Adrian and Denise's Travel Diary.

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Apr 02 - Freycinet Peninsula

Apr 02 - Freycinet Peninsula

2014. April 04.

We free camped just up the road to Freycinet proper and took in the splendid mountains, beaches and bays of the place.
The water is crystal clear, green and blue, with brown and red rocks complementing the colour scheme.
Very pretty.

 

Mar 31 - Swansea

Mar 31 - Swansea

2014. March 31.

Swansea was a tiny but very pretty town with nice beaches around the place and a quiet free camp nearby. We got there just as a weekend bream fishing competition was ending so watched the very serious weighing and prize giving, complete with champagne spraying of onlookers, much to Denise's horror of wasted bubbles. Cry

The views all along the coast are to die for but the water, though inviting, is freezing.

 

Mar 25 - Southern Bays

Mar 25 - Southern Bays

2014. April 04.

We camped at Sorell again and drove back south around the bays to the little coastal settlements full of shacks and mansions, all with beautiful views.
Dunellan is at a thin join to the lower peninsula and in 1901, theye hand cut a canal from one bay to the other. It took 4 years and uses a swinging bridge to let boats through.

 

Mar 23 - Eastern Bays

Mar 23 - Eastern Bays

2014. March 23.

The area around Eaglehawk Neck had very interesting features, tassilated pavement blocks, (lots of photos for lots of designs) blowholes, steep cliffs, guard dogs across the narrow neck for the convicts, sinkhole arches and beautiful clear green/blue water.
Had lunch at a caravan kitchen at the blowhole, big local scallops with roe intact, calamari, beautiful tasty white fish, and chips.
A very enjoyable area. Smile

 

 

Mar 22 - Remarkable Cave

Mar 22 - Remarkable Cave

2014. March 22.

On a wet, windy day, we went to the Cave that has 2 main openings and one that joins the two. One entry is shaped like tassie from a particular aspect.
Very high walls, about 25 metres high, bounce the sound of the viscious waves that race into the place and you have to be quick to retreat when taking photos. Spectacular!!Surprised

 

Mar 20 - Port Arthur

Mar 20 - Port Arthur

2014. March 22.

It was the first time we fully appreciated that Tasmania was designed as Australia's main penal settlement, not just one or two places but the whole island, and this place epitomised the harsh, cruel and isolated circumstances of convicts suffering for sometimes very minor offences.
We were very impressed with the number of buildings still standing after 2 bush fires and demolition after its closure. The quality of workmanship of all the original buildings was surprising, with attention to detail in every aspect, no slap dash stuff just becasue they were convicts.
Google for the whole story, but this place was the for the worst lot and were punished at every opportunity, floggings, solitary confinement in silence, harder work. Cry
The non convicts had splendid accomodation, just the same as home, a very stark opposite to the cells - of course.

 

Mar 19 - Coal Mine

Mar 19 - Coal Mine

2014. March 19.

The remnants of this convict work area, the coal and sandstone mines were sparse but still gave a feeling of harsh and punishing conditions.
Tiny single cells were to diminish the chances of men canoodling at nights. Embarassed

 

Feb 26 - Bruny Island

Feb 26 - Bruny Island

2014. February 26.

Oysters, fudge, wine, pizzas, cliffs, smoked trout, good walks, convict buildings - a lot to see and take in. 
5 sub albums.

 


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