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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 97

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.

IMG_1947 IMG_1949  In this way please.IMG_1955Convicts Chains, they are so heavy.IMG_1961  Cold and bleak, the trees are even bare.IMG_1962  Lovely reflections today of the Penitentiary. Very dark skies.IMG_1976  Different angle.IMG_1982  These are the size of the cells the convicts had, not very big.IMG_1985  The view from inside the Penitentiary.IMG_1992  Pretty grand sort of Architecture of the sky lights for that era. This was on top of the Law Courts.IMG_1993  Guard Towers. Officers quarters up the back.IMG_2013  Guard Towers, The sandstone that these buildings are made of have  very beautiful colours. IMG_2032  Hospital ruins.IMG_2031  Looking down over the area where the two churches and houses are.IMG_2044  Looking inside the Guard Tower.IMG_2047  Inside one of the Ladies cottages, very small rooms and door ways.IMG_2057  Looking over to the Asylum and the Separate prison.IMG_2071  Another view of the Hospital ruins up on the left. Other ruins that I cant remember to name.IMG_2080 IMG_2090  Inside the Separate Prison.IMG_2092  A cell.IMG_2101  Doors to a small yard.IMG_2103  The Asylum.IMG_2113