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War Memorial Park

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  • Day5

    Leaving Hobart

    April 15, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Before leaving Hobart we went to Mt Wellington again and managed to get to the top, 1.2km above the city. What an amazing view BUT freezing cold, apparently around 3degrees, and VERY WINDY. Worth the trip though. Heard that it snowed up there yesterday Brrrrr.
    Then more than 300km later we were at Strahan, a cute little village on the McQuarie Harbour. Stopped off at a defunct mine near Queenstown (nothing like our Queenstown) at a disused mine called Iron Ore Blow, drove up to a lookout and walked out on a platform overlooking the pit, awesome, BUT cold and WINDY.
    Finally at Strahan, lovely little town with heritage buildings.
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  • Day6

    Strahan

    April 16, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Headed out on a 33metre catamaran on McQuarie Harbour (6 times bigger than Sydney Harbour) out to the Southern Ocean then up into the Gordon River, interesting commentary on settlers and convicts. Went for a short walk into the bush at a Heritage Landing. On way back we stopped at Sarah Island for a look around at the ruins of Australia’s first penal colony, barbaric to say the least.
    Had lunch (and wine) on board and then passed the many salmon farms on the way back to Strahan.
    Scallop dinner at the local tavern was scrumptious!!!!
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  • Day7

    Strahan

    April 17, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    Headed out this morning on the West Coast Wilderness Railway for a slow trip from Strahan to Dubbil Barril through the rain forest. Built in 1896 to transport ore from Queenstown to Strahan, a wonderful half day.
    Then went out to Ocean Beach where it started to rain.
    Lovely, it hasn’t stopped since.
    Went to a show at 5.30, The Ship That Never Was, Australia’s longest running play, just had it’s 25th Anniversary. It was outside under a shade attached to the info centre (rained heavily) we sat under blankets.
    I have never laughed so much in all my life I am sure, it was hilarious, I am still smiling.
    Had a lovely dinner of octopus, ocean trout and lovely salads.
    Bedtime now - I am still smiling😆😆
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  • Day6

    Von Hobart nach Strahan

    February 26 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Früh am Morgen verliessen wir bei leichtem Regen das Hotel, in welches wir nach der Tour nochmals für eine Nacht zurückkehren werden (auch um unser "zurückgelassenes" Gepäck abzuholen).
    Nach einer Kaffeepause machten wir uns auf den Weg in den Mt. Field Nationalpark, um den Russell Wasserfall anzuschauen.
    Auf der knapp einstündigen Wanderung sahen wir einige Padimelon (kleine tasmanische Wallabies), den besagten Wasserfall und die höchsten Bäume von Tasmanien.
    Danach ging es an den Lake St. Clair, an welchem es leider regnete und die Sicht dadurch sehr schlecht war. Aufsteller dieses Haltes war jedoch ein Kurzschnabeligel, welchen wir gut auf der Futtersuche beobachten konnten.
    Nach einer Schlafpause im Bus liefen wir nochmals ein kurzes Stück durch den Regenwald bis zum Wasserfall des Franklin Rivers, bei dem sich die Sonne nochmals kurz zeigte.
    Anschliessend fuhren wir nach Strahan, wo wir unsere Unterkunft bezogen, kurz duschten und uns auf den Weg zum Sonnenuntergang machten.
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  • Day7

    Strahan on Tassie's west coast

    February 27, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We fired up the Beast and headed towards Strahan on Tassie’s west coast. Once again we were lucky with the weather as there was a bit of cloud around but no rain.

    Of course Cradle Mountain is quite high so we had to go down some pretty steep hills complete with logging trucks but the Beast handled it with no problems.

    First stop was the very small town of Tullah for a bite and a coffee. Lucky the weather was good as the coffee shop was the smallest I had ever seen. It was at the front of someone’s house and had enough room for a coffee machine, fridge, a small bench, and 2 people. We sat outside with the alpaca watching us.

    Next was the town of Rosebury which was a bit bigger followed by the town of Zeehan - named after one of Abel Tasman’s ships. All of these towns are mainly mining towns with zinc, lead, and silver the main things mined. We went past some big tailing heaps and some mine sites.

    Finally we reached our destination, the town of Strahan on the west coast.

    This is a really neat little town with a strong convict past. This used to be the place they sent all the really bad convicts from places like Port Arthur. Having driven through the forests around here there was no way of escape overland, this would be a perfect natural prison as Strahan is very isolated.

    We spent the day looking around Strahan. There is a nice walk up to Hogarth Falls not far from the middle of town and we drove out to the entrance to Macquarie Harbour, which is the second largest Harbour in the Southern Hemisphere after Port Phillip.

    We are booked in for a heritage railway trip tomorrow and a cruise on Macquarie Harbour down to the Gordon River.

    To celebrate our 25 year anniversary we had a sensational dinner at one of the better restaurants in town.
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