Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Day ONe on the Tassie Trail

Boat Harbour Beach

A Rental Property in Stanley

Looking back over Stanley and The Nut

Irish Town Cemetery

Today we have been doing our tourist thing. We left Burnie at about 9.30 and headed west along the Bass Highway following the tourist route. We had a look through Wynyard and just outside the town is a lookout near a lighthouse. The lookout is called Table Cape. The views from here both east and west magnificent. We went in one way and out another and ended back in Wynyard. Nice country anyway.

From Wynyard we headed further west to a small holiday place called Boat Harbour Beach. You have to drive down a narrow winding road to this fantastic beach of white sand. It has even got a Surf Lifesaving Club. The water looked really good as well. We didn't get out of the car to test the water because it was only 8 degrees with a bit of a breeze. We headed back to the Bass Highway and headed for Stanley and The Nut.

Stanley is a very picturesque village. The population according to the tourist blurb we have is 500. It is hard to believe because the number of the houses in the town would be about that many meaning each house would have only one occupant. The majority of the houses in the town which are all very old are for let during the summer. A lot of the B&B's there were closed because the owners were on their winter holidays. Stanley was very sleepy because most of the occupants were on holidays. We had morning tea in Stanley.

After leaving Stanley we went a short way out of town and found a road up to a lookout. The lookout was on top of a hill and there was a raised platform about 4 metres off the ground accessed by stairs. We got some very good photos from here.

We headed further west to Smithton where we hoped to head to the wind farm at Woolnorth. Unfortunately we weren't able to get there because you had to go with an organised tour which cost about $17 each so we gave it a miss. We turned around and headed back towards Wynyard. We had to do this because we were heading for Strahan and the road to Strahan started there.

On our way we found a sign to a town called Irish Town so decided to take a look. It was a very small town but outside the town on the side of a hill was the Irish Town Cemetery. There were a lot of old graves which belonged to a family called O'Halloran. Obviously it was one of the founding Irish families. Very interesting to walk around.

For lunch we went back to Stanley which wasn't too far off the highway where we got some chips and wedges to supplement what we had for our lunch. Amazing value. Got more than we could eat for $7.00. Fed some to the seagulls who were very grateful and let us know.

The road to Strahan was pretty windy. Nice drive though through some heavily wooded country and close to Strahan there was quite a bit of timber harvesting going on. There are some hills around here that are bare of trees although there is quite a lot of smaller trees in the under storey which would hold the ground together hopefully.

We didn't get here until dark so we haven't had much of a look around. We are staying in a nice little cabin on the way into town. Nice and warm. Deb booked it over the phone while travelling. The lady she talked to said she would not be here when we got here so she would leave the key in the door and put the heater on. When we got here it was nice and warm with a nice little note welcoming us here.

All in all a good day and we have seen some nice country and some nice places.


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