Fine art photographic print of The Acropolis, Tasmania

Wilderness Photography in Tasmania, Grail Falls to Ducane Range – Part 2

TREKKING THE CENTRAL PLATEAU – THE ACROPOLIS TASMANIA

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PINE VALLEY

In part 1 of this series we trek through The Walls of Jerusalem National Park and across The Traveller Range. This part covers our adventure in the Ducane Range – scaling The Acropolis Tasmania.

After a good night’s sleep in Bert Nichols Hut we follow the Overland Track soon taking the turnoff for Pine Valley.… a fantasy ancient forest world of ferns, mosses, tall old growth trees adorned by the cool running waters of Cephissus Creek.

Grail Falls, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania, Moses Track, cascade, waterfall

CEPHISSUS CREEK

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The forest is filled with the familiar earthy aroma of Tasmania’s cool temperate rainforests, and offers another peaceful night’s shelter in the luxury of a hut.

Grail Falls, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania, Moses Track, cascade, waterfall

COOL TEMPERATE RAINFOREST, PINE VALLEY

THE ACROPOLIS

The next morning, we wake up to dense fog and fear that our planned summit of the Acropolis (one of Tasmania’s highest mountains) will be thwarted by low visibility. In any case, we make a pre-dawn start of the 650-metre vertical climb in thick fog via a very steep track through rainforest and a beautiful plateau of ancient snow gums and Pandanus trees.

Snowgum, The Acropolis Plateau, Tasmania, lake, Junction River

SNOW GUM, ACROPOLIS PLATEAU

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Pandanus, The Acropolis Plateau, Tasmania, lake, Junction River

PANDANUS FOREST, ACROPOLIS PLATEAU

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After more climbing and a long traverse, we ascend above the fog to witness the spectacular Dolomite columns rising out of a thick white fluffy blanket of clouds.

The Acropolis, Tasmania

THE ACROPOLIS TRAVERSE

THE SUMMIT

After scrambling the last steep section and arriving at the summit we marvel at a 360-degree view of many of the peaks in the Central Plateau region, framed by cloud above and below.

The Dolomite columns are massive blocks of stone seemingly precariously balanced – like a child giant has been building a city. This belies the reality that they have been standing there for millennia.

The Acropolis, Tasmania

THE ACROPOLIS

We then watch the clouds slowly clear from the peaks of the 300 metre sheer walls Mount Geryon.  We can also see Mount Ossa (Tasmania’s highest peak) in the distance.

Mt Geryon, The Ducane Range, Tasmania

MT GERYON FROM THE ACROPOLIS

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This is one of the most spectacular sights I have every witnessed and brings the perfect climax to an unforgettable trip through the Tasmania’s Central Plateau.

The Traveller Range, Traveller Range, Tasmania, tarn

ON THE SUMMIT OF THE ACROPOLIS – BY MATTY POTTER

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