Day 351: Gawler
Week 51 takes us into the final few days of 2019. It’s such a lovely day that we decide to head out to Preston falls just 25km south of Ulverstone. Parking is along the roadway & access is quite easy with a short walk down a well maintained pathway and quite a few steps. There’s also a gridded bridge across the creek. There is no chance of Cinta walking the bridge…Andrew has to carry her across. The lookout sits over the cliff face with views of the waterfall which has a drop of 25m down into a gorge. There wasn’t a lot of water going over the falls so it was a little disappointing.
Our next stop is Turners Beach which is to the east of Ulverstone. It would have to be one of the nicer beaches that we have been to in Tassie. Plenty of sand to walk on and the Port Fenton River flows into Bass Strait from here. We are collecting flat rocks so that I can do some rock painting during the week. There’s a great little providor shop/cafe here called La Mar. It is packed. We pick up some take away coffees and head back down to the picnic area beside the beach.
Wildlife: goats, ducks, cattle, sheep, seagulls.
Day 352: New Year’s Eve
It’s New Year’s Eve and we don’t plan on going anywhere today. We’re doing a bit of cleaning in the van, laying around and I’ll start painting my rocks. We’re having happy hour this afternoon to celebrate the last day of the year. We’re in bed by 10pm.
Day 353: New Year’s Day
Happy New Year! We’re having another lazy day today. I’m doing Mandala on my rocks for the morning while Andrew watches some tele. I’m really happy with the finished product. My sister-in-law has commented on my Facebook post to say that there is ‘hidden rock groups’ on Facebook. Apparently people hide their rocks or place in strategic locations and children find them. You can keep the rock or re-hide it. When you find one you post it to the Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/747886608714776/ . I decided to join the group and we’ll hide the rocks while travelling Tasmania. Hopefully they’ll be found & re hidden or someone will cherish what they find and take home a pet rock. This afternoon we watch the Sydney Music of the Decades concert and fireworks display. It’s a great way to spend New Years Day.
Day 354: Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden
This morning we are heading out to Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden which is not far from Burnie. We visited here on our last trip to Tassie and loved it. The gardens were established in 1981 and are privately owned by the members of a non profit organisation. It is run completely by volunteers and is a credit to the dedication of each and every one of them. Entry is $15 each, however we are given a Seniors discount making it $12 each.
The rhododendrons are not in flower at the moment, however, it is still a beautiful garden to spend a few hours in wandering the paths through all the designated countries and sitting by the lakes watching the platypus playing. If you look closely in the photo below you can just see the platypus in the water. The Japanese garden was one of my favourites and the reflections were spectacular on a cloudy day.
We have a late Devonshire tea in the Tea Rooms and find ourselves being approached by several volunteers who are eager to chat and find out where we are travelling from. One of the cruise ships has been diverted to Burnie due to the fires and all the volunteers are buzzing around in preparation for bus loads of tourists. It’s been a great morning out.
Wildlife: snake, platypus, sheep, cattle.
Day 355 – 357: Devonport & Burnie
This morning we’re heading into Devonport to have our new car tyres fitted. We have a couple of hours to fill in so we head into the mall to do some shopping. On the way home we call into the Berry Patch for a wood fired pizza lunch. It’s extremely busy with families everywhere. We are lucky to get a table! The pizza was pretty good too. A quick stop at the Cherry Farm to see if they are open today and luck is on our side. We pick up half a kilo of the biggest plumpest cherries for $8. The first cherries we have had for the Xmas season. This afternoon we head into Burnie to pick up our new glasses.
Waking up this morning and the smoke haze is thick, we can barely see the sun through the haze. It’s time to do a bit of cleaning in the van and start prepping for being back on the road again. We’ll be leaving our house sit on Monday morning and heading for the east coast. We were planning to spend this afternoon out, however with the smoke haze so thick we decide to stay home for the rest of the day. The news coverage is devestating, our hearts go out to everyone who is suffering and it’s a time when we are proud to be Australians seeing how communities are coming together to support one another and the amazing efforts of our emergency services.
Sunday has rolled around again and more van prepping and cleaning. It’s time to look at the budget and finish off this blog. Tomorrow we are heading for a free camp at Sheffield and then I hope to see the lavendar at Bridestowe Lavendar Farm on the way to the east coast. It’s been great to have a week off from work and to be able to be creative again. We hope you have all had a wonderful start to the New Year and we look forward to sharing many more adventures of our travels over the coming months.
Wildlife: seagulls,cattle, sheep.
Week 51 total expenses: $1494.76 – well over budget due the expense of $905 for 4 new tyres and a wheel balance.
That’s a wrap for Week 51 of the Lap of the Map.
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