Adrian and Denise's Travel Diary. | 2013

Mainly South Australia but just got into Tasmania at the end of November.

Dec 31 -Trowutta Arch

Dec 31 -Trowutta Arch

2013. December 31.

About 80 kms away is this double sinkhole that doesn't appear on any tourist info but we found about it from one of the neighbours. Walking through very dark, green, monster ferns and trees, we suddenly came to this large dip in the ground and a massive wall appearing in front of us with an arch facing us like a keyhole.
The arch was about 6 metres high and 8 metres across. Even the ferns were 6 metres high.
Walking through the keyhole brought us to the main sinkhole full of water and grotesque conglomerate rock cliffs. It was very difficult to photograph because of light and size, and even multiple stitches were difficult to achieve because of restricted ground space.
We were in awe of this special place and hope the photos give you some idea although they're not the best.

 

Dec 27 - Stanley

Dec 27 - Stanley

2013. December 27.

The Nut at Stanley became more impressive as we drove towards it, getting bigger and more dominating over the little town.
It is the result of a volcanic eruption, the molten "lake" of the core hardened into basalt, then the outer dirt and rocks eroded to leave just the plug.
It's on the edge of the peninsuls with 2 beautiful bays straddling it.
The town has very pretty cottages well restored, plenty of very good restaurants, galleries and seafood places, being a fishing port.
 

Dec 26 - Dip Falls

Dec 26 - Dip Falls

2013. December 27.

Dip falls was a big surprise. What was an impressive looking cascade from the bottom was only half the story when we went around the corner to the top and saw an ever bigger cascade over columnar rocks. We were blown away with the beauty of it.

Further in was The Big Tree, enough said.

Ferns, micro systems and beautiful little plants were mesmerising.

Dec 23 - Rocky Cape

Dec 23 - Rocky Cape

2013. December 23.

A day trip to Rocky Cape showed us very sharp, rocks along the coastline, with hills/mountains bursting forth from the ground here and there and wind howlng through our coats.

The caves were interesting, especially North Cave set in the middle of a very impressive mountain.

The walk around the place was steep, rocky and with thick undergrowth which made for a tiring trudge but the views were worth it.

 

Dec 20 - The Caves

Dec 20 - The Caves

2013. December 22.

What we thought was going to be an unadventrous walk to some caves turned out be quite spectacular with bays, jutting rock cliffs, rare trees, monster cave and proper opium poppy fields.

The Archer cave was about 14 metres high, 20 across and 20 deep in a slanted shape.

The banksia trees here are the only place these trees exist in tassie.

 

Dec 19 - Boat Harbour Beach

Dec 19 - Boat Harbour Beach

2013. December 19.

This is gotta be close to the best beach and water we've ever seen, pity the water's freezing though. Squeaky white sand, crystal clear emerald water, cliffs either side and a bar on the beachside where we had seafood chowder and a beer.

Fossil bluff, around the corner, is a treasure trove of millions of shells and exoskeletons embedded in the rocks never seen so many.

The cliffs plunge down several hundred feet and there are views forever.

Very windy though.

 

Dec 16 - Burnie

Dec 16 - Burnie

2013. December 17.

10 kms west is Burnie which was an industrial town with paper mills, paint manufacturing and a big port, which is still there for cruise ships. It rained acid, pollution and crap in the water system but it's all cleaned up now. Apart form huge industrial buildings there are beautiful stone, brick and timber mansions all perched on the many hillsides with ocean views. Went to Guide falls with its columnar rock formations, Hellyer distillery which makes peat whiskey (but not to my taste), and the fern walk with no platypus in sight.

Free camped on the bay with nice views.

The movie drive crashed so had ot buy another drive plus another for a replacement backup to my aging 240 volt one. Telstra gave me open slather to the end of the month to download the movies I had to replace that weren't on my "recent" backup. (7 months ago - a lesson there)

Dec 15 - Penguin

Dec 15 - Penguin

2013. December 15.

Just a bit further along the coast is Penguin, so called because of penguins around the area. (doh)  We saw one under a rock but not photogenic.

Nearby Ferndene forest had massive ferns (doh) which were up to 10 metres high.

Free camped on the water with a magnificent view.

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