The last of Tassie

We headed out to stay at Lime Bay to visit the Coal Mines, a less visited historical area on the end of the Tasman Peninsula. The ruins could be experienced on a well explained circular walk.

We walked out and peered down the deep ventilation shaft and then enjoyed the lovely setting of Lime Bay camping area.

We had some time to spare as we headed north to catch the boat so decided to go via the east coast. We arrived at Freycinet Peninsula in the afternoon only to find all the campsites full. We pushed on further up the coast to a large and beautiful campsite we had visited previously at Lagoons Beach. The lagoon created a great foreground for sunrise and set.

We had the offer of a night’s accommodation at Ben Lomond so drove there via Mathinna Falls. We had also visited these previously and had the knowledge that it was worth scrambling up a rough track to the next level to see more falls.

We enjoyed our time at Ben Lomond walking to the highest point and another walk that took us through the alpine plants studded with the bright red seed pods of rocket plants. The others were hard at work on a working bee but we still had time to enjoy sunset views from the top of the daunting Jacob’s Ladder.

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Mts Wellington and Field

We spent a day at Mt Wellington taking some of the walks to visit some waterfalls. The first was Secret Falls, hidden in a gully below the track and admired the amazing artistry of the dry stone bridge on the track above Cascade Brewery.Lunch was at the Fern Tree Tavern (very nice) and then we walked to Silver Falls, the Octopus Tree (worth a visit) and Sphinx Rock (big rock but ordinary view).

A visit to the top of the mountain was obligatory and rewards with all encompassing views over Hobart though the wind went straight through us. We met Ray’s brother up there and survived a drama with electronic locks affected by the tower – beware! Ray and I returned on another night to enjoy a mild night with no wind and the lights of Hobart sparkling below.

Mt Field was our next destination and we headed up the mountain to revisit Tarn Shelf. It was my fourth visit and I’ve still only seen it in cloudy weather but it is still beautiful. The cloud lifted a little as we traversed the shelf and then headed down to Twilight Tarn and back to the start. If I hunted hard I could find some fagus leaves starting to turn in preparation for autumn.

We then stayed the night in the excellent campground at the bottom of the mountain and took a walk to visit the waterfalls with Russell being the most famous. Once we left them there were very few people.

A night at Government Huts at the top of the mountain was a treat. The weather didn’t improve but we could take some short walks and then snuggle up by¬† the hot fire with firewood supplied.