Saturday 18th March – Maria Island

Caught the boat at 9 am only took 50 min to get to Maria Island. Lovely trip seeing the land from where you have come. Saw a pod of dolphins very beautiful. On the Island we did a 9 km walk taking in the Fossil cliffs, Painted cliffs, and everything in between. You take everything you need as well as your water intake for the day as there is no shops or supplies and you take all rubbish home. Lots of old ruins, just far to many to post in the website. Long and wonderful day, extremely windy late afternoon which was tiring. Caught the boat back at 4.30 pm. Very steep hills to climb but pace yourself and its worth it. I do have lots of photos in this posting so take your time. Enjoy. ūüôā

 Our ferry, its very cool at present, its 8 am. Another plant.
¬†Off to drop the crayfish pots. ¬†Old plant that is now not working, not sure what they were producing. ¬†These people are heading back from sleeping over. ¬†Silo’s. ¬†We’re all taking in the view of where we’ll be for the next 6 hours. ¬†I did the red circuit and the orange circuit. ¬†Jetty in background, silos can be seen. ¬†Dormitories. ¬†BBQ and shelters. Looking back over towards Triabunna.

Whale bones, Ribs I was told.

 Wombat wondering around.  Top 2 images are fossils of sea shells, Oysters.  Fossils quarry down on left.  This is the way to start climbing the hill over there yonder, you can see some people in the right hand side going up the track.  Convict Barn from 1844  Looking down to the settlement.  Tasmanian Native Hen.  Fossils quarry cliff, the person shows just how big it is.

Sleeping wombat.

¬†View from half way up the hill on circuit. ¬†Painted Cliffs. Heading down to the Painted cliffs, the peninsula out across the bay is where they are. Tide in makes it a bit harder to get good shots of the cliffs, I’ll just do what I can. ¬†On way back to settlement where the Maria ferry will pick us up in the bay from Jetty.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 25th Febraury

Another month nearly over, we have done so much so far. Its cool but not windy, bit of rain during the night. Went for a drive and checked out all the beaches. Snakes are out in the mornings sunning themselves so we’re very weary as we’ve already seen 3 on this trip.

 Dragonfly sunning.  Copperhead sunning on the track.  Nawantapu wetlands  Patterns of grasses washed up  Sand patterns.

Friday & Saturday 17th & 18th February.

Friday we got everything sorted and not leaving until Saturday now. Saturday, Slept in until 9 am as we were up shooting stars until late, then cloud came so that ended that. Its partly cloudy but fine at this time. There is nothing past Gladstone so you have to be totally self reliant. Had a lovely drive up over the ranges Blue Tier ranges, some of the little settlements are as if time has stood still. The forests up here are magnificent. Out here on the coast the villages are mainly fishing. When we got here we got a fire going, cooked tea fast as the weather is not looking great. We have ended up at Stumpy 3 and have a lovely big, sheltered site. No coverage and we are allowed generators. Heaps of Bennett’s Wallabies. Went checked the beach out, big sweeping bays.

¬†Two bays meet here.¬† ¬† Big baby Bennett’s having a drink.¬† ¬†Tasmanian Green Parrot. ¬†Meat eating ant.

Friday 10th Finns Beach

The bird life here is really good. We were very fortunate to see a Spotted Quoll today. Tasmania’s wild cat. We drove to Geeveston and decided to stay as its so beautiful, need to explore this area.

 Finns Beach  Finns Beach  Filthy toilet rubbish on the edge of the beach, we have seen a lot of this sort of thing, absolutely filthy.  Went for a walk and came across this beautiful garden in the middle of nowhere.  This is our camp spot at Finns beach, clean drop toilets, ocean on the right, forest on our left. Magic spot.  Two wee Baby Wrens, I watched them for ages, mum was coming and feeding them.  Dad sitting watching me I think, so moved away, let them be.  So cold and damp here most of the time, moss on everything. Can you feel the heat, was a good fire.

Halls Point Day 3

Heard the Penguins today so going out to the area tonight. Lots of Penguin tracks this morning on the beach. Good sign. Did another walk to shops, its 3 km so my daily exercise.

¬†View looking west from our camping spot. ¬†Mutation European Finch. ¬†Silver eye. ¬†Looking up into the hills from camping area. ¬†Mutation European Finch ¬†Bull rushes. ¬†White Butterfly. ¬†Penguin tracks. ¬†Having fun with Seagulls. ¬†Rocks¬†Baby penguin emerging out for a stretch, did you know they don’t poop in the burrow. I witnessed this.