Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tasmanian Holiday 2008

We recently had a week long holiday in Tasmania. Here's what we did and what we saw. Make sure you click on the photo links - there are almost 200 photos. I've created a map you can view here.

Our journey started with an overnight ferry ride from Port Melbourne to Devonport. I was surprised and impressed with how much the ferry was buffeted by the waves. It was quite a rocky ride once we left the Port Phillip heads, and we had some trouble sleeping.

In Devonport we had no time to waste, having to rush to Corinna to catch a cruise along the Pieman River.

Corinna

Corinna was an old mining town, but is now a wilderness village on the edge of the Tarkine Rainforest. It is somewhat remote, being almost an hours drive to neighboring towns.

Pieman River Cruise - all photos

We managed to make our river cruise - after some upsets along the way, and thanks to the cruise operators waiting for us.

The cruise takes place on the Arcadia II - built of Huon pine in 1939.


View from the Arcadia II as we cruise down the Pieman river from Corinna

The cruise takes you to the rugged beach on the west coast of Tasmania. It is a very scenic trip viewing the rainforest bordering the Pieman river.

This photo is a sea eagle we saw on the way back.

A sea eagle watches as we cruise the Pieman river back to Corinna