Hobart to the Tasmanian West Coast

Giant sand dunes, heritage buildings, old trees, long running theatre and more heading from Hobart through the Tasmanian Central Plateau to the small West Coast seaside town of Strahan, first day and half of a six day trip around the island.

Slightly odd thing to note but Tasmania was much more like Australia than I was expecting. I’d heard it was a lot like New Zealand (and it was in places) but the dry landscape and endless gum trees felt pretty Australian to me.dsc02315 dsc02318

Brighton was clearly home to a Helena, a metal kangaroo postie, and some interesting street art.dsc02319-brighton dsc02322 dsc02325

Bothwell was full of heritage buildings (one of my favourite things about rural Australia), a couple of decent churches, the Australasian Golf Museum (Bothwell has the oldest golf course in the Southern Hemisphere), and a rather worrying sign in the graveyard.dsc02362 dsc02358 dsc02357 dsc02353 dsc02352 dsc02344 dsc02373dsc02381 dsc02338 dsc02342

There was a fair amount left of Steppes homestead plus some unusual sculptures close by.dsc02400 dsc02396 dsc02384

Miena on the Great Lake is where keen fisherman have their shack (Australian holiday home).dsc02407-miena

Home for the night was the rather flash Thousand Lakes Lodge next to the half full Lake Augusta. Went for a very dull 10km run along flat roads taking in the atmosphere of the Highlands, and scaring a couple of wombats who quickly escaped into the bush before I could take a photo.dsc02412-thousand-lakes-lodge dsc02424 dsc02432

Lake Sinclair is the finishing point for probably Australia’s most famous walk, the six day Overland Track. The short walk out to Watersmeet was pretty underwhelming but good to stretch the legs.dsc02463 dsc02468

Donaghys lookout in Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park was more worthwhile, bit more of a hill and some views.dsc02476 dsc02479 dsc02482

Queenstown is quite different to it’s better known New Zealand namesake. It is very much a mining town, with the scars still visible on the landscape. You wouldn’t move here for the good weather. It is one of the wettest places in Tasmania, and only has a month’s worth of clear skies each year. Good spot for lunch though, some nice heritage buildings and the recently reopened West Coast Wilderness Railway which runs 34km out to Strahan.dsc02500 dsc02507 dsc02519 dsc02523 dsc02526 dsc02557 dsc02528 dsc02532 dsc02536 dsc02547 dsc02539

Strahan is famous for Huon pine, a lovely smelling but very slow growing timber, plus it had a ridiculously wide boat (not famous).dsc02562 dsc02563 dsc02582

Hogarth Falls in the People’s Park was a fairly average waterfall.dsc02668

Ocean’s Beach was pleasant but not somewhere to spend long unless you’re a kite surfer or are otherwise particularly keen on strong winds.dsc02676

Nearby though was a somewhat unexpected sight, Henty Dunes, huge sand dunes about an hour and a half walk inland, that were slowly enveloping the forest. Great fun to run down, hard work to walk back up!dsc02602 dsc02614 dsc02619 dsc02621 dsc02625 dsc02631

Returning to Strahan was a final treat, seeing the longest continuously run play in Australia. The Ship That Never Was has been performed in Hobart and now Strahan for 23 years and running. Packed audience and fun for the entire family.dsc02656-the-ship-that-never-was dsc02660 dsc02661

Author: jontycrane

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