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Jan 20 - Tullah/Trial harbour

Jan 20 - Tullah/Trial harbour

2014. January 24.

Tulah was a tiny town with about 300 people that was once a thriving silver mining place with over 12,000 people.
We decided to investigate a camp spot on the west coast that a local said was ok to take a van down there. How wrong was he. It was so steep and gravelly that the car and van slid in several places and a couple of hair pin turns were so tight we nearly jacknifed. Then the track was just wide enough road wise but the bushes scraped all along the van. Why did we go through? Because we couldn't turn around.
It was an adventure and a beautiful spot with a magnificent view though and the climb back up the mountain was very slow and careful.

 

Jan 18 - Montezuma Falls

Jan 18 - Montezuma Falls

2014. January 18.

We camped at the edge of Lake Mackintosh and drove a few kms to Montezuma Falls, one of the highest in Tas at 105 metres. The walking trail is 4.5 kms in, and built on the old narrow gauge rail line, which was cut along the mountain and throuh thick forest for 60 kms from the mines to the processing area. It was a hurculean task.

 

Jan 13 - Marion's Lookout

Jan 13 - Marion's Lookout

2014. January 13.

A 4 hour strenuous hot walk up to Marion's Lookout to view 360 degrees, was probably worth it from sitting here today in the shade but on the day, it was bloody hot, bloody steep and bloody exhausting in the 35+ degrees, which was a steep climb (no pun intended) from the 17 in the morning at the start.
Denise didn't go up the last steep bit.
The car's electrics played up on the way back, but we found out the bitumen melting heat in the car park sent the relays awry so all's good thank goodness.

 

Jan 12 - Cradle Mt

Jan 12 - Cradle Mt

2014. January 12.

A must see when you're in tassie and it didn't disappoint us. Several lakes of crystal water, though cool, lay in the troughs of the many mountains that make up the Cradle system.
The Dove lake walk took us 3 hours with viewing and photos, although much of it was the same. Huge pandani, penicil and king billy pine trees, the ballroom forest with its myrtle trees and carpets of moss, boulders strewn around and glacier scrapes along hte sides of the mountains.
The place is very well catered for for tourists and have buses every 5 minutes going back and forth from the car park to the end, although you can drive through.
It turned out quite hot from its very cold, windy start of the day. Pity we wore jeans and jumpers.

 

Jan 11 - Philosopher's Falls

Jan 11 - Philosopher's Falls

2014. January 11.

A short drive out of town is the 1+ km track through huge myrtle trees and moss carpet all over the ground and anything standing still, to the falls. Of course the 1.5 hour walk took us twice the time looking at everything and taking it all in.
Met Horry, 92 yo who was part of the development of tracks in this area. He had no problem walking down and up the 45 degrees of 250 stairs.
The flourescent fungi were the brightest we've ever seen.

Another magical place.

 

Jan 9 - Corrina

Jan 9 - Corrina

2014. January 09.

About 80 kms south through all forest, is Corrina which is just a river crossing point. But the drive was worth it, beautiful, green, thick forest the whole way.

Met a great character, Shane, who is restoring the only dry dock left in Tasmania.


There's a mining operation on the way and Corrina was a uge Huon Pine felling area. Huon is good for shipbuilding because of its natural oils. Some trees are 2,000 years old and are antecedents of the original conifers, 135 million years ago.

 

Jan 8 - Waratah

Jan 8 - Waratah

2014. January 10.

Stayed a few days here free camping on the edge of a pond system with waterfalls and several platypusses/pi. A very quiet and clean and tidy town with about 50 residents, but all very friendly.
The town has a massive waterfall in the middle of it. Quite an attraction.
The town had the biggest tin mine in the southern hemisphere if not the world in the late 1800's and has a working stamper mill relocated to the middle of town in its own building, an ambitious undertaking. The noise next to the hammer pounds is deafening and the town had dozens of them operating 6 days a week from 6 am till midnight. Couldn't imagine the cacophony.

 

Jan 7 - Hellyer Gorge

Jan 7 - Hellyer Gorge

2014. January 07.

An overnight free camp at the gorge with 2 shortish walks yielded some interesting forest and plants. We took some shots that hopfully shows the peace and beauty of the place. We loved the textures, the light ad just the feeling of the place.


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