Western Arthurs Day 10 & 11 : Lake Rosanne - Wullyawa Creek - Scott's Peak Dam
Back on the Plains
There was mud, and lots of it. Surrounding all this mud were holes that turned out to be the burrows of the Common Yabby (Cherax destructor), a freshwater crustacean, that can lie dormant for years at a time in a state called 'aestivation'. The yabby enters this state in response to conditions that are very arid and hot, the reverse of hibernation of sorts.We were hiking using compass bearings at this point as the track seemed to be all over the place, constantly disappearing and reappearing, so we just made our way directly across the plains, over two large rivers (the second being Strike Creek) and several streams before we ran into the track at the 4.25 km mark. We turned left to head Northwards (Southwards leads to Luckmans Lead), skimmed the edge of small forest patch on our left before dipping down to a small bridge. The track then began to climb up the hill, up and into one of the saddles of the Razorback, before continuing Northwards around the hills, tracing the contours as it did so.The track here seemed to differ from the one that was described by Chapman. Chapman's version veered North-East and through a marshy section of the plains before reaching Cracroft Crossing. We, on the other hand, followed a trail that made its way directly Northward, a trail that was periodically broken up by mud, planks, and wooden bridges before making its way into a forest.A junction was reached after 4 hours and 6.5 kilometres of walking. Here the path continued North-West, around the contours of the Razorback along McKays Track and towards Junction Creek. The gleaming white line that diverged off to the right lead to Cracroft Crossing and on to the Huon Track.