Day 26

Thursday 9th. 

What a day,  awesome. Did lots of shooting birds,  did the boat trip, that was fantastic learning all the history of the gorge and the Waanyi people.

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Heading up the Gorge.

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Cliff face, going up the Gorge, some light it looks red, other times its orange, keep’s changing colours. Just beautiful.

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We go up around the bend ahead. Feel very small in comparison to the cliffs.

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Another part of the trip.

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Crocodile slide. We waited but didn’t see anything.

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Canoeing, they all having fun, Indarri Falls just around the corner.

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Trees growing out of rocks, amazing.

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Part of the falls, quite a story as to how long the falls have eroded the rock away, it passes through lime stone and deposits calcium to form where the falls fall.

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Another fall as part of the Indarri falls.

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A Bower bird landed on the calcium ledge.

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Indarri Falls in all its glory, they are so beautiful..

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Shapes, colour, just breath taking.

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The skipper was telling us about the crack in this cliff face, when there’s been a lot of rain the water gushes out from this crack and forms a water fall that flows right out into the water. So where we are now he said, we’d be getting wet.

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Honey Bee full of nectar.

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Purple crowned wren.

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Day 25

Wednesday 8th June 

Had a great day. Had a good breakfast and then headed off on a hike to Indarri Falls, 3 hours round trip up over the plateau and down the cliff face,  dam steep. The colours out here are just so vivid. The falls are beautiful. The terrain is very undulating,  rocky and colourful. Alice and Jack went up to the falls in their kayak, went to the second level, we saw them at the falls. Got back at 12.30 pm.  Had to cool down, then went for a cold shower. Had lunch and just sat around for awhile,  it was 35 deg today again. Flies are bad. Wearing the fly net most days. Don and Jack went walking up over the Constance Range,  Don said it’s beautiful but extremely tough. I’m not doing it.  Couldn’t get on the boat trip today but have booked for tomorrow 10 am. Looking forward to that. Not cold at nights. Lovely and fresh.

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Beautiful cliffs where we’re camping. These colours are as they are.

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Path on our 3 hour walk to Indarri falls, then to the lookout and back down to camp.

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This is the Lawn creek, magic colours. There are fresh water crocodiles but we didn’t see one.

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The Indarri Falls, so lovely.

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Love these reflections.

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Indarri falls,

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Going up the escarpment, reds and green, we are so lucky this national park was closed to flooding two weeks prior to us coming.

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View from climbing up higher, the falls being just to the left of the middle of photo.

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On our way up to the lookout, this a great view but facing the sun.

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The workers and rangers accommodation.

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Bigger view of the whole camping.

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Sun going down and I’m down by the jetty.

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Another angle. magic reflections.

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Heading back to camp, got a sun burst through the trees.

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Young crimson finch.

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Very bright but still beautiful.

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White winged triller.

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White winged triller.

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Yellow tinted honey eater.

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Liked these, don’t know there name, reminded me of the Lupines in NZ up Mt Cook.

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Lizard sunning.

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Indarra falls.

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Indarra falls.

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Close up of the falls.

Day 24

Tuesday 7th    Traveling to Lawn Hill

We got away from Gregory river by 9 am, sad to be leaving but will be calling back on our way south. Wonderful drive to Adels Grove where we had morning tea. Then another 10 km to Lawn Hill NP. The scenery is so beautiful and changes so often I have taken shots along the way from the vehicle as we are driving. Very hot, 35 deg. Lots of birds. I’m going on the boat cruise as there is no way I can row 6 km. I will then walk to the falls in the afternoon. Had a cold shower to cool off then got tea. We are here for 2 full days then leave Friday 10th. We have full telstra coverage 4G with blue tick.

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The road to Lawn Hill, some of the tar sealed roads were worse than gravel roads.

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This is the road to Adels Grove. It is a Caravan Park. Been very wet here two weeks ago so we have timed it nicely, lovely and green really.

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Still not much water for the animals, but better than none.

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We are here, yahoo, only 4 km now to the camping area.

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Beautiful red soil and rocks. Very crumbly looking. The skies are so blue.

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Good amount of foliage.

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Well, this is the colour of the Lawn creek/river.

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Another wider view.

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Termite mounds, I have seen them reds, browns, creams, I’ve been told that what ever the colour of the soil then that’s the colour of the mounds. Makes sense.

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This is the Female of the Purple-crowned Fairy-wren.

