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Day 10

Kooyna to Hobart

overcast 16 °C

Day 10
Friday
September 16
Kooyna to Hobart
92km
Cloudy and very windy 8 to 16 degrees ... does the wind ever stop?

Feeling ready for the buzz of the big smoke

Early bush walk around the historic site of the Cascades, Koonya and the water front.

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Packed up, in the car and first stop – Federation Chocolate tasting.

Then off to Hobart. (Morning cuppa at Pioneer Park at Sorell where the wind blew our chairs over). Arrived around 11.50 and went straight to our pre-booked accommodation at Salamanca Inn, (for 2 nights), hoping we could get a car spot. Luckily our room was ready so we could settle straight in. Quick walk down to the waterfront shops and bought some bread for lunch. Then a walk around Battery Point, back down to the docks and booked our ferry for tomorrow , through the IXL Jam factory building, up town for a walk around the CBD, ( and I check out every music shop in town) and then a race back to Battery Point to a cute little coffee shop, Jam Jam.

It advertised the best freshly roasted coffee and looked the part but it closed at 4pm. We arrived at 3.55. After asking nicely they agree to make us a coffee which is very nice ‘Tassie Style’ coffee. Yet again we get this pleasant mild tasting milky brew which is closer to hot chocolate/mocca than the rip roaring coffee we need! Spend the rest of the afternoon wandering around Battery Point admiring the little cottages and gardens until we arrive at the Salamanca waterfront where we get our daily phone calls from our lovely children, one after the other.

Back to cook dinner, open a bottle of red and admire the city view from our apartment. Pat hits the free laundry facilities and gets to wash a weeks worth of dirty clothes ... lucky thing.

When we finished dinner, put on my R.M's, hit the streets of Salamanca to soak in some night atmosphere, search for gelato and check the live music scene. After 15 minutes of raging the tired teddies decided to go back to the apartment and watch TV for the rest of the evening.

I refused to take any photos today but Pat was still happy snapping away.

Princes Park
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Relocated graves at St Davids Park
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Salamanca waterfront
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The old IXL Jam Factory complex
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Constitution Dock
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Houses in Battery Point
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Arthurs Circus, Battery Point
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And yes, there are some people in Hobart.

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Day 11

Around Hobart

sunny 17 °C

Day 11
Saturday
September 17
Hobart
44km
Sunny then cloudy 8 to 17 degrees (down to 5 on Mt Wellington summit, 2pm)... the wind stopped!

Feeling the buzz of the city.

You know when the kids wake you up early on Christmas morning so they can get their presents? Pat woke me up just as excited because she could see them setting up the markets and wanted to get an early start. She raced down and got some early morning fresh vegetables while I had a relaxing breakfast.

The view from our window of the markets.
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And the view from our side window as I eat breakfast.
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After breakfast we both went down and spent a few hours roaming the markets. I bought a hand turned fountain pen. Bumped into that presenter from the ABC show, ‘The Collectors’, but didn’t see ‘The Gourmet Farmer’ guy????? Really nice blueberry, cheese tart with our morning coffee.
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Caught the 11am ferry, ($15) to the Mona Museum of Old & Modern Art.
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Lovely sunny trip up the harbour going passed Government House, a massive Zinc Smelter and Hobart shipyards until we reached the Moorilla Winery on the Berriedale peninsula.
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The exhibition - ‘Experimenta Utopia Now, International Biennial of Media Art’ or ‘Monanism’ – whatever that means. It is a privately funded museum from the David Walsh collection and cost $8 million a year to run. (He is a Tasmanian millionaire who made his money by devising a technical gambling system used on horse racing). The funds to run the place come from the onsite winery and brewery. The theme of the museum is based on the pursuit of sex and the avoidance of death which are, according to Walsh, the two most fundamental human motives. The architecture is amazing. The gallery was constructed by excavating under this famous architect designed house and digging down 3 storeys through the sandstone. So the roof of the gallery is the underside of the rock below the house.
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The entry is a full tennis court.
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In the exhibition we were guided by ipods which are wireless connected. The art work is bizarre and a bit lost on me.
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From 150 casts of vaginas, blood dripping meat carcasses, heaps of dismembered bodies with their genitals ripped out, etc. The one I found really interesting is a pooing machine where the chemical processes of the human digestive system are recreated. Once a day food goes in one end, and moves through a series of glass bowls until, once a day, poo comes out.

