The Port Davey and South Coast Track – Day 3

Day 3 – Watershed Camp to Forest Camp
Distance: 22.4 km
Walking difficulty: Hard
Mud: Less than yesterday
Date walked: 13 March 2012

We were happy to leave Watershed Camp. Up around 7am. Gone by 8:05am.

Looking at the map, we figured we wanted to skip Spring River and get to the unofficial Forest Camp. It turned out to be a good decision. While the distance is a bit longer, Spring River is a big of an odd place. It sounds lovely, and you picture something similar to yesterday’s Crossing River. In reality however, it’s a bit icky.

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The Port Davey and South Coast Track – Day 2

Day 2 – Junction Creek to Watershed Camp
Distance: 21.3 km
Walking difficulty: Hard
Mud: A metric f**kton
Date walked: 12 March 2012

The rain stopped overnight, and when we got up, the ground was quite dry. It was a positive start to the day. Junction Creek to Watershed Camp is quite a long jump. Ideally, with more time, it’d be great to stop and sleep at Crossing River.

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The Port Davey and South Coast Track – Day 1

Day 1 – Scott’s Peak Dam to Junction Creek
Distance: 9.1km
Walking difficulty: Easy
Mud: Yes
Date walked: 11 March 2012

When I saw a man at Hobart airport with a backpack, I asked him where’d he’d just been bushwalking.

I’d just arrived off a flight from Melbourne, with the aim of starting the Port Davey track in Tasmania’s Southwest National Park the very next day.

“I just finished the South Coast track mate,” he said. “Bloody beautiful down there. The weather was perfect.” I asked him if he saw many people on the track. “Not a single person once we left the plane. Had it to ourselves. Make sure you check out Louisa Bay,” he added.

“Where are you off to?” he asked me. I told him my friend Dash and I were also heading down south. Then I added weren’t just doing the South Coast track, we’d decided to add Port Davey into the mix.

“You’re a bloody masochist to be doing both,” he cheerfully replied. “South Coast was tough work, and you’re adding another week to it.”

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Mount Feathertop (via the Bon Accord spur)

“So to put this in perspective, we’ve got to do what we just did… all over again?”

Dash’s quip amused me. We had been walking a couple of hours up the Bon Accord Spur. It was hot, and we were sweating more than a Finn in a sauna. What’s worse was we had another 600m to go – upwards.

We had set off from Harrietville at about 8:20am, after I’d picked up a coffee at the general store and failed to find much else open. After driving around the town a bit, we decided to park at the entrance/exit to the other spur track that leaves from town – the Bungalow Spur.

From there, we walked the 1km or so through the town to the start of the Bon Accord Spur. Signed the book, and off we went.

We had decided to walk the Bon Accord Spur and the Razorback on the first day, and staying the night at Federation Hut. We planned to walk down Bungalow the next day. We knew it was going to be a big walk on day 1, but hadn’t really realised that there was a lot of uphill to go.

The first 5km was easy. It’s only about 170m rise. We came across a small campsite at the 5km mark. It’s right near a river and would be a great place to spend the night.

The river at an alternative Bon Accord Spur camp site
The river at an alternative Bon Accord Spur camp site

It’s not a huge campsite (probably room for 2 or maybe 3 tents max), and it was also the last place we could pick up water until Federation Hut.

The camp site alongside the river on the Bon Accord Spur
The camp site alongside the river on the Bon Accord Spur

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