Varied Weather, Varied Nature, Varied Places, Tasmania

In Tasmania you will probably have varied weather with one day of clouds and rain, but the next day could be filled with perfect sunshine. Here are some photos to show the variety.

First you have the view from Mount Wellington, close to Hobart, on a cloudy, rainy day.

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Below is the view from the uppermost top of Mount Wellington on a cloudy, foggy, rainy day. But the fog is probably there most of the time anyway.

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Here we are up in the mountainous area of Cradle Mountain. Almost like in the northern parts of Sweden, but I never found any cloudberries like you could in Sweden.

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Here I am playing hide and seek when out for the Enchanted Walk – Cradle Mountain National Park. A mossy old lady between mossy old trees.

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We walked there in the evening too. That’s when we saw wombats out on their evening strolls. This is also where the cute and original platypus may live, but we never saw them. Maybe next time. This photo looks like the perfect setting for a saga about trolls.

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In the National Park of Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair, you will find flowering plants of the more alpine kind. Here you have some of them. A Tasmanian Grevillea on the top left, and some kind of Christmas Bells on the low right. Don’t know the exact names and have no idea about the the others yet.

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On cloudy, foggy, rainy days, the roads may look like this. We didn’t mind. It just reminded us what we had “fled from” a long time ago. This photo looks like Sweden in the darker, colder months.

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Here’s something which doesn’t know what it wants. Sunshine? Or clouds and rain?

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Another cloudy, foggy, rainy day, but still interesting and full of adventure.

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Here’s time for lunch on another sunny, wonderful day in the north. Lars setting the table. We had just been to a bakery where they sold a lot of little goodies.

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When it’s half sunny in Tasmania, the colours turn on a magnificent display. In the north, I even found the red dirt, which makes for colourful pictures.

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Wow! The stripes of reddish brown, yellowish green and apple green together with the dark green and the bluish grey sky. Isn’t this slope beautiful and just like something woven? I want to buy it, but can’t afford it.

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When we arrived in Australia 40 years ago, people told us about forests in Tasmania where it’s possible to walk on top of trees. It seemed incredible at the time. Those trees were supposed to be in the windswept south, but these tightly growing ones in the north seemed ideal to take a walk on too. No, we didn’t try.

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Wherever we went, we found birch trees. In every city or town, people have planted them in their gardens, in parks and on street verges. This property had long rows of birch trees on both sides of their driveway.

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More birch trees! As I said, they’re everywhere and remind us a lot about Sweden.

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“Time for another coffee,” said Lars. Had to be the instant kind. No Latte or Cappuccino in the bush. But plenty in the towns and cities. Luckily!

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No more for now. See you later!

Old and New Houses in Tasmania

On this small island state of Australia, you may see many different styles of houses. Some old, some new, some modern and some due – for renovations.

I will start with a barrack in ruins from the days when convicts were allocated to slave away for the elite in their agricultural endeavours. This ruin is located at Cape Grim, close to Stanley in the north. This area seems to have a grim beginning even if it’s far from menacing in today’s world.

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It’s hard to tell the size of the old Convict Barracks, but it doesn’t look very big. However, around 20 people had to make do with living here. I was at this place in spring, late November, and it was cold, windy and rainy like it usually is in the most southern part of Australia. Almost like the weather in Sweden in November, even if November in Sweden may have snow in the later part of the month. So, imagine the poor people living in these conditions.

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Below is the nice place where the rich people lived at the time they had convicts to work on their property. This is not to say that it’s anything wrong with this place today. I would have loved to live in that house now.

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Below is a majestic old building in Hobart, which we had as a view from where we were staying. They built beautiful houses in the past. Probably made to last too.

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The quaint little house below has become a business in Richmond.

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Here are a few older style houses.

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Below is a new house and below that one is an old one.

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Below we have The Cabin in the Woods, luxury accommodation in the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park. A raven like bird – Black Currawong, visited us many times a day and always when we had lunch or dinner on the balcony.

