TAS2020: The Walks – Maria Island

On our way from the Tasman Peninsula to the Bicheno, we stopped overnight in Triabunna so that we could catch the early ferry to Maria Island for a quick visit. Given we had about 5 hours on the island, we were not sure how many of the short walks we could complete, but as it happed, we managed three.

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TAS2020: The Walks – Crescent Bay

The Tasman Peninsula offers a wide range of walks with varying degrees of difficulty and ranging in length from 2 hours to 4 days (the three capes walk). Yet again, the weather for our one full day on the peninsula influenced our walk selection. The Crescent Bay and Mount Brown walk appealed to us, so we set off from our campground at White Beach and headed for the carpark at start of the walk, which, to our surprise, was very busy on account of it being also the access to the Remarkable Cave.

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TAS2020: The Walks – Luggaboine

The day after we walked the Fluted Cape, we were driving back from the lighthouse and decided to check out the Jetty Beach Campground. Accessed down a rather bumpy gravel road, this campground was next to the beach and divided up by shady trees that gave some protection from the west wind. The campground is also the start point for two circuit walks.

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TAS2020: The Walks – The Fluted Cape

We arrived on Bruny Island on the 09:30 ferry with the intention of a quick drive around the north end of the island before completing our journey to the campsite at the southern end. Since we had the whole day, we decided to tackle at least one walk on the way. Our selected walk was the Fluted Cape walk.

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TAS2020: The Walks – Mariotts Falls

Although this was not a particularly long walk it was presented a bit of variety in terms of vegetation, topography and ground conditions, which we were warned about by a fellow walker descending with his boots covered in mud. We had intended to complete this walk last year, but time was somewhat challenging. So, this year we made sure that we had plenty of time.

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TAS2020: The photography

The Leven River: Reflections

Please note: this post has been written for photographers and is therefore quite lengthy and does get quite technical

For me, one of the primary objectives of our tour round Tasmania was to develop my skills in photographing subject matter that sits outside my normal genre, the built environment, and to come back with a few images that are worthy of potentially offering as framed photographs for sale and as possible competition entries.

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TAS2020: Back Home

Bridge over the lake at the Tasmanian Arboretum

It is now the morning of Thursday 7 January and I am back sitting at my desk, having disembark the ferry yesterday morning after another very calm crossing. The end to the 26 day trip came with mixed emotions. On the one hand, we would have liked to just keep going, but on the other hand we have responsibilities to attend to, like work!

However, we are back and I am pleased to complete the day to day posts by reporting two major wins.

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TAS2020:Day 25

Inside our log cabin for the last two nights of our adventure – a log fire, a glass of red and a good book!

Yesterday was a driving day – the most kilometres (300) for a while – travelling from the camp site at Weldborough to our log cabin at the Mountain Valley Wilderness Holidays site near Loongana at the southern end of Tasmania’s Central Coast district. This was Kerena’s chance to sight and photograph a platypus, a Tassie Devil and a Quoll.

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TAS2020: Day 23

The beach at Little Musselroe Bay – the further accessible NE point in Tasmania

What a difference a day makes. What could be better than being wakened by nature’s alarm of the dawn chorus of a wide variety of bird song and calls, or than opening the tent flap to a bright sunny morning with no wind? Not a lot! But how could you follow that, well ……

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TAS2020: Day 22

Halls Falls

Happy New year – all the best for 2021

Having rained all night, we woke yesterday to a constant drizzle and found ourselves sitting in the car overlooking the harbour eating a takeaway bacon and egg roll from the bakery and watching the weather closing in the boats going out. The question at the forefront of our minds was – what will we do today when it is so wet? Yes, it was decision time!

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