Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I am back!

You may have been wondering why it has been so quiet here of late. We've just returned from two wonderful weeks exploring Tasmania. Thankfully I had very little mobile phone reception and access to the net - what a way to escape technology! So now you are going to hear all about it - be prepared for a word and image heavy post!

Spirit of Tasmania car ferry from Station Pier, Port Melbourne
We sailed overnight aboard the car ferry, the "Spirit of Tasmania", across Bass Strait, from Melbourne to Devonport, which was quite an adventure! Upon arrival we drove from Devonport to the beautiful Cradle Mountain. Unfortunately we weren't really prepared with gear for the very changeable weather, so any chance of trekking was soon put aside.

Tasmanian Devil - Devil's at Cradle
Instead we met some Tasmanian Devils at the Conservation Park, and a very friendly little wallaby outside our hotel balcony. The 3y.o. was in heaven with all these animals around!!

great teeth - so clean!

Our little friend outside the hotel room
After a night at Cradle Mountain we lamented that we were leaving just as it was forecast to snow that afternoon.....We moved on to Strahan, a tiny village on the water, the gateway to visiting the magnificent Gordon-Franklin Rivers (a 6 hour boat cruise can take you there). We had wanted to catch the old steam train to nearby Queenstown, but it was booked out 2 weeks in advance; so we decided to drive on after collecting a big box full of Huon Pine offcuts (destined to be made into jewellery one day!).

Dad, it is getting really cold - can we get back in the car?!
It was lucky we did make the choice to move, because on the road from Queenstown - through the stunning Heritage Listed Gordon-Franklin National Park - we stopped to have fun with a little snow. We drove on to see more snow (getting very excited by now). The temperature began dropping, sleet began falling, and then snow was falling. Aside from being stunning and beautiful to look at, we were now driving on snowy, slippery roads to what was definitely going to be our next stopover. Thank goodness we drive a European car built for these type of conditions....

View through our windscreen - yes that is snow falling
We arrived at around 2pm at Derwent Bridge - basically a town with a petrol station and a pub! Found some gorgeous cabin accomodation and settled down with the heater blasting away the less than 0degree temperature. The boy couldn't help but get out amongst what was now a 10cm deep carpet of snow outside our cabin.

Thankfully we packed gumboots.
The first time I've seen snow (since I was a baby anyway!)

Snowing - again!
There is something so amazing about seeing Australian Gum Trees covered in snow....it really is a beautiful sight to behold.

Gum trees and snow outside our cabin
Next post I shall continue with our snowy adventure - hope you enjoyed the story so far!

3 comments:

  1. I love Tassie...fantastic photos. The snow ceovered gum trees look absolutely beautiful and love the devils fangs mmmm cute! What a lovely post and good to see you back and posting in blogland :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. I had no idea there was so much snow in Tassie! Another reason to go...

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thanks Sophia! Nice to be back!
    And Tess I never had any idea either...or else I would have packed some more appropriate clothing!

    ReplyDelete

Hello! Please say something noice!