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Our West Coast Tasmania

Once again we returned to the town of Stanley, this time as our starting point to explore the West Coast of Tasmania…

From Stanley, we drove up to the extreme North-West of Tasmania, where windmill and milk cattle farms and from there, down to Arthur River to Pieman River always choosing unsealed roads over tar...

From Stanley, we drove up to the extreme North-West corner of Tasmania to the property “Woolnorth” and from there, down to Arthur River followed by Pieman River, always choosing unsealed roads over asphalt…

Windmill and dairy farms

Woolnorth in far North-West Tasmania does not attract many tourists but worth visiting to see windmill and dairy farms…

If you’re in Australia, Pigface is a plant you’ve probably seen growing above the high water mark near the ocean. It plays an important environmental role helping hold sand dunes in place and is also a nutritious bush tucker. It fruits from Feb – March and was a popular food source for Aboriginals living in coastal areas around the country. Apart from the fruit, the flesh from the leaves can be applied to insect bites to lessen the pain in a similar manner to Aloe Vera. But the whole plant is edible and the leaves can also be eaten raw or cooked its full of Vitamin C, antioxidants and is also known to have anti inflammatory properties.

Continuing South into the Arthur – Pieman Conservation Area we spent a night at Prickly Wattles Campground near Arthur River – $6 plus parks pass (drop toilets and taps around the campground), then followed the road further along to the old township of Corinna… Proclaimed a town in 1894, Corinna was built to service massive influx of men that came to the area in the search of gold in the late 1800’s. After the Emu Bay railway line was built in 1900, the population of the town shrank and the area was eventually declared a reserve. Not much of the town exists today beyond the Tarkine Hotel.

Our trajectory from Corinna to Kelly Basin, via Zeehan, Strahan and Queenstown!!

Our goal from Corinna was the Kelly Basin, via Zeehan, Strahan and Queenstown!!

 

We’ve been following eagerly the ’60 great short walks’ list and this is so far, one of my favourites!! Kelly Basin, walk number 25!! The walk travels along an old train line to the ghost town of East Pillinger. The town was founded by the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company for shipping ore from the North Mount Lyell mine and was abandoned in the early 1920’s. The Kelly Basin was also the place that the infamous Alexander Pearce otherwise known as the “Cannibal Convict” escaped with some other prisoners while cutting timber in 1822.  He was recaptured 113 days later but he had eaten all of his fellow escapees as he made his way back across the state eastward toward civilisation again.

Upon finishing the walk to Kelly Basin we needed to find somewhere to sleep the night so we headed toward the nearby Lake Burbury in search of a campsite. Unfortunately land slips had closed some of the roads around the lake, leaving all the remaining easily accessible sites occupied. So we resorted to following boggy over grown tracks through the scrub in search for a place to call our own.