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WEEK 12- Triabunna to Maria Island and back to Launceston

Maria Island and a Tassie Christmas in Launceston

We arrived in Triabunna for a two night stay in a caravan park. We had booked a tour of Maria Island which is accessible by passenger ferry.
Triabunna from Freestone Point Road

Triabunna from Freestone Point Road

Maria Island is a mountainous island off the east coast of Tasmania. The entire island is a national park. Maria Island The island is about 20 km in length from north to south and, at its widest, is about 13 km west to east. The island was named in 1642 by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman after Maria van Diemen, wife of Anthony van Diemen, the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies in Batavia.

We took the ferry and tour of the island. Our ferry dropped off other passengers at Darlington, the settlement on the island, and then took us around the northern and eastern shores of Maria Island to see the Fossil Cliffs and then on to Riedele Bay to drop anchor for lunch on board our boat.
East Coast Ferry with 3 x 300HP Suzuki outboards

East Coast Ferry with 3 x 300HP Suzuki outboards


Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island

Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island


Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island

Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island


Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island

Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island


Granite cliff near Mistaken Cape

Granite cliff near Mistaken Cape

We stopped to have a close look at some sea caves along the eastern shore.
Inside sea cave in Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island

Inside sea cave in Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island


Ign‌eous rock in Sea caves in Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island

Ign‌eous rock in Sea caves in Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island


Inside sea cave in Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island

Inside sea cave in Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island


Inside sea cave in Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island

Inside sea cave in Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island


Inside sea cave in Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island

Inside sea cave in Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island


Ign‌eous rock in Sea caves in Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island (2)

Ign‌eous rock in Sea caves in Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island (2)

Here are some pictures of our lunch stop on the eastern side of the island. After lunch we headed back to Darlington to have a walk around the old convict settlement.
Riedele Bay - our anchorage for lunch

Riedele Bay - our anchorage for lunch


Riedle Bay - our boat roared through this break at high speed

Riedle Bay - our boat roared through this break at high speed


McRaes Isthmus

McRaes Isthmus


McRaes Isthmus

McRaes Isthmus


Mistaken Cape, Maria Island

Mistaken Cape, Maria Island


Limestone stalactites on Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island

Limestone stalactites on Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island


Waterfall at Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island

Waterfall at Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island


Waterfall on Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island

Waterfall on Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island


Terrace houses built 1880s on Maria Island

Terrace houses built 1880s on Maria Island


Whale bones on Maria Island

Whale bones on Maria Island


Inside the Coffee house built 1888

Inside the Coffee house built 1888

For two periods during the first half of the 19th century, Maria Island hosted convict settlements. The island's first convict era was between 1825 and 1832 and its second - the probation station era - between 1842 and 1851. Among those held during the second era was the Irish nationalist leader William Smith O'Brien, exiled for his part in the Young Irelander Rebellion of 1848. His cottage still exists in the nearby former penal colony Port Arthur to where he was deported after his time on Maria Island. He was later transferred to New Norfolk on the Derwent River.

Three structures from the first convict era remain in the Darlington area: the Commissariat Store built in 1825 and presently used as the park's reception and visitor centre; the convict penitentiary, completed in 1828 and now used to accommodate visitors rather than detain them; and the convict-built dam on Bernacchis Creek, which still provides Darlington's water.
The Comissariat built 1825

The Comissariat built 1825


Harbour at Darlington, Maria Island

Harbour at Darlington, Maria Island


‎William Smith O'Brien,  disssident Irish parliamentarian transported to Tasmania in exile

‎William Smith O'Brien, disssident Irish parliamentarian transported to Tasmania in exile


Panorama showing National Portland Cement silos from 1920 and Comissariat from 1825

Panorama showing National Portland Cement silos from 1920 and Comissariat from 1825

On our return to Triabunna we stopped at the Painted Cliffs on the western shore of Maria Island.
The Painted Cliffs on Maria Island

The Painted Cliffs on Maria Island


Panorama of Painted Cliffs, Maria Island

Panorama of Painted Cliffs, Maria Island


Painted Cliffs, Maria Island

Painted Cliffs, Maria Island

On Sunday we drove to Orford just a few kilometres south of Triabunna and stopped at some of the stunning beaches along the way. The most beautiful so far was Rheban Beach about 12km south of Orford with about half the distance on narrow gravel road.Panorama near Orford looking towards Freycinet Peninsula

Panorama near Orford looking towards Freycinet Peninsula


Orford

Orford


House with a view towards Maria Island

House with a view towards Maria Island


Panorama of Rheban Beach south of Orford

Panorama of Rheban Beach south of Orford


Rheban Beach south of Orford

Rheban Beach south of Orford


View near Orford showing Maria Island in background

View near Orford showing Maria Island in background

We moved back to Campania but not before stopping off at Buckland, a tiny community, just outside the Buckland Military Training Area. The pub at Buckland allows camping behind the pub if you give a gold coin donation at the bar to the RFDS.

We spent a few hours at Richmond before arriving at our camp spot at Campania for the next two nights. We had a nice day wine tasting at Frogmore Winery, cherry buying at a roadside stall, visiting Wicked Cheese and then having a roast lamb dinner with two other couples staying at Campania. We were all from Queensland (actually, at this time of year, I think every fourth person must be a Queenslander.)
Mt Pleasant Astronomy Observatory view from Frogmore Vineyard

Mt Pleasant Astronomy Observatory view from Frogmore Vineyard

Our next destination was Hobart to leave the Quantum at the Treasure Island Caravan Park ($5 per night for storage) for the next 9 days while we travel back to @aunceston to have Christmas with my brother Paul. We plan to be back in Hobart for 8 days for the Taste Festival and the coming in of the yachts from the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

On our way back to Launceston we called into the historic village of Ross for lunch.
Historic 1836 bridge at Ross is still in use

Historic 1836 bridge at Ross is still in use


Historic 1836 bridge at Ross is still in use

Historic 1836 bridge at Ross is still in use


Historic Ross - old church

Historic Ross - old church


Female Convict Factory, Ross

Female Convict Factory, Ross


Main Street, Ross

Main Street, Ross


Tasmanian Wool Centre at Ross

Tasmanian Wool Centre at Ross


Old buildings at Somercote's Farm near Ross

Old buildings at Somercote's Farm near Ross


Somercotes Cherry Farm south of Ross

Somercotes Cherry Farm south of Ross

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Hi,

We have been following your Tassy tour since you stared. Amazing stuff and very informative.

We are arriving in Tassy from NSW on the 7/2/14 for 5 weeks. We will be travelling around Tassy in our new Hilux and a Jayco swan outback,

I have a question about free camping, are these spots well marked or did you like me use the various websites covering this subject to find these sites. Also are the free camp sites very busy.

Cheers

Barry and Kristine

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