Phillips Stream Peninsula
4 August 2012
The intention of this trip was to explore the sharp northwards loop in the middle of Phillips Stream.
After a wet week, our group of six were pleased to find the day overcast but dry. However, the overnight rain made for a damp ascent up Norbett’s Creek track, and an even damper foray into the scrub on the east side of the “Golden Road”. After some pushing about we located the footpad and set off towards Dobsons. We had left the roadend at 8am, so were well along towards point 630 when we stopped for morning tea at 10.00 in a sunny spot. We had good views of Quoin and later of the Marchant Ridge. This ridge bends about a lot and I always find it a navigational challenge. There is some permolat, some fading orange paint, one clear ‘Jagger’ mark, and a little pink ribbon. The last seemed to indicate: “Watch out here!” as Russell’s GPS confirmed the route headed off one knob to the south-east, not north-east, where one spur and the main footpad went.
At about 11.00 we left point 630 down a good spur and arrived spot-on at the peninsula, which rose up gently before us with a sharp drop-off to the stream on either side. It was a dramatic scene, and one we thoroughly enjoyed as we climbed along the full length, about 300m. There was a good animal trail, so I assumed there would be a descent to the stream, and so it proved. The other side rose very steeply so some scrambling downstream was necessary, for a short distance, before a brief slippery climb up to point 533. The bush on the ridge was more open and generally good travel. We saw one piece of ribbon as we reached the ridge; there were no other markers. We had lunch in another lovely sunny glade on the flat section at 12.00.
Dropping down towards the hydrology tower presented a few problems as there was little in the way of a spur but several faint footpads. We reached the junction of Phillips Stream and the Eastern Hutt at 1.45, then introduced the non-member of our party to the delights of the Golden Road and a 300m climb back up to the turn off to Norbett’s. Afternoon tea in a cool breeze was at the top at 2.30. We arrived back at the cars at 3.15. Everyone felt we had enjoyed a good day’s outing with lots of interesting experiences.
- Party members
- Linda Coboac, Marg Conal, Russell Cooke, Ken Fraser David McNab, Janette Roberts (leader and scribe)