Sunday, January 6, 2008

Tasmanian Wanderers

We've just returned from our long anicipated trip to Tassie and we can safely say it was everything we hoped for. We were blessed with some awsome weather, only a small sprinkle of rain on the first day we were there which was good for tramping, climbing, site seeingand swimming - the only downside was it meant we lugged around 2 kayaks for 10 days only to see dry riverbeds everywhere! Heres a taste of what we got up to.

Cradle Mountain (above) is a popular tourist area. Heaps of people here but still an awsome place. We just spent an afternoon here on our way to bigger and better things.

Frenchmans Cap (the peak in the centre of the photo) was our target. This photo is taken from a carpark near the start of the track. The 300m high rockface provides spectacular climbing if you have the motivation to carry all your kit for one and a half days to its base. We chose just to walk to the to via the right hand ridge you see the photo.

Even following the ridge we found some steep patches

Views from the top were worth the climb

And we got to meet some interesting wildlife on the way. This falla was dead but we did manage to see some live ones too.

After our tramp we headed to Hobart for new years. The waterfront was busy as all the boats from the Sydney to Hobart yatch race had come in. Heaps to see and do

Further up the coast we spent a day out on an island surrounded by a marine reserve. I made use of my $15 snorkel set again and saw some cool stuff. The water was dam cold though. I think I lasted 5 minutes at the most.

Our final stop was an area called Freycinet Peninsular which boasts some massive sea cliffs perfect for climbing. We spent 2 nights here.
That'll do for now. Hope all is going well with the rest of the crew.