Back to the ‘mainland’

Disembarked from the ‘spirit of tasmania’ & drove to Yarrasville in Melbourne & spent the night with Lisa(Peter’s youngest daughter), always great to see this young lady, the following nite at Carole & Costa’s (Peter’s sister in Sydney) – an awesome dinner, thankx. Spent the next few days around Casino & celebrated Margaret’s (Peter’s Mum) 91st birthday with family, great time as usual.

Peter flew to Kununurra 5\4\19 & I hung around Brisbane til the 15/4/19. Visited Dad most days, based at Ipswich at Les & Al’s & discovered that my gorgeous Jenna is pregnant.

15/4/19 – Jeanet, a great friend of mine & I set off north, stayed 3 nights at Bargara (near Bundaberg) with great mates – Rae & Gary, headed north, called into ‘Dingo Park’, a very well run feedlot west of Townsville – an amazing set up.

Spent Easter at Cardwell (half way between Townsville & Cairns) with some more amazing friends, we participated in an ambrose golf game with Mandy – so much fun.

Drove to Cairns, Jeanet flying back to Brisbane while I continue on, called into Kuranda for quick look then onto Georgetown to Jenelle & Daren’s(met & worked with this couple in Tassie), had so much fun. Jenelle & I drove out to Cobbold Gorge(approx. 92klms south of Georgetown) & spent the night – a lovely spot. Normanton next port of call but only for a toilet stop, had a few big driving days then arrived at Katherine, NT, caught up with my awesome son Ben.

91st birthday celebrations.

My Dad.

Ipswich – Les & Al’s.

Jenna & Mike

My georgeous pregnant Jenna.

Jeanet & I off on our road trip.

Rae & Gary, awesome friends at Bargara.

Cattle lining up to eat their dinner

A specially made up feed mix is given to the cattle via a tractor & trailer into the feed troughs.

Large rectangle bales of rhodes grass are mulched.

While the hay is being mulched it is watered down.

A special blended mix of grains & vitamins are then added, each yard of cattle has a different mix according to their age.

Easter in Cardwell with great friends Mandy & Raymond.

Wharf at Cardwell.

WOW! What an amazing stove, roasts chicken to perfection.

Our golfing team………

Quick stop at Kuranda.

Jenelle checking out a trough….

Had a relaxing time in the infinity pool overlooking the dam.

Ponies along the road near the gorge.

Quick pit stop at Normanton, this pub was on the opposite side of the road.

Back to the NT.

Ran into Ben & his truck at the Hi-Way Inn.

Goodbye Tasmania – March 2019

Our last morning in Hobart, it was glorious, the sun was shining & looking over the water was lovely, there was a large cruise liner docked.

We drove out to Lime Bay a 1300 hectare secluded reserve consisting of sheltered beaches & eucalypt plantations, the campground is approx. 12klm SW of the small fishing town of Dunalley. WOW! It is a great spot but for the first 2 days & nights it the wind blew madly, we were cold & sand blasted BUT it improved. 2 very good friends arrived the day after us, so we had lotz of fun playing cards in their caravan until the weather improved. Wendy & Jack (Queenslanders – no wonder they were so nice), worked at the Pondering Frog with us. Peter & Jack put the boat in late 1 afternoon, caught lotz of flathead but no keepers. The next day Wendy went out with the boys & yes – we had fish for dinner that night.

It is a very beautiful camping spot & there is a couple of walks to do, you just don’t want to be there is ‘gale force winds’.

We started our journey back to the mainland, we stayed at a mates at St Marys, Sonja & Barry, they have just purchased a B&B there, the bed we slept in was enormous, drove to Devonport, spent the nite there & boarded the boat early on the 30th March, 2019.

So many ducks – they are cute.

Leaving Hobart.

Mt Wellington – WOW!

Our camp at Lime Bay State Reserve.

The boys going out to catch dinner.

Tide was out next morning & there was lotz of weed washed up.

Sun shining this morning – gorgeous.

Peter, Wendy & Jack setting out for their fishing expedition.

We are definitely having fish 2nite – Wendy is our lucky star.

These guys were feasting as well.

Looking back towards our camp from up the beach, well hidden although we not far from the water at high tide.

Dinner 2nite.

More dinner 2nite, I collected these fellows while the others were out in the boat.

So many of these critters, one even tried nibbling on my toe.

Another of the locals.

Peter & our gorgeous Ma (Wendy).

Ma & me.

Driving north, a farmer was obviously burning off stubble.

