With a free afternoon and some lovely early summer weather a few days ago I finally managed to have a go at Projection Bluff (1148m), a little walk I’ve been eyeing off for a while. It’s not the most dramatic mountain in Tassie, or even the Western Tiers for that matter, and is generally overshadowed by Quamby Bluff (1228m) – a bit of a local legend immediately to the north. That said, it’s a feature you drive past every time you take the Lake Highway from Deloraine to Great Lake, and it looked like it would offer a pretty decent view of the Tiers and the farmland around their base.
The walk begins from a little parking space next to the Highway with a big sign saying ‘Projection Bluff – 2 hrs return’ – it’s very obvious and hard to miss… You then dive into some stunted dwarf Mytles and follow a rough, taped track that sidles up the escarpment heading south (from the lie of the land I expected the track to head north, toward the summit). After a while this pops up out of a little gully onto an expansive summit plateau – immediately to the left is a small knoll (worth the 5min climb with great views south over the Central Plateau) and to the right is a sweeping ridge line that runs to the summit high-point, about 1.5km away.
All in all it’s pretty straight forward with just a few things worth noting… First, there’s a large puddle/tarn that lays across the track very close to the start – if this is full of water then take note of the track tape on the other side (immediately opposite), other wise it can be a pain to find the track again. Second, pay close attention on the way up through the dwarf mytles – the track is very faint in places and there’s quite a few false leads. Finally, once you’re up top stick to the edge of the cliffs and avoid taking a shortcut straight to the summit – there’s a solid pad all the way along the ridge while the plateau is a scoparia riddled mess… On the subject of scoparia, there’s bloody heaps – wear gaiters!
This walk was also my first attempt at shooting landscape with my newly purchased Olympus m.ZD 75mm f1.8 for Micro Four Thirds. I’ve been wanting to start using a medium-telephoto prime for landscape for a while (the Zuiko has the same field-of-view as a 150mm on a full-frame/35mm sensor) and in my few days I’ve had it this lens has absolutely blown me away. Simply brilliant.
All shots with a Panasonic GH2 and m.ZD 75/f1.8