Alum Cliffs – A Walk With A Spectacular View

Ticking off another of Tassie’s 60 Great Short Walks, we decided to go for a drive and check out Alum Cliffs.

The state reserve is just a few kilometres from Mole Creek. Next to the car park is a sign leading the way along an all weather track.

As we walked, we could hear the thump thump thump of the occasional wallaby passing by in the forest. A few times we managed to catch sight of one as it hopped across the path in front of us, or saw a pair of eyes watching us through the trees.

We could hear birds high up in the trees but the only ones I could see were some superb fairy wrens in a little clearing beside the track and this little birdie.

I also saw this interesting gum tree.

The wattle trees were out in full bloom too, and the clear blue sky made the yellow wattle flowers look even brighter.

There were steep cliffs on either side of the track so be wary if you leave the path. And sometimes you could see the glistening water of the river below through the trees.

After a relatively short easy walk, you are rewarded with the most spectacular views. (Click full screen for best viewing experience!)

The view from the lookout allows you to see the Great Western Tiers and the Mersey River.

We were the only people there at the time. To be up so high and see this magnificent view with only the natural sounds of birds and the river was surreal.

Close up of part of the river below
Close up of the pool seen furthest away

Alum Cliffs, also known as tulampanga, is a sacred meeting place for Aboriginal tribes and was also where prized ochre could be found.

This little known bushwalk is a must if in you’re in the area. Not only is the walk itself interesting and beautiful, but there are interpretive signs dotted along the way about the significance of the area to the Aboriginal people, and of course there are the breathtaking views at the end!

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    1. And it is also home to a nesting pair of peregrine falcons apparently. We didn’t see any along the walk, but we did spy a falcon flying over us as we drove off but couldn’t get a good enough look to see if it was one of the peregrines.

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