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East Cloudy Head

Our last day on Bruny was spent down south, checking out Cloudy Bay and walking to East Cloudy Head.  I used to camp around here a lot when I was in high school, but hadn’t been back in a long time; it was nice to see that most things had stayed the same over the past 5 years.

We drove along Cloudy Bay beach towards Cloudy Corner and were surprised to see only a few people camping here on such a nice weekend.  The track starts near the water tank on the far side of the campsites and follows an old vehicle track that hasn’t been used in many years.  There is a registration box but it was empty, with only scraps of paper and no pencil in sight.

The walking track climbs up a few small sandy hills before dropping back down to the intersection to Beaufort Bay.  The track down to the bay is overgrown but only takes about 5 minutes and leads to a nice rocky beach full of bull kelp. The main track then climbs up once more, before narrowing and becoming overgrown.  The beautiful view east towards Pyramid Bay and The Friars makes up the last 20 minutes before reaching the bushy summit of East Cloudy Head.  We made it to the top in a leisurely 1 hour and 10 minutes and had some lunch with a huge skink that was basking in the sun.  There are a number of lookouts on either side and both are worth checking out while you are there.

All up 7.3kms in 2 hours and 50 minutes with 427m ascent.

Getting there: Follow all directions to Cloudy Bay on South Bruny.  Continue driving along the beach towards the eastern end and park near the far water tank and toilet at Cloudy Corner.  If you cant drive along the beach it will add another hour or so to the walk.

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GPS track of the walk.
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Looking up from near the start
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Beaufort Bay
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Looking back towards Beaufort Bay
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Overgrown track.
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Pyramid Bay and the The Friars.
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The trig hidden in the trees
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Looking back towards Cloudy Bay
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Fat skink on East Cloudy Head
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Pyramid Bay
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Beaufort Bay

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Mt Mangana

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.

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GPS track of the walk.
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Sign by the road.
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Large Candle Heath as we climb higher.
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Moss by the track.
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The radio tower at the summit.
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Looking over Partridge Island towards the Southern Ranges.
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(L-R) Adamsons, Esperance and Hartz shrouded by smoke from forestry burn offs.