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Home > Travelogues > 2006 Travelogues Index > Tasmania - towards the Southern tip
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We reach Tasmania and follow a plan to see a good cross section of the island in our short seven week visit, starting in the North.  We then explored the West, the South, the East, travelled through the historic Midlands and finally toured through the Central Highlands.  See where we camped.

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Travelling to the southernmost road accesible point in Tasmania
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Russell Falls in the Mount Field National Park is known as the prettiest falls in Tasmania.  Curtains of water sparkled in the sunlight with spray like diamonds.

 

The Derwent River widened at New Norfolk, where groups of rowers trained.  Hop gardens grew nearby.

 

The extensive view from the top of Mount Wellington is awesome, and the wind strong and cold.  The late afternoon sun was catching the sails of yachts in the harbour and highlighting the Wrest Point Casino.

 

Near Huonville, we found an amazing set of models of historic English buildings complete with people in detailed period dress.  This is all the more amazing as they were constructed in detail by John Palotta, who had limited use of only three fingers on one hand due to having been incapacitated by polio.  The project was undertaken over a period of twelve years.   There was also a scale model railway with a Bavarian village constructed by a German enthusiast.

 

Fish farms were in the channel looking towards Bruny Island.

 

Geeveston is a town of wood carvings.  Carvings depicting pioneers, together with details about each personís life, can be seen outside of the shops and businesses.

 

Logs floated down the Huon River at the Tahune Air Walk

 

Driving up into the Hartz mountains we looked across forests where taller dead trees showed above the treetops.  This was similar to what we had seen in other areas, and explanations ranged from past fire damage to a reducing rainfall. 

 

We followed forestry tracks away from the main roads in a number of areas.  While driving through forestry tracks south of Geeveston, we had lunch high on Coal Hill, with vistas east the Bruny Island, south to Recherche Bay near the South East Cape, and north to the inlet at Dover.  A patchwork of forest, clear fell and young plantations can be seen in all directions.

 

Duck Lake was a dark and still sink hole deep in the forest. 

 

We didnít take the four to five hour walk to the South East Cape from Cockle Creek, instead taking the shorter walk to the whale monument.  To reach the southernmost point of Australia involves taking a walk on an unmarked trail which is recommended for experienced hikers. 

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