Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Tasmanian Odyssey Part Two

The second week of our stay saw us travelling, first to the Western Wilderness, an area of outstanding natural beauty and made up of several National parks and conservation areas and regional reserves.

The trip was organised for us by my cousin, Michael and his wife, Terri. The journey took us overland for about five hours, following the A10, passing through Hobart, New Norfolk, Wayatinah, Tarraleah, Derwent Bridge and Queenstown before branching onto the B24 to Strahan, where we were to stay for a couple of nights.

We had a brief stop at Tarraleah to see the hydro electic plant. The whole of Tasmania is powered by hydro-electricity and this was one massive scheme..

The next stop was to do a short walk to Nelson Falls, an area of temperate rainforest and incredibly beautiful..

The dappled light and shade give the walk an almost magical feel.

And then we turned a corner and there were the Falls...

Despite the lack of rainfall the island had experienced, they were still majestic

So many things to see from space pod like flower heads to giant tree ferns...

And of course a group photo, with my cousin Michael and his wife Terri....

Ferns of every size and form...

Strange looking fungi..
Bracket fungi

A ball of moss growing on a branch, to name but a few

I could have stayed there all day but we still had some distance to travel and one more stop before we reached our destination for the night..

This was to see the mining area near Queenstown, where copper was once quarried out.

The colour of the rocks is spectacular..

It must have been a hostile environment in which to work...

Another few miles and we reached the West Coast harbour side village of Strahan and a bed for the night..
More about our stay there soon!


GaynorB said...

Such a range of scenery. Looks like you were very well looked after.

Unknown said...

Fantastic. Your journal is coming in very handy �� Miss you both but you'll be back ����