Tasmania - Part 2B - 2012

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Free camping at Taylor Creek, near Barrow Creek, NT 2010

2012 Caravan Trip - Part 2B - Tasmania (Green)

Map 2

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22/24 March 2012
Leaving Hobart area to go to Strahan (West Coast) with a day stop over in the highlands village of Tarraleah.  Change our plans and continued on to Queenstown, as it was 6.7deg at 2pm at Derwent Bridge (highlands) and the forecast was snow during the night!  Hail and sleet in the morning in Queenstown and a nice 1.6deg!  Mount Owen (1147metres) overlooking Queenstown is covered with the first snow for 2012!
 Line up to board
Ice on the Tug in Queenstown Queenstown Rail Station and ice! Yep - Cold in the hills around Queenstown, Tassie Yep - Cold in the hills around Queenstown, Tassie
24/28 March 2012
Continue on to Strahan as the Lyell Highway was now OK in that direction.  The Lyell Highway was still cut on the east side, between Derwent Bridge and Queenstown, because of snow and trees over the mountain road.  It was bloody cold and wet (hail and sleet) in Queenstown - we were pleased to be on our way!  Gordon river and west coast wiilderness railway here we come!
Strahan Railway Station
Lady Jane Franklin II near one of the lighthouses at Macquarie Heads Hell's Gates - the narrow entrance to Macquarie Harbour Gordon River with a Huon Pine on the left Rainforest on the Gordon River
Sarah Island - Convict penal colony Sarah Island - Convict penal colony Strahan Wharf Narrow part of Macquarie Harbour near Hell's Gates

World Heritage rainforest on the Gordon River
West Coast Wilderness Railway - Train at Rinadeena Saddle Station West Coast Wilderness Railway - Stream Engine at Dubbil Barril Station taking on water The cog-rail system used to enable the Train to handle the 1:16 climbs and descents Arrived Queenstown by Stream Train and the Mountains were out of the clouds!
28/11 April 2012
Moved to the North West Area and setup in Wynyard at the Beach Retreat Tourist Park. Good trip up from Strahan via Zeehan, Rosebery, Tullah and over a few mountain ranges, with lunch at Hellyer Gorge.  Booked in to the Park until after Easter to ensure a spot (and power for the heater).  We now realise that in Tassie, it rains for 9 months and is wet for the rest of the year!
Early morning at Beach Retreat Tourist Park - Table Cape on left!
Table Cape, Wynyard Denis on the way up to the top of the Nut, Stanley Denis on the way up to the top of the Nut, Stanley Table Cape, Wynyard

On the way to the Nut looking over Stanley
View from the Nut looking Nothwest to the Highfields Historic Site Main street of Stanley The Nut with Stanley at its base, including the cemetery with views to die for!  Denis on top of the Nut View from the Nut

View from the Nut, looking over the Stanley Harbour
The big tree and the girls The big tree near Dip Falls Burnie Devonport
11/15 April 2012
Moved to Gowrie Park Wilderness Village which is under Mt Roland (1234 metres) and only 43 km from Cradle Mountain (1535 metres) so Denis can do some walks in the Cradle Mountain National Park.  The weather over Easter was cold with morning temp near zero on the coast.  However it looks like the temp will be a little better in the next few days, great for walking in the alpine central plateau!  Also we will have a look at the Sheffield area.   Cradle Mountain National Park was just the greatest!
Cradle Mountain Area
Gowrie Park Gowrie Park Sheffield Sheffield
Sheffield Mount Roland and farmland No Where Else Baked meal in the caravan
M & M tucked in for the night Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain National Park
Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain National Park Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain National Park Alpine pool on the Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain National Park Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain National Park

Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain National Park
The old Boat House on Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain National Park Gowrie Park Wilderness Village Gowrie Park Wilderness Village Cradle Mountain National Park

Cradle Mountain National Park
Denis on the walk to Marions Lookout Cradle Mountain from Marions Lookout Crater Lake Track from Marions Lookout down to Crater Lake
Old boat house on Crater Lake Boat House on Crater Lake (1035 metres) Alpine Wombats feeding near the Ronny Creek, Cradle Mountain National Park Cradle Mountain National Park

Cradle Mountain National Park
15/22 April 2012
Moved to East Devonport Discovery Caravan Park which will be our last stop in Tasmania before catching the Spirit of Tasmania back to the mainland and then onto Canberra for ANZAC day.   Resting and a little bit of TLC for the clothes and the caravan.
Devonport
Devonport Maggie and Colleen Leaving Devonport for Melbourne on the Spirit of Tasmania II
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