Wednesday 17th July, Coal Mine Ruins

Headed off to Lime Bay Reserve, along the way Coal Mine Historical Site,This picturesque site on the Tasman Peninsula once housed up to 600 convicts who laboured in the inky blackness of underground tunnels, chipping at coal and dragging it out on trolleys behind them. Ruins that include the penitentiary, underground cells and mine shaft remain from this brutal past.  Cardwell Waters a very quaint settlement and quiet isolated, Salt Water Bay and all this sits on the shores of Norfolk Bay. This peninsula is so big and rugged its beautiful. no grass all moss on the ground. In amongst our adventure we came across small acreages with caravans, buses, shak’s, shipping containers, they live in all sorts, really lovely, then you see the real flash homes, Whatever they live in its their castle.

 Saltmarshes of the Norfolk Bay being rejuvenated.  Little settlement in the Norfolk Bay  Some of the patterns on the rocks in the water.  Coal Mine ruins.  This is a must read.  Track out to the ruins  Convicts cells  Beautiful views in such a harsh lifestyle for so many. The Plunkett Point mine was the first operational mine in Tasmania.This bay is so beautiful.  Sand stone wall, such lovely colours,  Officers quarters tucked in the bush.