Tasmanian Trail – Day 4 – Miena to Victoria valley

Photo by Tony Ryan.

Miena is a small lakeside town at 1000 metres above sea level. The Aboriginals pronounced it ‘my-enna’, translating to ‘lagoon-like’.

Miena was cold! We stayed in a hotel room the night before, had warm showers and washed our clothes.

We set off in overcast conditions across the plateaus. It would of been about 4 degrees with no sun yet. We had all our layers on and pedalled hard to warm up.LRM_EXPORT_20170307_071234

We headed towards Bronte Park on the main road, crossed Ouse River bridge and passed Little Pine Lagoon dam.LRM_EXPORT_20170307_071334LRM_EXPORT_20170307_071408

We soon turned off this nice road into the bush. We got to the sign at Handsome flats.LRM_EXPORT_20170307_071831

The guidebook (and obviously the sign) recommends bikes to not use this track but as you can see it starts off fine. Darb suggested we just have a look and then turn around when it gets bad.LRM_EXPORT_20170307_071715

So we rolled along this fire road for a few hundred metres looking out for trail markers.LRM_EXPORT_20170307_075954

Aarrrrr so this is the track they’re (trail organisers) talking about! I was hopeful the skinny single track would continue as it first appeared. We discussed whether we should give it a go or not. We ended up having a vote. Two out of three voted yes. “Let’s try it, it will only add to the adventure!”LRM_EXPORT_20170307_075928

Well, it was interesting to say the least! We pushed the whole way for kilometres and successfully followed the trail markers. Each time we questioned our direction, we scanned for a marker in the distance and found one.LRM_EXPORT_20170307_081245LRM_EXPORT_20170307_081150LRM_EXPORT_20170307_081119LRM_EXPORT_20170307_081051LRM_EXPORT_20170307_164431

Photo by Tony Ryan.
Photo by Tony Ryan.

Finally after hours, we got out alive with no snake bites. However our legs were scratched up a bit. We wish we had gaiters. I had these things stuck all over my shoe covers.LRM_EXPORT_20170307_164929

We kept moving towards Bronte Park.LRM_EXPORT_20170307_164855

Then just as we got to the Roscar-Borough road we ran into the chief volunteer, John Shoebridge! We were captivated and jubalent to have met John. John has spent countless hours on the trail, words aren’t enough to credit him.LRM_EXPORT_20170307_165006

We discussed trail conditions with John and a bit of history.

After a few ups and downs we came across another flume, the Bronte flume, a smaller one with water in it. The water eventually reaches the Tungatinah power station some 20 kilometres to the South.LRM_EXPORT_20170307_171122

We then turned left looking over Pine Tier Lagoon.LRM_EXPORT_20170307_170929

You can see two fisherman enjoying the serenity.LRM_EXPORT_20170307_170731

We continued on for Bronte Park as we knew there was a shop there. On the way we crossed this really old interesting bridge

Photo by Tony Ryan.

We got to Bronte Park and enjoyed the coffee with some toasties. Our legs were now getting pretty tired but the coffee and food recharged us.

We had planned to camp at Victoria Valley that night and time was getting on, so we kept pushing through undulating but delightful scenery.

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Darb and myself went down to the water’s edge of Dee lake and topped up our water supply.LRM_EXPORT_20170307_175944

We eventually rolled into Victoria Valley. It has a very interesting history. The marsh you see to the left of the road is called ‘Nine mile marsh’. In 1842 the Colonial government established a convict penal settlement here.LRM_EXPORT_20170307_180614

The area was disbanded by 1845 and then this house was built in 1874 and occupied by the British police. It was built with many of the man-made bricks that the convicts constructed by hand.LRM_EXPORT_20170307_180730

You can read more about the probation station here.LRM_EXPORT_20170307_181759

Just on the other side of nine mile marsh up on the hill is our campsite. Wth the overcast conditions it was getting cold fast. Eric the fire master got a great fire going fast and we all set up our tents.

Photo by Tony Ryan.

After this I shot some happy snaps of some of the plants and enjoyed some Tasmanian cheese. Yum!LRM_EXPORT_20170307_182815LRM_EXPORT_20170225_163707OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Today we rode 69 kilometres and climbed 836 metres of elevatian gain.

We went down more than up today however due to my legs feeling very tired, I would rate today as 7 out of 10 on the tough-o-meter.

Day 4 Miena to Victoria Valley

Click here for a link to the first day of this Tasmanian Trail blog


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