The "nut' at Stanley is Tasmania's version of Uluru. It is a volcanic outcrop. Reminds me a little of Mt Manganui in New Zealand. But the nut is rather larger and it has chairlifts going up and down and a 2 kms walk on the top.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
This photo was taken of us (no, Andrew is not a character from The Name of the Rose) on Sarah Island on the Gordon River. Sarah Island was an island where the worst convicts were kept but it was closed when Port Arthur was opened. We did a cruise on the Gordon River but the weather was rather bad on the day. The wonderful lunch was the only compensation.
But overall, Tassie does not get all that much rain, we gather. Hobart has the second lowest rainfall of all Australian capital cities.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
For many people the Franklin River became in the early 1980s a symbol of the recognition of environmental conservation values. Conservationists campaigned fiercely to save the Franklin River from flooding with the proposed construction of the Gordon below Franklin dam. In 1983 the High Court ruled 4 votes to 3 that the Commonwealth could stop the dam from being built in Tasmania.
The photo above is of one panel.
No photography is allowed in the gallery. Both these photos are from the book The Wall which is for sale for $22. The book contains detailed photos of each panel as well as of his smaller pieces of work referred to as “still lives”.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The penal settlement was established in 1830 and it was here that the repeat offenders from all the Australian colonies were sent. It was a punishment station for serious repeat offenders and the regime was very harsh. It also contained some experimental correctional procedures and the modern asylum was set up at Port Arthur.
This was my first opportunity to enjoy some form of "culture" on this trip. There were a series of short plays presented at various venues at the Port Arthur penal settlement complex. The plays were entertaining and informative and illustrated the harsh life at the penal colony. This play was titled a Boy's Life, the story of a young boy sent out to Point Puer which was the juvenile part of the penal colony.The above photo shows Andrew sitting in a isolated booth in the chapel at Port Arthur. Even in the chapel the prisoners were isolated, note the doors that separate the booths.
Arch dams need much less material to achieve the strength than normal gravity dams. The enormous upstream load is transferred through the curves of the dam and into the rock of the abutments and foundation. Furthermore, the Gordon Dam is an arch dam with a double curve. As well as the obvious side to side curve, the dam is also curved top to bottom – the crest overhangs the base several metres.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
The photo above shows stalactites.
Fantastic formations. It was a great tour.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
At Cloudy Bay you have to drive on the beach to reach the campground.
At the Neck, there is a fairy penguin rookery, where one can see the penguins coming in from the sea after a full day of hunting, as darkness begins, to feed their babies waiting in burrows on the shore. The baby penguins squawk loudly and hungrily as they wait for their parents. Unfortunately this sight is not conducive to photography as it takes place in darkness with torchlight.
The photo above is of The Monument, two stacks of dollarite. The boat sped between the two pillars and it was fun.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
This is the fare offered at a cafe in Hampden Street. I cannot resist taking photos of interesting foods even if I was not able to sample them. These are lamb shanks in pastry with fetta cheese and spinach. Don't they look scrumptious?
We were given to understand that there is a similar Sunday market at Sorrell but as we were booked to do the Cascades Brewery tour we did not have time to go there. The Sorrell Sunday markets are supposed to be very good.
The tour costs $20 per person and we think Cascades makes a very tidy profit from these. There were 16 in our group and they run about 4 tours each day and they seem to be fully subscribed. The tour included a sampling of the Cascades produce, beer as well as cider.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tasmania is full of water, lakes and rivers. It is, as people warned us, quite chilly and it is January.