Crossing to Tasmania - Part Three (Edge of the World)
We stopped in Deloraine With our Toyota Coaster Motorhome for a few days and watched the platypus in the river. The town is quite small with a population of only 2,000; It is such a quaint little town and with all the Georgian and Victorian buildings a afternoon stroll. through the town is a must. You can also watch the feeding of Tasmanian devils at Trowunna Wildlife Park or tour the limestone caves of Mole Creek Karst National Park. But we were chased out of there by the smoke from the fires.
We went over to the west coast and camped at Marrawah—a small community that overlooks the Southern Ocean—and went for a trip to the edge of the world at Arthur River. It was interesting to know that the sea west of Tasmania is the longest uninterrupted expanse of ocean on the globe!
We then down the coast to Couta Rocks. The roads were closed behind us so we drove back to Marawah. The Tarkine Wilderness Area is 447,000 hectares and is Australia’s largest tract of unprotected temperate rainforest and it contains vast forests of myrtle, leatherwood and pine trees. Sadly most of the Tarkine area was burnt out right down to the ocean.
We went back towards the east, stopped in Smithton for a few days. Smithton is a great place to Sample some of Tasmania's best dairy products, fresh seafood and prime beef, available at farm gates or from some of the eateries in town. We then travelled back on to Stanley. It became very windy so we were unable to climb the nut this time.
Another couple of our favorite spots on the north west coast were Boat Harbour Beach, absolutely pristine water and beautiful views, we also enjoyed Sulphur Creek, where we camped near the ocean and the fairy penguins would come in to roost each night. The penguins come in at the last light of the day, this way they are more likely to avoid predators.
There are many more interesting places to see in Tassie like the wood carvings in Ledgerwood and Campbell Tower, the old churches and bridges in Ross and Richmond, the flower mill in Oatlands, lots of waterfalls, the murals in Sheffield, Tasmania and just the overall friendliness of the Tasmanian people.
This was our third visit to Tassie covering about eight months but we still feel like there is plenty more to see. Most of the roads in Tassie are mountainous therefore it takes longer to traverse the state.
Tasmania’s weather is very unpredictable. While we were on the west coast, the east coast had torrential rain and hail which flooded a few towns.
When we first arrived in November the snow fell on Mt Wellington and then again just after we arrived back in Melbourne in February. We did a day trip back on the spirit on the 14th of February 2016, arriving in Melbourne at 6pm . We still hope to be able to go back one day.