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Tasmania Trek 2012 part 2

14th April   Saturday

We leave Swansea heading for Triabunna. Saw Cressy beach, Spikey beach and Spikey Bridge

When we get to Triabunna,  we head off for a boat trip to Maria Island from 1-4pm very interesting colony was there a long time ago. Wine tasting was ready when we got back to caravan park put on by owner for us

Called the Painted rocks             Maria Island                           Maria Island

15th April    Sunday  

Left Triabunna for Sorrell Markets we had been invited to attend. On the way there is an 1800 year old church in Buckland very beautifully kept and an old cemetery as well.  We caused quite a stir turning up at the markets a lady had organized where we were to park. There was a lot of interest in the tractors and what we were doing.

Quite a few purchases were made by the tractor people as there was all sorts of goodies to be had. Onto Ross, had a look around and into antique shops and lunch. Then headed to Cambridge for the night.

Anglican Church Buckland       Passing a John Deere        Break Me Neck Hill

16th April    Monday

Coach trip to Hobart,  had a great driver he knew his job for sure. We went up Mt. Romney Lookout which was narrow, steep and very windy. On the way up I heard one of our driver’s say, “What a brilliant idea putting a lookout on top of a hill, who would have thought of that?” Very quickly an answer came back, “It wouldn’t have been the council” laughter everywhere. We couldn’t go to Mt Wellington as it was covered in clouds. Lunch at Fish Frenzy on Constitution Dock.

Then a tour of Penitential  Goal Hobart.

Back to Caravan Park where we had a wake for Peter Barr. Peter was a much loved and respected member of the club and will be sadly missed.

Mt Romney Lookout             Fish Frenzy for lunch                Court sitting

17th April  Tuesday

Coach tour to Port Arthur, then boat tour there so much history here. Back on coach 2.30pm and out to Dog Bark Road to see some machinery, drop men off and rest go to Remarkable Cave, lovely spot. Got back to pick up men and they were waiting for us. On the way home saw Devils Kitchen Blowhole and the Tessellated Pave Way, lovely scenery all the way, beautiful colours of autumn.

Port Arthur                     Dog Bark Road                   Apple named Barry

18th April  Wednesday

Coach trip to Hounville, where we saw a boat museum making huon boats. Then onto a sheep cheese factory but there was no sheep being milked but had it all explained to along with cheese tasting. Our coach driver is so knowledgeable about everywhere we go, great info.

Apple Factory                   Houn Boat Factory             Sheep Cheese Factory

19th April Thursday

Left Cambridge after 4 days, having a look at a salmon farm on the way out. Camped at Dunrobin Bridge, what a lovely spot to camp, overlooking  the bridge and water, with the autumn colours on the trees. Probably 100 black swans on the water also.

Another 9g to look at            Driveway of Salmon Farm          Dunrobin Bridge

20th April   Friday

Quite a few tractors had to fuel up at Ouse then over to the Derwent Bridge. Just before Tugbar turned off onto dirt road which ended up at Derwent Bridge. Went passed The Wall, so a few went back to see The Wall, It is an exhibition of hand carved scenes of the history of the area. If you are ever in this area you must stop and have a look, it is one man’s work and will not be finished till 2015. Onto Queenstown, what a narrow road to come down and very, very steep so it was full concentration by the tractor drivers, but we all made it with any mishaps. Underground mining here silver, copper, zinc and gold.

The Wall                                   Coming into Queenstown down that hill

21st April  Saturday

All met down town, after you had a self-guided tour. Neville Thompson drove in making a bad noise, another head gasket gone. So men are all hands on again and in no time we were ready to take off. Local police officer stopped to tell us we had to be in Strahan  before 1pm as the road was going to be closed and we wouldn’t be able to get through after that. The Targa Australia was on in Strahan, we made it in before road was closed. Later in the day went down town in tractors only, to be put on display for the Targa Rally. Quite a lot of interest here for tractors.

Five women decided to go to Button Island to see penquins, leaving around 5pm, was very smooth ride both ways, but as we were between seasons didn’t see to many of them. They are the short tailed shearwaters of ferry penquins. There are 18 species all together.

Head gasket change              On display for Targa             9g guys give a hand

22nd April    Sunday

Boat cruise up the Gordon River, via Hells Gate and Sarah Island ,where people got off  in the rain to have a look at the island. Not a good day as it’s very overcast. Poured down with rain later in the day. Quite a few went to the concert ‘The Ship That Never Was”, very enjoyable.

Gordon River                       Locals with a great catch        Houn Pine Tree

23rd April   Monday

Off to Zeehan to look at the Mining Museum, then onto Corina via the Fatman, a punt. We all had to go over one by one, took a while. So we stayed the night, as next leg is very hilly to Arthur River. Quite cold here.

