Halls Point.

Left Forth by 10 am and went directly to Penguin, approximately 11 km. went to IGA and then out to Halls Point couple of clicks out to camp for 48 hours. Lovely spot for freedom camping with new toilet blocks just down by the Community hall. It is a Penguin Colony so its very special, got to see the penguins again here. Wish the locals would respect the fact that it is a protected area and keep their dogs on a leash.

 The bay looking out from my backyard camping.  These rocks have quiet a story I’ve been told, ancient, scientist come from all over the world and test many rock area’s in Tasmania as its been found that there are many that are the same as in Canada, Nova Scotia.  Another view.  Mum and bub in their burrow. I used long lens so as not to disturb them.


Day 32

Wednesday 1st April

Looks cloudy. Heading off to Penguin. Drove 38 km, lovely drive, nice little seaside town, and then we came on out to Sulphur Creek free camping. Got a real sheltered spot, ocean views. Got here early set up and had lunch. Did the washing, had a hot shower in the sun. Only two other campers here. Did a walk around and found heaps of penguin nests. Got tea early and went to sit out and see what time the penguins come a shore.  Well these ones come in later than in nz. We only had two trains go through. Got windy and cooled down. Rained during the night.

DSCF4812Sulpher CreekPenguin  Local train transporting cargo to Burnie.IMG_2519  View from our camp site, Sulphur Creek, about 8 km north of penguin.IMG_2527  View from the opposite wayIMG_2532  Local race horse being given a warm up by a run down the beach.IMG_2539  Our camp siteIMG_2542  Burnie from the look out, this is the docks where the logs are exported out.IMG_2549  Burnie looking south.IMG_2556  The lovely statue of the Penguin at the approach of town. Taken while driving so not a good shot.IMG_2571  Was walking around looking for nests and there it was a baby looking out so took the shot and left him alone.IMG_2579  Love the rocks when the sea is rough.IMG_2643  The wee penguins come up these rocks to there nests, but I was taken with all the different colours and shapes.IMG_2645 More shapes and colours of rocks.

Day 30

Monday 30th March

Woke to a cloudy morning but soon cleared to be a lovely sunny day.After cleaning up from breakfast we hit the road and went to Turners Beach, very small and vans very packed in. From here we went on up to Ulverstone and had a good look around town and down the park, really like this place. Got the estuary and the ocean. We came home for lunch, i made some more yoghurt, lots of people in the park tonight, cooling down. We heard the penguins.

IMG_1828 IMG_1833TurnersBeach  Turners beach looking towards Ulverstone.IMG_1889  Forth RiverIMG_1842 IMG_1848Ulverstone Playground  Ulverstone IMG_1856LookingOutToSea IMG_1866 IMG_1884MemorialToAllServicePersons  Memorial to all service persons.IMG_1899ForthHotel Forth Pub, had a great meal and very reasonable.

Heading to the Bluff.

Thursday 23rd August.

Up earlier this morning and had our breakfast, cleaned up and hit the road. Had a few stops along the way to Haast, did some water falls, but not a lot of water flowing at the moment, we have noticed all the lake levels are low, the locals are saying the it’s been real poor with snow levels and even though they get a lot of rain, the amount of snow melts really does help the dam levels. We have clear skies, stopped at Lake Hawea and had lunch down at the lake, it really is a magic spot. Saw Rocky Range and called into Butchers Dam and Lake Dunstan has lovely reflections it’s on the way to Cromwell, in the Roxborough area. Stayed at Miller’s flat camp ground, $14 each, nice clean spot, bit run down, the owners are lovely.

Lake Dunstan

Lake Dunstan and it’s lovely reflections. Smoke from fire in the background adds to the moodiness of the scene.

Lake Hawea

This is the view as we headed over the Haast Pass and heading towards Wanaka.

Friday 24th

Woke to a frost, even the water out of the hose in the tap is hanging out by about 10 inch and is frozen. 8.14 am and ready to hit the road, did all the dumps and refills once we broke the ice up. Called into Gore, town of the country music, NZ’s Tamworth. They also boast trout. We had a good run down to Invercargill, called into see my Dads grave at Lumsden. Didn’t stop in Invercargill carried on down to the Bluff, I really liked it there, very windy and very cold, coming straight up from the Antarctic. It had very low clouds but could still see Stewart Island. Was very hard taking photo’s at the look out due to the wind, nearly blows you over. Saw interesting things, like chocks in paddocks with sheep and or cows all happy together. Had a feed of fish & Chips and it them down at the wharf. Left the bluff about 1 pm and started for the Catlins. To get to Curio Bay we made a wrong turn and ended up 28 km out of our way but got to see some nice country side along the way, when we got to the causeway and saw the sign to go over to the Tiwai smelting then I realised we had come the wrong way. No worries, turned around and got back on track and got to Curio camp grounds at about 4.30 pm. Took photo’s on our way in and what a great place. Got the camera’s and went straight down to the Penguins, we have been told that they head back up out of the water into their nesting place at about 4.30 pm onward until dark so will sit it out. Of course the sun has gone behind of the hills so the bay is in shadow and quiet dark due to the cloudy weather,  but we saw 10 Penguins, love there calls, but I was amazed at how slow they came up the beach and over the rock, I assumed they would leave the water and rush up to their hide away, but they took nearly 1 1/2 hours, by this time it was really to dark to get decent shots,  now a few spits of rain so headed back to the camper, will be down here 1st shooting light and wait, bbbrrrrrrrrrrr it will be cold.

HMS Wreck, Bluff

Came across this boat HMS was all we could read, certainly seen better days. This is not far from an old boat house at the Bluff.