Hobart to White Beach via Richmond and Port Arthur

Trip Start Jan 05, 2008
Trip End Jan 26, 2008

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White Beach Caravan Park

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

10th January – White Beach

We switched from our car to our Britz camper then headed up the Convict Way to Richmond.    Here there is the oldest bridge in Australia built by convict labour.  We also looked at St John's Church, Australia’s oldest remaining Catholic Church (had a phone call here from Glenn from RDA - unfortunately I lost my mobile phone signal soon after).  We stopped at some vantage points for the spectacular coast including the Tessellated Pavement, Blowhole (not so spectacular), Devil’s Kitchen and Tasman Arch.  We went through a quaint town, Dootown, where everyone names their homes in the spirit of the town’s name  eg. Doo Drop In, Love me Doo, Ittle Doo, Doo Me, Doo Us  etc.  Malcolm rescued a blue tongue lizard from the road, which attacked him in return.  At about 2pm we stopped at Port Arthur to see what tours would be available tomorrow but ended up with our Bronze 2 day pass and went in.  We were give a card depicting a convict which we found in the information area – mine a 15 year old errand boy convicted of stealing silk and transported for 7 years.  We wandered over the site for a couple of hours looking at the ruins of the various buildings.  It was very hot (about 32 degrees).  We left Port Arthur at about 4pm to drive to White Beach to find our camping site.  We got a site right on the beach and as it was so hot Malcolm went for a quick dip in the Tasman Sea (too cold in the water for me). 
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