A beautiful breakfast sets up the day.
Then it was onto Queenstown, a mining town with a great railway trip.
The Westcoast Wilderness Railway is a steam train journey from Strahan to Queenstown. We couldn’t book this time. There’s always another trip!
We stopped in Queenstown and went up the lookout. It was a very steep climb up. When we started it was fine and sunny.
We reached the top. The view of the railway was wonderful.
By the time we walked down it was cold and hailing lightly!
Back in the car we headed up and around the corners and wound our way towards The Wall.
Can you believe it. Snow!
If you are in this area of Tasmania you mustn’t miss this place. It would be easy to miss as it’s not widely advertised. But it’s so wonderful.
The Wall. Located in Derwent Bridge, the Wall is a work , started in 2005 by sculptor Greg Duncan. Originally from the Dandenong area of Victoria he came to live in this wilderness area. He has created a masterpiece of sculpture which he continues to work on today. Don’t miss it.
It is 3 metres high and 100 metres long and is sculpted entirely of Huon Pine. It tells of the history of this region of Tasmania. From the beginning when the indigenous population lived in the area, to the pioneers who began harvesting timber from the ancient forests. Following the pioneering era, there are images of the pastoralists, miners and hydro-electric scheme workers, shown along with the many animals found in the area and the horses who worked alongside pioneers.
After being blown away by the Wall we drove down past the hydroelectricity stations, through this fields of Bushy Park past the Oast Houses for drying the hops.
Onto New Norfolk. This town on the Derwent River is the third oldest town in Tasmania. established around 1870’s
It has some fine old buildings and it’s Willow Court antique market is the largest in the whole of Tasmania. Houses in the series of disused building it has as many things outside it’s buildings as inside.
There are beautiful gardens and quite a few antique shops.
Back to Sandy Bay and a great night with a group of Ginetta & Stephens friends. Perfect end to our road trip round Tasmania.
Tomorrow Steve & I will head to Bruny giving the Rochesters a day at home.