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May 30 - Cataract Gorge

May 30 - Cataract Gorge

2014. May 30.

The gorge is right in town and takes up several suburbs worth of mountains, canyons, rapids and river. The deep shadows and bright sun on opposite areas made for difficult photos but we managed to get the idea of it.

 

May 29 - Ben Lomond

May 29 - Ben Lomond

2014. May 31.

About 40 kms from Launie, (as the locals say) is Ben Lomond, a very steep range that's in snow half the year. The road up is steep and the hairpin turns are so sharp that motorhomes can't get around them. One tried and had to back up to the last widish part and got caught in the channel between the road and cliffs.
The view from the top was staggering, along the plains, the mountains beyond, and the cloud/mist rolling through the peaks we were on.
Freezing cold at 3 degrees, we had, mitts and several layers of clothes and coats and a beanie.
The dolerite rock was the largest amount we've seen and it was amazing to think of the volcanic activity at work to produce it.

 

May 23 - Beaconsfield

May 23 - Beaconsfield

2014. May 23.

Beaconsfield had a few interesting old buildings, including the old gold mine. Like most rural towns, most of the town is for sale or run down, or just closed. What is there is very nice and hope it survives.
We free camped at the showgrounds in bitterly cold zero degree nights so may not stay long.
The Holwell forest was closed off but we went through the barricades anyway and found fabulous fungi and an unusual, long sluce type waterway/fall. 

 

 

May 20 - Greens Beach

May 20 - Greens Beach

2014. May 21.

At the tip of the eastern Tamar river is this little beach holiday area, quiet, pretty and with a golf course abutting the caravan park. And the caretaker lent me one of his golf buggies, which when combined with $20 for several days of golf, was a bargain.
Beaches, cliffs, red rocks and plenty of mansions all along the shore, made this a very pleasant spot.
Had massive lamb shanks for $14 right next to the water. Bliss.

 

May 16 - Low Head

May 16 - Low Head

2014. May 19.

George Town was the second settlement in Tassie after Hobart, and pilots cargo ships through the treacherous mouth of the Tamar River.
Bass and Flinders worked all around here and we were amazed at the tiny boats they used to get here and to navigate around here. Replicas are in the museum here, of the Tom Thumb and The Norfolk.
Aother museum houses a replica of the town as it was in the late 1800's and the woman who made it researched their life in detail, from how water was collected, how the huts were built and so on.
The lighthouse at the tip houses one of the world's few foghorns of its type. The sound from the front hurts the eardrums and the movie I took will give you an idea of what it's like form the side.

 

May 13 - Lilydale

May 13 - Lilydale

2014. May 14.

Free camped at the reserve amongst autumn coloured huge trees in the cold, misty area where a couple of nice falls were a few minutes walk away.
The Hollybank forest would be one of the top 3 jawdropping areas we've seen in Oz so far. Being lucky enough to be there in autumn, the colours ranged from yellow through to dark red giving us a feast for the soul and the camera.
We walked out of the place with a peaceful feeling after 2 hours of floating walking.

 

May 8 - Scottsdale

May 8 - Scottsdale

2014. May 08.

We stayed at a council park with power, toilets and laundry for $15 a night and stayed a week for 5 days. The area is farm land with autumn colourings and bright green fields.
In Legerwood, there are memorial tree carvings done with just a chain saw and the detail is remarkable.
Played a few rounds of golf and had the whole place to myself. It had a Flinstone buggy out front which typified the area.
Drove north to the famous Barnbougle Dunes Golf course which is on rolling sand dunes right next to the beach. People come from all over the world to play here and on this horizontal wind and rain cold day, buses of them were out there hammering away.
Nights were -2 to 4 and the days were max 14 with rain to sun alternating days.
A beautiful area though.

 

May 3 - Petal Point

May 3 - Petal Point

2014. May 12.

The extreme north eastern point of tassie has nothing but fields and scrub for about 40 kms around it. Windblown, isolated and flat, we camped there all alone for a few days.
Saw our first wild wombat, albiet a small one with mottly hair, but I was able to get up to 2 metres from him which is very unusual. They're not nrmally out at noon.
Tried a few long exposure water shots but with 60 kph winds, couldn't get a stable shot. We couldn't even stand up properly and it was about 8 degrees at twilight.

 


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