Archive for the ‘tasmania’ Category
24th December is our last (partial) day at the Brisbane Street address in Launceston. We’re going to be travelling and camping until January 11th, and then heading back to WA via a two-day stop-over in Melbourne (where I’ll be popping back up on Skype/ICQ/Email). During the time, I should be intermittantly available by mobile phone. (Nb: don’t forget the three hour difference from WA!!!).
All things going well, we should be back in WA around the 22nd of January (estimate only), and back in Albany early February.
Merry Christmas to anyone who’s reading this!
We recently went on an excursion to Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania.In Hobart we made certain to visit the German Bakery in Sandy Bay (beestings, lager sticks and pretzels, almond horns and very nice bread), and then to the famous Salamanca Markets (which, I have to admit, had quite impressive array of strange and interesting things). On the way back we dropped in on the Freycinet Peninsula, and hiked to Wineglass Bay, crossed the isthmus to the other side (Oyster Bay), and then around back to the car-park. Exhausting walk.
On the Saturday before last we decided to climb Mt Arthur — one of the peaks visible from our window, and about half an hours drive from Launceston. It was a lovely walk — about 8 hours. We explored a side trail that led to one side of the peak, and then backtracked and went on the regular track to the top. We had our lunch sitting on the verandah of a small fire-spotting station. The vegetation on the way up was magical — a real enchanted forest feel with lichen and moss covering almost every branch and stone, and the sun lit it up all gold and green. Fantastic!
A striking feature for me was mounds of lichen growing along the ground, quite large, like alien ground coral reefs. Very interesting to see.
All pictures taken with our new camera.
We’ve been in Tasmania about
three four weeks now, and it’s about time I bought this up to date, and posted a few notes and photographs about the journey. We drove more than 3,000 kilometers in 5 days, to cross from Western Australia through to Victoria via South Australia. From there we caught the ferry across to Tasmania. The drive was largely uneventful (all in all, a good thing).