Tasmania - Part 2A - 2012

Denis and Colleen - Free camping on the Road
Free camping at Taylor Creek, near Barrow Creek, NT 2010

2012 Caravan Trip - Part 2A - Tasmania (Red)
Map 2

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19/20 Feb 2012
We boarded the Spirit of Tasmania with 100's of other vehicles, caravans, moblehomes, campervans, camptrailers, trailers, trucks, cars and walking passagers, with little problems and got the girls to their kennel.  They were not happy playing dogs for the night but had their own bedding!  Our cabin was smaller then the caravan!  We sailed on time at 9pm and arrived in Devonport at 6:40am, made the dash to pick up M & M, who were very, very pleased to see us and drove off the ship.  Pass via quarantine and started our travels in 'Van Diemens Land'!  No one got sea sick Nathan!!!!!
Line up to board
Ready to sail Tasmania in sight M & M in their Cabin Start your engines
20/27 Feb 2012
Setup at the Beauty Point Tourist Park to explore 'The North' of Tasmania.  Beauty Point is in the Tamar Valley, North of Launceston, near Beaconsfield.  Beaconfield got world attention when two miners were rescued from deep underground almost two weeks after a rock fall trapped them.  Our site overlooks the Tamar River.
Tamar River from Brady Lookout
Oil rig bit being towed to Bass Strait oil fields Batman Bridge across the Tamar River Lunch in the park at Batman Bridge Lighthouse at Low Head at the mouth of the Tamar
Low Head Pilot Station - oldest to operate continuosly from original site Beaconsfield Mine Head - Note: miner tag board! Al Paca and handler in Launceston Park Colleen with M & M in Launceston Park
Denis checking out the James Boag Brewery, Launceston Early morning - Caravan front at Beauty Point M & M taking up the caravan seating! Noland Bay from Lulworth boat ramp

On the way to the Great Lake
Tiger "Mickey" near Mole Creek Colleen near the Great Lake Pine lake on the way to the Great lake On the way to the Great Lake

Pine lake
27/5 March 2012
Moved to the "North East" area of Tasmania and setup at the Hillcrest Tourist Park in St Helens.    Good trip and mostly easy via the Esk Highway via St Mary to St Helens, as suggested by the Lady in the GPS!  However,  the trip down the St Mary's pass built by the convicts was interesting and slow!  The Southerly winds kick in after ariving, and it is a cold wind.
The Girls at at Mountain Pass
Legerwood Tree Scupltures Legerwood Tree Scupltures Legerwood Tree Scupltures The Story on the Legerwood Tree Scupltures
Old buildings in Derby at the Tin Centre Simpson and his Donkey Tree Sculpture near Scottsdale RSL Big Fish at the Caravan Park in St Helens The Girls at the Bay of Fires
 Bay of Fires Self at the Bay of Fires The Girls at the Bay of Fires - Note the boat on ropes in the background Bay of Fires

 Bay of Fire
Blow Hole, Bicheno The Girls at the Bicheno, Blow Hole  Bicheno - Fishing Boats in the shelter of the rocks Pelicans on the shore of Georges Bay, St Helens
Pub in the Paddock St Columba Falls near Pyengana Bay of Fires Bay of Fires
5/12 March 2012
Moved to the "East Coast" of Tasmania and setup at the Triabunna Cabin and Caravan Park, which is about 100km North of Hobart.  Good trip and very scenic, travelling South down the coast but the weather was cold and wet on arrival.  The fan heater is working overtime in the caravan.  Looking forward to better weather in the next few days and a lookie at the Freycinet and Maria Island National Parks.
Heading South down the East Coast
All enjoying the Fan Heater! Convict built Spiky Bridge, South of Swansea The Girls in Coles Bay looking at the Freycinet NP Old Builting in Swansea
Old Anchor in Swansea, from a Ship lost in 1850, with the Freycinet NP in the background Old Barrack in Triabunna Commissariat Store 1825 with Whale bone at front, Maria Island NP looking across Fossil Bay at Mount  Bistop and Clerk (630m), Maria Island NP
Denis at the Fossil Cliffs area, Maria Island NP Grave yard with the old Brick Barn (1846) in the background, Maria Island Painted Cliffs, Maria Island NP Worker's Cottage (1880s) partly restored, Maria Island NP
View from Darlington to the old Brick Barn, Maria Island NP Denis at the remains of old buildings, Maria Island NP Miller's Cottage with three Cape Barren Goose drinking the water from the drain pipe, Maria Island NP Maria Island Ferry on the way to the Jetty to return us to the Triabunna on the Mainland
Triabunna at low tide Wineglass Bay from the Lookout, Freycinet NP Denis at the Wineglass Lookout, Freycinet NP A little bay on Fleurieu Piont, Freycinet NP
Denis at Promise Bay with Fleurieu Piont in the distrance, Freycinet NP  Freycinet NP from Cape Tourville  Letter boxes at Pondville turn off, just North of Triabunna  Promise Bay, Freycinet NP

 Cape Forester (distrance left) and Wineglass Bay (distrance right), Freycinet NP
Denis in Richmond Jail Collleen visiting Denis in Richmond Jail St John's Church (1837) - Oldest Catholic Church in Australia in Richmond Richmond Bridge (1823-25).  Build by convicts in 1823-25 and still in use today.  Oldest road bridge still in use in Australia!
12/22 March 2012
Moved futher down the "East Coast" of Tasmania, having morning tea at the Ye Olde Buckland Inn (1831) and setup at the Seven Mile Beach Cabin and CP, Sorell, which is just North of Hobart.  Hobart and Port Arthur here we come!
Old Hotel on the way to Hobart
Old Buildings at Port Arthur Commandant's House (1833-56), Port Arthur Kitchen in the Commandant's House (1833-56), Port Arthur Room in the Commandant's House (1833-56), Port Arthur
Boat building cottages and slipway, Port Arthur Tasman Arch, Tasman Peninsula Mount Wellington (1271 Metres) Mount Wellington (1271 Metres) overlooking Hobart (Looking Northwest)

Mount Wellington (1271 Metres) overlooking Hobart (Looking Northeast)
Colleen at front old Port Arthur cottage Maggie at Port Arthur Tasmania Coast, Maingon Bay, Tasman National Bay Dog Statue, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasman Peninsula
Colleen at the Cadbury Factory, Hobart Denis at the Cadbury Factory Ida Bay, South East Tasmania Most southerly point by road in Australia - Cockle Creek
Mt Nelson- The Signal Station Anglesea Barracks, Hobart - Oldest Military Barracks in Australia Signals WW1 Arch at Anglesea Barracks, Hobart Self photo with the Cascade Brewery and Mount Wellington in the background
Colleen with Hobart and Mount Wellington in the background Colleen getting on the Hobart Explorer - Historic Coach Tram Sea Shepherd docked in Hobart Hobart from Rosny Hill Lookout with the Tasman Bridge on the right

Dock area in Hobart with the Sea Shepherd!
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