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These are Crimson Finches, on the tree in our camp spot. How lucky. The red one is the male, other two females.

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Dragonfly on the path where I was walking.

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This is the Male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren.

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Red winged parrot.

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Grey-crowned Babbler.

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White-browed Robin.

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Went for a bit of a walk and just love the colours in the rock face, but trees are growing out of cracks, make them hardy up here to survive.

Day 23

Monday 6th. June

Well woke to a lovely morning,  heaps of people moving out and one new one came In and its only 9.02 am.  We have the Northern kookaburra,  they are so funny the sounds they make.  We walked up into the town which is 1 pub, 1 shop general Store but only necessary groceries really and petrol, all very exe. The bird life here is magic,  so many different types. Not cold tonight.  I got the washing dry,  had showers. Off to Lawn Hill tomorrow.  Met some lovely travelers.

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Lovely reflections on the Gregory River where we are camped.

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Large area’s for camping, Gregory River.

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This camping area is on the other side under the bridge.

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Gregory River down stream.

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Under the bridge.

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Kites, we have a nest above our camp spot. 🙂

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Jack and Alice whom we are traveling with having breakfast in the sun by the rive, doesn’t get much better than this.

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Kite taking off from drinking.

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The cub set up for two nights only this stop. We keep it simple for a couple of nights.

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Getting the shower bottles ready to heat up for the shower. Plenty room over this side of the bridge for camping.

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Wee frog while I was crossing the rocks,

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Kite preening.

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I think this is a young Great bower bird.

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White Gaped Honey Eater.

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Peaceful Dove, they are so small compared to the other Doves.

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A better shot of the Young Great Bower bird.

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White gaped Honey eater.

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Water trucks come in all day, they are doing the road works and its at least one hour away from here, so a long haul.

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Yellow Tinted honey eater bathing.

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Here is a better view of the Yellow tinted honey eater.

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Black chinned honey eaters.

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White browed robin.

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Masked Finch I think.

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Not sure the name of this bird.

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Rufus Whistler.

Day 105

Monday 15th June
Well we headed off a bit later than planned but ended up going for a drive up the west side of the Derwent River as far as Rosegarland, and it already was getting to late to see Mt Field NP, the fog is getting lower and clouding over more so crossed over the river calling into see a Hop drying building and the lady next to it gave us a run down on all the history, very interesting, the locals here in Tasmania are so open and helpful with there knowledge of their areas. The whole valley is so beautiful and in lots a ways is standing still, so nice to see. Saw the Zinc smelter, Cadbury’s chocolate factory across the river, saw the MR-1 boat which is Mona  Roma-1, traveling up river towards the museum. It was a day of reflections.
IMG_3846  Lindisfarne.IMG_3848  View of Mt Wellington under cloud.IMG_3854  Bridge at Dowsing Point.IMG_3858Mono Roma-1  Zinc Smelter with Mona Roma-1 traveling up river.IMG_3874  Had lunch at Old Beach, lovely views and reflections, the white chimneys in the back ground are from the Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory.IMG_3881  Old BeachIMG_3886  This is on the Boyer Rd, looking across at Granton.IMG_3889 IMG_3890  Looking at New Norfolk.IMG_3893 IMG_3902  From up a hill looking down onto the New Norfolk area, the road we have just travelled on left.IMG_3909  New Norfolk.IMG_3913  New NorfolkIMG_3914  New Norfolk bridge into town center.IMG_3918  Gordon River Road, heading down the west side now. Farmers Patterns.IMG_3924  The Hop dryer buildings, they stopped working 27 years ago and just left to deteriorate.IMG_3931  Another part of the Hop buildings.IMG_3937 IMG_3977Whiskey distillary Redland just loved this wee shack.IMG_4004  Inside the church of St Mathews, Anglican Parish at New Norfolk, which commenced in 1828IMG_4012

Landscape supplies factory. Boyer.