It’s not every day you walk the same path as a wombat, which is also heading the same way. He was down at my feet since they don’t always hurry. The wildlife at Cradle Mountain is spectacular and almost towards the tame kind.

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This is the inside of the cabin/cottage/shack with a spa bath in the middle (behind the big wooden rounded wall). Lots of wood, fireplace, King Size bed, kitchen area and a beautiful bathroom. That’s all you need living life in the wilderness.

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Below is a magnificent modern house close to Hobart. The view from the back looks out over the Derwent River.

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This is the house from the front.

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Below is a cottage for rent located close to Hobart.

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The Town of Murals – Sheffield, in the northwest, close to Devonport where the ferries – Spirit of Tasmania docks. Below is one of the many houses with murals. Use your search engine and look for Sheffield murals, then click on “images” and you can see many. The town must have a massive amount of artists because a massive amount of houses have been fantastically decorated. They’re the real tourist attractions.

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The two houses below look like they’re due for renovation. They are close to the ferry going to Maria Island on the east coast.

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Here’s another beautiful house in Smithon, in the north, up on a steep hill, with a fabulous view. We had accommodation in this private house and it was excellent.

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Below is the view over Duck River – low tide and high tide.

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Last, but not least, this is a house, I would almost be scared to live in – especially in bad weather. The house is on a steep slope looking out over Bass Strait. Only the roof top may be seen. What a view the people must have!

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Here’s a link to a handy map of Tasmania.

 

Tasmanian Rock Art

I’ve always been fascinated by Australian Aboriginal Rock Art. Nothing beats that ancient art formed on cliff walls by the very first Australians. My photos on this post show a different kind of rock art.

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The rock art in my photos is smaller and made by Mother Nature. My rocks, which are not my rocks per se, but belong to Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, are in my opinion like beautiful, artistic maps, especially one which looks like a picture of Africa (as the one above).

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These rocks may be found around the Enchanted Walk, which is a short walk where kids may also admire the landscape and almost interact with the wildlife. If lucky, they may even see a platypus or maybe more than one. We had a few wombats walking close to our feet.

The rocks may apparently support around 30 species of lichen. The lichen, a combination of algae and fungus, always occur together. I think these rocks look like the most expensive art work (like the one above, which also seems a bit like a bloody Christmas ham). Sorry, but I wasn’t swearing. It’s more like it looks stained with blood.

Why is it that I always love to pick up stones? However, these ones I couldn’t pick up. They were too big, apart from that they belong to the national park and people just cannot “borrow” rocks from national parks.

But next time you’re at a beach somewhere, you may see a woman with grey hair looking for pebbles and it could be me. My husband always stresses and wants to pull out his hair, the little he has left, when I want to bring a load of rocks or pebbles home. Especially when we had a caravan and I almost filled every cupboard with stones of some kind.

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Here’s another map of an unknown country or continent. Maybe it’s a bit like Africa too with Madagascar on the wrong side. Or is it South America? It’s hard to imagine that nature is able to show such magnificent pictures on rocks. Or is it more like I’m a whacko? But then again; who doesn’t like rocks? Most women like rocks, at least of the more expensive kind. I like these better though.

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Wow! Another one, which also looks incredibly beautiful. I wish I could have taken them home. But then the plane Hobart to Melbourne and then on to Perth wouldn’t be able to lift.

Last, but not least, here’s a photo of Dove Lake. It’s early morning at the old boat shed.

Cradle Mountain (1,545 m) with Dove Lake, which is 934 m above sea level. Cold and windy, but an amazingly beautiful area of Tasmania’s Wilderness Heritage Area.

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This was a little bit about Tasmania and probably what most people would pass without looking twice. Not my blog post, of course. But are the stones too easy to walk past without looking? Not for me. But what do you think?

The two rocks below are from a different area of Tasmania. They’re not as dramatic as the ones above. Milder and prettier maybe. But still nice enough to include here.

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This is all for now. When I return to Tasmania, I will look for more rocks.