From Bushwalk Australia
25000:1 MAP: Liffey 4838
Start (Lat/Long): -41.680364,146.824744 white weatherboard house
Time required: 7hrs
Degree of difficulty: very hard
Elevation Gained: 1000m
Track Type: unknown
Vehicle Required: 2WD
Dry's Bluff, just south of Liffey, 50 kilometres from Launceston, is the highest peak of the Great Western Tiers. "The Abels" asserts that Dry's Bluff is one of the most strenuous day-walks in Tasmania.
"The track up Taytitikitheeker (Drys Bluff, 1340 metres) goes past my house so I have a sign on the gate: "Trespassers Welcome."" (Bob Brown's Tasmania) The purchase of the bush blocks at the base of the bluff in 1989 at auction outbidding loggers form part of Liffey Valley Reserves of what has become the Australian Bush Heritage Fund. The reserves are a haven for wildlife, including the pygmy possum and Tasmanian devil. They support the threatened Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle and white goshawk.
This is a great walk though World Heritage Area with approx. 1000 metres of altitude gain. Serious peak baggers will insist on pushing 3km south over the plateau to the highest point. Most groups are happy to make it to the trig point on the slightly lower but closer northern peak (N). The view is amazing. From the northern peak, the start of the track looks like it is almost vertically below you. The view extends right over the northerm Midlands and lower Meander valley and is dominated by pasture lands and forestry operations (Cluan Tiers). To the south over the plateau, human intrusion is almost invisible.
From the southern summit (S), there are excellent views south over the plateau, down into the Liffey Falls area and right along the Tiers to the west.
- Follow the Liffey Falls signs from the Bass Highway near Carrick. You will make a right turn in the middle of Bracknell then another right turn at a T-Junction near the old Liffey School. Soon after this, you cross the (Tellerpanger) Liffey River as you enter bushland. 1.6km past this bridge, look for a driveway heading down to a small bridge and a white weatherboard house. You need to park out on the road (P) and follow the driveway up to the house. The driveway is marked on the GoogleMap.
- From the house, you head straight uphill to where a creek emerges from the bush. You cross the creek on a bridge and the walking track becomes more obvious after you enter the bush.
- The track to the trig is well worn & easy to follow. The true summit requires some scrub bashing across the plateau; it helps to stay close to the edge of the escarpment on top.
- Around 3 to 4 hours up and 2 to 3 hours down
- The spectacular dolerite rock formations are close to half way up. This is a great rest spot and the first spot where the views really start to open up. Whatever time it takes to reach these is usually about half the time it will take to reach the closer northern peak.
- It is also possible to approach Drys Bluff using Westons Road. This is a locked Hydro road that heads NW from the top of the Poatina Highway along to a canal and wiers on Westons Rivulet and Brumby's Creek. You can ride a mountain bike along to the end of this wier. From this spot you are only 5km from the southern peak of Drys with only a modest climb required. Cars can do this by getting a key from the Hydro and driving to the end of the road.
- Closest Weather Station: Cressy http://weather.ninemsn.com.au/tas/central-north/liffey