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  • Day183

    The West Coast

    December 3, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    So, I made it to the northwest coast to a place in Arthur River called Edge of the World. Before that, I stopped in Stanley, but it was so windy that The Nut chair lift was closed, so I didn't go on top of that great big rock you see in the picture. I also didn't spend the night on that coast.

    Instead, I drove back to Wynyard on the north coast since it was on the way to Cradle Mountain. I had intended to do either a short or medium walk at the mountain depending on the weather. However, when I arrive at about 07:30, it was a mess. Cradle Mountain was in full rain mode with severely limited visibility and only 6°C/42°F. I don't have clothes to be out in that weather for long, so I took a picture of a postcard and headed southwest. Cradle will have to wait until the next trip to Tazzy.

    Now I'm in Strahan on the west coast. I've booked a six-hour river tour for tomorrow, so I'll be here two nights. It's about 13°C/55°F and there's a free parking lot with a public toilet, so staying in the car is not a problem. There's even a whiskey tasting place next door in which I may partake this evening. A little warmth to hold off the chill.

    Off to find some lunch and free WiFi.

    So long [for now] and NO thanks for all the RAIN. ✌️
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  • Day5


    October 27, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    This is such a great little town. Nestled between the waters of Macquarie Harbour and the rainforest, a picture postcard destination. There are restored pioneer buildings, cute little shops and cottages overlooking the bay which itself is dotted with boats in all shapes and sizes.
    The down side was the evidence of forest destruction to make way for plantations-such a difficult scene to deal with.
    We were off to experience the magnificent Gordon River and in the evening were delighted to watch Australia's longest running play-The Ship that Never Was -telling the dramatic and hilarious true story about the last great escape from Sarah Island. In January 1834 the last ship built at the convict settlement of Macquarie Harbour was about to set sail for the new prison at Port Arthur. Ten convict shipwrights had other ideas- and so the play is performed telling the story of an amazing escape and extraordinary voyage. Interactive, hilarious and so entertaining !
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  • Day5

    Hogarth Rainforest / Falls Walk 2

    October 27, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    The walk to Hogarth Falls took us through an example of temperate rainforest. We passed by several species of large trees together with an display of differing green ferns. Examples of Blackwoods, Blackburn, Driftwood, Sassafras, fish bone ferns, hard wood ferns, tree ferns just to name a few.Read more

  • Day3

    Queenstown, Zeehan and Strahan

    March 9, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    Today we toured around ourselves in the black Honda.
    We drove to Gormanston; an old mining town which is now pretty much a collection of old deserted prefab houses. Then we drove to a stunning lookout area called Iron Blow Lookout. Took some great photos of Queenstown mining surrounds.
    We turned around going back through Queenstown to drive first to Zeehan. It has definitely seen better days. There was a large museum there with an entry fee of $25 per adult. Too expensive!
    Next stop Strahan, situated in Macquarie Harbour, would have to be the tourist capital of Tasmania's south west. We detoured to look at an ocean beach about 6km from Strahan. Beautiful.
    In Strahan we visited The People's Park which had a walking track to Hogarth Falls. It was 40 minute round walking trip. Well worth doing. Easy walk with no steep bits at all.
    Next we visited the Information Centre which was super busy with people booking accommodation, boat trips, helicopter flights and asking all things tourist. We paid only $2 to go into a museum attached to the Centre which had displays and information about the area's sad and seemingly violent history from the annihilation of the aboriginal population, the penal settlements on Sarah Island that made Port Arthur look like a luxury holiday Park, the decimation of the Huon Pine forests and the damming of the Lower Gordon River. The one heartening display was of the saving of the Franklin River.
    Upon our return to Queenstown we celebrated our last night here with a counter meal in The Empire Hotel Dining Room.
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  • Day35


    March 25, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Wunderschöner Fahrtag

