CRUISING ALONG THE NORTH WEST COAST
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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SUNDAY MARCH 14 2010
Journey: Boat Harbour Beach to Wynyard
KMS: 12975@ BHB
Weather: 25 degrees at 11.20, sunny and still. Beaut!
Stayed: Beach Retreat Tourist Park $25pn with power.
It was almost midday when we left Boat Harbour because we completed our 6km walk, had a swim in the gorgeous sea, ate and said goodbye to the other campers. Great spot and no charge!!
Wynyard with its population of 4000+ has lovely beaches and the interesting sandstone Fossil Bluff with ancient fossils embedded and scattered around the beach. The nearby Table Cape has the most fertile soil in Tasmania and produces amazing tulips apparently. You can buy the bulbs now but we didn't for obvious reasons.
"Wonders of Wynyard" is the largest collection of vintage Ford vehicles and has one of the oldest Fords in the world. Not on our agenda but there was a lot of interest in the collection when we checked out the visitors centre!
The Beach Retreat was walking distance to town, right on the beach and very well maintained. We had a heap of laundry to do and on this fine day it dried quickly and because we had power we cooked black lentils and made our favourite lentil and beetroot salad to eat with lamb steaks! We devoured the delicious meal to the sound of the sea and felt there was nothing to want for.
So many people in this park were from QLD and mostly in modern, well fitted out caravans; we guessed most of the motor homes would be close to Carrick by now for the CMCA rally, an event held twice a year in different places around Australia; this event had attracted 1000 motor homes. But not for us, although we did drive by (on 17/03) hoping to have a look at all the different vehicles but the volunteers at the gate were adamant that we should part with $10 each to look around at the vans. No way!
We slept with all the doors and windows open to the sound of the softly rolling waves and awoke refreshed to another beautiful day:
MONDAY MARCH 15 2010
Journey: Wynyard, Burnie to Penguin
KMS @ Wynyard: 13004
Weather: 24 degrees at 11am. Warm, still and sunny
Overnight: Penguin CP $20pn
We decided to take the walking track to Fossil Bluff and get a bird's eye view of the place, before we headed off.
The track followed both sides of the Inglis River through some areas of native flora and close to the very green 9 hole golf course where Sheila felt almost inspired to play but eventually did not. The Cape Bridge showed its double in the mirror still river and was a visual mirage of a double bridge!
The hike to the top was strenuous but the views were great! We were well and truly ready for a long hot shower and breakfast when we got back to the van; it had been a while since we had experienced the luxury of an untimed hot shower and it was much appreciated!!
We drove along the coast road to Burnie, long an industrial town and at one stage had the title of the dirtiest town in Australia. Things have changed and although paper making, heavy industry still dominates and you can’t ignore the mountains of wood chips at the port, the re-development of the foreshore with some stunning modern buildings certainly makes the town more attractive than when we visited some years ago.
The new Info. Centre is the hub for "A City of Makers" and “Makers Workshop” where you can buy products from “Creative Paper” which makes paper from “roo-poo”, lavender, gum tree leaves etc and where local artists are based to demonstrate and sell their wares to the public. It was a fabulous place and we really enjoyed the enthusiastic desk staff who were so knowledgeable and friendly. We did a walk around the town, ate beer battered flat head again for lunch and felt this town was really remaking itself.
Further along the coast road we came to Penguin. This town was named for the tiny penguins that come ashore here and the town is literally “penguined”; too much so, we thought to the kitsch level. There are statues of the bird, cafes with penguin names etc. everywhere. We followed up on the free camping in town but it was a bit crowded so we checked into the Penguin Caravan Park at the edge of town on the beach and had a relaxed comfortable night there.