In the interest of making my life easier, I'm going to do one big blog entry for Tasmania ... it is only a small island after all!
After Monbulk we headed down to Melbourne to board the Spirit of Tasmania ship for a 12 hour cruise across the Bass Strait. We arrived in Devonport and immediately headed to the caravan park to set up for the night.
We then proceeded to Shefield to check out the murals that are scattered around the town.
Our next stop was Cataract Gorge. We took a ride on the chair lift and strolled around the beautiful gardens.
Next stop was Liffey Falls. As there had been very little rain recently, the falls weren't in their full glory but still very pretty.
We took a hike up to the Wineglass Bay lookout. It's a spectacular bit of coast line, unfortunately we didn't walk down to the beach as Fiona was feeling unwell but there was opportunity to explore some other little beaches in the area. The girls and I even went for a swim ... it was ridiculously freezing ... brrrrrrrrrrr!
When we were in Melbourne a few weeks earlier, we chatted to the people we were camped next to as we packed and he mentioned that his Brother-In-Law had a holiday house in Orford that we might be able to stay in for a few days. We called as we approached Orford to see if the offer still stood. To our surprise we were able to stay in a beautiful modern house on a large piece of land overlooking the ocean for 3 nights. It was a real treat and in the end they didn't even want us to pay anything for the privilege. Awesome!
Our next stop was Port Arthur. It's an eerie place because of it's bloody history but it is very beautiful and interesting at the same time.
On the way down the coast we stopped in to look at some of the spectacular coastline including the Tessellated Paving, The Devil's Kitchen, the Tasman Arch and The Blowholes.
Huonville was our next stop, so named after the much prized Huon Pine that grows in these regions. It is a beautiful wood with a rich aroma that is very slow growing so is very expensive. We camped on a working farm where the kids were able to see what it is like to look after animals. The chooks roamed free and were often found roosting under our camper trailer.
We went to the Cadbury factory ... it was terrible and we didn't enjoy it one little bit. The chocolate was disgusting and the hot chocolate was yucky! .... ALL LIES I TELL YOU !!!!
We also visited MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) ... possibly the most bizarre place in Australia !!!
The next stop was Queenstown. We visited Nelson and Russel Falls from here and also went on a train ride through the wilderness area.
Strahan was our next destination. We took a cruise up the Gordon River into the World Heritage listed area which was absolutely stunning.
After leaving Strahan we drove through Zeehan and had a wander through the mining museum and then headed on to Smithton to hang out with Wayne, Holly, Indy, Solly and Bali. The Tuxworths are a fantastic family that we initially met in Perth (Wayne was the youth leader at our church). They let us camp in their back yard and it was a fantastic time of getting to know them better and see the surrounding area (including the calf burning climb up the Stanley Nut!)
Zoe and Pippa also got their ears pierced while we were in Smithton. They had been talking about it for ages so we decided that it was a good a time as any to get it done!
We also visited Dismal Swamp ... which was no where near as bad as it sounds!
It was time to say goodbye to the Tuxies and get back on the Spirit of Tasmania for the trip back to Melbourne. We opted to travel back at night which was good to be able to get some shut-eye.
We are a family who are just seeking to do what God wants us to do. We have heard God speak and we want to be obedient to his voice, and are excited by what He is going to do when we respond!