    Ich bin also morgens los um das Auto zu holen und wurde upgegradet, weil sie meine gebuchte Kategorie nicht mehr hatten. Also ist das Auto jetzt auch mit Navi und anderem ausgestattet (inkl. Rückfahrkamera!).
    Es hat erstaunlich gut funktioniert! Man muss sich mehr darauf konzentrieren und das richtige Abschätzen der Abstände ist noch etwas schwierig, aber an sich läuft es. Zum Glück ist in Tasmanien auch wenig los. Also menschlich, denn die Natur ist sehr sehr vielfältig und wild! Berge, Wälder, Strand und Landwirtschaft geben ein echt schönes Bild!
    Ich komme durch die ersten zwei Nationalparks und mache kleine Wanderungen (20-50 Minuten) auf dem Weg nach Strahan. Das ist ein Zwischenstopp an der Westküste, wo ich nicht nur am Strand komplett alleine bin, sondern auch in meinem 8-Bett-Zimmer! In der Küche treffe ich aber eine ganz nette Truppe mit denen ich esse bis es zu kalt wird und ich die erste Nacht seit 5 Wochen alleine in einem Zimmer genieße.
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  • Day8

    Trains and boats

    February 28, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Today was a full day. First up was a trip on the West Coast Wilderness Railway. This is a narrow gauge line that was built in the late 1890s to take zinc and lead ore from Queenstown to Strahan so it can be loaded on ships and taken for processing.

    It stopped running years ago and now takes tourists on full day and half day tours through the rainforest. We were booked on the half day tour that runs along the King River Valley to Dubbil Barrill and back again.

    The little steam engine was built in Glasgow and sent out in crates so it was a nightmare to get it together and running but they did it. All up there were 5 engines running on the line and in its peak it was a very busy line.

    We cruised up away from Strahan and into the temperate rainforest. It was drizzling lightly which actually suited the trip. The train climbed steadily and crossed a number of rivers and creeks after a while the rainforest became very thick. It is amazing they built this as it was after they had convicts so it was all paid labour.

    We arrived at Dubbill Barrill which is essentially just a station hacked into the middle of the forest. They had a turntable and a second line so the engine was decoupled, turned around by hand, and driven up to the front of the train for the trip back.

    All up the trip took about 4 hours so we were back in Strahan by 1pm in time for a quick lunch and to get ready for our next activity - a tour of Macquarie Harbour and cruise up the Gordon River.

    We boarded a big Tassie built Incat catamaran and took off for the Gordon River which is at the southern end of the Harbour (Strahan is at the northern end). Macquarie Harbour is 5 times bigger than Sydney Harbour and only slightly smaller than Port Phillip Bay. The boat really moved, hitting 28 knots so we were there in about 30 mins or so, it would have taken hours to row in the early days.

    The Gordon River is really beautiful. It was logged pretty heavily in the early 1900s but now there is little evidence of this. It is part of the Word Heritage area which makes up about 20% of Tasmania and you can understand why people say the Tassie Tiger is still alive as this rainforest is huge, very dense, and very rugged there would be things living in there that are unknown to man.

    We cruised up to where the river flowed through a gorge and it was beautiful. This is of course where the protests happened in the 70s against damming the river.

    After a while we turned around and headed back to Macquarie Harbour and headed up to Sarah Island. Like everywhere else Strahan was a convict settlement and Sarah Island is an island in Macquarie Harbour where they used to send the problem convicts. Now days there are a few ruined buildings and not much else.

    Next stop were the fish farms. They farm trout and salmon in giant sock-shaped nets with about 20,000 fish in each and there are about 40 or 50 of these nets in the Harbour.

    Lastly we went through Hells Gates which are at the entrance to Macquarie Harbour and so named because the convicts believed the west coast convict settlements were hell on earth. The channel is very narrow between the gates so we went out into the Southern Ocean turned around and came back in, lots of ships were wrecked in this area. Looking west the next stop would be Argentina (we are below South Africa) and the roaring 40s were really blowing.

    Finally we headed back to Strahan and had dinner at the local Club.

    Tomorrow we leave Strahan and head east towards Hobart.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Strahan, סטרון, SRN, ストラーン, Стран, 斯特拉恩

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