New access track to Minnow Falls

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Re: New access track to Minnow Falls

Postby Maraea48 » Mon 22 Apr, 2019 11:38 am

Beeper1967 wrote:This track is on reserved land, do you have permission from Parks and Wildlife for these improvements? Dodgy infrastructure can be a public risk issue. If ok, sounds like a fine walk.
People have been going to the Minnow Falls forever. It is located on, both, Forestry land and Reserve. Doubt if Parks even know the Falls are there and probably do not want to know either. Certainly never did any track work there on any of the tracks in the area. The tracks are maintained by volunteer bush walkers and, like almost any of the tracks in Tasmania, you venture there at your own risk. Funds starved Park and Wild Live can barely maintain our high profile tracks!
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Minnow Falls Bottom Pool ca. 1939
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Re: New access track to Minnow Falls

Postby Maraea48 » Sun 12 May, 2019 10:09 am

Minnow falls ladder replacements.
We finally received the hardware for the # 3 ladder. Plans were made to install it but the forecast was for rain. The best day according to the forecast was Friday 10-05-2019. The new design was assembled in the shed while it was raining. Friday morning came, after heavy rain over night, and an 5AM check on the rain Radar looked good, but out side did not look to encouraging with some drizzle and heavy over cast skys. We postponed the trip and then it started to clear up! the added attraction to see the falls in flood drove us to go up anyway. We started 30min later than originally planned. From the Minnow Falls lookout on bottom1 Rd we could see that the Minnow falls where pumping and so was “Not the Minnow falls” an unnamed fall which is further North of the Minnow Falls and often mistaken for the Minnow falls. We crossed the log bridge over the swollen Minnow river and proceeded up the rather wet track. Lindsay had a tough time carrying the ladder in his back pack, especially up the rather steep section from the bottom pool upwards, up the ladders and through the cave. The challenging track there was very wet, resembling a waterfall in places. We replaced the #3 ladder and it is now quite easy to negotiate, even with a heavy back pack. The plan was to extend the #2 ladder but we had to abandon that due to logistical problems [left the treads back home on the work bench] just have to plan another trip!
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Not The Minnow Falls, possibly the longest single drop waterfall in Tasmania.
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The Minnow falls as seen from the Minnow Falls lookout on Bottom 1 Rd.
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One of the upper cascades near the top of the Falls.
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The top of the Middle Falls where it flow out of the top pool
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Looking at the 80m tall Middle Falls from the Middle falls lookout plateau, only 15m away.
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That log has been stuck in that pothole for over 80 years.
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yep! the #3 ladder was past it use by date!
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Yes! the New #3 ladder is looking pretty good!
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Coming down the new #2 ladder
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definitely needs a few more treads!
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Re: New access track to Minnow Falls

Postby Maraea48 » Sat 08 Jun, 2019 9:30 pm

The #2 ladder has been extended and is now a lot easier to negotiate. The track at the top of the plateau is getting a little over grown, especially from the river up to the Minnow Falls Lookout [which is a little bit of a misnomer since you cannot see the falls from there] We explored some of the cascades and pools at the top of the falls.
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View from the Minnow falls lookout
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View from the Minnow falls lookout
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We have a visitor for lunch
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the narrows where the falls exit the 2nd pool from the top
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looking down to the head of the Middle falls where it flows out of the 4th pool below the first big [60m]drop
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things you have to do to get a decent shot
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looking back at the 2nd and first pools and some of the cascades below the top of the falls
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#2 ladder is now easier to use
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#2 Ladder has also been extended
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Re: New access track to Minnow Falls

Postby Maraea48 » Sat 27 Jul, 2019 8:58 am

Access road to the New Minnow falls Track is now open again.
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Big old dead tree fell across Bottom 1 Road
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Road all clear again
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Re: New access track to Minnow Falls

Postby Maraea48 » Thu 24 Oct, 2019 9:24 pm

Minnow Falls. Finally got to the bottom falls after a two day clean up and replacement of all tapes with yellow track markers. There is still tape in the minnow river area but it has nothing to do with the New Minnow Falls Track. People are making good use of the track, it is well worn and looking great! the Tasmanian Christmas bell, Blandfordia punicea, are developing well next to the pool and should put up a good show around Christmas. There are some nice native orchids about as well, atm.
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Bottom Pool and Falls
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Last of the big drops, 50m drop before the bottom pool
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Developing Christmas Bells at the Bottom pool
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Tasmanian Native Orchid Chiloglottis triceratops
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Double Headed Caladenia Cracens
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Lower Falls
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Re: New access track to Minnow Falls

Postby Maraea48 » Sat 26 Oct, 2019 5:46 pm

The Sheffield Tasmania facebook page [ http://www.facebook.com/sheffieldtasmania ] has just released the Kentish Walks Brochure for the New Minnow Falls Track. The brochure and the GPX file can be downloaded from the Kentish Walks facebook group. http://www.facebook.com/groups/kentishwalks
It is also available from Fudge N Good Coffee in Sheffield. The Fudge also shows the Kentish Walks video of all local walks and attractions on the big screen.
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