Well I think for the moment we’re up to date but I have to admit it’s been quite stressful not having access to the Internet, it’s also much better when I can write something and publish it just after it’s happened. I’m struggling to match photos and text after 3 whole days!!!!!! Next time we go off on a jaunt I’ll definitely take an internet dongle.
What a day! We were up early and discovered how much hot water you get in the shower for $1, the answer is, plenty. After the shower and breakfast we went off for the Tahune Air Walk. We drove through Franklin and other little places until we came to Geeveston. One thing I’ve noticed in Tasmania is, many people have enormous woodpiles. The best I’ve seen are the yards with gigantic logs in them and people cut off a few rounds, split them and stack them. I presume when they’ve worked their way through the giant logs they get in more. I also presume every house has a big chainsaw.
At Geeveston we called into the Bakery and checked out some of the wooden sculptures that are dotted all over the town. They celebrate the lives of significant people from the area. From Geeveston we headed towards the Southern State Forest and Tahune I didn’t before we began the lovely walks there we took the Eagle Glide. It was great, only wish it had been longer because I didn’t get to feel like the Magpies that swoop down into our gully.
There were heaps of walks around Tahune and also the wonderful Airwalk, a long metal structure at tree top height –well the height of some trees but not the giants. The last section juts out over the forest at the junction of the Picton and Huon rivers. When we were crossing one of the big suspension bridges canoeists were coming down the river and I hoped to see them go under the bridge but we had to move off because other people started crossing the bridge from the opposite direction.
After we’d spent as much time as we could at Tahune we went to the Hastings Caves, you could only go into them as part of a guided tour so we did that. They are impressive, not like the Naraccorte Caves, I think more stalagtites and stalagmites in a more confined area. It was well worth seeing.
I thought we’d head back to camp after that but Alex thought we could make it to Cockle Creek, almost the most southerly place in Tasmania that you can reach by road. There is a sculpture of a Southern Right Whale calf down near the beach. I was thrilled when I managed to find a cache using my mobile, I’m sure I’ll never find another one as far south and it’s a match for the ones I found in Stornoway when we were there.
It was a great day and I even saw an echidna when we were driving away from Tahune, maybe tomorrow on the way to the Freycinet Peninsula we’ll see a Tasmanian Devil or a quoll or a Bandicoot. It ‘s doubtful we’ll have any Internet coverage before we get to Bridport on Wednesday where
Local character- the blacksmith, Geeveston
Whale sculpture at the most southerly driveable point
These “footholds” were about 1m apart and the highest about 4 or 5 m from the base. Note the hooks for transformers.
Hastings Cave stalagtites
Cross section of a broken Stalagtite. About 1919 they were snapping off bits to give visitors!
This is not a woodyard, it’s for private house.
Trunk in the way? Cut out the section and walk on through.
Picton River with canoeists.
Alex crossing a suspension bridge.
Walking out onto the cantilever part of the Airwalk.
Alex Eagle Gliding
surely they’ll have WiFi at the golf course.
When we were on the boat yesterday we were told it rains for 300 days of the year in Strahan so we were extraordinarily lucky to have such a beautiful day for our trip up the Gordon River. This morning it was overcast but the sun did come out as we drove south so maybe Strahan had another sunny day.
Queenstown was a revelation, just desolation of the hills but as was pointed out on one of the boards, we all use copper in our phones and computers etc. I think it’s purely money though that drives the methods they use. There has to be a better way.
Most of our drive today was on the main road but the cyborg did take us on a 20km shortcut along forestry roads which was a nice diversion. Alex had driven for over 3 hours when we stopped at a funny little place called Ouse for lunch, not much there apart from the IGA but there was a nice feel to the place.
After we arrived in Huonville it became more and more overcast then the rain came down. We both got quite wet but decided it wasn’t going to ease off so came over to the Amenities shed to make dinner. It’s really well set up with multiple power points, microwave, hotplates and a pizza oven which Alex used to cook our gourmet pies. Once again no internet onsite but there is a place in town. Cool man. Next to the community garden. They shut at 5:00 but if you’re still there they don’t boot you out, just won’t serve any food. We think the character of Franklin/Gordon/Pedder protestors lives on here.
Weather tomorrow is supposed to be 20deg. and sunny so that should be great.
Looking down over Queenstown
Polluted water, Queenstown
Looking over the site of the original ore discovery spot.
Looking back towards Queenstown
The trees are massive