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After the return trip, we again revisited the Salamanca markets and then off in the car for the climb up Mt Wellington. Unfortunately, the weather changed. After climbing 1270m up the mountain. 20km of driving, the temperature dropped from 16 to 5 degrees and the cloud came over. It was bitter and our view was obscured by the mist. We could still get a bit of a view.
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Next we visited the Cascade Brewery site but too late to enter. Have to leave that for another day. I think it is a really scary looking building.
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So nice coming back to our Salamanca apartment that we decide to extend our booking for another night. We have the top floor two front windows and the side window.
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Tomorrow, heading south down Huon for the day.

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Day 12

Hobart to Bruny Island to Cygnet to Tahuna Airwalk to Hobart - The Big Day Trip

sunny 16 °C

Day 12
Sunday
September 18
Hobart to Bruny Island to Cygnet to Tahuna Airwalk to Hobart
299km
Sunny and beautiful 7 to 16 degrees

Feeling at home in Salamanca but really dry and sunburnt from exposure to cold and wind over the last week.

Big, big day!

As we decided to stay another night in our home away from home in Hobart we planned on combining 2 trips into one day trip with Bruny Island and the Huon valley. Well that was the plan anyway.

Up bright and early and on the road for the 9.30 Bruny Ferry. A two level ferry leaving from Kettering, ($28 return). We arrived around 8.30 and were second in the queue, so were hanging around the marina and enjoying the atmosphere.
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Guess what??? Saw the Gourmet Farmer, Matthew Evans SBS, drive off the incoming ferry in his ute waving to a guy with a ute full of sheep.

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We noticed that the ferry is being nudged and shadowed by a cute little tug boat. It is only later that we found out that it is because the ferry keeps breaking down!!!!
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Once on the island there is this snake of cars (the ferry takes 66 cars) all heading along the one road. All the locals seem to drive beaten up utes with one sheep in the back??? First stop was the narrow neck of land between the north and south island.
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Massive staircase to the top of the dune for a great view. So glad it is such a beautiful day. This is a penguin watching spot.
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Time for a cuppa at Resolution Creek at Two Tree Point. A beautiful spot and we were in good company as Cook and Bligh landed here in 1777 to replenish their water supply for their ship. I reckon they had a cuppa as well.

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Next to Adventure Bay where there is a memorial to Captain Cook.
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On the return journey we call into Bruny Island Cheese factory where the guy was name dropping saying that he had some fondue thing with amazing wine with the Gourmet Farmer the previous night. (I have just been having some Bruny Raw Milk cheese with my red as I am writing this). He wasn’t impressed when no one seemed to know who the Gourmet Farmer was and we didn’t say anything because he was just ‘big noting’. So that is why the GF wasn’t at Salamanca Markets. We also called into the Bruny Island chocolate and fudge shop for a tasting. She told us about the tug and we were a little concerned that we may get stuck on the island. I have an unanswered question. If Tasmanians call the rest of Oz the mainland, what do Bruny Islanders call Tasmania? It is an island off the island. A 40 minute wait for the return 12.35 ferry.
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Straight over the mountain from Kettering to Cygnet. Just for the record the Gourmet Farmer has a farm in the Cygnet area. It was so beautiful. I have liked a lot of Tasmania but this is the first time that I have felt I would really liked to live in this area. 4 picturesque valley acres for $115,000. We stopped at Cygnet for the Sunday markets and a scallop pie from the take away cafe at the pub. The pie was great but .... after we ordered it she said she would have to heat it up, and we were in a hurry, and it took ages! Some beautiful old cars and motorbikes.

I have observed two interesting things about Tassie.
There are some amazing old cars here used for general use. Apart from old fords and holdens and numerous MGs, today, just at Cygnet, saw an old Cortina. E-type Jag, Austen Healy (with a Mota-Lita wheel just like I have on the Mini) and a Norton 850 Commando all in immaculate condition.
Also there are so many new homes that are obviously architect designed and expensive to build sprinkled throughout the country side.

Ate the pie on the banks of the Huon River at Huonville.

Starting to panic now as we were planning to spend the afternoon at the Tahune Forest Reserve and Skywalk which closes at 4pm and it was already 2.30. Made it just after 3 and we bought tickets, ($25) after being told that we could stay as long as we like. The skywalk is a walkway that extends 37m in the air through the forest. Fantastic country with massive, old growth, tall trees and the convergence of the Huon and Picton rivers. This is the edge of the South Western Wilderness forests.
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The end of the skywalk is cantilevered out over the river and there is a lot of movement on the platform. Pat was just a little nervous.
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Stopped at Huonville Woolies to stock up and back to Hobart for Lamb Shanks in the oven.

