Cathedral Rock walk
20 July 2016
A clear blue sky and a 360 degree view of the valley below, what could make for a better day than to sit at the top of the magnificent Cathedral Rock.
It was defiantly a challenging walk with a variety of paths leading to the top.
Many times as I made my way up the zig zag path I cursed when turning a corner and realised there was another steep ascent ahead. The never ending climb with no end in sight, literally...the whole walk you cannot see the summit so you have no idea as to where you are at in the walk until you hit the top.
Was the climb worth it? DEFINITELY!!
There is something about reaching the top of a mountain that makes all the blood, sweat and tears worth it. There was no blood on this walk, sweat - lots of it and tears defiantly on the verge!!
HOW TO GET THERE:
Drive up Mount Wellington past ferntree and then into Neika, continue on the road until you hit the turn off on the right to Betts Road.
Follow this unsealed road for about five minutes. You will drive over a small bridge, park in the area allocated across the bridge.
From where you park your car you will need to walk about 5 minutes up the road further to begin the track.
The first 40 mins off the track you will walk alongside the North West Bay River. This part of the track is an easy walk.
You will come to a sign that has two arrows one pointing forward and the other to the left. Always take the left onto the high road whenever you come to these sign posts.
The next bit of the track starts to gets steeper along the fire trail. And steeper and steeper.
You will eventually hit a sign again saying Cathedral Rock, take this turn off to the right.
This is the hardest part of the track as you make your way to the summit of Cathedral Rock.
The beginning of the track has an alternate route whereas you can chose to walk up the river itself for about 500m before returning onto the track.
Be careful at the top as it can be gusty, there was no wind or breeze the whole way until the last ten minutes towards the summit. As soon as I started my descent the wind had vanished again. It can be unpredictable
Region: South East
Location: Neika, Hobart
Where: 30 minutes drive from Hobart
Walk time: 4 hours return - allow 4.5 hours to explore the top.
Walk distance: 9km
Difficulty level: Difficult
Pram/Wheel chair friendly: No