Jump to content

Treepol
 Share

Recommended Posts

This year I took an extended Easter break with my partner to visit the far northwest of Tasmania. It had been about 20 years since we last travelled this way and we were keen to see wild scenery, the wind farm at Woolnorth, birds and animals and to drive the Western Explorer Road to Corinna.

 

Easter began at Strahan where the juvenile Superb Fairy Wrens were intrigued by the lemon tree in the front garden and a flock of raucous Yellow-tailed black cockatoos flew overhead.

 

P1040454.JPG

 

P1040459.JPG

 

We drove to Queenstown where copper has been mined for over 100 years. The town is known for its bare hills and isolation.

 

P1040449.JPG

 

P1040450.JPG

 

P1040451.JPG

 

The Lake Margaret Power Station was built in 1914 by the Mt Lyell Mining and Railway Company to supply power to the mine. This photo shows the rainforest encroaching on the site of the station and the former town of Lake Margaret.

 

P1050112.JPG

 

We drove to Lake Burbury, stopping to visit the site of the old Mt Jukes Proprietary Mine, almost overgrown by now and its whereabouts known to a dwindling number of locals.

 

P1050115.JPG

 

Here's a photo from an earlier trip of Lilly scrambling up one of the steep cuttings on the road to the lake, which is criss-crossed by a myriad of mountain streams stained brown by the button grass.

 

P1050118.JPG

 

P1050117.JPG

 

This photo was taken looking down the Linda Valley from the site of the Iron Blow where the ore body was first discovered over a century ago.

 

P1040452.JPG

 

Back in town, the Mallard and Pacific Black Ducks contrast sharply with the Queen River.

 

P1040446.JPG

 

P1040448.JPG

 

We drove north from Strahan to the coast and found these Australian pelicans on the mudflats of the Inglis River at Wynyard.

 

P1040466.JPG

 

Travelling westward, at Table Cape we took photos looking east and west.

 

P1040469.JPG

 

P1040468.JPG

 

before a short seaside lunch stop at Boat Harbour.

 

P1040470.JPG

 

We were staying three nights at Stanley which is a small town in an area known as Circuar Head that is dominated by a well known Tasmanian landmark known as the Nut. The Nut is a volcanic plug that rises 150m from the sea.

 

P1040491.JPG

 

Our 3 days passed very quickly. We explored around Smithton where this grey fantail was perched on a fence wire

 

P1040507.JPG

 

and at Irishtown found a large flock of Masked Lapwings,

 

P1040480.JPG

 

and were very lucky to find a feeding flock of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos late one afternoon,

 

P1040534.JPG

 

P1040535.JPG

 

P1040551.JPG

 

Driving towards the wind farm at Woolnorth I saw these watchful Pacific Gulls on the shore at Montague.

 

P1040504.JPG

 

Woolnorth is one of Australia's oldest companies as it was established by Royal Charter in 1825.

 

P1040529.JPG

 

Dairying is the main activity at Woolnorth today together with a wind farm and an important weather station managed by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Some claim that Woolnorth has the cleanest air in the world.

 

P1040512.JPG

 

Cape Grim is at the northwest tip of Tasmania with the next landfall being southern Argentina. The Doughboys lie close to the Cape Grim coastline.

 

P1040524.JPG

 

At the end of each day we were treated to a memorable sunset.

 

P1040496.JPG

 

We enjoyed our time in the far northwest - fine local produce at Xanders restaurant in Stanley and our accommodation in the converted loft of the old post office now known as Stamps of Stanley. We attended a very moving Anzac Day service at Stanley where the quiet town, the cenotaph and the shadow of the Nut underscored the true meaning of this day when Australians remember those lost in battle.

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thank you @@Treepol there are all kinds of birds here that I haven't seen before.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Moving on from Stanley we headed south through the Tarkine wilderness to Corinna, an old gold mining town on the banks of the Pieman River. The Tarkine is thought by some to be a significant wilderness area as it contains the largest area of Gondwanan cool temperate rainforest in Australia. This photo gives some idea of the space in the tarkine.

 

P1040565.JPG

 

Our accommodation at Corinna was in a recently built rainforest cabin

 

P1040612.JPG

 

where cheeky brushtail possums visited at night

 

P1040635.JPG

 

and Rufous wallabies were around at all hours

 

P1040569.JPG

 

The Arcadia is an historic boat that makes a daily cruise to the Pieman Heads where passengers can spend the day on the beach, enjoying the Pieman rflections along the way.

 

P1040599.JPG

 

P1040591.JPG

 

This barge ferries cars across the river to resume onward journeys to Strahan, Lake St Cair and Hobart. The smaller white boat is used for the afternoon Sweetwater cruise that travels closer to the river bank and explore tributaries of the Pieman such as the Donaldson and Savage Rivers.

 

 

P1040601.JPG

 

Donaldson River

 

P1040620.JPG

 

Savage River

 

P1040623.JPG

 

and some last reflections

 

P1040614.JPG

 

Corinna is a place that I will return to for the peace and quiet, natural beauty and isolation.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Looks beautiful; would love to go one day! Thanks for sharing this special spot.@@Treepol, and I'd love to have that cabin!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Tree pol glad you enjoyed Tasmania...I live about 10 minutes from Table Cape, in one of your photos..It is a really beautiful peaceful place to live, Tasmania...with lots of interesting wildlife..

Link to comment
Share on other sites

@@RichB I live in Hobart, if you're ever down this way we could meet for a coffee.

 

Beautiful Table Cape, it must be a picture when the tulips are in flower.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi Treepol definately will next time we are down that way...Love living in Tasmania, such a beautiful place. Have you been on many safaris..Iam looking into going to Zimbabwe in 2015, it will be my first of many I hope.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Lovely look into a beautiful part of the world. Tasmania is one of my favourite places. Thanks Treepol.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 month later...

@@RichB and @@twaffle Sorry for the slow reply - I left for Africa on 10 August and have just seen your reply this afternoon.

 

Look forward to a safari discussion when you are next in Hobart. I have just returned from my 6th safari and will probably begin the trip report tonight. I look forward to hearing about your Zim planning as I am thinking about Zim and Zam for my next trip.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Safaritalk uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By using Safaritalk you agree to our use of cookies. If you wish to refuse the setting of cookies you can change settings on your browser to clear and block cookies. However, by doing so, Safaritalk may not work properly and you may not be able to access all areas. If you are happy to accept cookies and haven't adjusted browser settings to refuse cookies, Safaritalk will issue cookies when you log on to our site. Please also take a moment to read the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy: Terms of Use l Privacy Policy