Aerial View from Iron Blow Lookout

Ray sent up his drone to capture the beauty and majesty of the Linda Valley, Lake Burbery and the open cut mine, outside Queenstown, Tasmania. It was actually a very windy day and the higher the drone went the stronger the winds were. In the video there are a couple of moments where the footage is a little wobbly! It was a struggle at times to keep control of the drone and prevent it from hurtling to the ground.  Nonetheless we hope you enjoy this short video.

715 Kilometres in 33 hours


We hadn’t been exploring anything major for a couple of weeks so decided that not only would we visit the Wall in the Wilderness at Derwent Bridge but we would also explore some of the mid west coast of Tassie.

We had done the route from Smithton to Deloraine a few times already and it was a lovely drive through the spectacular Great Western Tiers mountains.  The Great Western Tiers are a collection of mountain bluffs that form the northern edge of the Central Highlands.

From Deloraine we drove south along the western side of the Great Lake. This is Tasmania’s second largest freshwater lake. Back in September when we were staying in Longford we had driven down part of the eastern side of the lake. On both sides there are small communities of holiday/fishing shacks. Some look very old and ramshackle and a few are quite new and modern. They are in very isolated areas with few if any amenities.

We continued along the Highland Lakes Rd until we reached the Lyell Highway. If you turned left you would have gone to Hobart but we turned right and went through Derwent Bridge where we stopped and visited the Wall in The Wilderness which we wrote about in our previous blog entry.  After leaving the Wall we drove 85km along the highway to Queenstown. Wow, what a journey that was – totally awesome scenery and the most hair raising hair pin bend road into the town. Part of the route took us fifty six kilometres through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. It is a region of dramatic mountain peaks, beautiful rainforest, deep river valleys and spectacular gorges. The park is famous for the wild and pristine rivers that twist their way through the wilderness. The Franklin River itself has become synonymous with Australia’s largest conservation battle – the battle to save the Franklin from a proposed hydro-electric power scheme which would have flooded the river.

We spent the night in Queenstown but due to the rolling mists and steady fine rain, we didn’t explore as much as we wanted. The next day we awoke to the most beautiful sunny day and we drove up to the Iron Blow Lookout  where gold was discovered in 1883. That initial discovery was followed by the detection of vast deposits of copper, which proved far more profitable for the region’s mining companies.

Ray flew the drone up and over the cantilevered lookout which gave superb views of the open cut mine and surrounding landscape of the Linda Valley, Queenstown and Lake Burbery.

We left Queenstown and headed back to Smithton via Strahan, Zeehan, Rosebery, Tulla, Waratah, Hellyer Gorge and Wynyard. More spectacular scenery and lots of interesting buildings etc that require a longer stay in the area at a later date. All in all it was a brilliant weekend full of wow, ooh, ahh!

The Wall in the Wilderness

During our time in Tassie we would regularly hear people talk about The Wall – had we been? If not, why not? Initially we thought they were talking about the Walls of Jerusalem National Park. which is not accessible via road. It is more for well-equipped and experienced bushwalkers – something we are not! But a few weeks ago we spoke to someone and found out people had been talking about The Wall In the Wilderness.

We decided to go exploring last weekend and visit The Wall – wow, what an experience.


“Artist Greg Duncan is creating a stunning sculpture at Derwent Bridge in the heart of Tasmania. The Wall in the Wilderness is Greg Duncan’s commemoration of those who helped shape the past and present of Tasmania’s central highlands. 

A work in progress, The Wall is being carved from three-metre high wooden panels. The carved panels will tell the history of the harsh Central Highlands region – beginning with the indigenous people, then to the pioneering timber harvesters, pastoralists, miners and Hydro workers.

When completed The Wall will be 100 metres long. Greg Duncan’s sculpture The Wall will rank as a major work of art and tourist attraction in Tasmania.”

This is entirely self-funded, without government grants or corporate sponsorship and Greg does not allow photography of any sort to be taken, so the two pics above is all we were able to take outside at the entrance. The pics below are taken from the website.



Farewell faithful Saffy, welcome New Age Ozzie!

After travelling and living permanently in our beloved Avida caravan Saffy, we realised that she was not big enough for our needs.  Some of the main issues were the cafe seating was very uncomfortable when you wanted to relax and watch telly or a movie. The wardrobe space was very limited for storing all our clothing and the shower was very cramped. Fine when you were in caravan parks and could use the amenities but for free camping it was a pain!

Therefore after a bit of a search we came across a deal too good to pass up. We have traded Saffy in on a New Age Oz Classic called, Ozzie! There is a club lounge with integrated footstools, a lovely big shower, much more storage space and wardrobes that go across the rear of the van.  It is early days but so far we are very comfortable and happy with Ozzie.