Beautiful scenery is all getting boring now

Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
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Sunday, April 30, 2006

After brekkie headed up into the national park and did the walk to 'Wineglass Bay Lookout' this bay is probably the most photographed in Tas and is beautiful. Weather a bit cloudy today but hopefully clearing up and at least no rain (apparently we are unbelievably lucky with weather as rains most of time here!). On way up see a couple of kangaroos and sort of get a picture with Dave in one. Then drive up to Lighthouse and do another walk seeing more of the rugged coastline.

Drive round to Swansea which is a source of great amusement for me at least as most of my family live near to Swansea in Wales. It is quite different to the one back at home -firstly it is sunny and secondly quite small and homely although to be fair the beach/coastline is on a par with the Gower. Next drive further down the coast and then on a dodgy dirt track for what seems like years. Find a picnic spot at Marion Bay look out and then eventually hit a sealed road which is a damn site easier to drive on in a camper van!

Are now on the Tasman Peninsual and stop off at the 'Tesselated pavement' - erosion phenomenon (more Geography A' Level reminders) and then down passed lovely coves and water either side of us to Port Arthur.

Port Arthur is a smallish town and is very famous for a couple of reasons (if you don't know) firstly was main convict town from 1830's and site of penitentiary and punishment for a while (convicts transported from UK for shoplifting to murder including some women). Secondly, ten years ago yesterday, a man came into the town and indiscriminately shot and killed 35 people and injured many more. There was a rememberance service here yesterday which John Howard (Tory PM) came to which must have been incredibly moving.

We came in and wandered round the site much of which is in ruins now due to fires e.g. main building, church. Is again v picturesque and is quite easy to imagine what has happened here. Did a harbour cruise round the harbour (funnily enough) and past the Isle of the Dead where all were buried. Also went round some of the old homes where the Commandant lived and other chief personnel. Is prob most historical thing in Australia and was v interesting. Was particularly good to do a search on their database of previous inmates here. Most interesting thing was that there were several Lees here but not a single Thorne - says it all really.

We had then booked on the ghost tour after dark. This involved being guided round some of the sites by gas lamp. The guide told us stories of sightings of spirits here from old Reverends to children. It was pretty spooky but we never actually saw anything although some claim to have heard some movement in one of the empty houses. I was almost convinced by the possibility of ghosts and was spooked for the rest of the evening.

Headed up the peninsula for dinner in 'Mussel Boys' in Teranna. Had a nice meal of local produce including Venison and fantastic massive desserts. Camped overnight in a bay overlooking a coastal blowhole - although it was obviously dark at this point.
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