Quamby Bluff

1128m Abel #93

A couple of Emily’s friends from Sydney were spending a few days in the north of the state, and were keen to meet up for a walk; Quamby Bluff seemed a good fit as it is well tracked and relatively short. The walk starts on old farm land just off the Lakes Highway.  Once in the forest, a nice patch of large tea trees is traversed before reaching a section of scree.  At the top of the scree field you enter a moss covered myrtle forest which was completely unexpected, but reminded me of the beech forests we walked through on the way to Green Lake Hut. From here, the track climbs steadily before emerging at a saddle on the southern end of the bluff. Good views of the Meander Valley and the Western Tiers can be found from here. Before reaching the flat top of Quamby, there is another small rock scree to climb up, offering more views of valleys on either side. A quick walk across the top gets you to the trig point and the summit, where we had lunch in a sheltered rocky nook out of the wind.

All up – 7kms in 3 hours and 55 minutes with 518m ascent

Getting there:  The start of the track is well marked and can be easily seen on the Highland Lakes Road (A5) at this location. Additional parking can be found ~100 meters down the road.

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Quamby Bluff from the carpark.
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On top of the scree field. Drys Bluff on the right.
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Myrtle Oranges.
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Nice beech forest.
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Looking west towards Mother Cummings.
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Drys Bluff and Liffey Bluff from the saddle.
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Flat walking along the top.

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