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A trip to South West Tasmania – seeing from on high at Bramble Cove-18 of 26

Bramble Cove is near the entrance to the Bathurst Channel on the northern side. Again we motored through the south passage behind the Breaksea Islands. After mooring at the Cove, a crew member offered the chance to the three who … Continue reading

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A trip to South West Tasmania-out to Port Davey-17 of 26

After a soft pearly dawn over Bathurst Harbour (refer photo below courtesy of fellow passenger Ralph), change was afoot with a plan to motor and anchor in Payne’s Bay within Port Davey before travelling northwards up the Davey River in … Continue reading

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A trip to South West Tasmania-steering the ship-16 of 26

Each of us were given the opportunity to steer the boat at some time during the voyage, and I think most did. Certainly I recall seeing other passengers at the helm. One steered it for hours on the last day. … Continue reading

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A trip to South West Tasmania- dinner on land-15 of 26

Once in Bathurst Harbour, instead of travelling towards the ship, the Captain directed our zodiac to the jetty landing at Clayton’s Corner which we had explored the previous day. Why? What was going on? Shall we wait on the jetty? … Continue reading

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A trip to South West Tasmania-the airstrip and beyond at Melaleuca-14 of 26

From the home we wandered back past the Museum and down to the gravel airstrip where I’d watched a couple of tiny planes land and take off earlier. From there a few of us trundled across the glaringly white gravel … Continue reading

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A trip to South West Tasmania-recognition of Deny King’s life at Melaleuca-13 of 26

On emerging from the Needwonnee Walk, I was confronted by large green painted ‘Nissan Huts’ and a toilet block. These offer bunk style accommodation for bushwalkers and are accessible for visitors. Rob managed to see a tiger snake winding its … Continue reading

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A trip to South West Tasmania-recognition of indigenous occupation of Melaleuca-12 of 26

A short distance from the Melaleuca pontoon the board walk diverged; one leg towards the airstrip and the other to the ‘Needwonnee Walk’. The Needwonnee peoples lived in this part of Tasmania for thousands of years before Europeans arrived, settled, … Continue reading

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A trip to South West Tasmania-arrival at Melaleuca-11 of 26

Melaleuca is known for reasons including its remoteness, the slog required to walk there from other parts of Tasmania, its tin mining history, the people who lived in this challenging environment last century in splendid and productive isolation and, in … Continue reading

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A trip to South West Tasmania- admiration for the Captain-10 of 26

Captain Sarah Parry is an experienced ‘old sea dog’. One morning I felt compelled to acknowledge her expertise. “Brief chat with Sarah telling her how impressed I am with the ‘water’ knowledge she has – acquired of course over decades. … Continue reading

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A trip to South West Tasmania- going aloft-9 of 26

From the time I mentioned to friends I would be making a voyage on a replica sailing ship, their early question that was always spoken with a note of challenge was, ’Will you be climbing the mast?’. Typically I responded … Continue reading

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