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Schnells Ridge, South West Tasmania

Schnells Ridge, South West Tasmania

Thursday June 3, 2010

Another trip into South west Tasmania, this time to Schnells Ridge. Scnells Ridge is located south of Mt Anne and commands fine views of the Anne Range and Lake Judd to the north, the giant Lake Pedder and Frankland Range to the west, and the jagged and remote Arthur ranges dominate the view to the south/southwest.

Schnells Ridge, South West Tasmania. View to the Arthurs.

The Arthurs and buttongrass ridges of south west Tas, by day…

Schnells Ridge, South West Tasmania. View to the Arthurs.

..and by night

There are great views also from Mt Wedge, but Shnells Ridge is right in the middle of all the “good stuff”, and the ridge itself is like a mini-arthurs, in that it is a glacially carved landscape with some tarns, and some fascinating rocks and geology. The vegetation is pretty much buttongrass all the way, only a few pockets of banksia and snow gums on the way up from the Lake Judd track.

Late afternoon, Schnells Ridge. View to Mt Anne & Lake Judd

Late afternoon, Schnells Ridge. View to Mt Anne & Lake Judd

Lake Pedder, from Schnells Ridge.

Lake Pedder and the last of the days light. View from Schnells Ridge.

Moonrise, Schnells Ridge

Moonrise, Schnells Ridge

To access Schnells Ridge, you need to make your way along the Scotts Peak Dam Rd to the Red Tape Creek Carpark (ie the start of the Lake Judd track). You follow the main track for a while, crossing the Anne River via a little suspension bridge on the way. Schnells Ridge is basically to the right of the main boardwalk and the Anne Range/Lake Judd to the left. This walk isn’t exactly signposted but experienced bushwalkers will know what signs to look out for.

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