Saturday, Feb 5th- Sunday, Feb 13th
05.02.2011 - 13.02.2011
We spent last weekend camping at Lake St Clair. It was chilly again (0.9C overnight apparently) and the rain settled in in the afternoon so we couldn’t do much other than play scrabble and read our books. (This is no great hardship)! Danny is currently winning the scrabble-athon, 10 games to 8 (and it’s killing me)!!
On Sunday we caught the ferry to a place called Echo Point and walked back along the lake to our camp ground (about 12kms). We were the only ones to get dropped off there so we had that section of the track to ourselves and it was a truly beautiful walk. It was a little hazardous though, walking up and down, over tree roots, over logs and around muddy puddles. It took us 3 hours to get back and we slept very well that night!
We made it into Hobart on Tuesday. We visited the Cadbury Factory on the way which was interesting enough –but it was the cheap chocolate that really made it worth it! Now we have 9 family blocks of chocolate sitting in the van and with a bit of luck we might have some left when we catch the ferry back to the mainland in a fortnight.
We also visited Mona on Tuesday and we both agreed it was one of the most amazing museums we have ever visited. The $120 million building was built into the side of the cliff and is fascinating in itself let alone the $80 million of art it houses. It’s an entirely private museum and opened to the public free of charge. The guy who built it has a bit of a fascination with the way death and sex is portrayed in art but there are also mummies, Ancient Greek coins and a 49 metre art work by Sydney Nolan. The artworks are not labelled but each visitor is given an i-phone and it can locate where a person is in the gallery using gps and brings up info about the artwork nearby. Visiting Mona should definitely be on everyone’s must do list.
We spent the night with Pete and Melissa Thurling (Danny worked with Pete during his Gibbs and Cox days). We had a great night catching up with them and meeting their two very cute little girls (Georgia and Amy).
On Wednesday we made our way down to Fortescue Bay- a lovely camp spot in a National Park on the way to Port Arthur. We spent Thursday at Pt Arthur which was quite an incredible place to visit and on Thursday night we stayed at Dunalley. There was free camping for RVs (that’s us) and caravans in a grass paddock at the back of the pub. How handy is that??
It’s a long weekend this weekend in Tassie. The Wooden Boat Festival is on in Hobart so the harbour area is very festive (and also very busy).
Last night we camped at Kempton. It’s not a very big place but rather quaint in its own right. We wandered around the cemetery and found the grave of a woman who came out on the First Fleet. There are also a few beautiful grand homes here that were of course built with convict labour. And one of the most appealing attractions for us was that it had free camping for rvs and caravans including power and water.
Tomorrow we hope to make it to the Freycinet Peninsula and spend a couple of relaxing days around Wineglass Bay.