Australian Adventure – Day 15 – Cradle Mountain to Hobart via Strahn and Queenstown

It was freezing when we woke up and I didn’t want to leave the cosiness of my bed to get to the bathroom.  But we had a long drive today so I braved the chill, packed up and persuaded the almost naked chef to cook us an ‘Early’ breakfast which of course he did to perfection

As it was our last full day in Tasmania we wanted to make the most of it and Earl was keen on seeing the West Coast town of Strahn.  Everybody had told us that the West side of the island was boring and not to bother with it.  But we were blown away.  The mountain passes were spectacular and once again we passed through tiny and interesting villages, eateries in remote places, rivers, lakes, trees, interesting vegetation and of course the occasional interesting bird!  We also drove through the copper mining town of Queenstown and over the incredibly scary mountain pass but the spectacular views made the journey all the more entertaining.

We left at 8:30 in the morning and did an average speed of 45km per hour arriving in Hobart at 7:00 pm.   We stopped frequently and now that the road trip is over feel we’ve really taken in almost the whole of Tasmania!

Originally we were to fly from Hobart to Melbourne and then get a connecting flight to New Castle on the same day.  Before we left Discover Australia changed this as the flight to New Castle was cancelled so we were booked on a flight the next morning necessitating a stay in a hotel in Melbourne.   At the last minute we decided to ditch those bookings, get a flight to Sydney and then hire a car and drive to Cardiff.  Now that I am sitting comfortably with a glass of excellent Australian Sauvignon Blanc in my aunt’s home I am delighted that we made that choice.  It was a fabulous trip but another day of travelling would just have spoilt it all.

I am posting the photographs which I fear will not do justice to the amazing experience we had while taking them.   But I shall let them do their best to give you an idea of  what Tasmania has to offer.

One of the amazing rivers we crossed

One of the amazing rivers we crossed

Passing through a village near Cradle Mountain we found this teddy bear house - we went in for a gold coin donation and were blown away by the amazing home made teddies

Passing through a village near Cradle Mountain we found this teddy bear house – we went in for a gold coin donation and were blown away by the amazing home made teddies

Earl couldn't get enough of the boats at Strahn

Earl couldn’t get enough of the boats at Strahn

More Boats

More Boats

We had lunch at this restuarant.  I took out a R100 not and showed Aunt how similar it looked to a $10 note - same colour.  A man came over and asked - Is that S.A. money - Please may I swap it for Australian because I will visit South Africa one.  I got $10 Aussie dollars of it!

We had lunch at this restuarant. I took out a R100 note and showed Aunt how similar it looked to a $10 note – same colour. A man came over and asked – Is that S.A. money – Please may I swap it for an Australian note because I will visit South Africa one day. I got 10 Aussie dollars of it!

Old railway station

Old railway station

Old Railway Car

Old Railway Engine

Police Station!

The  Police Station amused us!

Two female Superb Fairywrens

Two female Superb Fairywrens

European Goldfinch

European Goldfinch

Yellow-throated honeyeater

Yellow-throated honeyeater

We saw a few of these Tasmanian Native-hens along the side of the road but when we stopped they disappeared very quickly. We managed to get this one and some friends because they were quite far from the road although they too vanished as soon as they realised we were watching them

We saw a few of these Tasmanian Native-hens along the side of the road but when we stopped they disappeared very quickly. We managed to get this one and some friends because they were quite far from the road although they too vanished as soon as they realised we were watching them.

Another pair before they scurried away - they are flightless but run fast

Another pair before they scurried away – they are flightless but run fast

The wild flowers were beautiful

The wild flowers were beautiful

Copper Mine Equipment in Queenstown

Copper Mine Equipment in Queenstown

Mountain Pass

Mountain Pass

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Copper Mountains

Back in Hobart

Back in Hobart

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Dinner at The Loft Bistro – Wrest Point Hotel

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Delicious Dessert

Today was spent travelling so not much to report other than it was great to get back to Aunt’s home where Colette had prepared a lovely supper for us and we could just relax and let the past two weeks sink in.  What a privilege to have taken that amazing road trip.

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5 thoughts on “Australian Adventure – Day 15 – Cradle Mountain to Hobart via Strahn and Queenstown

  1. What an experience Queenstown was after all the Green of Tassie then you get these dead bare mountains. We met a chap from JHB who owned a Hotel there. So sorry to hearing more now that your trip is over. Safe travel back home again.

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