When scheduling this post to be published, I noted it would appear on the last day in 2017. A new day before a New Year. I reflected that once we turned down towards Scotts Peak Dam and beyond, we were embarking on a new experience, on a road which I had never travelled, on to sights I had never seen first-hand before. Somehow it seemed right to be including this post and the coming stories of our trip, into this part of south west Tasmania, now and over the coming days.We had travelled 43 kilometres from our accommodation at Strathgordon that morning to reach this turn off. From the Gordon River Road we turned down towards Scotts Peak and Edgar dams. The signpost gives the distance to one of the dams but the road continues on to Red Knoll Lookout making a total of 47 kilometres to be travelled. Every centimetre was worthwhile.
The gravel road surface was one of the best I have experienced out bush in Tasmania.Our choice was to drive to the end of the road and then work our way back. According to the time remaining we hoped to walk along various tracks.
A few kilometres along the road the first sign we spotted alerted us to the Creepy Crawly Nature Trail which has been designed with children in mind. The walk takes approximately 20 minutes in total.Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service say “Highly recommended! Take a walk through a lovely section of cool temperate rainforest. Signs along the way help you discover the world of rainforest plants and invertebrates. The fully-boarded track gently weaves its way around moss-covered trees and over giant logs. The 165 steps on the track are gently graded and in short sections. However the track is not recommended for people who cannot climb a lot of stairs or who are unable to bend down and duck under branches. The walk is located 2.5 km after Frodshams Pass along the Scotts Peak Road. If you’re heading for Strathgordon, it’s well worth the slight detour.” The Tas Trails website shows the steps if steps are a concern for you. These photos will let you make your decision as to whether walking this trail is possible for you. Nevertheless to be in the presence of such intense green undergrowth should be seen as a special treat.