Sunday 20th March

Had a very relaxing day yesterday after our big adventure on Saturday. Went to the Sunday markets, they were great. Today we went for a drive around the bays out from Triabunna, it turned out so interesting didn’t get back until 5.15 pm. very overcast and cool day.

 Three Thumbs lookout, very low clouds. sandstone boulders,  Tessellated rocks.  Echidna.  Beautiful patterns in the sandstone.  Lovely view of Maria Island.  Now that’s a great fence. 🙂  Sandstone. Sandstone Quarry.

 

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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. 🙂

 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 12th Geeveston

Cold but sunny day. Went for a big drive to Huon Port, Lookout and just took in the scenic spots. Some images from the Hartz Mountain National Park.

 Camping at the sports ground at Geeveston. Bad weather is coming.  Myrtle Tree. Heading up to Hartz N.P.  This is worth the read.  From the lookout going up to Hartz Mountain.   Lichen.  Weather closing in. Hartz N.P. It has it’s own beauty.  Arve Waterfall, Hartz N.P.  Arve Waterfall, Hartz N.P.  Huon River, to the right is the Oyster beds.  Just a beautiful Gum tree.  Houn Port down there.  Looking down onto Geeveston from the big hill. You can see It was raining so had to move.   Beautiful Huon Valley.  Boat on the Huon River.

Saturday 11th Geeveston

Low of 10 deg and high of 16 deg. Made a yoghurt in my Thermal Pot, yum. Went for a big walk along the Platypus way, didn’t see the Platypus though. Came back and had morning tea, then headed up to the Hartz Mountain National Park. Rain started and just got heavier, so when we got to Arve car park for the waterfall, decided to put our coats on and go for it, Well it only got worse on the way back horizontal rain and blowing a gale, but was very invigorating. Carried onto the Centre and stayed there with others waiting for a break in the weather. Still was a awesome day.

 Scarlet Robin  Eastern Spotted Quoll, Tasmania  Yellow White Eye  Scarlet Robins  Historical Railway Station, most southerly railway.  Geeveston has amazing statues that have been chainsawed from timber all over town. Each one tells a story which they have written for the peoples information. This town supports its Artist.   Some people have no where to go, 🙂

Two Yellow tailed Black Cockatoo’s

Tuesday 7th on our way to cockle creek

Left really early to get all the way today. Cockle Creek is the most southerly road in Australia. Beautiful drive, had lots of stops along the way, got in at 4.15 pm so made good time. Here are images from Oatlands to Cockle.

 New subdivision, Hobart area.  Driving into Hobart,  Building in Hobart.  Down at the docks by Salamanca.  Huonville. Most beautiful area.  Huonville.  Dover. Dover.  Finns Beach.  Finns Beach.  Finns Beach.

Camping at Finns Beach, just up from Cockle Creek.

Dora Point Day 5

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.

Halls Point Day 2

Nice warm night and no wind. 🙂 All the campers from yesterday have moved on and we have one new camper, so nice and quiet. Did a walk to the corner store, made yoghurt and Bliss balls so been busy.

 Blue Fairy Wren.  This family are taking the horses down to the beach for exercise so I tagged along and asked about photographing the kids, no problems.   Note the man has his dog on a leash, I’m really hot on this subject. Well done.  Camp spot.

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.