Although it was a great day today I was a bit frustrated by some of the waiting. The ferry took up so much time that I would only go to Bruny again if we were staying over and did some walking or went on the tour boat (which is really expensive), etc.

We are now ready for the next phase of our trip – The Great North West Area.

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Day 13

Hobart to Mt Field NP to Lake St Clair NP

semi-overcast 18 °C

Day 13
Monday
September 19
Hobart to Mt Field NP to Lake St Clair NP
219km
Sunny then really cold and windy 7 to 18 degrees (but it is freezing and blowing a gale at Lake SCNP)

Feeling a bit sad to be leaving Hobart.

A quick walk down to Salamanca Waterfront to buy bread and there, having breakfast, is the other guy from the ‘Collectors’ show. This is the Woolloomooloo of Hobart where the famous people – being ABC presenters – must gather to be seen and have their photo taken for the Sunday paper social pages.
First stop the Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and a visit to Peter Cundall’s famous ABC Gardening Show Vegie Patch.
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Just along the river we stopped at Cornelian Bay to see the boat houses.
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These birds were nesting in the hollow of the tree just in the parking area.
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A quick stop at the Cadbury factory in Claremont but they want $7.50 each to go into the shop and they don’t conduct tours anymore. We politely moved on.

On the road into the beautiful Derwent Valley. We are almost numb to the picturesque scenery that we keep having to drive through. After checking out some very expensive antique shops in New Norfolk headed inland to Mt Fields NP for our morning cuppa by a lovely little stream. Great camping area here and we are tempted but it is a little too early in our day.
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Set off on a short walk through ‘Tall Timber’ forests to Russell Falls. Amazing moss covered forest floor. The falls are so spectacular but I can’t really capture it with still or video photography. Seems to come down 3 or 4 giant steps.
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On the trek back, old super eyes Pat saw some movement in the stream and spotted a platypus diving. This is the first time for both of us to see one in the wild like this. I think there were two but it was hard because they spent most of the time under the water. We had to wait patiently to get a shot.
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Next stop, Tarraleah Hydro Power station.
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One of these absolute immaculate ‘Dam’ towns with no one around. Completely deserted and nothing out of place. All the grass mown and gardens in place. Pat camped here 35 years ago with Ma & Pa. The scenery now has changed to fairly scrubby eucalypt and there are a lot of massive logging trucks.

At this stage we start thinking about where we should stay for the night and I am always wary of being trapped in a place where they know they have got you and can charge what they like. Bingo! We push on to Derwent Bridge which I was expecting to be a decent sized town ... it wasn’t. The accommodation was limited and very expensive for what it was. Hotel room with shared facilities, $120. We drove in to St Claire NP where I knew there was a nice camp ground – guess what? Closed. However they did offer a ‘chalet’ for $240 a night. We are considering pushing on for another hour to Queenstown but opt for the very basic backpackers for $40 each which uses the same amenities block as the camp ground???? So not really sure why the camp ground is out. The shower is a ‘no adjustment’ coin operated treat! At least the common kitchen has a good heater and we will be sleeping in our sleeping bags tonight.
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It also has a bit of a view of the lake. Lake does look beautiful, surrounded by snow capped mountains.
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No internet connection or phone coverage tonight so I will have to post Day 13 pictures later on.

Next, a taste of wilderness

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Day 14

Lake St Clair to Queenstown to Strahan

rain 11 °C

Day 14
Tuesday
September 20
Lake St Clair to Queenstown to Strahan
142km
Sometimes sunny, mostly misty with rain 2.7 to 11 degrees

Feeling not so sleepy!

No phone, no computer, no TV, no radio. Nice and warm by the fire in the common room makes you sleepy so we crawled into our sleeping bags around 9pm and soon fell into a blissful sleep. Didn’t wake up till after 8am when Erika rang!!! That is the longest we have slept all trip.

The trouble with coin showers is you have to be all ready to jump in the shower as soon as the water comes on and reaches temperature. Trouble is it is so cold while you wait. So I decide to have a morning shower, get undressed, ready to go – Oh No! I have forgotten my dollar coin. Quick, get dressed, run up through the cold back from the amenities block to the room. “Pat, have you got a dollar?” Back, to the shower, get already, put in the coin. OH NOOOOO!!!!! It ate my dollar coin. Get dressed, run back, another coin, this time change cubicle ... third time lucky.

