The goal of my walk along the Derwent River for Stage 12 was to start at my last stopping point, Bus Stop 30 on the Channel Highway at Taroona on the western shore of the Derwent River, and continue to Blackmans Bay in the local government area of Kingborough. I did not get as far as expected, but I was satisfied when I finished 2/3 of the way along the Blackman’s Bay Beach.
Over future posts, I will write up the stories of the walk, what I saw and what I experienced, but for now it’s enough to say that I am continuing with this massive project to walk both sides of the Derwent between the mouth and Bridgewater, and then onwards to Lake St Clair.
Yesterday I covered 5 ¾ kilometres of the length of the Derwent River on the western shore (making 35 3/4 kms in total on the western shore), and walked approximately 11 kilometres (making a total of 154 kms to date) to achieve that distance; there were a lot of steep ascents and descents.
This distance also takes in the streets and paths on which I walked that led to dead ends so that I needed to retrace my footsteps.
The highlights of the walk include finding a way through some of the early part of the almost untracked Alum Cliffs, the delightful walk along the tracked part of the Alum Cliffs, meeting some friendly people along the way, the unusual snake sign at Tyndall Beach, stopping for a long cup of tea in Kingston with a friend, my discovery of another tucked away beach – Boronia Beach, and the Blackmans Bay Blowhole.
There are many memorable images but my favourite for today is one of my photos of mussels growing on the rocks at Boronia Beach. I have already made it my desktop background image. When enlarged, the blues glow.
Fundamentally the Stage 12 walk was about forest and water.
The day started with my being roughly opposite Gellibrand Point at the northern tip of South Arm and finishing opposite the long South Arm Beach.
I intend my next walk will start from where I left off at Blackmans Bay and then continue into the Tinderbox area to Fossil Cove. But before then I need to record the details of yesterday’s walk. So Stage 13 will be a while away.