Archive for November, 2015
Our last holiday saw us travel south once again to our beautiful island state, Tasmania. This time we were planning to travel in some of the more remote areas of North West Tasmania, so decided to take the car across on the ferry. The day sail on a balmy Sunday was very relaxing until we berthed at Devonport. Unfortunately the very poor disembarkation process meant we could not drive the 5 minutes to our accommodation for 2 hours (6-8pm), a truly dreadful case of disorganisation and chaos. Luckily there was a late night supermarket still open to buy breakfast provisions and also a late night bakery for dinner.
The next morning I had planned an early drive to see the sunrise at Narawntapu National Park and hopefully see the wombats. Unfortunately the Park website had not been updated with the news that all the wombats had succumbed to mange several weeks previously (we found this out several days later). However we did have an amazing early morning walk around the spectacular Springlawn lagoon (2 hours) where we saw lots of wildlife at close quarters including kangaroos, wallabies, and pademelon. The bird hide, accessed by a boardwalk through the mangroves was a great experience.
Our itinerary for the first day was to drive the coastal north coast west to Stanley for a 2 night stay. This was a fantastic drive with wonderful towns all the way along including lunch and arts at Burnie, car museum at Wynyard and magnificent scenery such as the ‘three sisters’ and the view along the coast from Table Cape.
From Stanley we explored the North west corner of Tasmania, enjoyed the amazingly well preserved historical buildings, tackled the steep climb up the Nut and saw one penguin come ashore at the harbour.
Our next stop was the much anticipated, world renowned Cradle Mountain. We limited ourselves to the 2.5 hour walk around Dove Lake and a few shorter walks from the visitors centre. The Park is very well serviced with a range of accommodation options (we chose a cabin at the caravan park) and a great shuttle bus service. We were informed that September is the wettest month at Cradle Mountain, usually only five days of the month that it doesn’t rain and luckily we scored a beautiful clear day.
The drive south from Cradle Mountain to Strahan was a beautiful forest route to one of the most beautiful little towns in Tassie. We drove straight through to the ocean side of the town for our accommodation in a very rustic, but charming fisherman’s hut on an inlet. We will definitely return to this lovely town with its proximity to the Gordon River, history and working sawmill. We bought a few small offcuts of the distinctive, salvaged huon pine to make shelves on our return home. Unfortunately we couldn’t fit in the piece I wanted for my kitchen bench-we will have to get that freighted over (or maybe go back again).
From Strahan we travelled the long way to Mole Creek- lots of winding roads which degenerated into a long spell of dirt road, but it was well worth the drive for the amazing scenery and the opportunity to be driving in the clouds at the highest point. The trip to Trowunna Wildlife Park fulfilled the promise of being able to cuddle a wombat (lots of wombats here) and also to pat a Tassie devil.
. The weather closed in on our final full day at the end of our tour around the Tamar Valley wineries.