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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Tahune Airwalk

The Airwalk and Swinging Bridges were amazing. The day we went was Ellie’s birthday and she pronounced it 'my best birthday in my entire life' (she is now 6). The swinging bridge was her favourite, but she also braved the cantilever by herself a second time for Uncle Dazza and Pa to take photos.

Mt Wellington

We gave Anita & Paul a taste of bushwalking in Tassie by doing the Organ Pipe walk on Mt Wellington. Mum & Dad had taken the kids for the day, but we both happened to be at the top of the mountain at the same time!

Port Arthur

We collected some mussels and oysters off the rocks at Bruny Island the day we left, and they proved to be a big hit with everyone after a hard day of sightseeing on the Tasman Peninsula the following day.

We did the historic site in our wet weather gear. Nathan’s favourite thing was the leg irons, and Ellie liked the flowers and the two-headed stuffed Tassie Devil at the gift shop (she thought we were

at a zoo!).

Bruny Island

We had enough fine weather for a couple of walks on Bruny Island, and enjoyed the coastal walks and variety of wildlife and wildflowers. Here are some highlights…

Monday, December 8, 2008

Catching Up

Since our walk up to Hartz Peak we’ve had more rain and cloud and wind… funny how one beautiful day every couple of weeks seems normal now. Mum & Dad met us at Mt Field last Monday and we’ve enjoyed seeing them. We went for a drive up to Lake Dobson (in the Mt Field NP) one afternoon and by the time we got to the top it was snowing! We went for a walk around the Lake and it was very pretty. The boys hadn’t brought their cameras (because it was wet), but when we got back to the car the rain/snow had stopped so decided to go back and take photos. While they were gone there was another blustery snow storm.

A few days after that we drove out to Lake Pedder and the Gordon Dam. It was overcast for most of the day, but there was a sunny spot in the middle of the day that the photographers made the most of.

We’re at Bruny Island at now, but no walks or photos yet. Dazz, Mum & Dad have gone out on the boat tour today, but I’ve had too many bad, sea-sick boat experiences to even want to go. Hopefully they bring back some good photos.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Hartz Peak

After two weeks in the Huon Valley we finally had a clear, sunny day on Wednesday for our planned walk to Hartz Peak… and what a beauty it was! National Parks have done a lot of track work, and the kilometres of boardwalks made this one of the ‘easiest’ walks we’ve done, even though there was 400m of vertical ascent. We had stunning views in all directions - out to the Southwest National Park, along the south coast, Bruny Island, the Tasman Peninsula in the distance, the Huon Valley and Mt Wellington. It was definitely worth waiting for the perfect day.