Coming homeAugust 1, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C
Cinnamon we are coming back to you!!
It's been a great holiday but so nice to come home. We settled in to our porthole berth right at the front of the Spirit of Tasmania.
It was wintery this morning when we left Strahan and drove through the "Wild West". We explored the little towns of Zeehan, Rosebery and Tullah, meeting some interesting people and finding surprises. The towns used to be big places when the copper, silver and coal mines were fully operational. We had lunch with an alpaca named Cleveland! He sure loved carrots.Read more
What a great day we had today on a historic train trip! There is a rack and pinion track through the forest, along the river, up and down hills. It was built over 100 years ago, all by hand, by people who camped in the rain for months, to carry things to and from a copper mine. It was a very hard life for the men and families trying to make a life back then in the wilderness.
The river is a dead river, nothing lives in it because of the industrial waste from the mine. Locals and scientists are working to repair the river system now and we did see some birds which is good for the future.
The train track has a cog structure in the middle so the train can grip and go up hills even if it's slow. It was also amazing to think about how the engineers and workers built the bridges as well as all the tracks through the rocks and forests.
We thought Grandpa Geoff would have loved this train trip! It was a Christmas in July themed trip, with holly in the carriages and christmassy food.Read more
Tasmania is so interesting and beautiful. Everywhere we looked was different, sometimes rainforest, or rocky, or farmland, or snowy mountains, or pretty rivers. We saw pipes from the hydroelectric industry making electricity out of flowing water! We saw the scarred land from logging... And big trucks carrying wood. At least they are good at planting and regenerating the forests.
Our cabin in Strahan is huge and comfortable but unfortunately has no WiFi due to NBN transitions... Hopefully we will cope!Read more
Today we drove a lot and saw a lot of different landscapes. We stopped at Derwent Bridge, a tiny village in the highlands. Lunch at the hotel was fantastic, they gave us a heater at our table and blankets! Mum and Dad loved the Sri Lankan curries too.
While we were there it started snowing. Exciting! It was only light so the snowflakes melted when they touched anything.
Then, we went to The Wall in the Wilderness. It was an incredible gallery where one man with a chisel and ladder is working on a huge mural made of Huon pine. It is many many metres long and tells stories about the environment and the hard lives of workers over time. Really it was beautiful and so clever. We couldn't believe the sculptures with details of clothing and skin we're all chiseled out of wood.
Huon pine is special and rare, the trees are endangered so we can't cut them down and artists can only salvage wood from naturally fallen trees. So this huge mural was very valuable and incredible. We weren't allowed to take photos so bought some postcards to show you.Read more
It was a lovely place to stay in Battery Point. We could walk everywhere. It was interesting that this was supposed to be a good defense place for Hobart, but the governors kept building the wrong weapons in the wrong places, so it was good they never got attacked.