Having spent the morning cruising around the south east coast of Bruny Island, we were keen to check out the view from its highest hill, Mt Mangana, which is named after the leader of the south east tribe of aborigines and who was also the father of Truganini.
This short walk starts on a dirt road and climbs gradually through damp dogwood and sassafrass forest, with a number of other mountainous plants such as cheeseberry, native pepper and a lot of candle heath. The track drops back down slightly before the canopy opens up and you can start to see some ocean through the trees. After about 30 minutes you see the top of two radio towers that are located near the summit. Note that the first of these you can detour to has warnings regarding radiation poisoning if in the area for longer than 5 minutes.
Unfortunately the trees have blocked the view from the top but there is a pad to a rocky lookout that can be found about 15m east from the summit radio tower. This spot provides a good view of South Bruny, as well as Adamson’s Peak and Pindar’s Peak. A number of large forestry burn-offs somewhat spoilt what would have been an impressive view of the mountains that make up the eastern section of the SW National Park. I didn’t get a chance to go and check out the western side, but I’m sure there is a good vantage point that looks over Adventure Bay and up towards The Neck.
By no means a hard walk, but I was surprised to see a number of alpine plants growing up here and recommend heading up if you have a spare few hours.
3.9kms in 1.5 hours with 160m ascent.
Getting there: From Adventure Bay, head north along Adventure Bay Road past the shop and turn left onto Coolangatta Road. Follow Coolangatta Road for about 5kms until you reach the top and can see the sign indicating the start of the Mt Mangana track.