The Far South

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Drove through the towns of Gordon, Cygnet, Huonville, Franklin and Geeveston on our way to the Tahune Forest Reserve and the Tahune Airwalk.  We walked above and among the giant trees where the Huon River meets the Picton River.  The rivers were running fast due to all of the rain that has dropped in the last 48 hours.  The Airwalk was a fun way to experience the forest and learn a little bit about the trees being farmed.  Of course stopped to see the “largest” tree in Australia.  While in the area we dashed up to Hartz National Park and visited falls.  Found a nice self contained studio at Driftwood Cottages in Dover for the night.

Tahune Airwalk cantilever over the Huon River.
One of the Swing bridges. This one over the Huon River.
Claimed to be the biggest tree in Australia.
Caroline enjoying the view of the Hartz National Park.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Absolutely wonderful day in the deep south of Tasmania.  We drove south to Cockle Creek which is the furthermost point in Tasmania accessible by car.  And then we hiked another 2 hours to gain views of South East Cape which is the furthermost point of mainland Tasmania.  When we signed into the walkers register, the previous entry was for 5 days earlier.  So it seem not many people make it down this far in winter.  The rental car we had did a fine job fording water and even a little off road wheeling.

Although it typically rains 212 days a year in this area, we had good fortune and completed the walk without getting soaked.  We finished the walk at 3pm and stomped on the accelerator and made it back to Hobart, a little after dark.

The End of the Road, indeed.
Whale Sculpture at the end of Tasmania.
South East Cape in the background behind Caroline.
Stephen looking South trying to see Antarctica!