October 2017
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  • Day14

    Lunch Stops.

    November 5, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    There is nothing like a cuppa in the great outdoors. Duncan has awarded best pie to the Swansea bakery for their lamb and vegetable pie and best vanilla slice to Ross bakery. Best wine for trip surprisingly was to the chardonnay we bought at the cellar door of Leven Valley Winery and finally whilst Mawson has been a smashing little lunch/dinner guest-he was outdone at the town of Ross when Mumma duck and her 8 very tiny ducklings joined us for lunch, gorgeous !!!Read more

  • Day14

    Huon Pine

    November 5, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Tasmania's Huon Pine is one of the slowest growing and longest living trees on the planet. Individual trees can take 2000 years to reach 30 meters in height and live to 3000 years. The timber is prized by shipwrights and furniture makers for its rich golden hue, rot resistant oils, fine grain and fragrance. Fortunately it's now a protected species, but in the past suffered devastation by early wood cutters who searched for the forest 'yellow gold '. The Huon pine products you see today are manufactured from recycled timber or comes from dead trees salvaged from riverbed and forest floors.
    Accompanying photos :
    A shinny yellow gold example of manufactured huon pine.
    A stack of reclaimed huon pine logs - note initials on end of log as a claim to owner of each log.
    Beautifully crafted rocking horses made from huon pine- the smallest $5000, middle size $8,500 and the largest $10,000- do you want one ???
    A moving work created in huon pine paying tribute to the many convict women who passed through the Cascades Female Factory and went on to contribute much to the development of today's society.
    A fallen huon pine tree in the Gorden River National Park.
    A huon pine in the Gordon River National Park.
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    Tasmanian Devils

    November 5, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Assuming the Tasmanian Tiger , Thylacine, is extinct, the Tasmanian Devils is the largest carnivore marsupial in the world. They mostly eat insects, small birds, rodents, and can be seen feasting on modern day roadkill. Tasmanian devils are about 75cm long, with short stocky bodies covered in black fur with a white blaze across their chests.
    However occasionally they can stand upright on just two legs and have even been seen wearing sunglasses and driving a car !!! Clever little devil !
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  • Day13

    Tasmanian Wool Centre

    November 4, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    The museum focuses on convict times and the Australian wool industry , with hands on samples of wool to feel and give your hands the best greasy hand conditioning treatment. The center also boasts an extensive craft and wool centered store to enjoy these products made from this wonderful fleece.

  • Day13

    Ross

    November 4, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Ross, situated 120km north of Hobart, is a town full of colonial charm. The town was established in 1812, and was set up to protect Launceston-Hobart travellers from bushrangers. It developed into an important coach-staging post at the center of Tasmania's wool industry. The famous bridge at Ross, was built in 1836, and is the third oldest bridge in Australia. It enabled passage across the Macquarie River.
    Today the town of Ross has plenty of country feel, an array of accommodation and history to keep tourists satisfied.
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  • Day13

    Fingal

    November 4, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Fingal, established 1827 as a convict station, with strong evidence of its heritage, lies in the heart of the Fingal Valley. It is a small sleepy town west of St Mary's and the drive is through beautiful farmland with abundant beef cattle , sheep and spray irrigation.
    Viewed from the township is Ben Lomond National Park , a craggy alpine plateau that is Tasmania's answer to the ski runs of Aspen. From the road we could see the last of winter snows - an engaging site to see.Read more

  • Day13

    Bicheno

    November 4, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Bicheno is still a fishing port with brilliant ocean views and lovely quiet beaches. It is a popular destination with holiday makers and retains a lazy, sleepy feel.
    Bicheno is part of the East Coast whale trail. During their annual migration, whales can be spotted off the coast line in the area.