Derwent Valley

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  • Day121

    Tasmanien (2)

    January 31, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Heute geht es zurück auf die Hauptinsel. Wir fahren zuerst zum Mount Wellington und genießen - gerade rechtzeitig vor dem Regen - den Ausblick auf Hobart. Dann geht es weiter zu Russel Falls. Dort wird gegrillt und im anliegenden Nationalpark sehen wir die höchsten Bäume Australiens sowie Pedamelons. Auf dem Weg zum Campingplatz machen wir an einem Kleinen Bach halt und sehen ein Schnabeltier. Das Zelt bauen wir wieder im Dunkeln auf.Read more

  • Day34

    Mount Wedge

    April 13 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    As mentioned in the last footprint we headed to the West of Tasmania towards Strathgordon. The journey was definitely not in vain! The landscape of mountains, lakes and forests really reminded me of Norway and New Zealand. (Jo says: SO beautiful, especially in the Autumn sun).
    We followed the suggestion of a fellow Troopcarrier traveller we had met in Hobart and went to an abandoned campsite next to the Sentinel Range. And it was perfect! We reversed Hans close to the existing shelter (wich had a fireplace!!) and made it our living room and kitchen for two days. We even made use of the most unnecessary and ridiculous piece of equipment we packed into Hans: The projector. Laugh all you want, having a private cinema in the middle of nowhere with a fireplace in the back and a wine in my hand was an awesome feeling! The photo doesn’t do any justice.
    The next day we went on my, so far, favourite hike in Australia up Mt Wedge. Since the track used to be closed or maybe still is, we were all by ourselves on a path that hadn’t seen many people in a while. Even on a Saturday!
    Hence, half of the track had us bush bashing uphill towards the summit. It started however in a beautiful forest full of moss and fungi.
    And then we finally found it. For weeks Jo and her sister were looking for an infamous little blue fungus. On this hike, the search was accomplished. (see photo).
    After the bush bashing we had to scramble for another 20min and then reached the peak of mount Wedge. (Jo says: two “fake” peaks almost made me loose my motivation. I was so hungry! But the scramble was worth to keep going) The amazing view over lake Gordon and lake Pebble rewarded us for any scratches. Wow!
    Back down, we headed West on the Gordon road which ends at the breathtaking Gordon dam. Holy crap! I know dams always cause discussions and protests, but forgetting about that for a second, that engineering marvel looks amazing!

    Of course, we couldn’t help but stay at the shelter for one more night before heading on towards lake St Claire.

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  • Day59

    Autumn forest colours - a tale of fungi

    May 8 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

    We're about to leave Autralia which, apart from many other things, also means that we'll be approaching summer instead of winter soon. Time for a tribute to autumn.
    Spring and autumn in Brisbane were very short periods of time and since it never really got cold, there were only few things to marvel at. At least in autumn.
    This season, we had the chance to fully experience autumn in Australia. First in Tassie and now in Melbourne, too. And it's a beautiful season. Not as wet as it would be in Germany, there are so many things to appreciate outside. The golden rays of sunlight, the changing leave colours, the cooler breezes challenging the ones still clinging on to their summer wardrobe and encouraging the others to switch over to the warmer clothes.
    This year, I've been particularly impressed by all the mushrooms and lichen. Vivi, my sister, had amazing stories to tell (of one-cell fungi spreading meters wide over a forest surface for example) and more than once we've found ourselves hunting for the most beautiful mushroom, eyes firmly directed to the ground, fallen logs or dead branches. The beauty of mushroom hunting is, once you've found it, it won't run away. All the time in the world to get the best shot. And trust me, we discovered a whole new world! Amazing colours and shapes, surprising locations and so much fun. Have a look yourself!
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  • Day30

    day 8 - Gordon dam

    March 8, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Today was a real driving day. Fix we wanted to go to a waterfall but it was a 3 hour hike. We needed the time so we went to another cave wat would take only 30 minutes.

    Afterwards we went for a 84 km drive to the Gordon dam. It is he highest dam in the southern hemisphere. The dam is 150 meters high. That's really high! Besides the dam there were a lot of lakes an lots of mountains around there. The view was really spectacular!

    On the way back we visited the Russell falls. They should be the best falls of tasmania. It was really good. And it where 2 big steps with a lot of smaller waterfalls. Afterwards went to a 'free' campsite' you can donate I'd you want. We spent our last evening together. Afterwards I'll be travelling one day alone with Anna. Yes again the mount amos climb and the n actually look at the wineglass Bay.
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  • Day66

    New Norfolk

    January 9, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Sind angekommen!!! Erste Nacht war zwar schweinekalt aber egal!! Erster Roadtrip 😍

  • Day6

    Mt Field East/Russell Falls

    October 12, 2015 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 4 °C

    Spolu s Freycinet National Park je Mt Field nejstarsim narodnim parkem v Tasmanii. Zalozen byl uz v roce 1916. Rano jsem zavezla Tonyho do prace a pres silenou dopravni zacpu vyrazila asi 80 km na sever od Hobartu.
    Znaceni treku evidentne neni australskou silnou strankou. Asi hodinu jsem hledala spravny trek a nakonec to kolem jezera a chaty Nichols trefila az na vrchol Mt. Field (1274 m). Gumovnikovou dzungli, co navzdory desti stridajicimu se s mrholenim znela ptacim zpevem, pres skaly a kameny. Zpet jsem to vzala okruzni cestou pres mokrady k jezeru Fenton. Hezky 4hodinovy trek.
    A jeste jsem pred navratem do civilizace stihla 20minutovou prochazku k pusobivym Russell Falls, co se staly zakladem pozdejsiho narodniho parku.
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  • Day38

    Bis zum Ende der Straße - Stausee

    February 18 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    Nach einer Wanderung im Mount Field NP (zum Lake Seal) geht es für uns weiter in den Süd-Westen von Tasmanien, besser gesagt soweit bis die Straße einfach zu Ende ist.

    Auf dem Weg dorthin konnten wir auch die unglaubliche Verwüstung die die starken Waldbrände in Australien wenige Wochen zuvor angerichtet haben live erleben.

    Nach wie vor fliegen noch immer Lösch - Helikopter über die Wälder, der Geruch nach verbranntem ist noch immer überall zu riechen.

    Dieser unbeschreiblich große Stausee ist wirklich beeindruckend!

    In Tasmanien sollte man nie vergessen dass die Geschäfte früh schließen und man zum Teil viele hundert Kilometer ohne Tankstelle fahren muss... dies wäre uns heute fast zum Verhängnis geworden.
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