Quamby Bluff is another nice short walk, possibly a tad longer than the other bluffs in the Central Highlands. It was one of my earlier walks, undertaken with the Pandani Bushwalking Club. As a result my memory of it is a bit vague, so I only have a gps track and photos to go off.
Being a short winter day, we started out early, and were at the ‘car park’ (a clearing on the right side of Highland Lakes road (A5), about 70 metres past the start of the walk, geared up and ready to go by 9.
We walked back down the road and turned up the dirt road that heads west off Highland Lakes road. Stay on the road rather than taking the branch (the right fork) that heads slightly more NW. Shortly after you pass a property on the left, walking with trees on your right, you’re in the trees.
The track continues through the trees, heading slightly north of west, until you hit a small scree field after 2km (30-40 minutes of walking). Follow this up, and head back into the forest. I was warned before heading out on the walk not to be tempted to follow the scree further up, but to stick to the track. I’d follow that advice.
Once back in the forest the track becomes a bit more of a ‘go right to go left’ kind of thing, but it’s nice and easy walking from memory, in fact, I think it’s mostly through myrtle, and that’s always nice :). It was a bit wet, and there was snow about as we got higher up, so we paused and refuelled at the edge of the forest a the bit where you turn north and have a short and little bit sharp (comparatively speaking) climb onto the plateau that is the top of the bluff. At least part of that climb is on rock from memory, but once you’re up, it’s just a matter of twisting through the waist high vegetation (I think there is a pad, but it was icy and snowy that I couldn’t be 100% sure) to the summit.
The glimpses amongst the cloud promised more of a view that we actually got to see!
All up: 7.0km, 4.21 hrs, 502m ascent.