Currently Reading: Cassandra Pybus – Truganini | Celeste Ng – Little Fires Everywhere | Richard Flanagan– Death of a River Guide| Kyle Perry – The Bluffs
Still off the reading wagon – the TBR pile is currently a little neglected but it is not forgotten…
Ralphs Falls is listed as one of Tassie’s 60 Great Short Walks– and it is not hard to see why. This is an easy track through an incredibly diverse range of forest ecosystems – from lush rainforest to open sclerophyll forest to open buttongrass plains via waterfalls and rocky gorges, all in under an hour.
The drive in is a little hairy, but it’s a well-graded road that receives a low volume of traffic, so on a scale of Midlands Hwy (1) to Jacobs Ladder (10), I’d put it at about a 7.
The day I drove to Ralph Falls, I was feeling like a bit of an adventure, so I kept driving the back forestry roads until I emerged at St Helens. I was actually looking for St Columba Falls, but the connector road to Pyengana from Ralphs Falls (along which the St Columba Falls offshoot is located) was closed, and not one to be deterred, I chose the only other available road at that intersection, which took me beyond the scope of the map of Tasmania that I was using as my guide, and inadvertently, to Mt Albert Road, which though itself a dirt road, felt like a 4 lane hwy compared with the grade of roads I’d taken to get there. My phone didn’t have reception and my map lacked sufficient detail, so for a couple of hours I was just feeling my way. In an age where it’s begun to feel as though there is no such thing as ‘off the map’ anymore, it was wonderful to get to embrace the unknown with that spirit of adventure. And it felt pretty good to know that my sense of direction could lead me to such a beautiful place, even unintentionally.
I grabbed a fish wrap from Skippers (these things are the best!) then headed back to Bridport via the Blue Tier, stopping in at The Big Tree Giant Walk for another wander along the way.
Tassie’s northeast corner has so much to offer. From beaches to waterfalls, from Blue Tiers to blue lakes, from rivers and railtrails to treetops and dunes, and all the activities these locations provide.
Next up I’ll be writing about a couple of the rides Mum and I have done lately in the Derby area.