Winter Dreams Part 2
Arriving in Devonport (this is where the vehicle ferry arrives) we headed to the North East corner of the state staying at the lovely Springlawn Campground in the Narawntapu National Park. Lots of great walks & plenty of Tasmanian Devils to see. We then travelled down the east coast through interesting areas such as Derby & Scottsdale. Derby was a tin mine town, wiped out when Briseis Dam burst its banks after heavy rain in 1929.
Next stop was St Helens, we camped at beautiful Swimcart Beach Staying 3 nights before heading to Freycinett National Park. There are a number of great campgrounds, we chose Richardson’s Beach, with great facilities you’d find in a caravan park. A must do here is The fabulous walk over Mt Graham to Wine Glass Bay. Tough walk but well worth it!!!
Continuing down the coast to Tasman Peninsula & Port Arthur were great camp sites. We stayed a couple nights at Fortescue Bay Campground in The Tasman National Park also visiting Lime Bay Campground. This whole peninsula has a lot of history and is well worth spending a few days in the region touring around many places of interest. Here you find remnants of old convict buildings & Coal Mines Historic Site.
Onwards we travelled to Hobart here we found a great stopover camp at the Hobart Showgrounds just north of the city in Glenorchy. Its only a short bus trip into the centre of Hobart. Here you can do a wonderful drive up Mt Wellington. Once you leave Hobart, it is a short drive down to thesoutheast corner to the Huon Valley where you will find wonderful scenery, walks & the famous Ida Bay Railway not to mention great fresh fruit, veggies, local wines & ciders, salmon, oysters and hand made cheeses.
Heading back via Hobart we travelled over to the West Coast to Queenstown and Strahan. A great stop on the way is Mt Field National Park, this is a great park with plenty of walks. Well worth a stay of 3 days or more. Queenstown was a delight with the famous train rides available; they also boast the famous Gravel Oval that serves as a free camp & has easy access into Queenstown.
In Strahan you can do the Wilderness cruise down the Gordon/Franklin River system into the World Heritage areas. There are a few free camps around the area but one well worth the trip is near the point they call Hell’s Gate which is the entrance /exit of the rivers into the Southern Ocean.
Driving north you will go through towns such as Zeehan, Roseberry & Tullah, here you can do a walk to the famous Montezuma Falls where there is a suspension bridge that crosses the river right in front of the falls. It is a walk of around 3 hours return but well worth it.
A not to be missed area is the countryside around Waratah which has a history of mining. Go inland from here & visit the famous Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain. You can do the road circuit from Smithton all around the Tarkine Wilderness Area & then back on the highway near Smithton. Then travel across the top through Wynyard, Burnie, Penguin & Ulvertsone. If the season is right you can see the pretty tulips in bloom at Wynyard, & from Ulverstone you can detour to areas such as Leven Canyon Reserve & the Mole Creek Caves which are both worth the visit.
Tasmania has a very interesting history with lots of National Parks to visit, great walks & wonderful little towns. To do it justice you need to spend at least 3 months on the island. Winter can be very cold but if you are set up like us with a diesel heater, then all you need to do is rug up when you go out. Also, you need to ensure you have your bookings made in advance for your return trip on the ferry.
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