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Note: The reports have been scanned in as written. I have included the height and distance indications, e.g.:
(1000'- 12m.- 4.45p.m.)
which read as follows: height in feet - miles for the day - time.
|A large party of members of the L.W.C. left Launceston
shortly after 7 p.m. on Friday, 26th. Feb. 1965 under the leadership of
Dave Hutchinson. We camped at Coles Bay that night and embarked very early
next morning on a large fishing boat which sailed from Coles Bay down the
western side of Freycinet Peninsula to land the party at Moreys Bay, a pleasant
little sandy beached cove at the north of Schouten Island.
The party was permitted to split up to explore the island and I was quick to avail myself of the opportunity of exploration as time was limited and there was much to see. I turned S.E., journeying inland to climb over Bear Hill and head for the higher land farther east, firstly in Mt. Icarus and then culminating in Mt. Daedalus (1600’). This is the summit peak of a substantial graaite area on the island and small tin workings can be seen in the vicinity. A view of points around the northern half of the island was visible from here as well as Freycinet Peninsula (looking most attractive around Bryans Bay) and the eastern coastal area of Tasmania’s mainland. The higher peak of Mt. Storey also showed out prominently to the south.
Leaving Mt. Daedalus, I turned southwards, descending to a high gully before climbing once more to reach Mt. Storey (1700’) for a late lunch. This point offers an excellent view of the southern half of the island and Maria Island can be seen to advantage as well as most mainland points visible from Mt. Daedalus. The route back to camp at Crocketts Bay was made by following the gully of the island's major creek westward from the mountain practically to the sea. Tin workings of a bigger character could be seen around the lower reaches of the creek and all would date back to the early days of this century. I rejoined the remainder back at camp late in the afternoon.
Next morning I was off on a coastal tour, heading southwards around the
western coastline, then around the southern coastline to the east coast
where I halted due east of Mt. Storey. On the way around, the main points
of interest were some sandstone cliffs, an outcrop of coal and the discovery
of the sharp dividing line which cuts right across the island from east
to west between the granitic rock of the northern section and the dolerite
and associated rocks of the south. I made my way back to the camp overland
close to this dividing line and travelling past Mt. Storey to reach camp
in the early afternoon in ample time to board the fishing boat for its
early return to Coles Bay. After tea at Coles Bay we arrived back at Launceston
late that night.
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