- Central & East Coast -

(Blue Tiers & Western Tiers)


December 2009

Central Tasmania's Great Lake
 - up at 1100M up above sea level -

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Tasmania is one of our favourite places to visit. With its small population of 500,000 people, it always feels like we are on your own as we travel the winding picturesque roads.

Our trip started with a visit to our good friends in St Marys. Michael, Gerald & Wendy run the HF radio (VKS737) base station in St Marys and always make us most welcome.

With the weather being less than perfect, we headed north to explore some more of the scenic Blue Tiers. A cold wind greeted us, so it took a lot of courage for Heidi to don her cycling clothes and head out for an exciting buy very chilly ride.

We ventured south on some 4WD tracks, so Heidi's MTB took a rest on the back of the truck for a few days. The Swanston Road, (whilst easy 4WDing compared to the Victorian High country), was an interesting track with some interesting bog holes on route.

With rain expected, we headed to Hobart to catch up with Laurie's brother, who had recently moved there after 20 years in Brisbane. He tells us he likes the cold weather, after QLD's heat - Bill, wait until winter comes!. They are currently renting a lovely property overlooking the Derwent River. This great spot allows them to watch the Sydney to Hobart boats as they sail up the Derwent to the finish line  - what a spectacular site!

After bucket loads of rain in Hobart, Heidi still wanted to ride up to the summit of Mt Wellington. With grey skies, she headed off, hoping for drier weather. Luckily the rain gods held off and she successfully conquered her mission, be it a bit cold & breezy at the summit.

Looking for some warmer weather, we headed off to stunningly sensational Lake St Clair. Although we have been there many times before, it is still a must on our visits.

Our final journey took us up the middle of the isle past Great Lake up at 1100M. Heidi headed off to explore some tracks across to the Walls of Jerusalem as well as an exciting loop around Lake Rowellan.