Arthurs Day 02 - Junction Creek - Lake Cygnus
Western Arthurs Day 03 - Lake Cygnus – Lake Oberon
Western Arthurs Day 04 - Lake Oberon – High Moor
Western Arthurs Day 06 - High Moor – Haven Lake
Western Arthurs Day 07 - Haven Lake – Promontory Lake
Western Arthurs Day 09 - Promontory Lake – Lake Rosanne
Western Arthurs Day 10 - Lake Rosanne – Wullyawa Creek
Western Arthurs Day 11 - Wullyawa Creek – Scott’s Peak Dam
Western Arthurs Campsites

Difficulty Rating : 5.6 / 10.0 (Class 8 - Very Challenging)


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The Western Arthur Range


The Western Arthur Range lies in Southwest National park, in Southwest Tasmania, and is one of the most dramatic mountain ridges in the whole of Australia. This World Heritage Area is known for its glaciated landscapes, jagged quartzite crags, spectacular lakes (approximately 30 of them, and along with the peaks and ridges, were named after celestial objects), unpredictable and violent weather, and of course the magnificent views!

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