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Author: Ramon Fadli

"Ramon is a hiker, climber, and diver who loves to get off the beaten path. His website is a combination of his drive to explore and his passion to capture and share what he sees. Ramon is a bit of a minimalist and is currently torn between his yearning to travel the world and his need to decrease his carbon footprint. Read more here."
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Western Arthurs Day 2 : Junction Creek - Lake Cygnus

Western Arthur Range Index

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

Western Arthur Range Index

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

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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Topo: Mountain Quarry


Mountain Quarry


Mountain Quarry is located in Greenmount National Park and is one of the most well-developed outdoor sports climbing crags within Perth's vicinity. There are numerous bolted routes spread out over several walls. There are also a few trad routes located here. Read more

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Murchison River Gorge - Day 6

Murchison River Gorge Index

Trapped Bird


The group set off at 08:30 the next morning, heading Northwards and crossing the river back and forth by hopping across rock fields. Read more

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Murchison River Gorge - Day 5

Murchison River Gorge Index

The Group Splits


The group had decided to split into two groups of two to tackle this particular section of the gorge - one group was to continue along the Z-Bend section of the gorge with floatpacks (as there was no way to continue walking along the ledges along this section), whereas the other group was to walk to the next food drop and rejoin the other two at 4-Ways. I decided to take the 'dry route' and head inland predominantly because of all the sensitive electronic equipment that I was carrying with me.

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Murchison River Gorge - Day 4

Murchison River Gorge Index

A New Day Dawns


It was a beautiful morning when we broke camp, with clear skies, and an absolutely still, mirror-like river. It felt a little chilly at first since the river still lay deep in the gorge's shadow, but I didn't really notice it too much with the delightful twittering and the chirping of the birds that surrounded me. The Sun left the gorge basking in its warm radiance as it rose higher in the sky, dispelling any chills that still remained. This soft, almost lateral sunlight helped to accentuate the shapes of the rocks and boulders, with their long shadows, the light reflecting off the pools of water, causing the algae in the water to seem to almost glow with a green sheen and bringing out a little shimmer in the sandstone.

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Murchison River Gorge - Day 3

Murchison River Gorge Index

River Crossings


We set off at 09:10 that morning and quickly found that we were forced to backtrack a little in order to cross the river, as the riverbank up ahead proved to be impassable. The backtrack was just a short walk along the sandy bank, and with a little rock hopping, we safely found ourselves on the other side.

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Murchison River Gorge - Day 2

Murchison River Gorge Index

The Gorge


It must have rained throughout the night as the air felt moisture-laden as we packed up camp that morning. After a while, the sun peaked out from the clouds and the warm rays seemed to sweep away any residue of the lingering morning dew that was left. It didn't take long for the remaining clouds to dissipate, leaving a clear azure sky in their wake, perfectly reflected in the mirror-like water of the still river.

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Murchison River Gorge - Day 1

Murchison River Gorge Index

Hardabout Pool


The trip began with a long, 573km drive from Perth. The group had brought two cars, with the first departing slightly earlier so as to be able to stop at various points along the route that were accessible by road. The whole point of this was to be able to leave food drops at hidden locations in the bush (that were then waypointed) so that they could be collected along the way. I chose to carry all my provisions for the entire hike as I personally felt that food drops made things a little too convenient. Read more
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