Jeez, you can never tell how to pronounce place names in Australia. They either drop letters or add ones that aren’t there. This place is actually Mariah Island in normal English. There is a 30 min, $45 ferry ride to this National Park. You need to pay for a parks pass on top of that, unless you have purchased a Holiday Pass. The island has a varied history – 2x penal institutions, an agricultural period and a cement works. Now it’s a National Park trying to introduce Tasmanian Devils.
We continue south from Bay of Fires, stopping of at the occassional view point…
We head East now, along the A3, a fairly narrow winding highway but the traffic is light. Stop at the rainforest walk, ( -41.216578,147.938223), for a 10 min stroll, its a good rest break.
We headed up the east side of the Tamar Valley to Georgetown and Low Head. Lilydale falls is just a 30 min return walk from the carpark and well worth it. You can overnight here too, but its close to the road.
We left Devonport and were amazed how quickly the farm land appeared. Lots of sheep, hay bails and potatoes. It reminded us of Prince Edward Island in Canada. There are plenty of roadside stalls with fresh fruit (oh the yummy cherries!), vegetables and farm eggs.
At last our sailing day on the Spirit of Tasmania is here! We had booked a day sailing as we had plenty of time and save the cost of a cabin.
After a very relaxing Christmas at Harrietville (thanks Michelle and John) we restarted the road trip with a visit to Mt Buffalo. The weather was perfect for amazing views from Echo Point lookout.
We left Melbourne for a leisurely drive to Harrietville for Christmas. As there was no reason to take the boring Hume Highway, we headed north on the B300 until we stumbled across Soumah Vineyard for lunch. Great $5 tastings here and super fresh tasty food. Of course we didn’t need to pay for the tasting as we couldn’t resist to take away a couple of bottles.
Golden Beach made a great place to start this section of coast. It’s part of 90 Mile Beach. As we drive west along the coast road we stopped at the 1879 Trinculo wreck – amazingly parts of the iron hull are still visible.
Unfortunately a storm is lashing the region with very few breaks in the rain. Hardly any blue sky moments so both the solar panel and our outdoor activities are curtailed, but at least the farmers are happy. By driving an hour we can top up the house battery, but otherwise we hunker down, wrapped up from the cold (only 10C but cold for us!) It’s only 500km from our Melbourne base to come back to Mallacoota, so we might just have to revisit this area another time.