We were still camped by Lake Rosebery and it had been raining on and off for most of the night, showing no signs of stopping. After flicking through The Abels Vol 2. we were keen to do a longer walk in the area, but decided against it due to the lack of visibility and the likelihood of spending half a day wet and cold. Having done Murchison the previous day, we were left with climbing Tyndall or driving down to Queenstown and summiting Jukes or Owen. I had always been interested in doing the Tyndall Range and so we decided to go and check out the first part of it.
The road by the highway leads to a locked boom gate, but has room for a number of cars. Follow the road past the boom gate and continue across a bridge before reaching a road on the left that follows the powerlines. Continue along this road for a few hundred meters and you will reach the registration box. The start of the track follows a boggy, overgrown section that makes its way up towards the short section of forest, where the climb begins and is pretty relentless until you reach the Tyndall Plateau. A number of small creeks are passed along the way, as well as large conglomerate boulders that provide a good place to stop and catch your breath.
Once we reached the plateau we turned north and followed a faint pad up towards the summit. The visibility was low and there was no distinct summit, so we walked to what we thought was the highest point and had a quick bite to eat. The wind was blowing the low lying cloud up and over the cliffs on the north eastern of the summit; before long, we started to get cold and decided to head back down to the car.
Even in poor visibility it was clear that this is a very beautiful mountain range with excellent camping, and I am looking forward to getting back here for a few days. The way back down was much quicker and we reached the car in 1 hour and 20 minutes, unfortunately I had left the lights on and we had to spend almost 2 hours sitting in the car waiting for a friend to come and give us a jump.
All up 7kms in 3hours and 10 minutes with 696m ascent.
Getting there: Coming from Queenstown, follow the Zeehan Highway (A10) until you reach Anthony Road on you right. Follow Anthony road for 10.8kms and you will see a dirt road on the right hand side with a pile a tyres. Note that this road is a few hundred meters before you drive over Tyndall Creek.