January 27, 2019
Tasmania 2019 Adventure Trip
——————– Trip Report Summary ——————–
Region: North Bruny Island (Tasmania)
Starting & Ending Point: Cape Queen Elizabeth Trailhead (Main Bruny Road)
Way Points: Big Lagoon & Mars Bluff & Moorina Beach Arch (hike via Cape Queen Elizabeth Track)
Approximate Total Stats: 5 miles traveled; 300 feet gained and lost; 2.5 hours RT.
——————– Full Trip Report ——————–
While touring around Bruny Island in southeastern Tasmania, Eileen, Brooke, Callum, and I made a short hike out to Moorina Beach. We started at the Cape Queen Elizabeth Trailhead and walked out past Big Lagoon to a trail junction that announced both a low route and a high route to the beach.
- Moorina Bay Trail Sign
Since the tide was in, we had to take the high trail over Mars Bluff. This gave us a good view of the Bruny coastline before we descended to the beach.
- Hiking Above Moorina Bay
Moorina Beach is a ribbon of tan-colored sand interspersed with tall cliffs of horizontally layered conglomerate.
- Walking Along Moorina Beach
Eileen and I couldn’t resist scrambling up one of the conglomerate crags. The rock was super-ledgey and surprisingly solid; I never knew conglomerate could be so fun.
- Eileen On Moorina Beach Crag
The main attraction of Moorina Beach, however, is this large natural arch composed of blocky volcanic rock. It creates a dramatic picture frame for the adjacent ocean.
- Brooke At Moorina Beach Arch
- Cal & Brooke At Moorina Beach Arch
——————– Photo Gallery (click to enlarge) ——————–