Post 364 Werribee Zoo

Ian Collard
April 3, 2021

Werribee Zoo

Had a great day catching up with Bec and Kieran in Melbourne. Went to the zoo and then out for a nice tea.

I didn't really expect to see long horn steers at the zoo. This group came from Texas in Queensland.

Werribee Zoo

Eat, Sleep, Repeat.

Werribee Zoo

 

 

Werribee Zoo

 

 

Werribee Zoo

 

 

Werribee Zoo

 

 

Werribee Zoo

 

 

Werribee Zoo

 

The plains of South Africa?

Werribee Zoo

 

 

Werribee Zoo

 

 

Werribee Zoo

 

 

Werribee Zoo

 

So now the cat is out of the bag. We actually paid a little extra and had a much smaller vehicle, smaller group and guide.

Post 363 Spirit Home

Ian Collard
April 1, 2021

Departing Devonport

While the spirit was still loading the Searoad Tamar berthed next to us was unloading.

 

Departing Devonport

 

Almost ready to leave - dropping the lines.

Departing Devonport

 

 

Departing Devonport

 

Tug boats not needed for for the spirit. We skilfully did a U-turn with the limited space.

Departing Devonport

 

Underway - heading for Bass Straight.

Crossing Bass Strait.

 

Reflections on board the spirit.

 

While not rough the ship rolled a lot more this trip. The viewing decks were closed for a lot of the voyage.

Arriving Melbourne

 

Through the heads into Port Melbourne.

Arriving Melbourne

 

Shipping in Port Melbourne.

Arriving Melbourne

 

Shipping in Port Melbourne.

Arriving Melbourne

 

Port Melbourne - time to go down and find "Clifford"

Post 362 Mole Creek Hotel

Ian Collard
April 1, 2021

Mole Creek Hotel

Free camp behind the hotel 🙂

Small running creek as well 🙂 🙂

Wild platypus in the creek 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

Mole Creek Hotel - Wild Platypus

 

 

Mole Creek Hotel - Wild Platypus

While I didn't get them both in the frame together, there were at least two, possibly three platypus playing here.

 

Post 361 Alum Cliff Lookout

Ian Collard
April 1, 2021

Alum Cliffs

Overlooking the Mersey River. There are ochre cliffs to the right. While it is nice this is listed as one of the great short walks in Tasmania and we were a little disappointed after the build up.

Post 360 Mole Creek Cave – Marakoopa Cave

Ian Collard
April 1, 2021

Marakoopa Cave

We did a guided tour through the Marakoopa Cave. It is very much a wet cave with streams running through it. It was unusual to here the running water instead of the quite of other caves.

Marakoopa Cave

I managed to get a couple of shots hand held in the relative  dark without disturbing the tour group too much.

Marakoopa Cave

Post 359 Liffey Falls Bottom Car Park

Ian Collard
April 1, 2021

Liffey Falls - Bottom Car Park

We camped in the campground at the bottom car park for Liffey Falls. There is a longer walking track to the falls from here. I did try  some of it but found it pretty washed out and would have had to wade through the creeks.

Instead I found a Bush Heritage Australia walk. These macro shots are from along that walk.

 

Liffey Falls Bottom Car Park

Liffey Falls - Bottom Car Park

Post 358 Liffey Falls

Ian Collard
March 26, 2021

Liffey Falls

Getting close to the last temperate rain forest we will see on this trip to Tasmania. The walk from the carpark to the falls

Ann was very excited to see a Pink Robin in the car park - thank-you Ian Robertson.

 

Liffey Falls

The falls are actually a whole series of falls.

Liffey Falls

Liffey Falls

The geology of the underwater rocks gives most of the falls this staircase effect.

Liffey Falls

Post 357 Launceston

Ian Collard
March 23, 2021

Launceston - King George Bridge

Spent the morning in Launceston. Had to go to Cataract Gorge.

 

Launceston

The rebuilt bridge keepers cottage.

Post 356 Lilydale

Ian Collard
March 23, 2021

Lilydale Falls

There are two waterfalls within 10 minute walk from the free campground at Lilydale.

 

Lilydale Falls

The second or furthest falls from the campground.

Lilydale Falls

The first or closest falls.

Lilydale Falls

The first or closest falls.

Post 355 Bridport

Ian Collard
March 23, 2021

Bridport

We camped at the Bridport caravan park. This stretches for a couple of kilometres along the beach front up to a public boat ramp and this old jetty.

 

Bridport

The van park is in a great location but I am still not sure it was worth the asking price.

Bridport

Since I was out in the almost dark I shot some long exposure of the beach beside the jetty.