Aug 24, 2008
Jul 07, 2009
We awoke in Strahan and after breakfast we set off to Queenstown to pick up supplies. Queenstown was like a ghost town - empty streets, no cars. It felt like we were in about 1890, and even had saloons and bars with swinging doors. Everywhere we looked was evidence of mining and the machinery was dotted about everywhere. As we drove out we could see amazing views of the town from the hills. some parts of it have no trees due to mining so it looked like the surface of the moon. We drove Tasmania's windiest road, through hills and across a beautiful lake with blue water as smooth as glass, to the Franklin River. There we went on a walk to see the raging river with its white water and the beautiful surrounding forests with tall trees and little red mushrooms growing everywhere. We drove through more spectacular scenery. seeing nobody, to lake St Clair, where we had lunch. On arrival we saw a very cute wombat munching on the grass. The lake was beautiful. The sky was bright blue and the lake was so flat that the surrounding mountains were reflected in it. The water was crystal clear. There were many black birds with yellow beaks eyeing up our lunch. At the visitor's centre there were some stuffed platypuses and a holographic Tasmanian tiger. We drove through more countryside to Mount field National Park. There we took a lovely walk through the forest, past some trees that were about 80m tall. The forest felt very old, like nobody had touched it for centuries. There were mosses, fallen trees and mushrooms everywhere. We reached Russell Falls, a pretty waterfall with so much spray that my camera fogged up. We saw a wallaby there. We posed for photos by a massive fallen tree that had suck a large circumference that we could stand up in it. There we realised that someone from our group was missing so we had to wait around as it got dark and the wallabies came out to play until he turned up. Then we returned to Hobart.