FREE CAMPING AT HELLYER GORGE
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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SATURDAY MARCH 6 2010
Journey: Strahan , Zeehan, Rosebery, Tullah, Hellyer Gorge
Mieage at Strahan 12390 kms
Weather: cool wet start, sunny warm later
Saturday morning produced typical Strahan weather- drizzle and grey skies. We trudged off into and past town to get the exercise done and by noon had decided we would move on. We took advantage of the fabulous free untimed hot shower behind the Information Centre and felt like new pins before tucking into brunch.
!60 kms took us through Zeehan, with very interesting architecture but the town was deserted on this public holiday weekend,
luscious Rosebery which has 3.5 metres annual rainfall and was surrounded by imposing mountains and has the Stitt River, Stitt waterfall and Stitt park (we will check with our Kenmore neighbours if they have a connection to this "Stitt"
and finally little Tullah (name means “meeting of 2 rivers”); the lake here surrounded by dark mountains was so beautiful and we spent time just taking in the mood.
We were travelling through forest plantations when we reached Hellyer Gorge and joined others in this small pretty picnic park. We were 2 from NZ, 2 from Germany, 1 from New Caledonia, 2 Asians, 1 mystery man and the rest Aussies. We were in tents, campervans, large motor homes and caravans and we filled most of the space and we exchanged travel stories on this nice evening.
We took a rainforest walk to the Hellyer River before dinner which we enjoyed at the picnic table in the forest. Strangely there were few birds and no wild life around, perhaps because the surrounding forest belongs to Forestry Tasmania. We have noticed that in forestry areas there is no road kill and that suggests that there is no wild life; poisons and chemicals killing the creatures!!!???
We did see a gorgeous red robin and Kath remembered her dad singing “When the red, red robin comes bob, bob, bobbing along, sweet song; wake up you sleepy head, come on get out of bed ………..the day is merry and bright….???”
It was a cool still night, later disturbed by a noisy, intrusive car of people who shone their lights on us, revved their engine, peeed , turned up the radio and sped off doing skids and yelling ”Welcome to Tassie!” they were not heard of again and we all went back to sleep.