We headed off from St Helen's and made our way through lovely mountain country and stopped at the old tin mining town of Derby, A few years ago it had practically became a ghost town but through the foresight of a smart business person a wonderful tourist venture of mountain bike trails and hire was developed and now the small town is once again thriving.
We looked through the tin mining centre, and also the lovely old schoolhouse museum which were both interesting and informative.
Friends of ours from home had advised us to visit the small farming community township of Legerwood to see the wooden statues, and we are very glad we did.
Apparently there was an avenue of trees planted in the town to honour all the local men that went off to fight in WW1, but all these years later they had started to become a problem and needed to be lopped off or removed , so a decision was made to have a local chainsaw carver come and carve the trees into memorial statues to commemorate the local men that never made it home.
We think they were stunning. We saw statues that this same man had carved in three different places and all of them were remarkable.
We made it to George Town/ Low Head where we booked into the caravan park , then went sight seeing.
It is a lovely area right on the coast where the Tamar River meets the ocean, so picturesque.
We visited the beautiful old light house and pilot station,
The next morning we headed down alongside the Tamar River and back over the Batman Bridge,to Exeter where hit the local bakery and bought some goodies as we were going to visit a family from a farm that we have been in touch with on my Facebook canning page who live near Glengarry.
"Swampy Hollow Farm" also known as Mark and Aurore, They can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Swampy-Hollow-Farm-626844447361218
We were made so extremely welcome at the farm by Mark and Aurore and their family, they too are on a small acreage and are trying to become as self sufficient as possible.
We called into a raspberry farm and purchased fresh and choc dipped raspberries, and consumed them within a few minutes if I am to be honest.
We booked into the caravan park in Devonport and did some local sight seeing around the city.
Next morning we visited Ashgrove cheese factory, all around the factory and garden were cute hand painted cows, they really were a feature,we saw the cheese making process and tasted samples of many cheeses.
Our next stop was the Don River Railway on the outskirts of Devonport, unfortunately we didn't get to ride the steam train as there was not enough volunteers that day, but we were able to check out their museum, buildings and rolling stock that was there on display.
The next day was our last , we had to vacate our cabin so we did some sight seeing in nearby towns to Devonport, Ulverstone, Bernie, Penguin,, did some shopping, had a wander along the beach and collected some shells and stones to take home, had a lovely lunch and an ice cream on the Mersey Riverside, and waited until we were able to line up at the ferry terminal car park ready to load the car back onto the ferry for our return trip.
The trip across Bass strait was as smooth as smooth, like gliding on ice, we slept like babies, and docked about 6 am and had an early coffee and breakfast in the restaurant and waited to disembark at Melbourne. We were one of the last cars to get off due to where we were sitting in the ferry, and when we finally disembarked about 7.30 am we headed off straight out of Melbourne towards Parkes.We spent two nights there with our daughter and her family.
We have had a wonderful 11 days in Tasmania , it has been a lovely holiday and break away from the farm,we have seen so many interesting and amazing places. We really only saw about half of Tasmania on the trip so we will certainly be returning again in the future when we save up again to complete the journey.
I hope you have enjoyed the holiday too as you have followed along with us, we have enjoyed your company.
Please take care until we meat again soon,