We left for Brady’s Lake and got the private spot from last time, awesome. Staying for a couple of nights here. Lots of cloud cover and meant to rain over weekend. Need a couple of days rest. 25 deg today. Here’s a few photos of the camp before we left Zeehan Bush Camp.
Inside camp kitchen, great set up. Some of the erosion around Queenstown from the mining from 60 years ago. Fires damage from 2016, new growth is starting. This manicured home is at Brady’s Lake. So beautiful. Brady’s Lake. Our camp spot, Brady’s Lake. View from camp site.
There is snow on Hartz Mountain last night, no wonder it is very cold. We are hoping for a break in the weather to dry the canvas on camper trailer enough to pack up and head off to St Helen’s, weather over there is beautiful. Finally got away by 9.30 am and 10 deg, windy. Had a good run and stopped at Campbell town for more fresh veggies for juicing. Ended up at Dora point, just love this area. Very sheltered.
Huon River. Approaching Hobart. Country side on the way to East Coast. Dora Point sunset in opposite direction.
Was a wet night so let the canvas dry before leaving and 3 Kookaburras were sitting laughing. Travelled to Oatlands and camped the night. Nice sunset, very cool and foggy later in the evening.
This has been our camped site for 5 nights at Dora Point. Coloured sand stones. Oatlands Windmill, still working for flour milling, this is where I buy my Spelt Flour and rolled oats. Nice big freedom camping area here.
Odd shower of rain.Headed into St Helen’s and had Fish & Chips at the Skippers which was an old working boat now converted to Takeaway restaurant, really great food. Was eating my tea this evening early and noticed a movement and looked down, there was a Black snake about 12 inches from my foot, so I reached out to get my camera but it retreated back, so I banged my foot on the ground and it went under the camper, but later on I went around to the back of the camper and here it is again looking at me, so banged my foot lots and it went back into the bushes. No photo.
Floating Takeaway’s. Georges Bay, St Helen’s Rains are coming. Yellow Throat Honey eaters. Beautiful Sunset with stormy skies.
Got up for sunrise but was a bit of a sizzler. Made a cuppa and waited for the sun to appear. Got breakfast before the flies come. Still very windy and in the shade quiet cool. Sun is hot but having the wind helps . Caught up with Robert T, met him at Lara, now at Long Water Hole Winton. Had a good chat with him. We all did star trails, milky way. Photographed birds, cows and packed up what we could.
Sun setting over the Long Water Hole
Animals drinking just behind our camp site.
Who’s going to move for who.
Nice sitting in the cool of the afternoon at our camp spot. Long Water Hole.
White Plumed Honey eater
Apostles, ones teaching the other one something.
Red tailed Black Cockatoo’s, a Kite hovering above.
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.
If you want a van park to stay in St Helens here it is. Camp Kitchen, TV, games for kids, etc. Falmouth where the river runs into the sea. 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. 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. Another shot from where we did eat our tea.
We are having a very hot day again, it was a very warm night. After breakfast we drove out to the tit bit of the lake, I refer to it as the Island, much larger than I thought, found Whistling Kites and there nest, they are getting fish from the lake. We counted 6 Kites. Checked out where coverage was for the Sat phone. Our friends are due today so that’s going to be nice. Cooked in the camp oven tonight, was yummy. Clouds are coming in so I feel we are in for rain, oh no as these roads are not derivable when wet, hope it’s not going to be much or we will be here longer, Oh, what a shame. Here are a few photos from the day.
This is the set up we are using, nicely tucked out of the way.
This is before the sun came up over the hill behind us. A Darter drying it’s wings Just a relaxing view. Lots of wee birds, this one is looking up sideways, so cant see his eye. A Whistling Kite with a fish in it’s talons Yummy feed. Not a good view, but took it to show how small the nest is for such a large bird. This is very high in the tree. Another one eating it’s prey. I had been watching the Kite on the left for some time, it was calling and calling, then over came the second one. A Boab of some sorts. Yes I think the rains are coming, can hear the odd rumbling somewhere in the distance.