You will all be surprised to know ….amazed more likely….. that I was awake and alert at 5:30! I knew there was going to be a wake up call for everyone at 5:45 because disembarking was starting at 6:30 so I was mentally prepared. There were no issues with disembarking then we crossed the river, parked in Coles carpark and went for a walk along the river. It was bracing. We did some shopping then headed west. We had breakfast at Turner’s Beach then pottered about the town of Penguin for a while before driving on towards Stanley.
Most of the time we tried to stay on the smaller roads, at one time we were driving parallel with the dual carriageway with just a strip of grass between us. The roads have been very good so far though we expect them to be less well maintained the further west we go. Luckily when we were on the ship we spoke to someone in the Tourist Information booth about our plans and she told us a ferry we’d intended using had been out of action for months. We would have had a very long backtrack if we’d continued that way.
We went to Table Cape lighthouse and went for a nice short walk. Cars we saw on the ferry keep reappearing, a ute zoomed into the lighthouse carpark, looped around and zoomed out again. I think his list of “must sees” is so extensive he has no time to actually stop at any. After that we went into Stanley and decided to get a cabin because the wind was still blasting us, we’ve found a sheltered campsite and have booked it for tomorrow night.
Our big exertion today was climbing up “The Nut”, a plug of volcanic basalt. There is a chairlift but I swear we walked the STEEP zigzag path. There is a loop walk on the plateau and I found a geocache there which was great. Dinner tonight was very nice Flathead and chips.
While I’m sticking with Geocaching as my hobby Alex has found a new one, U turns! Before you say that’s because my navigation skills are so bad but that isn’t the case, like an enthusiastic ballroom dancer he just decides it’s time for a spin in the road so round he goes. He LOVES Tasmanian roads!
We have “pets” at this cabin, 2 alpacas, their yard extends behind us but they maintain a completely superior attitude and refuse to socialise. Everyone else seems friendly.