It was then back along the road a little to
Although the road had been due to be reopened at , it wasn’t ready, so we waited in the car, went for fish and chips, and eventually were on the way at . We found a caravan park 9km from the city centre of
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Wednesday 3 December 2008 – Another tram into the Melbourne city centre for more shopping, and we looked at Cook's Cottage, Fitzroy gardens, the Victorian Museum (but ran out of time and didn't end up going in), and the Victoria State Library (where I did a little family history research).
The ‘Spirit of Tasmania’ Ferry departed Melbourne at 8pm, so we put our car on early, and settled in to watch Melbourne disappear in our wake as the sun set. On the cruise we enjoyed a smorgasbord dinner, then Darryl went to the
We set up camp and I slept while Darryl went for an investigation of the area. A Superb Blue Fairy Wren and his wife came to visit the campsite. We had a campfire, and a Pademelon came quietly by. After dark, a spotlight walk along beach and track, revealed a possum mum and baby.
He then suggested we both ride back to the Information Hut area as there was a walk there. Within a few minutes I spotted a wombat, and got some good shots of it at the entrance to the burrow, and the exit. Further on were grazing Bennetts Wallabies, and Pademelons, and it wasn't long before we saw many more wombats.
left over from the sesame seed balls.
Saturday 6 December 2008 – We drove down the West Tamar Highway, there were beautiful green valleys, and an excellent lookout over the valley. Closer to Launceston was Tamar Island Wetlands, a waterbird
There is a swing bridge across the gorge (and a chair-lift for those who would rather pay than walk). We took a track up the side of the gorge, it eventually led to a historic powerplant, but we decided not to go all the way, as we still had shopping to do, and some way to our daily destination.
It rained quite heavily as we drove up the East Tamar Highway, but we were still able to admire the countryside. At the mouth of the Tamar Inlet is George Town which purports to be the oldest settlement in Australia dating to 1804. The town really had nothing to offer us, so next stop was Bridport, which had a lovely sandy beach and crystal blue water. This town was very clean and pretty, but we went South and inland to
Sunday 7 December 2008 - About 12km from Scottsdale is the parking spot for Cuckoo Falls. The walk sign said it was a 3 hour return walk, and of course we did it in less, even accounting for obstacles, like fallen trees, and having to clear the track at times.
The walk was just magic, with huge tree-ferns, and smaller fern under. Rocks covered in mosses and ferns nestled around creeks and soaks coming in. The falls themselves had plenty of water coming over, and were really worthwhile. The only downside was 3 leeches which decided that I obviously have superior blood!
On the way to