Stayed at Sonja & Barry’s place at St Marys – what a bed, it was massive.

Boarding the ‘Spirit of Tasmania’ 0800hrs 30th March, 2019.

Bruny Island #2

Bruny Island for us has been interesting, no boat in the water but we did some walks instead. It’s a beautiful island & definitely got our heart rate beating lotz at times. The weather was reasonably kind to us

Of course, we went left via Mars Bluff, but came back via the beach.

It was definitely a walk to get the heart pumping…..

You can’t see his face but he is ‘smiling’.

Penguin burrows – there was heaps of them.

More fungi!

He’s on the way.

Cape Queen Elizabeth.

Yea – we made it.

Views over the ‘neck’ with lotz of misty rain happening.

We walkied back along the beach for some of the track.

He really enjoyed the ‘beach’ walk….haha

Here comes the ferry to take us back to the mainland at Kettering.

Newbies get off…..

We climb on board.

WOW! What an amazing market at Salamanca, Hobart, Tasmania.

So many people, produce & products.

& one ‘happy’ little vegemite enjoying the markets…..LOL!

Walked past this beautiful American Trumpet Vine In someones front garden.

Bruny Island, Tasmania

We took the ferry from Kettering(mainland Tassie) to Bruny Island, quite a nice place & has some great walks. We parked up on a National Park camp located on ‘the neck’, it is a narrow isthmus separating north & south Bruny Island – a great camping spot with awesome toilets.

We took a few drives which enabled us to venture into the ‘wilderness’, our first little jaunt – Mt Mangana, 1 ½ hour trek, 60 mins up hill then 30 mins downhill. Saw some cute fungi & amazing tree stumps, the view okay but not easily accessed.

Had to visit the Bruny Island Hotel for lunch – very yum, obviously that’s why people recommend it. We drove out to Cape Bruny Lighthouse, a very popular tourist spot then drove out to the Jetty Rd campground & went on a short circuit walk for couple hours – very enjoyable.

On the ferry just about to disembark onto Bruny Island.

Our camp setup on the ‘neck’.

Went for a walk to the beach just before dark & saw a black bunny.

The beach was a 5 minute walk from our camp, lovely but not warm enough for me to get wet.

Very cute fungi.

This tree base was enormous.

You can actually see some salmon farms in the background, there are so many of them around Tassie.

The “Neck” has a well know penguin rookery which is a BIG tourist attraction, we drove down one night & saw a few of these critters.

On route to the Cape Bruny Lighthouse, quite specki.

Cape Bruny Lighthouse

On our little trek – Luggaboine Circuit to Jetty Rd beach.

Called into the Bruny Island Cheese Comp – fantastic cheese tasting spot – so yumm

Cockle Creek

Cockle Creek is a tiny settlement, the farthest point south one can drive in Australia, approx. 148klms from Hobart via the Huon Hwy. It is located on the Recherche Bay on the edge of the Southwest National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Apparently it rains 212 days of the year here at Cockle Ck, we were so lucky because we only got a small sprinkle which didn’t even require a cover.

It was a beautiful place to camp & quite popular, we decided not to put the boat in & fish instead did a few walks. We were here from the 15th – 18th March, 2019.

The day we arrived, the sun going down.

Morning after, it was beautiful.

I went for an early morning walk with my cup of tea..

Woo Ho! 7.7klms one way should be lotz of fun.

Yep – we looking keen.

We nearly there…….. only a few more steps to go.

One of these pictures is the most southern point of Australia – no one else has breathed this air we are sucking into our lungs, I thought that was pretty amazing.

There were people over there in the waves surfing……..haha, crazy.

Tried to find name but didn’t happen, but they were lovely.

This was a monster ant, they grow them big in Tassie, we have seen a few in different places down here.

He just loves steps….

It was an intersesting track with lotz of different vegetation.

Tunnels through the forests

He made it..

Derwent Bridge

Derwent Bridge is located half way between Hobart & Strahan on the Lyell Highway at the southern end of the Cradle Mt -Lake Clair National Park in the Tasmanian Highlands. There is an RV camp within the grounds of the Hotel which was well patronised, we found a little corner to park in that was just a little too rough for the caravans & whizz bangers – great for us. We dined at the pub for dinner, very nice & the fireplaces were awesome & off course they had fantastic toilets & information stands across the road.

