Camping in Huonville is always a pleasure. It is one of, if not the, most beautiful camp sites we have stayed in. That is why we returned after our house sit in Blackmans Bay.
The camp site is bordered by the Mountain River, a tributary of the Huon River. The point where it joins the mightly Huon is a perfect spot for an evening contemplation with a glass of wine.
Huonville is good for so many things. The Mountain River has Platypus which we love to see.
It also has some remarkable night skies, usually. This time there was more cloud that when we were here previously.
DS Cafe in Huonville became our breakfast/lunch spot a few times. It had an eclectic collection of Mona Lisa interpretations.
Well, if you have ever read any of my blogs before you know Willie Smiths Cider House is a favourite venue. We even walked there one day and taxied back. Taxi was $24 for about 8kms and 5 minute drive, we didn’t do that again.
Eventually it was time to duck out of the quacking place called Huonville and quackly drive to Dodges Ferry where we would be for the next 2 weeks or so.
You may remember we own a small plot of land in Dodges Ferry with a beach shack on it. It’s not a big place and as our Brisbane friends Kyl and Dave were meeting us and staying with us for a week we booked an Airbnb in Dodges Ferry.
As I remind readers every blog we are working full time as we travel. As I also mention almost every blog we do try and take an hour out each day to go for a walk. In Dodges Ferry that walk is usually along this beautiful beach. Every day is different, I take my camera on eavery walk and get some unique views each time we go there. Here are a few beach scenes we captured.
One night the weather was so mild and warm we all went for a walk at twilight. I am so glad I brought the camera. The beach was just beautiful.
Kyl and Dave arrived and we took some time at the weekend to show them the local sights. First stop the Dunalley Fish Market for the (not some of the) best fish and chips ever.
Suitably fed and watered we set off for the famous Tessalated Pavement.
This place is also called Pirates Beach. We were here a few weeks ago with Maddy and Steve and Brownlow. This time the place was nearly empty, could be the Coronavirus Chinese travel ban having an affect, or maybe it was just the time of the year. Also the tide was out. Made for a different experience.
Tessellated Pavement, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania
The most well known example of a tessellated pavement is the Tessellated Pavement that is found at Lufra, Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman Peninsula of Tasmania. This tessellated pavement consists of a marine platform on the shore of Pirates Bay, Tasmania. This example consists of two types of formations: a pan formation and a loaf formation.
The pan formation is a series of concave depressions in the rock that typically forms beyond the edge of the seashore. This part of the pavement dries out more at low tide than the portion abutting the seashore, allowing salt crystals to develop further; the surface of the “pans” therefore erodes more quickly than the joints, resulting in increasing concavity.
The loaf formations occur on the parts of the pavement closer to the seashore, which are immersed in water for longer periods of time. These parts of the pavement do not dry out so much, reducing the level of salt crystallisation. Water, carrying abrasive sand, is typically channelled through the joints, causing them to erode faster than the rest of the pavement, leaving loaf-like structures protruding.
It was a pretty good start to Kyl and Dave’s Tessie Trip. The next day we went to Mount Field National Park.
We were lucky weatherwise, on our Mt Field day trip. It was warm and sunny all day. The bright daylight and deep shadows made taking pictures a problem but the scenery was beautiful. We did the 3 falls walk starting a Russell Falls.
Then onto Horseshoe Falls
Last stop Lady Barron Falls
The entire walk was about 2.5 hours and was through some outstanding scenery. The LAnd of The Giants section had some massive trees.
Mt Field has a great camp site at the foot of Russell Falls. Jenni and I have registered this as a place to return to and explore some more.
We’re in Tassie for another 2 weeks or so and Kyl and Dave leave next weekend. We have a few more adventures planned before then (ncluding a trip to MONA) which I’ll make sure I record in our future blogs.
Till next time.