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.

 

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Day 11

17th April Thursday thru to 20th Sunday

Went over early and had a hot shower before everyone else got up. Got brekky and sat under the tree. Storm had gone, mozzies were back, and these are big ones, holly hell they can bite. Bite you thru your clothes; I have big welts on me. We headed to Moura, stopped along the way and saw the mine. We fueled up, emptied toilet, and topped up with some food items at Food Works. Going to Chain Lagoons, on our way we called into Theodore, what a lovely town only small on the Dawson River and a free camping spot. We are now on the Leichhardt H’wy heading south, had a lunch stop here and then got to Chain Lagoons and they had a fence across the road to get to the big lagoon, so we took a bush road thinking we could get thru, ha we got in a tricky spot, but with a bit of work we got back out onto the H’wy. So off we go to plan B and onto Lake Murphy, well what a neat surprise, so green, lovely camp spots so much better, no water in the lake but that’s not a problem, we loved it here and stayed 3 nights, did lots of walks, night shooting, sitting around the camp fire, was lovely, we had Apostle birds hanging around camp, they are so funny, chattering all the time. Our friends are here as well. We spent the next few days just exploring and enjoying the time to relax.

IMG_9930Open Cut Mine at Moura
IMG_9931IMG_9938  Apostle bird, they are so social and funny with their antic’sIMG_9974  Babbler with insect in mouthIMG_9987  A Red Necked kangarooIMG_9991  Apostle BirdIMG_9994 Apostles birds

DSCF1555  Our camp spot at Lake Murphy.DSCF1556  Mowed pathways to Toilet blockDSCF1558  Nice big camp spotsDSCF1563 Our friends and us on our walk over to see the creek, which had water in it.

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Empty Lake Murphy, hard to imagine that this is the lake floor.