GPS spot on                         The Fatman entrance                   Rob & Irene

Roger & Elke crossing         Neville & Jenny crossing                  Quite drinks

24th April    Tuesday

All but 3 tractor owners went on a wooden boat cruise up the river and out the heads but was to rough to go out the heads, walked the beach, raining and cold. 3 Tractors owners took off to Arthur River, but we took our time as there was no hurry, so 4 hours later we got to Arthur River. Used intermediate low gear quite a lot. Very hilly, foggy and light mist all the way, would have been lovely scenery but for the light misty rain.  In the second group to take off, one tractor got caught changing gears up a hill and ran back into another but only the roo bar got damaged, thank goodness.

Lindsay River                        The edge of the earth            Arthur River outlet

25th April    Wednesday

Left Arthur River to Marrawah, where we found a good look out there, then onto Smithton to Lex’s place our tour leader. There was a BBQ being prepared for us.  Checked out what Lex had on his property then into the drinks, waiting for the BBQ. What a feast, there was everything to eat and they had even made sweets for us, just beautiful. Thanks Lex and

Scenic veiw                             Meat cooking for BBQ               Another line up

26th April   Thursday

Lex took us on a tour of Smithton and up to the lookout very different to the image in your mind. Then onto Stanley, up to A high point to look at Stanley from a distance. Left Stanley to head for Wynyard, most went for the scenic tour around the cape and lighthouse into Wynyard.

Stanley                                           The Nut                    Heading for Stanley

27th April  Friday

From Wynyard we went out to R & L Walsh”s property for morning tea, who is the Mayor of Wynyard and his wife. Another shed full of machinery for the men but his wife had a collection of tea pots that the women took a look at. There was  another lovely morning tea for us yet again. They also have  chooks which they show and are right into breeding.

Onto Burnie for the Makers Gallery, an arts and crafts place, then onto Penquin for lunch, also around to Rex’s place to see his tractors. Onto Olverstone for the night.  Had a get together in common room and met a couple who have John Deere Tractors so we thought but as it turned out they were replicas, so they explained but we are still going to see them anyway.

R & L Walsh property              His Toy Kingdom                     Some of his toys

Who’s for a pair of shoes            Guess who’s                       Penqiun for lunch

28th April   Saturday

Karinda and Dale met us at the caravan park to lead us to their  farm with Karinda giving us a commentary all the way. Well were  only 2 John Deere’s in the shed, a large on and a small one for small jobs around the house etc. But inside the house from the front door to the back there is John Deere replicas of everything John Deere. To name a few, tractors, clocks, games, mugs, cutlery, wall plagues, petrol bowser, coasters the list goes on and on. We had never see so much of a collection of this type anywhere. Oh forgot, Karinda even had a bedspread which was pink but had green John Deere tractors on it.  Karinda had a bad accident on a quad bike about 5 years ago but has recovered remarkably. Morning tea was put on us, fit for the Queen, we didn’t need to eat much the rest of the day or we shouldn’t have needed anything. They are a very hard working family

Big Thanks to Karinda, Dale, family and friends it was a great morning. What lovely people to meet.

Then we headed to Devonport and Karinda showed us the way giving a running commentary all the way about who owned that farm and what they did on it. This was really super as otherwise it would have been just another farm to us.

Stopped to look at Railway Museum and Karinda departed us there. We went on a train ride then headed off again to Devonport. Now it’s time to get on the ferry again, very windy so will be a bit rough but as most of us have cabins we will sleep as it’s a night trip.

Just some of Karinda & Dales collection

29th April    Sunday

Getting off ferry went well and we all grouped up and headed for Echuca where we had our evening meal together in the local pub as this was when the Trek officially ended.

We raised quite a sum of money for the Children’s Hospital in Tasmania on this Trek, so were quite happy with that.

Tasmania Trek 2012

Tasmania Trek 2012  Day 1   

  7th April  Saturday

So far have travelled through Ambleside, Latrobe, Sheffield, Kimberley, Elizabeth to Red Hills. The Deloraine Apex Club put on a BBQ for us

Leaving c/park 4.30am        Driving on freeway          Waiting to board ferry Boarding ferry                     Axemans Hall of Fame       Parading up the street Narrow one way bridges     Lex’s, our tour leader     Group photo at Red Hill

Day 2  8th April     Sunday

Deloraine, Westbury where we went through Pearns Steamworld , Shaw Tractor Shed , travelled on to Longford.