Corners, corners, corners. We were warned that this stretch of road was ‘car sick’ heaven. We had allowed lots of time and drive really slowly and it was fantastic. Breathtaking scenery as we drive through the World Heritage Listed Franklin/Gordon Wilderness. Steep and rugged mountains, waterfalls and, of course, super windy roads. The weather is wet and misty which kind of adds to the feel. Unfortunately we had to forget our planned walks as the rain is too heavy.
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And from the wilderness, the stark contrast of Queenstown.
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Still rugged and steep but completely different. We loved the town. Such character. Lots of buildings that appear to be falling apart. Others that are great. A bit like a movie set. Spent a lot of time driving around the town in the heavy rain just taking it in.
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We checked out the train service that runs between Queenstown and Strahan. Being around the old steam train makes me feel that it is hard to believe that Arch is still not around. He would have loved it.
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Off to Strahan. Now this road has even more corners than the last stretch. What a great town. The opposite of Dewent Bridge. First stop, Info centre and there is so much choice for accommodation heavily discounted for standby rates. Like $240 5 star apartments down to $85 or numerous B & Bs. After cruising around looking at the choices we opt for a studio apartment, Gordon Gateway Motel, where we can cook for ourselves, with uninterrupted harbour views - $90 a night. We look directly across at our boat for tomorrow.
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After settling in, we go down to the harbour for a walk around the shops and check out the town.
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We confirm our Gordon Cruise for tomorrow and there is a really nice restaurant that does an amazing seafood platter for $95. We are thinking about it for tomorrow night??????? Went for a drive out the headland and looked at avillage of fishermens' shacks. Just looking through our window now, writing this, and watching the harbour lights as the sun goes.

Some things about this trip,

  • We now have all our accommodation worked out except for next Sunday night. That’s good because I always feel a bit unsettled if we are arriving late and we don’t know where we are staying or if we are going to be ripped off with overpriced stuff!
  • As we drive we have been listening to mp3 recordings of Richard Fidlers ‘Conversation Hour’. It is such a good show and the people he interviews are so interesting. We have nearly finished June, 2010.
  • We have taken our camping stuff for such a lovely adventure. It has been so comfortable riding in the back of the car.

" Most of the photos being posted are from my video camera which are easy to upload. Pat has been taking heaps of photos on Erika's good camera as well which will be better quality. We will have to sort through them when we get home.

  • Have been averaging 8.6 litres/100 kms - the car has been great.

Next, Looking forward to our Gordon River Wilderness Cruise tomorrow.

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Day 15

Strahan to Macquarie Harbour, up the Gordon River and back to Strahan

rain 12 °C

Day 15
Wednesday
September 21
Strahan to Macquarie Harbour to the Gordon River to Strahan
Around 60 nautical miles (112km)
Cold, misty and wet 9 to 12

Feeling relaxed.

There is a Tasmanian Tiger in our room ... called Mo.
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I have never slept in a bed so soft ... like not comfortable soft.... like sleeping in a pot hole. Weird.

8 am boarding the Lady Jane Franklin II at Strahan Harbour. (You can see our accommodation in the background overlooking the harbour. Our room lines up with the ‘J’ in Jane).
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Macquarie harbour is the second largest Harbour in Australia behind Port Phillip Bay fed by the Franklin and Gordon rivers. The problem is that the heads are extremely treacherous - only 60 metres wide between rocks with a 10 knot tide flow (18km/h) then over a sand bar with only 6 metres of water.
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Any swell from the Southern Ocean breaks across the bar and when the swell is up, it starts breaking 1km out to sea making the bar impassable. So the old square riggers had all kinds of trouble and many were lost trying to enter the harbour. Around 1900 they built a breakwater by hand to try and keep a channel open and protect from some of the swell.
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They also built, by hand, a rock wall 7 metres down into the sand and going for 2 km across the inner sandbars so that the tide would naturally dredge a channel. Now the harbour is closed as a seaport for large ships. Our cruise took us out the heads partially into the rough Southern Ocean. On one side the rocks of the breakwater and coast and on the other, the breaking waves on the bar and ocean beach.
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Re-entering, we head the length of the harbour, doing 30 knots (55km/h). On the way we observe some ocean fish farms in action – Ocean trout and Atlantic Salmon. Because there is so much fresh water in the harbour it is ideal for these fish.

