2nd March, 2012
soon left Perth and followed the highway towards the south. We wanted
to go to the sea. After passing big industrial facilities we came to
Rockingham. A bit ahead of the town we stopped and enjoyed a walk
along the sea. From there we could see a grain terminal where grain
was pumped into big cargo vessels.
Rockingham we soon went to the tourist information to find out about
accommodation possibilities. We got a list and the information that
it might be a bit difficult as in Western Australia there is a long
weekend due to Labour Day. First we walked to a nearby Motel and
asked, but without success. We called different places, all booked
out. But the first Bed&Breakfast we called had still some free
accommodation. With the certainty of having a bed in Rockingham we
went to the quay of the ferry to Penguin Island. Here we booked a
tour for tomorrow. More I do not want to tell yet.
it was only early afternoon, we walked around Lake Richmond. It look
a bit far, but after 40 minutes we were around. In the lake there
were many pelicans, some were also flying. At the lake there were
also thromolites. They are algae and bacteria which together grow to
kind of rock (living rocks). At one point at the shore there were
many information panels explaining the landscape and its formation.
Also the animals living here were introduced. I realised that the
snakes here can get up to two metres long.
we checked-in to the B&B we saw the same white parrots as
yesterday. I was astonished that they also could raise their head
feathers like cockatoos.
drove to Peron Point to watch the sunset. Unfortunately there were
clouds hiding the sun, so we thought that there is no sunset, but
just before it touched the sea, there was a hole in the clouds and
so we still got to see a nice sunset.
1st March, 2012
was walking for 30 minutes with my big backpack on my back and a
smaller one in my front. The destination was the car hire company
where I had hired a car. The fist thing I did was start up my
navigation system to find a way out of the City. At the time I had no
idea where I should go and so I drove in the direction of Armandale.
Used to the green countryside in Tasmania I saw here only dryness and
red soil. Till I arrived Amandal I found nowhere to stop. My fist
thing in Amandale was shopping and after I drove to the tourist
information. I asked what I could see here and the lady gave me some
information. I droved to Churchman Brook Dam because the lady in the
office had told me it would be nice there. I walked there and ate my
lunch. After that I droved without a destination and at last I drove
back to Armandale. I was walking in the garden and spent some time
reading. I also looked at the ducks in the pond, the ibises and the
white and pink parrots. There were many parrots in the garden and it
was funny to observe them playing together.
5.30 p.m. I started to drive because at 11.00 p.m. Konrad was
arriving here and we were staying close to the airport.
had to get used to early sunsets in the west. In exchange I could
look at the stars.
24th February, 2012
at um 8:30am I entered the time machine which brought me to the year
1830. Tasmania was still called Van Diemen's Land and in Port Arthur
logger camps were build where convicts had to work. Starting 1833
repeat offenders from all Australia were moved here.
1840 more than 2000 convicts, soldiers and civil employees lived in
Port Arthur. After the transport of convicts to Van Diemen's Land
ended in 1853, mainly convicts with psychical or physical illnesses
stayed here. 1877 the camp was closed and many building abolished or
destroyed by bush fires. A few houses got sold and a small town named
Carnarvon developed. The stories told about this place led to the
first tourists coming at around 1920 to see the ruins. Hotels and
shops opened in the area and the place got renamed again to Port
Arthur. End of April 1996 another tragic chapter was added to this
historical place. A spree killer shot 35 people and another 19 got
hurt. Next to the ruin at the place of the massacre there is a water
filled block. I examined the compound in detail and is it was
imposing what all happened here.
the visiting all the buildings I drove towards Remarkable Cave.
According to two maps there should be a gravel road, but it was paved
until the end. What did I learn: do not always believe the map! I
wend down to the caves and could see how a bit of water flushed back
and forth. It was beautiful, even if it just was low tide.
I continued to White Beach. Here I made a long walk along the beach
and enjoyed the turquoise water.
visited the coal mines as I did not yet have enough Tasmanian
history. Here the convicts had to mine coal and also here there were
ruins to visit. On the way to the mines I saw an old friend: a black
and yellow bird. As I later learned this is a cockatoo. Konrad and I
saw already one in the Wilson Promontory National Park.
way led to Taranna. Here is the first animal park in Australia to
give the visitors an understanding of the Tasmanian devil. As I
reached the park the local birds got introduced. Soon the eastern
quolls got fed. Eastern quolls look like cats, but are related to the
Tasmanian devil. It was funny how fast they found their hidden food.
There was still some time until the feeding of the Tasmanian devils
which I was waiting for. The park also has kangaroos and wallabies,
but those I did not visit as I like them more outside in the wild.
The feeding was rough, they get the meat and fought about their food.
That is the reason for their name.
23rd February, 2012
I brought back the key of the caravan, the lady at the reception
apologized for not entering my name to the booking table. Now my trip
continues further southwards. In Richmond I stopped, there are a few
things to see. I visited St. John, the oldest and still used catholic
church in in Australia. Directly below the church is the oldest
bridge in Australia. It was constructed between 1823 and 1825 by
convicts. In Richmond there is also the oldest prison of Australia. I
visited the buildings. In such a cell I would get claustrophobia.
continued after getting food for myself and petrol for the car in
Sorell. At Dunalley I had to stop as the bridge was turned away to
let a ship pass. Then I drove to Tessellated Pavement. Here the sea
salt broke the rock and so created slabs. Further I visited the
natural rock arch Tamar Arch. From here I hiked to Devil Kitchen, a
formation of heavily fragmented rocks. When walking along the road I
met a huge lizard. Back at the parking I drove to Port Arthur and
visited the ruins of the prison. The compound is very big and there
are 30 historical buildings to see. I started with a small boat ride
to the Isle of the Dead. Still on the sea it started to rain and
there was a strong wind. As it was already late afternoon, I decided
to go to the accommodation. The entry is valid for two days and so I
will come back tomorrow. In the evening I observed parrots breaking
nuts. That looks quite funny. A short walk on the beach ended my
programme for today.
22nd February, 2012
I had to go early to the harbour as the boat had to ship a group of
seniors to the island. First we collected the group and then we went
directly to the island, where we day tourists left the boat. I took
my bicycle and started cycling. First along the coast and then a bit
to the interior. The way was a bit hilly and the road not bad.
Sometimes I had to walk if there was much sand on the road and I did
not manage to pass. Often parrots flew out of the trees or somewhere
a wallaby jumped away. Then and when I could take a picture from an
animal, but I took also many pictures from the landscape. I never saw
so many shades of green and blue like here. It was a magnificent to
explore the landscape with two wheels. To get back to Darlington I
used the same way. Cycling a bit, take a picture and walk sometimes
as my knee started to ache.
on the mainland I saw that there is a message in my voicemail. I
learned that it was the camping asking why I did not bring back the
key for the caravan. Back in the reception I explained to the
receptionist that I paid for another night. The lady from yesterday
did not note it! The gentleman believed me and I could sleep once