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 87

Wednesday 27th May

left nice and early and headed off to Mathinna and Mangana. Chris at the park has told us of lots to do off the beaten track so thanks for that Chris it was awesome. Stopped at St Marys at the Old Museum called Cranks and Tinkers, a must to pop in and see Ian, you will not believe what he has.We loved the old buildings in Mathinna and that they are still being lived in. Went and saw the falls, Ill post them later. After leaving that area we carried onto Mangana another quaint wee settlement, loved the old house here as well, reminded me of the days I lived in a mill. Weather was turning cold and wet, but we still did ok.

IMG_9974  Mathinna was named after an Aboriginal girl who was befriended by Lady Franklin whom this town is named after, I felt this is worth a mention.IMG_9940 IMG_9994  Light on the hillsIMG_9980  Esk RiverIMG_9953  MathinnaIMG_9952  We sheltered in here for smoko MathinnaIMG_9948  Old mining days.IMG_9747  Fires burn offs.IMG_9749  Beautiful coloured rockIMG_9939 IMG_9941  MathinnaIMG_9944 IMG_9745  FingalIMG_9744  Driving down the Fingal Valley, the lighting was awesome on the trees with the dark sky.IMG_9738  A bit of light shines through.IMG_9731 IMG_9712  The MuseumIMG_9718  Old relics.IMG_9723  Where railway lines once stood.IMG_9713 IMG_9710  This homestead was owned by someone who owned most of the area once.IMG_0058  Bad weather.IMG_0056  FingalIMG_0051  Fingal ValleyIMG_0055 IMG_0002 IMG_0003 IMG_0010 IMG_0008 IMG_0004 IMG_0037 IMG_0044 IMG_0014

Tree patterns and colours after being chopped down.

Day 85

Monday 25th May

Went for a drive to Evercreech Forest,from St Helens you go along the way down the coast and over the St Marys Pass, very windy and narrow in places but just take your time, its very high and lovely. St Marys town is a quaint wee country town.The Museum at the old Railway Station is worth the stop, Ian will tell you about so many things, may even give you a tune on his Banjo if you ask nicely.  Further on we called into Cornwall, full of history as a coal mining town, they have a wall of remembrance there, very nice to see. Had smoko there. Got to Fingal, which is a lovely drive down through the valley and we turned off and headed to Mathinna, our turn off was just this side to the Evercreech forest, good dirt roads. Beautiful driving down through the forest. We ran out of day so will have to make another trip to Mathinna.

IMG_8893  quick snap while driving past, loved the fog in behind the house. Heading to St Marys.IMG_8889 IMG_8895  Fingal drive.IMG_8921  Esk River, heading out of Fingal to the forest.IMG_8922 IMG_8939  Well here we are at the picnic area of the Evercreech Forest, no camping allowed, but day use only, this is a great shelter, nice toilets and a gas BBQ, table and chairs placed at different place with also fire pits.IMG_8946  Stream, so clear.IMG_8942  picnic area.IMG_9034  walking through the forest, the bush is so quiet.IMG_9046  Well here is some of the White Gums, known as the “White Knights”, about 90 metres tall, they are Australia’s tallest white gums.IMG_9056  Another angle, so hard to photograph as they are to big, and the lighting isn’t always good looking up towards the sky.IMG_9084 IMG_9109  Part of the walk back down.IMG_9115 IMG_9118  Looked like a graveyard of trees all covered in thick bright green mosses.IMG_9119 IMG_9130  Natures smile.IMG_9136  This is the base of an old tree, its rotted away in the middle.IMG_9165  Reflection of the bridge in clear stream.IMG_9170 IMG_9195  Opps the skies are looking dark, this house just looked nice in the foreground of a dirty sky.IMG_9252 IMG_9253  Cornwall has so much history but don’t go wondering up in the hills still lots of  mine shafts  up in the hills we have been told.IMG_9308  Scamander, bridge on left not in use now, only a walk way, new bridge on right, ocean on right. Nice wee seaside town.IMG_8987  I dont like doing portrait shaped photo’s, but this was to try and show the size of some of the trees, this is only quarter of the tree.IMG_9038  This bridge is made from old punga’s and other dead trees and then just a frame to hold it together, we have been told that the towns people and some of the bikie people help maintain this forest, how good is that.IMG_9094 Just a small one. 🙂

Day 6

6th Friday
Up early and saw Lyell off to work, 4.30 am.
Cool night but lovely.
Heading off this morning. got breakfast out the way and left at 10.30 am. Went to chemist, got Dons tabs, then onto Denman up the Golden h’way. Called into get fuel and all it did was blow air, so off we went and checked the town out, lovely place, lovely Gluten Free shop, lady made me a GF wrap vegetarian, sat and ate them. I gave the shop some of our “Simply Grain Free cards”.
We are taking the Bylong valley Way, turn off at Sandy Hollow, lovely run thru the valley with big rock formations, quiet steep in places. Couldnt stop to take photos as there’s no room, roads to narrow and windy. got to Ilford and free camped at the Ilford Hall, looking over a farm and down thru a valley, so peaceful, only one other camper popped in later on in the afternoon. Very cool wind, and cool night, my new -10 deg sleeping bay worked well. no coverage here, Started to do a Timelapse but the moon was to bright.


IMG_9690  First sign ot the moon.IMG_9681  Looking down the valley.IMG_9747  Ready to head off.IMG_9746 IMG_9743 Ilford Hall.