September 2016 - Cathedral Rock, Mt Wellington

Cathedral Rock is a 9km, 4 hour return walk on the southern outskirts of Wellington Park. Starting by the picturesque North West Bay River at Neika, the track is narrow and quickly climbs 600 meters, zig zagging its way up to the jagged dolerite peak at 880 meters above sea level.   Fantastic views of Southern Tasmania reward you at the summit.

 Lyn organised this expedition.  There was a good weather forecast, but she reminded everyone to be to be prepared for all kinds of weather events. "We need to take a raincoat and warm clothes for protection, as the summit is quite exposed. We also need to take care when walking on the large riverbed pebbles at the start".

Here's a description of the track.  

Download a map of the track here.
Directions to Betts Rd at Neika for the start of the walk:
From Hobart take the southern outlet to Huonville, turn right at Leslie Rd, right at Huon Rd and quickly left onto Betts Road. Follow this gravel road for 1km, crossing a small bridge directly before the car park. There is limited parking at the start of track . Map of the driving route here.

Kathleen, Philip, Gary, Bob, George, Wayne and Lyn met at 10.30 am at the Neika carpark.
Here's Bob's description:
Climbed Cathedral Rock yesterday, a rather strenuous 4 hour walk. It started with about 45 minutes following a river which was pretty, relatively flat and very pleasant. Then came 45 mins of steep climbing and you finish with 30 minutes of difficult grade walking - the definition of difficult is when you have to use your hands to help you climb up the track. It was tough going but the view was magical. Loved it, but paying for it today with very tired legs!

Now the pictures can tell the story:


Our destination - Cathedral Rock!

Lyn on top