Poatina

14 01 2013

For the last week we’ve been staying in a friends gumpy (cottage) in Poatina at the foot hills of the central highlands and great lakes.  It’s a quiet community and has been perfect for us at the time of the horrific Tasmanian fires.  With the heatwave, winds and extreme fire danger it was such a blessing to be in this place rather than down the south of Tasmania or in the wilderness areas which were our alternative choices.

Being 45 minutes out of Launceston was also perfect when Daniel got one abscessed tooth plus another very painful one.  The dental clinic saw him straight away, extracted one tooth, patched the other and made another appointment to finish the job.  Therefore our stay here has been extended.

What do you do with extra time here?  Pick berries (plus eat all you can while you’re at it at the owners encouragement), visit Lake St Clair (seeing many an echidna and lake along the way), go for a night drive into Liffey Falls (on the look out for a tassie devil to no avail) and try a spot of fishing in the river at Cressy (you’ll have to await to hear the outcome of that one as that’s this afternoons activity).

The drives in this area are beautiful rural farming properties or up through the bushland and lakes of the mountains.  We were forewarned of believing the corner speed limit signs in Tassie as they are generally true to the conditions but look out for the “wide load” vehicles – farm machinery is often on the road and when you see a huge silo coming your way – off the road you must be!

I’m eager to get back into our camper trailer.  I have to say, living back in a house, with power, TV etc is very convenient, but we’ve done less reading, less writing in journals, less sitting around chatting, less card games.  I’m looking forward to cooking outside, eating  outside and having my bed back.  BUT I will miss the washing machine, shower (with awesome pressure) and toilet all at my convenience.  Oh well, as we’ve been discussing lately travel is about compromise.  You have to make compromises to have the other.  It boils down to working out what’s important to you.

A HUGE thank you to Belinda and Steve Wade for the use of your most gorgeous gumpy, it is extremely comfortable and I’d highly recommend the place (they rent it out so message me for details).  The timing was perfect and we feel very blessed and grateful.

Possum scrambled around our deck most evenings

Possum scrambled around our deck most evenings

Noticed this little potaroo out our back window.  We also saw deer walk past our front door!

Noticed this little potaroo out our back window. We also saw deer walk past our front door!

The Gumpy

The Gumpy

The farm land around Poatina

The farm land around Poatina

Farmland

Farmland near Poatina

Dan & Matt patting an echidna trying to bury itself away from us

Dan & Matt patting an echidna trying to bury itself away from us

Echidna crossing the road as we entered Lake St Clair

Echidna crossing the road as we entered Lake St Clair

Bush walking in Lake St Clair National Park

Bush walking in Lake St Clair National Park

Suspension bridge over the Franklin River

Suspension bridge over the Franklin River

Central Highlands

Central Highlands

Great Lake

Great Lake

Picking strawberries

Picking strawberries

The "Big Tree" at Liffey Falls

The “Big Tree” at Liffey Falls

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