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Grey Mountain

Grey Mt looks across the Huon Valley from behind Cygnet, to the surrounding peaks. Good views without the climbs required to some other walks, although at around 20km return, this walk is a solid leg stretch. All on 4WD tracks in the Snug Tiers Nature Recreation Area. Access from Margate.

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Features

Views. The track does traverse some logged and littered areas, including at least one abandoned vehicle.

Difficulty

Medium

Distance

Altitude

Climb/Fall

Time

Gear Code

20km

500m - 830m

430m/430m

4 1/2 to 5 hrs

B

Access from

Margate

Distance from
Margate/Hobart/Huonville

9km / 31km / 45km

Road Directions

Drive to Margate, south of Kingston. Drive through the town, and turn right into Van Morey Rd after passing the school. Drive up Van Morey Rd for about 9 km. The road has some soft edges. You will pass through a small farm after about 7.5km, then the road heads steeply up and around the hill, and deteriorates, with small ruts and stones, and a pothole or two to avoid. There is a large obvious parking area on the right, delineated with sizeable boulders. This is a good place to park. However, if you like, you can avoid a short, moderately steep, uphill walk by driving further to where the road levels out. This extra drive is 2WD although the surface is loose and rougher. Note that with good ground clearance and tyres, you could drive a vehicle almost to the top of Grey Mt from here, and 4WDs use the entire track. Improvements have been made to the track bringing it up to what looks like an easy 4WD standard, but with some tricky bits here and there. Public Road rules apply on all the tracks here in the Snug Tiers Nature Recreation Area.

Road Types

Sealed some distance up Van Morey Rd, then good dirt road, although narrow and requiring care. The road deteriorates after the last farm, and there are then some steep loose sections if proceeding beyond the first parking area.

Description

From the car head uphill. The road climbs moderately for about a kilometre, then levels out. Head straight on, following the main track. The track goes downhill gradually, and after a while you pass a burnt car! (Classy landmarks on this walk.) Take a left turn at an obvious track intersection at Mapref 13253090. This track heads a little south of SW and shortly crosses the headwaters of Pelverata Creek. Follow the main track. There are sidetracks, but the main track is obvious, and the 1:25,000 map shows the way clearly, as does this Google Map .

The track descends moderately to arrive at the edge of a buttongrass plain, and skirts to the left of it. From the plain you can see two hills to the west, and Grey Mountain is behind the left-hand hill. The winding track then climbs gradually through forest for a few kilometres to arrive at the access road to Grey Mountain. The track you are walking on continues ahead, and would lead to Cygnet if you could negotiate access across private property. However, turn right up the hill. The sometimes steep road leads past a locked gate to the summit which has two communications compounds. The trig point is between them. You will have walked a little over 10km to reach the summit from the main carpark and will probably take 2 to 2 1/2 hours each way, plus sitting-around time at the top. Views are pretty good, and on a clear day include Mt Anne, the Southern Ranges and Federation Peak, as well as all the closer Huon Peaks.

Safety

Some navigational difficulties may be encountered with the profusion of tracks in the area. There are many 4WD tracks here, and it is recommended that the 1:25,000 maps are purchased and used to assist in navigation. The book, "Walk into History in Southern Tasmania" by David Leaman contains a sketch map that corresponds well with the 1:25,000 maps to allow accurate navigation.

Maps

1:25,000 Huonville Ed. 3 2006 (5023) sheet; 1:25,000 Cygnet Ed. 3 2011 (5022) sheet (both required). 1:100,000 D'Entrecasteaux (8311) sheet has details of surrounding area.

Facilities

Nil.

Nearby items of interest

Pelverata Falls

Last Reviewed

Apr 2013

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