Day 46

Thursday 16th April. Last day on Bruny Island

Well we have had just the best time here, our last day was spent driving to the south of Bruny and through the Neck, calling into different bays, having a stop off at the local Cheese place. The kids got oysters fresh from the rocks at Barnes Bay, they were everywhere and big. When we stopped at Dennes Point at the Jetty, a chap told us that as the crow flies this is the closest land to the main Tasmania land but the channel is very bad, that’s why the main crossing is way down further. Took a scenic drive back around on dirt roads get to see real nice scenery. Never now what you come across.

IMG_3694 IMG_3688  Couple of birds I don’t know their names yet.IMG_3700  Blowhole over Basalt Rocks.IMG_3712 IMG_3722  Bruny Island Art Adventure.IMG_3726  Small settlement.IMG_3727  Heaps of these Tasmanian Native hens. this one is out the side of the house we’re in.IMG_3751  Wallbies in ur yard, I was sitting on the step, they weren’t worried. The Albino again.IMG_3818 IMG_3821 IMG_3824  Took from the car as you can see.IMG_3827  Barnes Bay.IMG_3828 IMG_3835 IMG_3829 IMG_3833 IMG_3836 IMG_3838  This is the closest point to mainland Tasmania.IMG_3848  Long dirt road, must be lots of homes up there.IMG_3854  Boarding the ferry to go over to Kettering.IMG_3871  Autumn colours from the car.IMG_3876 Driving through a big town on our way to Seven Mile beach.


Day 40

Friday 10th April.

We had stayed at the caravan park in Penguin and were on our way back to Launceston, I was not doing to good so only spent a wee bit of time taking some images of the Old Mill house from 1868, the reflections were just lovely. Very picturesque town with all the Autumn colours. This town is on the Meander River, very central to lots of interesting places, we will be back.

IMG_3028 IMG_3059Old Mill House from the 1867 IMG_3048Walking bridge over the Meander River IMG_3019


Down the West Coast

Wednesday 4th June

Didn’t get to see the Glaciers as the weather is to bad, very low cloud so we are going to push on down the coast, heading to Haast, see what we can see along the way hoping of course that it stops raining. It wasn’t to far and it did stop raining and cloud lifted as the day went on, we can live with overcast not a problem. By the time we got to Ship Creek it wasn’t to bad so we stopped, just love this place, the beach is usually full of drift wood all shapes and size’s. The sea is always rough being on the west. Makes for nice photography.

Ship Creek This is what the area is like, pools of water with perfect reflections, the fauna is native and beautiful.

Coast Road at Ship Creek The trees in the back ground are called kahitkatea native to NZ.

Ocean West Coast NZ This is how the beach is and I feel this is quiet calm today. From here we carried on down to Haast and the weather is turning again to rain so decided to get as far as we could hoping for Hawea over the Haast Pass. Saw some of the waterfall’s but just not good for photo’s. As we were travelling along through Makaroa it started snowing behind us as you can see in the image below.Snowing in the hillsOld ShedThis old shed is just down from the image above, a wee bit of sunlight coming through. We arrived at Lake Hawea and stayed in the camping ground as we needed power for heating, very cold. The camp ground is ordinary and hot water is scarce but got the washing and drying all done so was grateful for that.  A lot of Autumn colours are still around on some trees and laying on the ground, very pretty.