30th March, 2012
and I had a bad night. One of the ladies in our room snored like a
chainsaw. We slept very bad and after midnight Sandra left the room
armed with the duvet to go to the common room. But there were still
some guest watching TV, so she came back. In the morning we
immediately decided to get another room. First the receptionist told
us they are fully booked, but our insistence to check if there is not
other possibility was successful: there was a free double room. We
immediately booked it as we did not want to spend another night in
breakfast we went to the harbour. We reached it at last minute to get
a place on the ferry. After 30 minutes we reached Rottnest Island.
The island is 4 km wide and 11 km long. Here we chose to take the bus
which drives across the island every hour. After the first tour we
wanted to hike a bit. So we walked along the coast and enjoyed the
rocks, the sand and the green landscape. At 1pm we joined a quokka
tour and could see these cute animals for the first time. Quokkas are
about 20 cm tall and are like kangaroos marsupials. After the tour we
observed these small animals everywhere and until Dominik said that
we have now certainly enough pictures. We continued with the bus and
walked to the light house. To get to the harbour we took the last bus
and had to wait for 2 hours for the last ferry.
in Freo we first went to the hostel and after to the prison. We
joined the night tour and could listen to some scary stories about
this place. Unbelievable that this prison was in operation until 1991
and a few month later the first tourists came to visit it. It is
anxious that only 20 years ago there were nearly unimaginable
29th March, 2012
taking breakfast together we departed for Fremantle. The locals call
Fremantle Freo. The train brought us in 30 minutes to the
destination. We left the luggage in a backpacker which until lately
has been a youth hostel. A short look made me clear that it is not
the cleanest house. But it will be OK for two nights it.
has many old houses from the Victorian time. We walked through the
town without destination and looked around. We went to the old prison
and had a look at the exhibition. We did not want to make a tour
today. In the late afternoon we went along the shore to the harbour.
On the harbour entrance there is a light house on each side. We
observed two tugboats leaving the harbour and Dominik thought that
they would accompany a ship in to the harbour. We continued walking
as this would probably not be that soon. Later we we could see how a
war ship was tugged into the harbour. Freo has a big container
harbour. It got fresher and fresher as the the sun slowly was about to set and we
were glad about long clothes. At the shore promenade we enjoyed fish
and chips and the evening atmosphere.
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.
9th February, 2012
was quite tired when the ship cruise started. From Strahan we went to
the Hells Gates. There is the entry from the sea to Macquarie
Harbour. In that area I could see many light houses. Then the trip
went along fish farms. In the open water the fishes are breed in
cages. Then we went up Gordon River. This is the biggest river in
Tasmania. We passed a very beautiful landscape and could see very old
trees. Our first stop was at Heritage Landing. There was a board walk
of 30 minutes. Interestingly there grow young trees out of fallen old
ones. The trees seam to take as long to decompose as they need to
grow. Our trip continues to Sarah Island. These island was cleared
and a prison constructed on it. The ruins are still there. After 60
minutes the ship went back to Strahan. After a break I made a walk
along the banks of Macquarie Harbour. On the way I saw a sign
pointing to the Hogarth Fall. As it was raining last night the
waterfall was wonderful.