Day 103

Friday 12th June
Got up early and the day is very overcast but took the chance of cloudy but sunny as forecasted, and we are heading off down the Huon Valley as far as Southport. Stopped off at all the wee bays, art galleries, etc. I just love the free range chooks we see in the country side, they are in the most unexpected places. Beautiful scenery and no wind so it wasn’t to bad and no rain. Got very overcast on way home.  All in all a very nice day. Just loved following the Huon River for most of the way, gave us some nice reflections. A lot of these photo’s were grab shots through the glass while driving, bit hard in city traffic to stop.
IMG_2907  Bridge over the Derwent River in Hobart.IMG_2908  The bridge in Hobart with Mt Wellington in back ground.IMG_2910  Mt Wellington.IMG_2914  Out of the traffic, now for some scenery.IMG_2920  This is where we had morning tea at Franklin on the edge of the Huon River.IMG_2928  A lot of old buildings are being used today for shops, galleries, etc, I loved the wheel in this photo.IMG_2931  Huon River.IMG_2932  As soon as I got over to the picnic table these ducks all came running, so funny.IMG_2937  Heading towards GeevestonIMG_2949  Free range chooks.IMG_2951  Nice entry to the town of Geeveston.IMG_2966  Had lunch at Dover.IMG_2972  Driving around to Southport, the end of the tar sealed road south.IMG_2982  Little beach holiday places right on the water.IMG_3001  End of the line. IMG_3017 IMG_3026  On our way back caught some good lighting on these yachts.IMG_3069 Another quick shot of the bridge at Hobart on our way home.

Day 88 & 89

Thursday 28th May

Rained all day, went into town for a few things. No photos today.

Friday  29th May

Well the canvas is dry so we are really packing up and hitting the road to Bicheno. Came for 2 nights and Stayed for 5, thanks very much to the Hillcrest van park. Giving them a plug as they were very good to us, Thanks to Chris very much. Had a good run down stopped at a few places and got to Seaview  Caravan Park, Decided to set up as the weather was not sounding good, gale force winds, snow down low and cold. We will tiki tour tomorrow.

IMG_0063  If you want a van park to stay in St Helens here it is.IMG_0066 IMG_0070 IMG_0072 IMG_0080  Camp Kitchen, TV, games for kids, etc.IMG_0098  Falmouth where the river runs into the sea.IMG_0096 IMG_0103 IMG_0110 IMG_0111 IMG_0113 IMG_0126 IMG_0139 IMG_0140  Had to take this, it is grass on top of this house’s roof, still being built so couldn’t get to the front to see the architecture.IMG_0214FishermansJetty  Fishermans Jetty at Bicheno, fresh fish and chips and scollops. Beautiful, sat on the rocks and ate them, but first had to wrap our tea in a blanket to keep it warm as wanted to get the colours in the sunset.IMG_0233BichenoSunset Another shot from where we did eat our tea.

Day 53

Thursday 23rd April

We had a day to rest so decided to go up to the falls, these falls are in the township of Strahan and not far at all, we just took our time and then enjoyed the rest of the day chilling out at the cabin, weather was overcast and cooling down. Nice day though.

IMG_4576 IMG_4583  Beautiful bush tracks.IMG_4596  Bush stream, very brown from all the tannin.IMG_4613  FungiIMG_4626  StreamIMG_4631  Hogarth Falls.IMG_4633  Rocks and MossIMG_4639 IMG_4652  Reflection in stream.IMG_4673Punga(TreeFern)  Punga or Fern tree.IMG_4692  Reflection of the retreat.IMG_4695

Down the West Coast

Wednesday 4th June

Didn’t get to see the Glaciers as the weather is to bad, very low cloud so we are going to push on down the coast, heading to Haast, see what we can see along the way hoping of course that it stops raining. It wasn’t to far and it did stop raining and cloud lifted as the day went on, we can live with overcast not a problem. By the time we got to Ship Creek it wasn’t to bad so we stopped, just love this place, the beach is usually full of drift wood all shapes and size’s. The sea is always rough being on the west. Makes for nice photography.

Ship Creek This is what the area is like, pools of water with perfect reflections, the fauna is native and beautiful.

Coast Road at Ship Creek The trees in the back ground are called kahitkatea native to NZ.

Ocean West Coast NZ This is how the beach is and I feel this is quiet calm today. From here we carried on down to Haast and the weather is turning again to rain so decided to get as far as we could hoping for Hawea over the Haast Pass. Saw some of the waterfall’s but just not good for photo’s. As we were travelling along through Makaroa it started snowing behind us as you can see in the image below.Snowing in the hillsOld ShedThis old shed is just down from the image above, a wee bit of sunlight coming through. We arrived at Lake Hawea and stayed in the camping ground as we needed power for heating, very cold. The camp ground is ordinary and hot water is scarce but got the washing and drying all done so was grateful for that.  A lot of Autumn colours are still around on some trees and laying on the ground, very pretty.