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Cruising on Diomedea
Diomedea is a Van de Stadt Tasman 48. The name is the species name of the Wandering Albatross of the Southern Ocean.
Headin' for the West Coast
David and Andrea
January28,2016, Corinna, Tasmania

We took advantage of a long weekend to escape the dense bushfire smoke of the north coast. We drove through the Tarkine wilderness to Corinna on the remote Pieman river. This flows out into the Southern Ocean about 1/3 of the way up the west coast from Macquarie Harbour. There is a historic village from the logging and mining days, now converted to excellent accomodation. We stayed 3 nights and had meals at the restaurant on 2. A river cruise on the Arcadia was enjoyed. We did quite a few walks in the region and also a thrutch up Mt Zeehan.

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Where there is smoke ......
David and Andrea
January21,2016, Launceston, Tasmania

Terrible fires raging to our west resulting in thick smoke collecting in the Tamar valley. This is the view from our balcony. Normally we have an excellent view down the river for 10km. Now less than 500 metres due to bushfire smoke. It has been like this for days. Everything smells of smoke.

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Maria Island and Surrounds
David and Andrea
January18,2016, Maria island

Excellent climb from sea level to 630m "Bishop and Clark" peak on the island, after examining the Fossil cliffs. There are many thousands of shell and sea fan fossils, dating back to 300 million years BN (before now). Incredible. Convict heritage also present from 19th century. Some buildings fully restored and used for modern accomodation. Really nice.
We also climbed the Three Thumbs range just south of Orford and did some coastal walks at Swansea. Had two nights at the very nice Brockley Estate heritage farm stay 10km west of Orford. The lady of the house is from the Canary islands and brings outstanding Spanish cuisine to the table. Yum.
Pix in the Tasmania folder, photo gallery.

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Low Head LIght
David and Andrea
December30,2015, Low Head, Tamar River, Tasmania

The Tamar river was first explored in 1798 by Bass and Flinders. The first settlement was in 1804 under Gov. Paterson and the pilot station for the river became operational the same year. It is still operational today. The light was the third one build in Australia (after Macquarie light, South head Sydney and Iron Pot, Derwent River, Hobart) and was lit in 1833. However, there is no device known to mankind that can overcome all human errors. And so it has come to pass that despite the lighthouse, modern charts, electronic aids to navigation, elegant communications etc, the last shipwreck on the treacherous Hebe reef near the lighthouse was in 1995, resulting in the worst recorded Australian maritime oil spill (MV Iron Baron).

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Hello from the top of Mt Amos
December28,2015


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A Glass of Wine
David and Andrea
December28,2015, Tasmania

Well, you know .... Freycinet of course.

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