Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Two More From Tasmania

We're still in Tasmania (we'll be heading home Sunday night).

I haven't been able to post because I haven't had an internet connection until tonight. Most of the time we haven't had mobile phone (cell phone) coverage . Tonight I am using my mobile as a modem. Hence a quick post with only a few photos because my mobile plan charges by the megabyte for useage.

We have been zig-zagging across the state from the North Coast (Launceston and the Tamar Valley) to the East Coast (St Helen's and the Bay of Fires).
Then to the Central Highlands.
Finally all the way down South to Hobart this evening.

By Aussie standards the state is small, only about four or five hours drive from one end to the other and the population is tiny only five hundred thousand people or so.

This means much of the countryside is unspoiled and quiet. Even in peak tourist season (it's summer down here) the roads are quiet and the beaches almost empty. As an aside I suspect part of the reason the beaches are quiet is the temperature, we've been having glorious sunny weather, but only temperatures of 20C (68F)which most Aussies think is far too cold for swimming.

Tassie is increadibly beautiful and I have been running my camera hot. I literaly filled all of my memory cards yesterday and had to stop shooting.

Here are just a couple:
First: Rocks at the Bay of Fires.The colours there have to be seen to be believed, the piccie doesn't do justice. Crystal clear water, white sands, and boulders streaked with orange.

The second photo is from from Cradle Mountain National Park in the Central Highlands.It shows Cradle Mountain looking across Dove Lake. The mountain and the lake were both carved by glaciers in the last Ice Age.
The building is an old boat house that was built in the 1940s.


Mari said...

I'm coming to Austrailia in February! Tasmania is on the list to visit (New Zealand, the reef, outback and more)... I will need a vacation from this vacation. whew!

Enjoy your time away, love the photos.

Old Kitty said...

Tasmania looks ever so beautiful!! These pics are stunning!!! Beach, rocks, mountains - what's not to like?!?! And most of all the name Bay of Fires!! Wow.

Take care

Marguerite said...

Fabulous photos! Just gorgeous scenery and it sounds like you're having a great time! Enjoy! Cheers and a Happy New Year!

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