Pearns Steam World             Shaw’s Tractor Shed            Ford Ferguson V8

Day 3   9th April      Monday

Left vans behind so the boys could have some fun on the back roads with there tractors. We came across a broccoli farm where they will produce 4,000 tonnes at finish of harvest, off approx. 100 hectares. Travel via Cressy to Ross and the Midlands countryside. After leaving Ross we had a BBQ on Boyles farm, near Mt. Joy, we had been invited to there farm

Broccoli Farm                   Jenny Weeks inspecting        Tractors on display

Day 4   10th April         Tuesday

Had a coach tour of Launceston  Cataract Gorge, SwissVillage, Motor Museum and of course ladies do shopping.

Swiss Village         Observatory, City Park

Day 5   11th April     Wednesday

Left Longford heading along West  Tamar Highway to  Becketts Mining and Civil Contractors, huge amount of machinery here. Then just up the road a sawmill in Exeter. Then onto  Beaconsfield Gold and Mining  Heritage Museum. Pulled into Goaty Hill Winery and very warmly welcomed. Onto Pipers River for the night, on another farm.

Jo’s Birthday            Beckett’s, Mining & Civil   Beaconsfield Museum

Day 6    12th April Thursday

This farm is a conglomerate owned by R.C.Rowlands. Saw potatoes being harvested on the farm and they are getting 20-23 ton a hectare. All taken to Olverston where they handle 350,000 ton from Jan to June.   Leave Pipers River for Bridport, morning tea stop Bridport then onto Gladstone for lunch. Travel from Gladstone to Anson’s Bay then onto St Helen’s in caravan park.  But on the way to Gladstone 22ks out had to put a head gasket in Well Bugger Me, the men looked like bees around a honey pot, in no time it was going again. But then Clearveiw had a fuel leak so all hands on deck again, by passed the original tank to spare one. So off we go finally. But Barrie Hall and Helen Taplin  are having a steering problem which they thought they had corrected overnight.

Potato harvesting                ” Well Bugger Me”                      “Clearview”

Day 7     13th April Friday

Leave St Helen’s  heading for the shops and Well Bugger Me has another fuel blockage and two men that had pulled up to have a look told us we had the muffler hanging down must have happened when they did the head gasket. So the guy said drive it out to my unit and he would weld it for us, very nice of them, so off again. But had 2 more fuel blockages but then went for hours without stopping. Called in to Brewery at White Cliffs Estate. Head south to Bicheno for lunch where the guys put a steering box in Barrie Hall and Helen’s tractor in a small park in the main street. Well we must have had the whole population of Bicheno watching them. Collected money in our collection tins as well. Change of plans now heading to Swansea for the night in caravan park.

Changing steering box          Maree reading          Heading for Swansea

Trek 2010 no.2 report continues

Day 12.

We were up and on the road by 8.15am allowing us to again take in a couple of points of interest along the way including Mt William Lambert lookout which provided a wonderfulpanoramic veiw of our whole surroundings. When we reached the junction or the Gunbarrel Highway and David Carnegie Road, we turned left after readind the sign for Mungili Ruins. We thought this sounded an interesting sightseeing opportunity and were also aware that we could then cut across from there to rejoin the Gunbarrel Highway further along the way. We did the 17km’s in to the site where we found that the ruins had been removed but to our surprise there was a sandalwood production operation being run there by a local indigenous community. What an interesting place to visit and learn about from the local folk who were on site. This appeared to be such a positive venture amongst so much negativity often portrayed in the indigenous society. After what we all found to be a very interesting interlude to our morning,  we headed east from Mungili, on what turned out to be a challenging, exciting road back to join up with the Gunbarrel Highway.

The track Conditions turned into exactly what folk like Cedar Armstrong and George Bass (currently taking part in this re-enactment) and many others who were part of the Clubs first trek in 2000 have told stories of many times over. To most of us who were not on that trek the adrenalin really began to flow. Finally the boredom of  long straight gravel roads gave way to true adventure.

Day13-14

These `adventurous’ conditoins took us on thru day13 and day14 when, still on the Gunbarrel Highway, there were more challenges to face. We again took the opportunity to check out some of the water bores along the way as well as markers placed by and dedicated to the the famous surveyor Len Beadell – as we stand beside this sort of monument so very far from anywhere, we can only wonder in awe at the accomplishments of those early pioneers of our amazing outback land.

George carried out a small welding job on the new hydraulic system which has been fitted to his camper before we reached and turned onto the Heather Highway.

The first 30+ks of the Heather Highway (our chosen route down to Warburton) continued in a similarvein to the Challenging conditions on the previos days but once over that, we were on the long straight runs of well maintained, unsealed road once again. It was on that road that `Plains Wander’ (part of the South Australian contingent of the group) had a puncture to one of the large rear tyres, so quickly, repairs were under way on the side of the road and we were back on our way within 1hr 45mins.

Len Beadell Marker              Plains Wanderer

Sept. 1968                                Heather Highway W.A.