Day 87

Wednesday 27th May

left nice and early and headed off to Mathinna and Mangana. Chris at the park has told us of lots to do off the beaten track so thanks for that Chris it was awesome. Stopped at St Marys at the Old Museum called Cranks and Tinkers, a must to pop in and see Ian, you will not believe what he has.We loved the old buildings in Mathinna and that they are still being lived in. Went and saw the falls, Ill post them later. After leaving that area we carried onto Mangana another quaint wee settlement, loved the old house here as well, reminded me of the days I lived in a mill. Weather was turning cold and wet, but we still did ok.

IMG_9974  Mathinna was named after an Aboriginal girl who was befriended by Lady Franklin whom this town is named after, I felt this is worth a mention.IMG_9940 IMG_9994  Light on the hillsIMG_9980  Esk RiverIMG_9953  MathinnaIMG_9952  We sheltered in here for smoko MathinnaIMG_9948  Old mining days.IMG_9747  Fires burn offs.IMG_9749  Beautiful coloured rockIMG_9939 IMG_9941  MathinnaIMG_9944 IMG_9745  FingalIMG_9744  Driving down the Fingal Valley, the lighting was awesome on the trees with the dark sky.IMG_9738  A bit of light shines through.IMG_9731 IMG_9712  The MuseumIMG_9718  Old relics.IMG_9723  Where railway lines once stood.IMG_9713 IMG_9710  This homestead was owned by someone who owned most of the area once.IMG_0058  Bad weather.IMG_0056  FingalIMG_0051  Fingal ValleyIMG_0055 IMG_0002 IMG_0003 IMG_0010 IMG_0008 IMG_0004 IMG_0037 IMG_0044 IMG_0014

Tree patterns and colours after being chopped down.

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Day 54

Thursday 24rd April

We headed back from the West Coast via Rosebery and the Murchison highway, then we turned off along the May Plains, then onto Mole Creek Rd. Was lovely country driving. Back to Launceston.

IMG_4705  Mining buckets at Rosebery.IMG_4708gumflowersRosebery  Gum flowers in rain.IMG_4712MainStRosebery IMG_4713 IMG_4724  The falls.IMG_4729  IMG_4736  This is the heat and gases flowing from the mine, they do it to keep it clean and vented. Its a very deep mine.IMG_4738  Artwork statues to signify the mine.IMG_4747  Looking down on the mining area. Rosebery.IMG_4751 IMG_4756 IMG_4760 IMG_4769  Tallah, another old mining town.IMG_4787  Stopped for a picnic break and here was a bunch of Fungi.IMG_4793  Just took this from the car while we were driving to show the bad weather.IMG_4794 IMG_4801  Climbed to the top of the lookout.IMG_4821 IMG_4823  Storm is coming.IMG_4835

We went to Chudney and this lovely wee shop, I sampled every honey wow, some are awesome, then had a honey ice cream.