Well it has been quite a while since we have updated our blog. Partly due to lack of Internet and doing a couple of months work – well not sure if we can call it work as we met some lovely people and stayed in one of the most stunning areas of WA.
So continuing on with our Tassie travels. After our stay at Sunset Beach we headed over to explore the towns and sights either side of the Huon River. Our first stop over was at Gordon Recreation Reserve which looked across to Bruny Island. From here we were able to check out Grand Vewe Sheep Cheesery at Birch’s Bay which was quite a hardship tasting cheese, having a coffee made on sheep’s milk, lunch and a pat of the sheep. Then onto Gardners Bay, Eggs & Bacon Bay, Verona Sands and back to Gordon. So much realestate with waterfront views. It would be very tempting to buy somewhere on Tassie.
From Gordon we moved around to Geeveston and caught up with friends – Shirley & Don who we had met in our travels on the mainland the year before and fellow Qlder friends, Rod & Toni. We checked out The Wooden Boat Centre at Franklin and enjoyed a day drive down through Dover, Southport and onto Cockle Creek to check out the campsites for our next trip to Tassie:)
We finished our stay in Tassie at the Blue Wren Tea Gardens which is a few ks west of Ulverstone. We watched over the campground while the owners Vicki & Trevor were having a well earned holiday overseas and their house sitters needed to return to Melbourne a few days before they were due back. Apart from watching over the campground, we also enjoyed the fresh eggs collected each day and fed the cats. What a beautiful campground, right across the road from the beach & penguins. Not that I got to see any penguins😔 but Sammy came across one amongst the bushes and it soon told Sammy where to go in no uncertain terms. But I just loved sitting in the afternoons, watching the ocean – heaven. A great spot to spend either your first or last few days on Tassie. A short trip from here to the Spirit of Tasmania at Devonport. It also gave us the opportunity to check out Mount Dial Nature Recreation Area taking in the Ferndene State Reserve, a short distance from Penguin.
Sadly, we arrived in Melbourne the morning of the 30 March and was booked into Five Ways CP I actually had a pretty good crossing at long last – drugs are good. Dometic had arranged for us to have our hot water system and heater to be checked later that day. A couple of days later we hit the road out of Melbourne with a new hot water system and minor adjustments to the heater.
Our next stop was Smythesdale Public Gardens, Sth west of Ballarat. A great camp spot with facilites for a donation. Quite a large area, but of course the next morning a couple of Motorhomers with large buses and trailers decided to park right next to us, right outside our door😡 Of course I very nicely informed them that that was ok to park right on top of us considering the size of the campground and of course not to move as we would move to an entirely different campground.
We ended up at Hynes Camping Reserve on the western side of the Grampians. What a great little spot for $15 per night on power. It sits on the edge of Rocklands Reservoir which hasn’t seen water for a very long time. They have what looks like a fairly new boat ramp which isn’t anywhere near what little water is still there. Even though it was Easter, it was a big enough area to not feel crowded unlike Halls Gap where they were camped on top of each other. We amused ourselves by doing the Pinnacles 5.5k circuit. “A more challenging walk departs from the aptly named Wonderland carpark and ascends via the impressive Grand Canyon. It does not resemble the American canyon of the same name but is equally impressive with its unique Australian rock formations, albeit on a smaller scale! The walk continues through the Silent Street before rising up to The Pinnacle.” At least half was downhill, but the uphill was quite a workout especially for the one with buggered knees😉 A couple of days later we did the walk to MacKenzie Falls and part of the falls river walk. Very enjoyable even in the rain.
Our next stop was Horsham Showgrounds, then onto Bolto Reserve at Mannum and arriving at Chris & Val’s at Springton on 9 April as I was booked to fly to Brisbane from Adelaide the afternoon of the 10th for a specialist appointment on 13th April. It was good to catch up and spend my birthday with our daughter – very special. I also enjoyed catching up with some family and friends. Meanwhile Chris & Val were keeping Glen occupied with some geocaching, food tasting, etc. I arrived back in Adelaide on the 15th and we moved on from Chris and Val’s on the 18th to start our house sit situated halfway between Lobelthal and Gumeracha until 6th May. The owners of the house, Peter & Rosie were flying overseas to attend their daughters wedding. The house sit included looking after their short haired German Pointer, Tildy. Tildy and Sammy had a ball and helped to keep us fit with a few ks of walks each day. Their house was approx 163 years old. Some of the doorways were quite low and Glen had to duck to walk through. On Anzac Day we attended the morning service at Gumeracha. The number of people who attended was mind blowing for such a small community.