|Nope - don't see you under this mushroom which is a surprise.|
Because you didn't know this, you didn't get to think to yourself "Hmmm ... I'm heading up to ride Nic's Mini Cradle Challenge on Sunday - maybe I'll cruise on by Warrawee Reserve and check out what the attraction is..."
But because I am a member of that facebook group, and because I was going to Nic's Mini Cradle Challenge, I did get to think that, and I did get to head up there and check it out.
Which was probably illegal, so all up - kudos to you - and bad, bad, bad Rambler.
Warrawee Reserve is about 4 or 5kms south (on a dead end road) from Latrobe (just in case you're trying to locate it on a map). I firstly drove down to the main reserve area where the Platypus walk is, then backtracked out past the front gate and parked there (just in case I took longer than expected ...)
Then I set off to see what I would see ...
I had fun and found some very cool trails ... they were even signed.
|Hmmm .. think I'll just follow that blue line.|
|Just for the record, this was the only sign I saw which said|
Authorised Access only and I didn't go up there.
I discovered an old reservoir, an old tramway, cool single and double track ... and also some sections of track that I would rather not have ridden (hint: after riding to the crest of the hill, I ended up carrying my bike down most of the fern gully descent, including a slightly tricky section around a big rock and under a tree as you come back into the main reserve area).
I was surprised at the number of people that found their way to the reserve, though as it is billed as a place to go and see platypus, I guess I can see the attraction.
All up, my first impressions were ... that it was nice.
Which I'm guessing isn't the response that people would be looking for.
I can see that the terrain in this area could make for some really good trails, and the sections along the river and in the fern gully were just beautiful, but I use the work 'nice' because the area generally didn't strike me as iconic - it just struck me as ... well ... nice.
It's somewhere I'd definitely head to ride if I were in the area, but I'm not sure if I were planning a mountain biking trip 'somewhere' that it would be in my top ten places to go, or that I'd even cross out a day to ride it if I had already decided to come to Tasmania for three days or a week and was deciding where to go and not go.
Now, I've not engaged in the attractions of the Latrobe-Kentish Network and so while I do want to offer up this opinion, I don't want to sound like I'm judging. I just want to say that based on my short time in the reserve it got me wondering what the big draw-card is going to be for this trail network, because I don't think that good trails alone are enough to draw mountain biking tourists to areas anymore - at least not in large numbers - there's just too many good trails out there already.
There needs to be something different, iconic, original that only these trails can offer ...
Though they are building a flying fox for bikes as part of the trail network - so I guess that would be kind of awesome.
I wonder if I could use the flying fox to evade the police when they realise I've been carrying my bike around their trails illegally ...