Mole Creek, Cradle Mountain and Narawntapu National Park
With beautiful weather forecasted we left Launceston early on Sunday morning for a breakfast at the Bakery Cafe at Elizabeth Town. Our first stop was at Railton, a little town about 10km from Sheffield which is about 30km south of Devonport.
Here are some pics of the topiaries at Railton. There were literally hundreds of these in and around the Main Street.
A stop at Sheffield is a must as there are many beautiful murals in the town. People say there are fifty five murals. It is a lovely little town and we knew we would stop again for two nights later in the week.
Our first two nights saw us camping at Lake Parangana. The lake was formed by a dam across the Mersey River. We stopped at Round Mountain lookout along the way to take in breathtaking views. The roads around here are narrow, winding and quite steep......and seem to have their share of rentals with drivers who are not sure which side of the road is their side.
We travelled on to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. The day turned out to be the hottest day we have experienced in Tasmania. We took the shuttle bus from the Visitors Centre to Dove Lake to do the circuit around the lake.
After our two days at Lake Parangana we drove back to Sheffield to spend two nights in an RV stop at the Cricket Club. This type of stop is for self contained vehicles only.
On Thursday we drove to Devonport and then on to Narawntapu National Park where we stayed the night at Bakers Beach campground.
Friday was a short driving morning across to the West Tamar to Beaconsfield and then north to Greens Beach and back to Kelso Sands Tourist Park. This spot was to be our campsite for the next two nights. it was in a lovely landscaped bush setting on the west bank of the Tamar River. From here we went to places such as Beauty Point and then across the Batman Bridge up the east side of the river to Georgetown and Low Head.
This photo below commemorates Beaconsfield being the first community in Australia to fluoridate their water supply.
A rather different type of excursion for us was to visit Sea Horse World at Beauty Point. We actually found it interesting and probably know more about sea horses than we really wanted to.
We crossed the Batman Bridge to East Tamar and then on up to George Town and Low Head.
On our way back to Kelso Sands Tourist Park we had a brief stop at York Town, the first permanent settlement in northern Tasmania. There is very little left of this settlement which was short lived before it was moved to Launceston.
Tomorrow, we move back to Launceston for our last week in Tasmania.