The Western Wilderness

3 03 2013

We’d been putting off this side of Tasmania for some time.  Every time I looked at weather forecasts it was dismally cold and raining.  The road in I knew was quite steep with not many places to pull over and we’d been having overheating problems with the car.

At last we seemed to have overcome our overheating issues and it was time to take the plunge west.  The road to Strahan was an amazing drive and into Queenstown being such a contrast to anything else we had seen in Tasmania.  We were now in mining country.

Camping at Macquarie Heads was fantastic.  The weather was calm and over 30 degrees!  But the best part was meeting another family who are travelling Australia also.  On the way over I was only thinking in the car that I knew that other travelling families existed and I was longing to meet one, thinking I’d have to wait until the mainland to do so.  But not so!  There were so many places we could have camped and almost did – last minute we decided to move closer to the toilets and into this grassy area we went and there was this lovely family who we enjoyed our short stay with and shared camp fire stories into the evening.

Further into the wilderness we went into Corinna.  A lovely historical place that you access via a small punt.  This was our most expensive camp place in Tassie we stayed at – $20 a night plus $2 for a 3 minute shower.  The surrounds were amazing and the river so peaceful.  Unfortunately our first morning Matthew fell over and we ended up having to drive to Burnie (4 hour return trip) to have his front tooth pulled out.  He was so brave and now proudly shows his gap awaiting it to be filled which will be a few years yet.

Venturing further into the Tarkine region was Julius River.  A small place on the river with scenery that could have come straight out of a movie.  We were hoping to see a devil here but were rather happy to find a spotted quoll in the evening outside our tent.  A rather large bonus of this place was pumping the water straight from the river for our showers.  We all enjoyed rather LONG hot showers for the next couple of days.

The west truly is a magical part of Tassie.  You need to enter it well stocked as supplies are limited, but it is worth the effort.  I would have liked to have ventured further into Arthur River but that will have to be another trip.  Disappointed we never saw a tasmanian devil, but this makes us fully realise the devastation the facial cancer has had on their populations.  Really hoping they can find some answers to that problem soon and populations of devils can once again roam Tasmania as they used to.

Our camp at Julius River

Our camp at Julius River

Julius River

Julius River

Julius River - Tarkine River

Julius River – Tarkine Region

Julius River - Tarkine region

Julius River – Tarkine region

Cooking pancakes at Julius River

Cooking pancakes at Julius River

Fun time with friends

Fun time with friends

Whale bones we found at Macquarie Heads

Whale bones we found at Macquarie Heads

Checking out the whale bones

Checking out the whale bones

The punt over to Corinna

The punt over to Corinna

Heading over the Pieman River

Heading over the Pieman River

Our little friends who constantly scavenged around in our kitchen until Stephen squirted him with the hose

Our little friends who constantly scavenged around in our kitchen until Stephen squirted him with the hose

Pieman River at Corinna

Pieman River at Corinna

The little wrens were very friendly at Corinna

The little wrens were very friendly at Corinna

Fun in the water on the hot days

Fun in the water on the hot days

Matt making a whip out of rope he found

Matt making a whip out of rope he found

Macquarie Heads

Macquarie Heads

Road into Queenstown

Road into Queenstown

Sliding down the sand dunes at Macquarie Heads

Sliding down the sand dunes at Macquarie Heads

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