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Farther up the harbour we reach the pristine wilderness of the Gordon River. Beautiful gorges, watterfalls and stands of Huon Pine.
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Can you spot 'The Pat'.
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We stop up river and do a walk seeing a Huon Pine 2,500 years old. It takes 500 years for a tree to grow 30 cm in diameter. This area of Tasmania receives a minimum of 3 metres of rainfall a year and often receives 7 metres. It is misty with frequent showers and we are told that they only get 30 to 40 sunny days a year.
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This 'young stand' of Houn Pine is around 700 years old and has the same DNA from the 2500 year old tree.
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Lunch time. We have never eaten so much Tasmanian Smoked Salmon. As we are ‘ out of season’ the boat is quite empty and there is so much good food to eat.

After lunch we stop at Sarah ‘Settlement’ Island, the original Penal Colony in 1822 to 1833.
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The guide was very entertaining acting her presentation of convict stories. The weather, on the windward side of the island was vicious which adds to the atmosphere and understanding of the hardship experienced by early settlers and convicts. DSC01085.jpg
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On our way back I thought I would take a shot out of the porthole down in the toilets!!!!!!!!
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Back to our room for a little rest and then an afternoon walk to Hogarth Falls. All the fresh water going into Macquarie Harbour, including the Franklin and Gordon is stained dark brown from the tannin in Button Grass. It also makes froth - bubble bath style. It is still quite drinkable. Beautiful rainforest and Pat is busy looking for another platypus but no luck.

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Cradle Mountain here we come ... and Mo the Tasmanian Tiger is back in our room again!

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Day 16

Strahan to Cradle Mountain

Day 16
Thursday
September 22
Strahan to Cradle Mountain
170km
6 to 17 degrees
Cloudy and warm for Tasmania

Feeling like a travel hardened backpacker.

Bye, bye Mo and that beautiful harbour lights view from our bed.
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First a quick stop at The Strahan Harbour Woodworking Shop to see what they can do with Huon Pine. Climbed the big Henty sand dunes where the pine forest meets the coastal dunes and then on to Zeehan for a final big shop at the supermarket. Morning cuppa at Rosebery picnic area and on to our accommodation for the next 3 nights at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village. We have a two bedroom cottage surrounded by bush. Spare beds if you want to come and stay????

As really bad weather is predicted for the next few days, (maybe snow), we decided to try and get a good walk in for the afternoon. After a quick stop at the National Parks Information Centre we drove to the top car park and headed off on the Dove Lake Circuit walk. 'Oh No!' Pat didn't charge her camera battery. Took us exactly 2 hours to complete the circuit. Cradle Mountain is the Asian Tourist centre of Tassie!

Spectacular.
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A cosy evening in our cottage. Our plans for the next few days???? Walking in the mountains or, if the weather is bad, we will uses this as a base and explore the North Western region. See what comes out of the Southern Ocean.

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Day 17

Cradle Mountain

snow 7 °C

Day 17
Friday
September 23
Cradle Mountain
8km on foot
-1.5 to 7 degrees
Snow, sleet and big wind with gusts up to 60km/h.

Feeling glad we have good gear.

It’s snowing.
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OK ... multiple choice.

Pat & Pete wake up in their cosy, comfortable cottage and look out the window and see snow and strong winds.
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Do they,

A) Stay inside and read a good book?

B) Insanely go up to mountain and go walking?

C) Hop in the car and go for a day trip?
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After breakfast we headed down to the Info centre and boarded the free shuttle buses that took us up to Dove Lake. It was bitterly cold but luckily we were pretty well prepared. We tracked back to Glacier rock
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and then to the Boat Shed on Dove lake to take some photos with snow.
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We then took the back track by Lake Lilla. We got occasional glimpses of blue sky but, at times, the wind was so strong that it drove snow and sleet into our faces and we just had to watch our feet on the rough track - that sometimes looked more like a stream than a path. The scenery is fantastic and, despite the conditions, we were quite comfortable in our gear. Waterproof boots are essential up here.

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Many of the tracks loop together and we made our way down to Ronny Creek.
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From Ronny Creek we took the boardwalk track along to Snake Hill and from there caught the shuttle bus back to the visitors centre.
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After lunch we visited the National Park Interpretive Centre, did the Pencil Creek track and then the Enchanted Forest track.
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Legs are a bit stiff from today. Watching the weather before we decide what is happening tomorrow.

