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.







Sunday 12th Geeveston

Cold but sunny day. Went for a big drive to Huon Port, Lookout and just took in the scenic spots. Some images from the Hartz Mountain National Park.

¬†Camping at the sports ground at Geeveston. Bad weather is coming. ¬†Myrtle Tree. Heading up to Hartz N.P. ¬†This is worth the read. ¬†From the lookout going up to Hartz Mountain.¬† ¬†Lichen. ¬†Weather closing in. Hartz N.P. It has it’s own beauty. ¬†Arve Waterfall, Hartz N.P. ¬†Arve Waterfall, Hartz N.P. ¬†Huon River, to the right is the Oyster beds. ¬†Just a beautiful Gum tree. ¬†Houn Port down there. ¬†Looking down onto Geeveston from the big hill. You can see It was raining so had to move.¬† ¬†Beautiful Huon Valley. ¬†Boat on the Huon River.

Day 52

Wednesday 22nd April

Woke to a lovely sunny day for our Gordon Rive Cruise, we have to be down there early and also we wanted a good parking spot. Our cabin was only around the corner so that was handy, here are a few images to see what it was like.

IMG_4103 ¬†The wee township of Strahan, this is where we catch the cruise.¬†IMG_4108 ¬†The harbour and Jetty.IMG_4115 ¬†The Lady Jane Franklin 11, I liked the reflections in the window.IMG_4117 IMG_4122 ¬†Looking over the harbour to where you board the wilderness train trip from.IMG_4123 ¬†Inside the Lady JaneIMG_4133 ¬†Sea plane getting ready to pick up some passengers for a scenic flight.IMG_4159 ¬†Leaving the JettyIMG_4208 IMG_4253 Then entrance back into the harbour from the ocean, very deep and swift waters in that channel.IMG_4262 ¬†Only was in or out for these people is by boat, now that’s living in peace apart from the cruise boats every day.IMG_4274 IMG_4282 IMG_4336 ¬†We drop right down to a few knots as entering into the Gordon River, very old and ancient forests here, some of the Huon Pine is thousands of years old, wonderful journey and history. Thank goodness they stopped logging it but you can see where they have.IMG_4371 ¬†We got off the boat and did a walk up into the forest, just another world.IMG_4399 ¬†One of the other cruise’sIMG_4431 ¬†Jetty where we went onto Sarah Island and learned all about the convict days and how cruely they were treated, very moving as the lady acted out as she told the story. Reminders are still there as far as the hollows in the ground, logs that were left where they did the boat building etc.IMG_4451 ¬†Another jetty on the Sarah Island that was used, its very old.IMG_4481 ¬†A ruin from old.IMG_4498 ¬†This is some of the huon pine logs left from boat building.IMG_4506 ¬†Returning to our cruise.IMG_4558¬†Strahan from above.