A quieter day today on New Year’s Eve. Here be flora and a little touch of fauna from a stroll around Hobart’s Botanical Gardens.
A clear hot day made for perfect weather for a short drive north of Scamander to Bay of Fires starting at Binalong Bay and ending at the beach at The Gardens.
Big sky and big sea landscapes on the east coast of Tasmania.
It was goodbye to the pretty town of Stanley this morning. We headed east via the Batman Bridge over the Tamar River and the colonial settlement of George Town.
The town of Derby attracts mountain bikers galore to the many trails available in the surrounding forests.
To end, a walk around Scamander to get our bearings and meet a few birds.
Last night after dark we sat on the grass overlooking the tide coming in over the rocks waiting for fairy penguins to arrive from the ocean and scramble up the rise to their burrows. This blurry photo was taken in the light of a torch covered in red cellophane.
This morning we woke to the most magical still day. On the bay, kayakers were enjoying the glassy surface. The following pics were taken on our walk after breakfast and before lunch, with my new camera courtesy of Santa.
The weather was forecast earlier this week to be overcast and rainy, but it came good with enough wind to let the sun shine through. Here are some landscape highlights from coastal scenes to a mid-afternoon walk around the top of an old volcanic plug.
Marrawah at the start of the Takine Drive
Arthur River and Edge of the World
near Kanunnah Bridge upstream on the Arthur River
We took the chairlift up to The Nut which stands above the town of Stanley. and walked down because the lift closed before our descent. A new and temporary feature of this blog is “Where’s Bec?”, brought to you via a current family joke. Normal service will resume when she is far enough away again to do me no harm.
We are ensconced in a cottage in Stanley for the next few days. Today included a walk around Deloraine, then on to Railton (town of topiaries) and Sheffield (town of murals). Through dairy and sheep country and along the coast, the weather was mild and overcast for the most part. Best township name of the day was won by Nowhere Else.
This is our view for the Christmas break.
This afternoon’s walk with Rebecca Walsh (aka Bec) gave us a small taste of this historic town and the wildlife.
We’re in Tasmania and heading towards the north west to spend Christmas. Today began with a stroll around Hobart’s CBD in search of a place for breakfast.
Then off to New Norfolk to visit the Agrarian Kitchen for more food.
The restaurant is in the grounds of an old colonial hospital which continued its life as a psychiatric facility (now closed).
Up into the Central Highlands where the temperature dropped considerably. We caught up with an old acquaintance named Hamish, and ended the day in Deloraine.