Saturday 7th April, 2012
we went to shop food, then we drove along the sea. The road had
several lookouts. At some place we could go down to the beach. As the
sun was shining, the sea shimmered turquoise. We stopped at following
places: Blue Haven, Salmon Beach, Twilight Beach (was elected in 2006
to the most beautiful beach of Australia) and Picnic Beach.
Everywhere we observed beautiful rocks and beaches. Then we left the
sea and went to Pink Lake. The lake was not as pink as I had
imagined, but the opposite shore got nicely mirrored. On the shore a
sign explained that the lake may get pink due to algaes. A bit
outside of Esperance we stopped to see some tractors and other
farming machinery. Then our drive northwards lead along the railway
tracks. On the way we saw a grain filling station. We drove along
grainfields where seeders were operating. There were also a few
Billabongs (water holes) and salt lakes at the side of the road.
Kalgoorlie was our destination and we reached it a bit after 4:30pm.
The first camping was already booked out. The kind lady explained
that all the other camping sites are also booked out. We tried
nonetheless and were lucky: the next had a free place. We were glad
that we did not have to drive 50 km back to try there. As we had some
remaining time we drove to a lookout where you could look down to the
biggest gold mine of the region. The opencast mine is huge and the
machines used cost a few millions. No wonder gold is so expensive.
Then we went to the Mount Charlotte lookout to look from above over
the region. You can see a few mines and the town.
24th February, 2012
at um 8:30am I entered the time machine which brought me to the year
1830. Tasmania was still called Van Diemen's Land and in Port Arthur
logger camps were build where convicts had to work. Starting 1833
repeat offenders from all Australia were moved here.
1840 more than 2000 convicts, soldiers and civil employees lived in
Port Arthur. After the transport of convicts to Van Diemen's Land
ended in 1853, mainly convicts with psychical or physical illnesses
stayed here. 1877 the camp was closed and many building abolished or
destroyed by bush fires. A few houses got sold and a small town named
Carnarvon developed. The stories told about this place led to the
first tourists coming at around 1920 to see the ruins. Hotels and
shops opened in the area and the place got renamed again to Port
Arthur. End of April 1996 another tragic chapter was added to this
historical place. A spree killer shot 35 people and another 19 got
hurt. Next to the ruin at the place of the massacre there is a water
filled block. I examined the compound in detail and is it was
imposing what all happened here.
the visiting all the buildings I drove towards Remarkable Cave.
According to two maps there should be a gravel road, but it was paved
until the end. What did I learn: do not always believe the map! I
wend down to the caves and could see how a bit of water flushed back
and forth. It was beautiful, even if it just was low tide.
I continued to White Beach. Here I made a long walk along the beach
and enjoyed the turquoise water.
visited the coal mines as I did not yet have enough Tasmanian
history. Here the convicts had to mine coal and also here there were
ruins to visit. On the way to the mines I saw an old friend: a black
and yellow bird. As I later learned this is a cockatoo. Konrad and I
saw already one in the Wilson Promontory National Park.
way led to Taranna. Here is the first animal park in Australia to
give the visitors an understanding of the Tasmanian devil. As I
reached the park the local birds got introduced. Soon the eastern
quolls got fed. Eastern quolls look like cats, but are related to the
Tasmanian devil. It was funny how fast they found their hidden food.
There was still some time until the feeding of the Tasmanian devils
which I was waiting for. The park also has kangaroos and wallabies,
but those I did not visit as I like them more outside in the wild.
The feeding was rough, they get the meat and fought about their food.
That is the reason for their name.
15th February, 2012
first stop came very soon. I was a few minutes too early at Tamar
Island. A footbridge is leading to the island from which I could
observe sea birds. After a few meters it rustled in the reed and
something with a tail disappeared below the footbridge. I stopped,
looked around and saw two examples of the smallest wallaby species in
Tasmania. I was surprised to meet wallabies here as I was expecting
for birds and snakes. I went on and saw different birds, which all
fled after they heard me. It was a nice walk, but the sun was already
burning at 9 o'clock. I went further to the Swiss Village
Grindelwald. Yes, that is correct, the village is really called
Grindelwald (to the non-Swiss: this is a tourist village in the Swiss
Alps). It was founded by a Dutch which was taken with Grindelwald. He
constructed here houses in Swiss style and now they are mostly used
as tourist accommodations.
next destination is Beauty Point. Here is a platypus and echinda
house. I wanted to visit it as I never saw a platypus live. The guide
explained a lot over the platypuses and I could watch a few of them.
Then the guide changed to the echindas and told us about this
animals. There were tree small ones which did not fear humans so I
could sit to them. As the tour was over, I went to the nearby sea
horse house. Also here I learned a lot about this animals from a
guided tour. It was interesting to watch how this small “horses”
there was also a gold mine in the proximity which I visited. There is
an exhibition about the old mine and its miners. They also showed how
2006 the miners were locked in and how they were rescued.
the Batman Bridge I drove to the other side of Tamar River to Low
Head to visit the light house. Along vines, apple and apricot trees
the voyage continued without interruption to Bridport. This village
is at the sea and I enjoy the beach with a long walk.