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The "Lake Leake Highway" is the alternative (shorter, easier, incredibly less interesting) way to get from the East Coast to the middle of the state. It's not actually a highway, it just gets called that.

Lookout - signs

This is apparently a lookout. Also, I think those road signs are a bit optimistic.

Go on... )
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The Bark Mill Museum is on the side of a former bark mill (bet you couldn't guess that). There's also a tavern, bottlshop & bakery cafe which is a nice place to stop for a snack. Unless a coach load of tourist descend on the place at the same time, but I was in the museum bit when that happened.

Photo 6

Just a few photos because the light was bad and I couldn't be fussed getting camera to cooperate. Also, more interesting when you actually see them than as small, still images.

You know you want to )

Swansea

May. 1st, 2010 05:28 pm
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The last town on this trip is Swansea, part historic town, part beach resort.

Main street, near carpark

The first British settlement in the area was a grant given to George Meredith in 1821. Actually, he was one of a group of partners who took up grants in the area. He was also heavily involved in early colonial politics, but if you're interested in that, follow the link.

Usual stuff )
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Photo 1

This was going to be a Story With No Words, but I had to write something for Spiky Bridge, so it shall be a Story With Mostly No Words. Make up your own!

You know )

Sorell

Apr. 26th, 2010 08:45 pm
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I've been to Sorell* a few times, but never been able to actually look about the town so I thought it'd be a good chance to try it.

Photo 2

When the British settlers first spread out from their Derwent base, many of them headed east, into the Coal River Valley, and up along the east coast (encouraged by the settlement on Maria Island that needed supplies). The road to the east goes through Sorell, and when the settlement on the Tasman Peninsula was established, that road also passed through Sorell. The town is named for Lieutenant Gov Sorell, who inherited Davey's mess and was replaced by Arthur, so prior to 1825. It's a location that comes up time and time again in early records. And yet...

We went to the Information Centre. This is a place where tourists can go and get useful information (that is, brochures) about accommodation, tourist attractions and anything else that tourists might need to know.

Exciting! )
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Two today, the small town of Orford and a nearby beach.

River

Prosser River

But first, the beach

Shelly Beach )

Orford )
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Just to finish off :)

Cement


So it's time to go home. I think it's a sign of good day when you're happy to head back to the ferry, but with a last lingering look behind.

Read more... )
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Photo 30


You might remember when I left off we had finally reached Darlington. Or you might not. I can barely remember what I was up :)

More photos. Yes, really. )
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This is a long post, but I wanted to get to a good stopping point in the narrative.

So, if you can remember back to last time, we were up on the hill. Now, we go down.

Photo 50

And see if there is anything at the bottom. OK I know there's someting, because I have a brochure that says there is. Somewhere.

That's all. Really. OK there is a bit more. )
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(Sections in italics are from the Parks and Wildlife Service's information leaflet. Any comments I've added to these are in square brackets.)

So around and up the hill. The first stop is the brick barn.

Photo 18

This building was constructed [in 1846] by convicts using bricks made from clay puddled with sea water. Look at the way some of the bricks are disintegrating. The salts from the water have crystallised and weakened the bricks.

Read more... )
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When I hear of people who set stories in places where they've never been I always think that no matter how much you read about a place, it's never going to be quite what you expected. Which is really a good thing, or by bother travelling? You could just look at places on web sites.

Photo 4


The trip over on the ferry took about 40 minutes. We saw no seals, dolphins, southern right whales (with or without their calves) and even fairy penguins. The latter were offered as the consolation animal: if we see nothing else, there'll be the penguin. Long 40 minutes. The water was so smooth it looked like a blue glass floor lifting and rising.

The first recognisable building as we approached the island was this little cottage out on its own on the hill. "What was that for?" "I don't know."

More! Bet you didn't know what until I told you. )
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I'll leave Swansea and things for the trip home.

The bits in italics are from the information panels about the town.

1

This is the first view of Triabunna -- Spring Bay, boats and odd brown hill (guess what that is).

More, but I'm sure you know that. )
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Bonus post today because I want to get them out of the way to get to the interesting stuff I don't have many pictures so it'll be a quick post.


Quick! )
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The roads through Elephant Pass and St Marys Pass were part of the Tasman Hwy until recently, but they constructed a diversion that runs closer to the coast so you can drive north-south without having to cross either pass.

If you're coming from the Fingal Valley though, you have to cross one of them.


Mother was worried about driving along the Pass, they're narrow, winding and frequented by trucks. We saw three log trucks go by while we were eating lunch at Fingal.

Onwards and upwards )

Going East

Feb. 28th, 2010 06:06 pm
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Not a lot of photos from here, because we just stopped to post something and get a milkshake. So I'll make it quick so we can get onto the interesting stuff.


As I said in earlier posts, settlements were established in the valley in the 1820s and 1830s for mining and farming, but access was unreliable due to flooding and there's not much point mining and farming if you can't get good out (or in). So the government decided to build a pass through the mountains to connect the valley to the coast. In the early 1840s, a probation station was built near here, and another one on the coastal side and, from memory, about 400 men put to work building St Marys Pass. (Now I'll have to explain probation stations, especially as they'll come up again in later posts.)

Not right now though. )
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Heading towards St Marys, but first a detour. We went past the sign to Cornwall.

"Do you want to go up there?"
"You have to ask?"
So she stops the car and turns it around.
"I think there's a cemetery around here, or is it nearer to--" I look about, and then out the front window. "Oh."

We were turning around in the cemetery driveway.

Onwards )
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(Note: the paragraphs that start with bold text are from the town's visitor information panel. I take no responsibility for errors of fact. Errors of spelling or grammar are probably due to my typing though.)


Twenty-seven kilometres from Avoca to Fingal, which isn't really that far but there's not much to look at: paddocks, trees, hills, paddocks, trees, hills and an occasional house.

But it gets more interesting )
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(A note here: most of the highway photos are taken from within the car and, of course, the windows could do with a clean so there are some odd marks on them at times. Just pretend it's fog or rain or ghosts.)

Fingal Valley

So, Fingal Valley. It doesn't look that different to the surrounding areas :) Despite the name, the river that runs through here is the South Esk, which we've seen before at Clarendon, the Cataract Gorge and in flood. Probably most of the river photos I've posted have been the South Esk.

Down the road... )

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