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WEEK 16 - Cradle Mountain and the central north

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.
Railton - Topiary Town

Railton - Topiary Town


Railton - Topiary Town

Railton - Topiary Town


Railton - Topiary Town

Railton - Topiary Town


Railton - Topiary Town

Railton - Topiary Town

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.
Sheffield - Mural Town with 50 murals

Sheffield - Mural Town with 50 murals

Sheffield - Mural Town with 50 murals

Sheffield - Mural Town with 50 murals

Sheffield - Mural Town with 50 murals

Sheffield - Mural Town with 50 murals

Sheffield - Mural Town with 50 murals

Sheffield - Mural Town with 50 murals

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.
Mersey Valley Olivers Road Scenic Lookout scene

Mersey Valley Olivers Road Scenic Lookout scene


Lake Parangana

Lake Parangana

Our campsite at Lake Parangana

Our campsite at Lake Parangana

Dam wall at Lake Parangana

Dam wall at Lake Parangana

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.
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park entrance

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park entrance


Car park for caravans at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

Car park for caravans at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park


Shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

Shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park


Visitors Centre at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

Visitors Centre at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park


Cradle Mountain with Dove Lake in foreground

Cradle Mountain with Dove Lake in foreground


Walk around Dove Lake

Walk around Dove Lake


Cradle Mountain with Dove Lake in foreground

Cradle Mountain with Dove Lake in foreground

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.
Bakers Beach campground at Narawntapu National Park

Bakers Beach campground at Narawntapu National Park

Bakers Beach at Narawntapu National Park

Bakers Beach at Narawntapu National Park

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.
Beaconsfield Museum of Mines

Beaconsfield Museum of Mines

Beaconsfield Museum of Mines

Beaconsfield Museum of Mines

This photo below commemorates Beaconsfield being the first community in Australia to fluoridate their water supply.

Beaconsfield Museum of Mines

Beaconsfield Museum of Mines

Marina at Beauty Point

Marina at Beauty Point


Tamar River at Beauty Point

Tamar River at Beauty Point

Greens Beach on west side of mouth of the Tamar River

Greens Beach on west side of mouth of the Tamar River

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.

Beauty Point - Seahorse World with Platypus World in background

Beauty Point - Seahorse World with Platypus World in background


Sea Horse World at Beauty Point

Sea Horse World at Beauty Point

Sea Horse World at Beauty Point

Sea Horse World at Beauty Point

Sea Horse World at Beauty Point - Giant Crab

Sea Horse World at Beauty Point - Giant Crab


Sea Horse World at Beauty Point

Sea Horse World at Beauty Point


We crossed the Batman Bridge to East Tamar and then on up to George Town and Low Head.
Batman Bridge across the Tamar River

Batman Bridge across the Tamar River

Low Head Lighthouse

Low Head Lighthouse

Low Head Lighthouse

Low Head Lighthouse

Signage at Low Head Lighthouse

Signage at Low Head Lighthouse

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.
Signage at York Town - first permanent settlement in northern Tasmania

Signage at York Town - first permanent settlement in northern Tasmania


York Town - first permanent settlement in northern Tasmania

York Town - first permanent settlement in northern Tasmania


York Town - first permanent settlement in northern Tasmania

York Town - first permanent settlement in northern Tasmania

Kelso Sands on west bank of the Tamar River looking across to George Town

Kelso Sands on west bank of the Tamar River looking across to George Town

Tomorrow, we move back to Launceston for our last week in Tasmania.

Posted by Kangatraveller 22:24

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