The East Coast
Ruins of the Lisdillon Salt Works, which operated for only a short period. Water was pumped from the sea by a windmill, and boilers fuelled with wood evaporated the water, during the convict labour era.
Friendly wallabies at the Friendly Beaches. Here camping bays were secluded and scattered amongst the scrub, with a short walk down the sand hill to the beach.
After a long climb up the rocky Hazards, the first glimpse of
an isthmus, we reached
The return path took us up towards the peaks of the Hazards, and down through valleys.
Coles Bay on the long walk back
Looking back into
We asked a local what all the black square things were in Moulting Lagoon (bird sanctuary). They are ‘duck hides’ as the duck shooting season is due to open soon.
The Blowhole at Bicheno. We did not spend a lot of time around Bicheno due to overcast weather, rain and mists. We did visit the ‘shark and seahorse hatchery’, small but interesting, and you can take photos.
Later we came back to the hinterland in this region, and despite the dust on the forestry tracks, mists still obscured the mountains, and light rain fell. ‘Ghosts’ of cloud came out of the forest along the roadside and danced in front of us.
We drove to Storey’s Creek, a former mining settlement in
the southern foothills of the
Near Fingal where the clouds still clung to the mountain tops.
Travellers wanting to holiday on, or tour the north east coast
are welcomed at
We camped beside the beach at a popular
Further north along the coast is The Gardens, where a tiny settlement looks onto orange covered rocks.
The lighthouse at Eddystone Point
At the shanty town at
As small dam nearby built in the days when the area was actively mined for tin trickled over.
St Columbia Falls and the cool rainforest walk along the creek line to the falls which would be mighty after rain. They are the second highest Tasmanian falls, and in winter 220,000 litres per day flows over.
This huge tree fern has a semi parasitic tree growing on it
It was quite a climb to the
At Legerwood, a row of trees was planted in 1918 in memory of those who fought and died in World War I. In 2001 the aging trees were carved into images of each soldier, depicting their trade. These were crafted by Tasmanian chainsaw sculptor Eddie Freeman.
saw our first platypus in the wild diving and frolicking in the pond at the free camp site at
Heavy rain and a thunder storm greeted us at Bridport on the north east coast; however with only a few clouds remaining next morning, sunrise across the water was so beautiful.
From Bridport, we headed back to the