MT ANNE CIRCUIT, SOUTHWEST NATIONAL PARK
Duration: 4 days
Grade: T2 – Narrower but distinct tracks, which can be muddy in some places, in pristine natural environments. Facilities are minimal and you will encounter few other walkers. These moderate tours require a reasonable level of fitness.
Mt Anne Tasmania
Mt Anne (1425m) is the highest mountain in Tasmania’s southwest. It is perhaps one of the most spectacular highlights you will see on this circuit. The tour also features breath-taking examples of Tasmania’s recent glaciations such as dramatic ice-carved cirques, knife-edge ridges and dolerite remnants of former landforms. Wander through mossy alpine forests, ancient pandani groves and discover bright green cushion plants. This tour takes you deep into the heart of Tasmania’s World Heritage Area, and allows you to explore one of the world’s last temperate wildernesses.
Itinerary and Tour Description
Day 1: Base Camp Tasmania the Eliza Plateau
We leave Tasmania Wilderness Expeditions’ own rural retreat, Base Camp Tasmania, and drive through a magnificent temperate rainforest at the start of the South West National Park to our start point at Condominium Creek. Climb the spur from the button grass plain through mountain forest past High Camp Hut and take in the spectacular views of Lakes Pedder and Gordon. Negotiate an incredible boulder field to the Mt Eliza’s alpine plateau and arrive at our campsite among the cushion plants.
Day 2: Eliza Plateau to the Pandani Shelp Camp
Cross the Eliza Plateau, negotiate another giant boulder field and descend to the Pandani Shelf Camp to set up camp beneath the towering stockade of the dolerite columns of the Eliza Plateau. Option to climb Mt Anne or explore the pandani groves and pristine tarns.
Day 3: Shelf Camp to Judds Charm
Flank the Eliza Plateau along the knife-edge dolerite ridge to the Notch, with views of the incredible remnant of Lot’s Wife. A steep descent to the Lonely Tarns by Lightning Ridge and through a lush ancient pandani forest to our camp at Judds Charm.
Day 4: Judds Charm to Red Tape Creek and Base Camp Tasmania
Ascend the flanks of Mt Sarah Jane, explore the plateau, then descend through a densemelaleuca grove to the button grass plains of the Anne River. Arrive at the finish point at Red Tape Creek for our return drive to Base Camp Tasmania.