THE HINTERLAND - NE TASMANIA
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Where I stayed
freee camp -north east park
Journey: Lagoons Beach, St Helens, Pyengana, Derby and Scottsdale (170kms)
Mileage: 11490 @ scottsdale
Weather: warm & sunny 20 degrees at Lagoons: drizzling and 15 degrees at Scottsdale
We stopped off at St Helens, on the coast to do some grocery shopping, visit our favourite bakery and get some fish and chips for lunch.
There is some controversy regarding the detected toxins in the drinking water in this town. It seems that the plantation eucalyptus north of St Helens, excrete a toxin that is washed into the water supply after rain. The local doctor became a whistle blower some time ago when she noticed excessive numbers of her patients with cancers etc. The government seems to be denoucing the investigation as a anti forestry campaign. There is a lot of conflict in Tassie between the greens and forestry. Needless to say we did not fill up with water in this town.
As soon as we left the coast we entered lush green country with high rainfall, mostly dairy and food production.
The lovely little town of Pyengana, 26 kms from St Helens kept us around for a few hours. The St Columba Falls were impressive and the short walk took us into a lovely rainforest.
The Pub in the Paddock was a lovely old hotel doing a roaring trade and apparently world famous because of Priscilla the pig who drinks beer. We did see the pig but it must have been between drinks!
Next stop the Pyengana Dairy where cheddar is made the old way and you can peep through the window to watch the process. The pastures around were green, lush and well stocked with fat cows. We enjoyed sampling the generous offerings of cheese and purchased a mature cheddar, as well as some fresh unhomogenised milk and serves of yummy icecream. This was a well run, hospitable operation which encouraged customers with great service and dairy items galore!
By the time we drove through Derby it was cold and raining so we kept on going to Scottsdale where we squeezed into the free camping park on the edge of town. We found a nice spot by the river and on hard ground and settled in for a cold, wet night