COAST TO CANYON
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
323Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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TUESDAY MARCH 16 2010
Journey: Penguin, Riana, Gunns Plains, Preston Waterfall, Nietta, Leven Canyon, Ulverstone
KMS @ Penguin: 13063
Weather: 20 degrees @ 11am; fine, sunny and warm.
We had picked up a leaflet titled "Coast to Canyon" and read a recommendation in Lonely Planet of the detour and felt the circuit was a must do and it was impressive.
Driving south from Penguin through lush farming country, with mountain views, waterfalls, vineyards, caves, and plantations the winding roads finally led us to the beautiful Leven Canyon. It is a 2500 ha. Reserve, a refuge for plants, animals, and birds; the 108 km Leven River that flows far below the lookouts has retained its original vegetation along most of its length.
According to signage, 50,000 kilolitres of water flushes through the canyon every day and it is a
We did the short walk to the lookout and trod 697 steps up from the floor after a slippery descent on a steep gravel path through lush green giant ferns.
This is a magic place and we caught up with some camping buddies while there and exchanged news.
You can actually free camp in this beautiful peaceful park but we had already planned to get to Ulverstone back on the coast by late afternoon and we did. Even though the trip was just 110 kms the narrow, winding Tasmanian roads demand avid attention and quick reflexes and make for slow travel and tired driver.
At Ulverstone we found a free camp at the beach, beside Kaleen who was in a Coaster and said she had parked here on several occasions and had never been moved on; that was good enough for us and we got ourselves organised. As the beach was a dog exercise one, we loved checking out the animals and their owners. We walked into town and had a spicy delicious dinner at “Thai Delight” and we were satiated and happy when we returned to the van some hours later.
As we were in such a public spot we kept everything closed, just in case, and read until it was time to sleep. The van got a bit warm on this slightly humid night but eventually we decided that we had got a reasonable night's sleep.