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Tasmania – Hobart and Freycinet Peninsula

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We recently went on an excursion to Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania.

Salamanca Markets, Hobart, Tasmania

Salamanca Markets, Hobart, 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).

Brett at Oyster Bay

Brett at Oyster Bay

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.

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November 20th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Tasmania – Mount Arthur

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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.

Fiddleheads - Ferns on Mt Arthur

Fiddleheads - Ferns on Mt Arthur

Fungi (about 2.5cm long) - Mount Arthur

Fungi (about 2.5cm long) - Mount Arthur

Lichen on Mt Arthur

Lichen on Mt Arthur

View from the East Side of Mt Arthur

View from the East Side of Mt Arthur

Brett standing near the Cairn at the top of Mt Arthur

Brett standing near the Cairn at the top of Mt Arthur

All pictures taken with our new camera.

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November 5th, 2009 at 8:28 am

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Tasmania Fun – Roundup

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I’ve been getting behind on posting what I’ve been up to for the last few weeks, so here’s a quick summary:

Ben Lomond

We hiked up Ben Lomond (named after the Scottish mountain). There’s skiing up there in colder months, and we were delighted to find there was still some snow there. We walked from the car-park up into the saddle, where we found a long plateau of rocks, shrubs and pools of water with melting snow. Then down again to the ski village, and a trek back to the car along the roads (including a rather dizzying zig-zag). Lovely to find some snow, and there wasn’t any bitter coldness to go with it!

The plateau of Ben Lomond

The plateau of Ben Lomond

Snow blind! :-)

Snow blind! :-)

It's steeper than it looks!

It's steeper than it looks!

I was able to acquire more excellent ginger beer here. Yay!

Wynyard Tulip Festival

We did a weekend trip to Wynyard for their Tulip Festival. There was food, bands, jugglers, animals, carnival rides and constant helicopter fly-overs. We visited a brilliant photographic exhibition and chatted with the photographers, increasing our determination to get ourselves a better camera. Also took in the art exhibition which had some nice pieces.

Drinking my Favourite Ginger Beer!

Drinking my Favourite Ginger Beer!

Crowds at the Wynyard Tulip Festival

Crowds at the Wynyard Tulip Festival

Tulip Fields on Table Cape

Tulip Fields on Table Cape

We stayed overnight and then the next day went on to visit …

Stanley

Stanley is a quiet town with historic ruins and “the nut”, a large flat-top feature.

The Nut - Stanley

The Nut - Stanley

Historic Ruins at Stanley

Historic Ruins at Stanley

The Nut - Descending on the Chairlift

The Nut - Descending on the Chairlift

Fun activities

Last weekend we had a go at some archery, cable hang-gliding and went on a walk to Badger Head (mistakenly wound up at Bakers Beach due to an error in the guidebook, but we encountered a large number of wombats and played with our new camera so we didn’t feel it wasted).

Brett at Archery

Brett at Archery

Brett Hang Gliding

Brett Hang Gliding

Coming into land ...

Coming into land ...

Tasmanian Wombat

Tasmanian Wombat

We’re really liking our new camera!

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October 26th, 2009 at 6:38 am

Mt Magog to Mt Talyuberlup

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Mt Magog on the left, Mt Talyuberlup on the RightThe day after my birthday we decided to revist a hike we did around the same time in 2007: climb Mt. Magog in the Stirling Ranges, and then trek across the ridge to Mt. Talyuberlup, and then down to the road, and back along to the Mt. Magog carpark.

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July 25th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Porongorups – Nancy Peak Circuit

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Brett on the peak, leaning nochalantly against a rock

Brett on the peak, leaning nochalantly against a rock

Out and about again on Sunday; this time returning to the Porongurups (small mountain range between Albany and the Stirling Range), and doing the Nancy Peak circuit. You can go either direction; this time we opted to start in the East-ish side, which climbs into forest with tall trees and healthy looking regrowth since a fire a few years ago. There were strong gusty winds on the the peak, which has the common granite boulders typical of the area. We enjoyed a cup of tea and watched twin banks of heavy cloud roll over the Albany township to the South, and the Stirling Ranges to the North. Then we were off again, down again and around onto a wide track large enough to accomodate vehicles. Walk took about two hours.

Quite a lot of fungi about, but didn’t go mad photographing them this time … sometimes it is nice just to walk!

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June 29th, 2009 at 9:23 am

Kalgan River

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The Kalgan RiverOn Saturday we decided to do the Luke Pen Walk along the Kalgan River. Every time I’ve been to the Kalgan, I’ve been struck by how beautiful it is. The water is often clear and very reflective, and the bushland appears relatively unspoiled (bar some weed encroachment from neighboring farmland).

April and June are fantastic if you’re interested in fungi. Last year I uploaded photographs of Honey Fungus, Scotsmans Beard, a violet bolete, and some small fungi with bright red caps. One of those photographs placed in the Albany Show in the “plants” category. Unfortunately, the server crash in February wiped that post. However, the Kalgan River once again did not dissapoint, and we chanced across some interesting specimens …

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June 17th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Mt Hassell

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On Sunday, we did the first climb in the Stirling Ranges this year! We did Mt Hassell, which is a relatively quick and easy one (847m according to Wikipedia). We took about an hour getting to the top, and 35 minutes back down — to be home in time for lunch (herb bread cheesies with warming tomato and capsicum soup) with friends.

We took the wombats with us, and as usual, they entertained us with their antics.

Brett on Mount Hassell

There’s Mt Toolbrunup in the background, and me with my new haircut, which was particularly awful this time :-(

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May 27th, 2009 at 5:30 pm