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Day 18

Cradle Mountain

sunny 7 °C

Day 18
Saturday

September 24
Cradle Mountain
Km – heaps on foot.
Sunny, crisp and clear , minus 1 to 7 degrees

Feeling either very fit or very tired??? – On top of the world ... or at least on top of Tasmania.

Now imagine my ukulele is playing.

Blue skies, smiling at me,
Nothin but blue skies can I see.

We are so lucky. Snow overnight and bright blue skies. No choice – big walk weather. Haven’t seen any Tasmanians for a while. They are the jolly round ones with red cheeks and infectious laughs. Mainly Japanese, American, European and Mainlander tourists.

Shuttle bus up to Dove Lake and couldn’t resist taking another shot with blue sky.
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Back down the Lake Lilla track, then onto Wombat Pool track.
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Looking across the higher Lake Lilla to Dove Lake.
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The track is icy and lots of snow around. Nearly went head over turkey a couple of times. My particularly handsome foot is modelling some of the track.
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Water, water everywhere. Reflections on Wombat Pool
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The climb up to Marion’s Lookout is steep, icy and long. The views are worth the effort. A good spot to eat some of our food and enjoy the alpine atmosphere. Perfect conditions for walking as it is still, clear, sunny and cold.
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Crater Lake from the climb.
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At this point most people were returning back down the same track but as it was only noon, and such beautiful weather, we decided to keep on and make for a return along the overland track and the horse trail which would take us on the other side of Crater Lake. A couple of women, Toni(Sydney) and Bronwyn(Melbourne) decided to tag along with us for the walk.
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Looking to the west at 'Granite Tor'.
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Kitchen Hut is at the base of the Cradle Summit Track.
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We turned north along the ‘Horse Track’ to Crater Peak.
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Yes, Crater Peak is steep.
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The descent down ‘thousands’ of make shift rough stone stairs to Waldheim Huts where we found some young paddy melons having a snooze.
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After resting our feet back in our cottage we treated ourselves to dinner at the Cradle Mountain lodge. Macquarie Salmon for Pat and scotch fillet for me.

In a way this feels like our last ‘event’ in our trip. From now on we are meandering north and making our way to Devonport for the trip across the Strait on Monday night. Such a perfect way to finish our Tassie trip.

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Day 19

Cradle Mountain to Stanley to Penguin

semi-overcast 13 °C

Day 19
Sunday
September 25
Cradle Mountain to Stanley to Pelican
306km
Blue skies & sunny - 0 to 13 degrees

Feeling a bit weary.

As we checked out the receptionist tells us that they rarely get two blue sky days in a row ... and we are leaving. There are so many walks we would like to do and we are tempted to park the car and do another big walk but the legs are a bit too weary.

First stop, Stanley. 170 km drive to the North Coast. We have now travelled to all the regions of Tasmania and I think the dairy farmland in this region is just as beautiful as anywhere. Rolling green hills, fertile soils and picturesque coastline.
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We enjoy our morning cuppa from the lookout near Highland Historic sight, over-looking the famous Stanley ‘Nut’.
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I can’t believe it. Tourists!!!! Can’t stand them. We liked it when we had places to ourselves. The blue skies have brought everyone out of hibernation for a Sunday afternoon outing. Go Home!!!!!

Down into Stanley under the shadow of the Nut. The town is lovely with well maintained cottages overlooking the bay. It is a classic fishing village but with a real tourist feel. Lots of B&B’s, cafes and restaurants. We lined up at the crowded fish and chip shop for the only scallop pies in town. We are tempted to get accommodation here but decide to move on.
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Back along the coast through Burnie which is quite a large centre till we arrived at the beautiful Penguin. That’s the name of the town – not the animal.
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Although, there are models of penguins everywhere. Pat is getting excited about seeing real penguins but I have told her that they are all on holidays in Holgate.
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A coffee on the verandah of Shady Grove Cafe in Penguin.
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Inland a couple of kms through the green countryside to Glenbrook House, a self contained two bedroom farm cottage (1903) on a 50 acre property. Such a nice way to spend our last night (for now) in Tassie. Wood fire, antiques, 6 beds & home made jam. We would definitely like to come back here with the family and use it as a base. Any takers????
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Today is first day where I feel a bit jaded. I don’t want to see anymore lighthouses, waterfalls, historic buildings, wood turned souvenirs or take photos. Think it is because we are on the home run.

Tomorrow, heading for the Strait.

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