Saturday 6th June
We went back to Port Arthur Historical Site and finished off what we didn’t get to do yesterday, the place is so big. Today it was drizzling rain and bitterly cold.
In this way please.Convicts Chains, they are so heavy. Cold and bleak, the trees are even bare. Lovely reflections today of the Penitentiary. Very dark skies. Different angle. These are the size of the cells the convicts had, not very big. The view from inside the Penitentiary. Pretty grand sort of Architecture of the sky lights for that era. This was on top of the Law Courts. Guard Towers. Officers quarters up the back. Guard Towers, The sandstone that these buildings are made of have very beautiful colours. Hospital ruins. Looking down over the area where the two churches and houses are. Looking inside the Guard Tower. Inside one of the Ladies cottages, very small rooms and door ways. Looking over to the Asylum and the Separate prison. Another view of the Hospital ruins up on the left. Other ruins that I cant remember to name. Inside the Separate Prison. A cell. Doors to a small yard. The Asylum.
Friday 5th June
Big day at Port Arthur, did the boat trip first then had a cuppa before doing the tour. That took nearly all day. Then we went around to Canarvon Bay and had our picnic lunch which was nearly 3 pm. Thank goodness for nibblies.
Port Arthur Penitentiary Port Arthur Boat trip out to the Islands, Isle of the dead and Pt Puer. This is the Guards towers and the officers quarters up the back. This is where the convicts made ships. Part of the ship building dock yards. Penitentiary, Originally this was built as a flour mill. Looking across to Canarvon Bay Pt Puer Jetty. This is where the boys prison was. 3000 boys some as young as 9 yrs old were sentenced to here from 1834 to 1849. Cliffs of the Isle of the dead Isle of the dead. More than 1000 convicts rest here, military, officers, woman and children. Very clear waters, pt puer The hospital over the back of the Penitentiary. The Cafe where the Port Arthur tragedy happened in 1996 inside the cafe. This is the serene memorial gardens dedicated to the victims of the tragedy. All the names are on this cross in the memorial gardens, they are beautiful. over view of the penitentiary, hospital up the back right hand side. Model of how is use to be back in the convict days Canarvon Bay, we had lunch here, so peaceful.
Thursday 4th June
We got packed up once the dew was off the camper and headed off towards Port Arthur. From there we headed down to Orford and had lunch lovely seaside village. We got to the Big 4 by 3 pm and got a level site out of 4 that they let us choose. Its bush camping with the luxury of power, toilets, camp kitchen, really nice, only gripe I have is that the showers dont slant backwards so the water runs down into the shower where you are to dry yourself. Got set up, left the annex off as we dont know what the weather is doing.
View from our site at Mayfield Beach. Another view, plenty of room Mayfield Beach Toilet Block, nice and clean. Starting to pack up. Sea spray, looking up towards the Freycinet national Park in the back ground. Mayfield beach. This is not my art work, but some one has painted it and I think it’s beautiful and worth sharing, Painted on a rock down the beach, I dont know what the story tells. Here it is on the rock, Just lovely. Our bush camp at the Big 4 Caravan Park, Port Arthur.