Thursday, March 01, 2007

Tasmania, NW

More pictures of Dismal Swamp.

Some plants looked very scary down there, as if someone was watching us......
Here is the rest of the Big Tree. At Freycinet National Park (on the east coast) the sea pounds the rocks relentlessly.

From Corinna northwards there is a very scenic, long, dirt road going north to Arthur River. Steep at places (1st gear!) and dusty all the way: white powder looking like cement! We also visited Dismal Swamp, near Stanley. It is a 70 m sink hole with fascinating plant and animal life at the bottom. It is the only sink hole that has not been drained and it has its own ecosystem with tiny crayfish that burrow and make small chimneys which aerates the soil. The Black wood trees love the moist atmosphere. Descending to the floor of the sink hole can be done by slide or walking down a ramp. Here is an example of the lifetime history of one of these trees.

Lake Dove at Cradle Mountain was still as magic as always; we were lucky with good weather and walked the 2.5 hours around it.

Near Scottsdale we met a Taiwanese biker who was a illustrator artist and he showed us his diary with daily notes and drawings; we had a meal together with him and he left us with self designed post cards. Jeff has travelled many places in the world. On the right is a 400 year old stringy bark tree with a base of 16 meters and a height of 62 m.

Stanley in the North is one of the oldest towns in Tasmania and lots of houses are still in original condition. The "Nut" is a volcanic hill (152 m) right next to it with beautiful views when you use the cable car or walk to the top. When they wanted to make a new harbour they used enormous amounts of dynamite and when the big bang came, nothing happened...... Until 12 years later when 400 ton of rocks suddenly dropped off the side into the ocean!

The area has been used for sheep and cattle and flies are around in great numbers. On the very NW corner of the Island there are huge wind generators, each one 100 m high; they make use of the "roaring forties", strong westerly winds that come all the way from Cape Horn in South America. Each generator is good for the supply of electricity to 1500 homes. The private company that runs the generators and the cattle country is called Woolnorth. Not sure why this track near Coles Bay was named like this.

The Pancake House survived a very nasty huge fire not long ago.

If you want to cross the Pieman river at Corinna, there are some interesting instructions nearby. The Tasmanians have a great sense of humour!

Looking at the spot where we camped in 1990; the site is only for tents now.

Going to Tassie in May, thanks for showing the great pictures!!
beautiful pictures. I will have to buy a lottery ticket so I can travel to all those places!
Tanneke and Renne:
How are you?
Nice to meet you!!!
I saw you have a great trip!!
I’m good. I already come back Taiwan few days(22/3/2007).
At the time I’m busy visit friends and my painting job.
I still miss Australia. When I saw the photos of AUS.
I feel good.
keep in touch.
lovely Jeff
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