1o minutes up the road from the hotel, we stopped in to look at the ‘The Wall’ – WOW! – it is truly amazing; its inside a very large shed looking building, no photographs are allowed to be taken inside but if you google the site you will see a few of the sculptures. It is one mans vision (Greg Duncan) – over a decade to create the most ambitious & unique artwork open to the public in Australia today, the wall is funded by the artist & is nearing competition, it consists of 100 hand sculpted timber panels each being 1m wide & 3m tall. The scale of the work is staggering &must be seen to be believed. It is history in the making. Most of the wooden sculptures are made out of Huon Pine. Also in the coffee shop they make the bestest ever fresh scones, straight out of the oven served with berry jam & cream…mmmmm

Highland Cattle – cuties.

One of the many lookouts along the road.

It was interesting with the vapour trial.

The Great Lakes – stretches for miles.

Damage from the recent fires – left the countryside very desolate.

Our camp spot not far from the Derwent Bridge Hotel.

These items for well utilised, the mossies were rather large.

Deloraine #1

We stopped in Deloraine to do some washing & ended up staying 3 days, we had alternator issues with the ute & things only get done in ‘Tassie Time’ which was fine, we camped at the caravan park on the Meander river, a beautiful little spot. Did quite a bit of walking & checking out the town, along the main street there are hundreds of statuettes of people, animals, actions etc – they are amazing, so this blog is full of them but there was more I didn’t get to photograph, under each of these figures there was a plaque naming the statue.

The camp spot was full of ducks & turbo chooks & a few people. Our 1st morning there was a frost – WOW! (12,13 & 14th March) – its been quite a while since we have seen one of these & felt one of these, beanies, hot water bottle, big coat & trackies, but the days were lovely.

Turbo chooks galore.

Our camp.

Looking at our camp from across the river.

Ducks everywhere.

Frost this morning, 1st time we have experienced frost in a long time.

Even the ducks were cold……

Shearer

Fabulous furred & feathered friends.

Meditation stance.

Champion axeman.

Guitarman

‘I got one’

Exploring the Western Tiers.

Serving the community.

Peace Man.

Postie.

Deloraine Belle

Tree protector..

Growing children.

Suit of Honor.

Mountain Cattlemen

Place your bets.

Balance

Caver

Time for a coffee.

Narawntapu National Park – Bakers Beach

 What a beautiful spot.

We spent 4 nights here, Narawntapu NP was formerly known as Asbestos Range NP but due to a lack of asbestos an aboriginal name change happened & is a place of peace for people & wildlife. Dubbed the ‘Serengeti of Tasmania’ it is one of the best places in Tassie to view wildlife, the park is located between Port Sorell & Greens Beach.

We had an amazing campsite looking out into the water, there were 2m tides but at low tide there was a large amount of exposed sand which was readily enjoyed by birdlife & humans & was great to put our little boat in & leave it anchored overnight.

We went out fishing everyday, caught enough for a feed everyday except the last day (the only real sunny day), it was windy & cold even with the sun so after Peter caught one ‘keeper’ flathead we headed back to camp. The fish we caught were flathead, salmon, wrasse & golden eye mullet – they were all very yummy. We actually caught mega amounts of fish but they weren’t all keepers, but it was wonderful to be out in the boat again – so much fun.

Quite a lot of wildlife, didn’t see any devils or wombats but lotz of birdlife. They have organised horse riding treks from here & you can also bring your own ponies, everything is set up – its quite wonderful.

What a great sign, you don’t see many of these anywhere.

The view from our campsite, the tide has just started to go down.

Our campsite.

Our campsite from the water.

Peter setting up our fishing gear.

Our ‘happy” little boat.

Woo ho – here we go.

The professor is on the job……

 

Well maybe not this one but there will be more (keepers).

This fellow was stalking Peter every time he caught a fish.

So many swans.

Yea, got to see one pelican.

 

Just love it out on the boat, even better when you are catching fish.

So very beautiful

So many critters..

Unfortunately, the weather was not always kind, but it was still great fun except the last day although the sun was shining it was TOOOOO cold to stay our very long.

 

 

 

Seahorse World – Beauty Point

It was an interesting visit, we went on a 45 minute guided tour the presenter was very good.

You could purchase lotz of items if you wished but also you can purchase the real thing as a juvenile but there is a fair amount of paperwork etc involved.

They are amazing camouflage’s & meld into any background.

These fellows are a day old.

A week old.

Juveniles.

Teenagers.

Adults. The males have large bellies & they carry the babies & give birth.

He was cute.

Juvenile ‘spotted handfish’

The adult ‘spotted handfish’.

WOW! He was enormous.

Sea Dragons – quite peculiar creatures but very striking.

Giant cuttlefish.