DM and MM's Tasmania Trip Diary

Day 11 - Pontville to Hobart

Wednesday, 5 April, 2000

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Today we rose early again and had a nice cooked brekky by our B&B host - cereal, toast, and poached eggs. Then we drove west to Mount Field National Park, past the bank of the Derwent River and hops farms where the hops had just been harvested. Saw chestnut trees there too.

Mountain Ash
Tall mountain ash trees at Mount Field National Park

At Mount Field National Park we took the walk to Russell Falls and the Tall Trees walk. Beautiful scenery and some trees that might not have been really tiny...

Russell Falls
Russell Falls, Mount Field National Park

Then it was off on the big drive west to Strathgordon and the Gordon Dam, with views of Lakes Pedder and Gordon and surrounding mountains all the way.

Gordon Dam
Gordon Dam and Lake Gordon

At the Gordon Dam we took the dam tour and our dam tour guide was dam funny, telling us stories about the record time to drive from Strathgordon to Maydena (72 kilometres) in the days when the dam was being built being 28 minutes - and how once when he told this story he heard a young woman tell her husband "Don't even think about it".

Buried Power
Inside Gordon Dam Power Station

We drove straight through back to Hobart and our motel for the next three nights. Showered and waited for David Legge to pick us up for dinner. He drove us to Tacos Mexican in Battery Point in Hobart for dinner, which was very nice. Then home and into bed for some sleep - very tired. Tomorrow - Cadbury Chocolate Factory Tour!

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