Well neither of us fed the fish last nite so I guess that’s a good thing. Our male companions did have a key – bugger, and they bother snored! oh but Tash was fine she had some ear plugs whittled away for her, yeah thanks! So already feeling just not quite right I attempted to doze off, without much luck except for an hour or so just before the captains wake up at 5am.
So as soon as that wake up come on it was lights on get up suckers too bad its time to go. We headed to down to our boys hopeful the scraping grinding and moving sounds as we splashed from side to side all nite wasn’t our vehicles, thankfully both were A OK. Getting off was far smoother, quarantine were quick n efficient and before we knew we were driving the streets of Devonport.
Davenport is situated at the mouth of the Mersey River and is a major regional centre of the north and is commonly known as “Australia’s market garden” the area produces 40% of Tasmania’s vegetable crop.
We soon found the bakery, grabbed some hot chocolates n breaky and headed out to the purdoe beach to wait for sunrise – yep it wasn’t even blue hour yet :-(, turned out to be a real fizzer, so we wandered the coastal walk around the very rocky coastline and beaches until reception opened at the park to see if we could leave Thomas and be on our way. Sure enough the lovely gentlemen was very obliging, and by 8.45am we had a tent set up and found a new friend in little 6 yr old Milton on the site next to us 🙂
Without Thomas in tow we headed to woolies to do the fruit n verge shop as you can’t bring anything across the strait due to strict quarantine laws. With that g-d awful job done, it was now time to explore.
We headed out to Mersey bluff to the candy striped lighthouse and rugged coastline where the temp had reached a balmy 12 degrees n the wind chill felt like 8-9 … brr after 39 in Melbourne this was very refreshing – not.
Latrobe also sits along the Mersey river and was where we just happened to very fortuitously find the Anvers chocolate factory, and the very quaint little town. From Latrobe we headed to Sheffield for the very cool murals and Mt Roland which rises up 1234 metres and is the backdrop to Sheffield. Inspired by the story of Chemainus, a small Canadian town that had through mural art, rescued itself from ruin, the Kentish Association for Tourism (KAT) worked valiantly on the vision to combine the arts and tourism to revive and reinvent the town of Sheffield. The first town mural was painted in Sheffield in December 1986. Since then over 60 murals depicting the area’s rich history and beautiful natural scenery are painted on walls scattered throughout the town and buildings along the roadside.
The weather rained, shined and blew in differing degrees for the day but we still managed to see pretty much what we had intended to see, although I would have liked a nice clear pic of Mt Roland – should get another crack at that before we head home.
We then headed northwards to Penguin, yep its actually a town and yep there are actually penguins there, well between November and March, but clearly with the public holidays this year they knew to clear out early – no more penguin tours running 🙁 .. now I never knew that penguins ran on Australian calendars, see you can learn something new everyday. In fact even the rubbish bins have little penguins on them! The town was named by the botanist Ronald Campbell Gunn for the Little Penguin rookeries that are common along the less populated areas of the coast
By this time jet lag, or boatlag anyways had well and truely set in and it was time to head back to Thomas and refuel Charlie ready for the long weekend Tasmanians seem to take very seriously – not much is going to be open by the look of it.
The clouds had cleared, the wind had picked up and the temperature had started to drop, so only being here for one night we hadn’t put the awning up, mmm mistake. The wind had blown it from atop of the tent and it would have been quite a site to see us two little people trying to get it back over again, but with a little help from a pole and some rope and we had it tied back down and good to go, well stay that is :-/
We opted to cook in the enclosed camp kitchen provided by the park to stay a little warm and a bit easier for one night.