WOW! THESE ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GARDENS, .....WINNERS OF AWARDS & SEEN ON TELEVISION SHOWS.
What was once a sheep paddock, 17 years ago, is now a lovely English garden.
Spring would be the best time to visit, we weren't there then, which was a shame, but this garden still did not disappoint, it was STUNNING!
The owner showed us around, and pointed out various plants (I don't know if this happens all the time) and generally filled us in on the garden.
We stopped at the Tea Room for a nice devonshire afternoon tea after our garden stroll. Devonshire Teas and light lunches, Pasta of the day, Bruschetta, Warm Chicken Salad and more can be enjoyed here.
Roasts and traditional Australian meals can be provided but booking in advance is necessary.
They also cater for functions - birthdays, anniversaries, corporate events etc
OPEN 9am to 5pm
1st September to 30th May
CLOSED......24th & 25th December.
Admission 2008 is $6.
Burnie is Tasmania's 4th largest city and a busy port. There are a couple of nice lookouts ........
For good view over the city & port. .....Wilf Campbell Memorial Lookout offers a fantastic view Roundhill Lookout ......For spectacular sunrise and sunset views.
The Civic Centre has the information centre, art gallery and Burnie Pioneer Village, a museum with a re-creation of Burnie as it was a century ago.
The information centre books free guided tours of the huge Amcor paper mill.
Lactos Cheese Factory was good to visit, we tried many different varieties of Cheese here, and ended up buying some.
There is a loop walk around Burnie that includes a waterfront boardwalk, the Romaine Track, and Fernglade Recreation Reserve on the Emu River, a good place to see platypus.
Strahan, and we decided on the Gordon River cruise for the day. We chose the "Wanderer iii" for a full day cruise with lunch included.
Our day was fine & sunny, so off we headed on this beautiful "cat", so clean, so smooth, didn't feel like you were on water, doubt if anybody would get sick on this.
The Ocean was really calm, so we went out through Hell's Gates and quite a way out into the Southern Ocean, this can only be done on calm days, so we were lucky there.
Next, a stop at a Salmon farm at sea, and watched them being fed.
At Sarah Island, (this used to be a convict settlement), we stopped for an hour. You could go with a guide, or browse on your own.
We chose the guide, who was very informative, and witty, had us all laughing, glad we took this option.
Back on the "cat" and heading up the Gordon River. The wind had come up, so no nice reflection photos.
At the turn around point, we all got off while the boat was being turned, and went for a walk in the rainforest.
Lunch was a smorgasboard, which was very nice and worth the money. A leisurely cruise back to Strahan wharf.
PRICES IN 2009 START FROM $85
Check out the website for all the information you need for this lovely cruise.
We both agreed, this was an EXCELLENT DAYS OUTING.
There are quite a few nice walks around here.
Gutteridge Gardens are nice with the Inglis river running alongside.
An easy walk commences from Gutteridge Gardens and passes by many areas planted with Australian native plants. Across the river you can see the Wynyard Golf Links the site of the first settlement in 1841.
Leaving the Gardens you will see the Showgrounds, original Cenotaph,and the Wynyard Cemetery, containing the tombstones of some of Wynyard's pioneers.
Along the track there are many Gums and Melaleuca's, quite a bit of birdlife including Green Rosellas, Honeyeaters, Superb Blue Wrens, Brown Thornbills, and Grey fantails in the lower scrubby places.
A boardwalk crosses over a very swampy area, where at low tide you can see thousands of crabs scurrying to and fro. On the tidal flats, expect to see White Faced Heron, Pacific and Silver Gulls, Sea Eagles or Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos can sometimes be seen. The Cape Bridge Reserve is a good picnic and fishing area.
There is a Silver Gull rookery at the mouth of the Inglis river and Little Penguins nest along the beachfront near Fossil Bluff. There are a lot of other walks that are on the good website.
Wynyard has many nice walking trails.
This is a new centre and located here is 'THE WONDERS OF WYNYARD' which is Australia's largest collection of restored Ford vehicles. Admission is $6.
There is also a collection of rare Japanese dolls which was donated to the community by a Japanese Mr. Ogawa, who had been in the area for a couple of years. What a nice gesture!
This large sandstone bluff is the location where AUSTRALIA'S OLDEST FOSSIL OF A MARSUPIAL was found.
Fossil Bluff just east of the Beach is a sandstone Bluff, with layers of fossils encased in the stone. Some of the layers of sandstone are rich in fossils, while others are not, showing the different climatic conditions that occurred during millions of years. Please do not take specimens of fossils from the Bluff.
There is a small beach with rocks either end, where you will find fossilised shells. At low tide you can walk around the Bluff along the beach to a Silver Gull rookery at the mouth of the Inglis river. Little Penguins nest along most of the shoreline and from September to February, the telltale signs of their excrement will tell you where they nest, but please do not disturb them.
You can drive so far to reach the top, from the car park there is a track to the top.
Another EXCELLENT lookout with 360 degree views, another MUST!
If you are cut off by the tide then walk back to the Golf Links side of the Bluff, along the edge of the Golf Links, and back along the road to the Fossil Bluff Car Park.
What a beautiful headland this is, with magnificent ocean views and views back to Wynyard.
This "cape" is another volcanic plug, that rises 190 metres above sea level.
The Table Cape Lighthouse , built in 1888, is set on a sheer cliff edge, surrounded by scenic farmlands. It has a sad history with the death of the headkeeper's 14 month old son. It was lit by oil wick lamp, but in 1979, was converted to electricity.
Each October in Wynyard, this Tulip Festival is held.
Some of the displays are live music and roving entertainers, Tulip Tossing, Tulips @ Twilight, arts & Crafts, and other happenings.
It is held to celebrate the spring flowering of the tulips at Van Diemens Quality Bulb Farm on Table Cape.
ANZ Fireworks over the Inglis River are held on the Saturday evening.
If you can find time, take a walk through the largest publicly accessible area of tulips under cultivation in the southern hemisphere on Table Cape, and enjoy & smell the flowers! Bulbs, flowers and potted colour are all for sale at the Table Cape tulip farm.
Every Late September to and including October (spring in Austalia), Roberts-Thomsons Tulip farm is open to the public.
70 different varieties of Tulips will be in bloom.
There is a farm interpretation centre, visitor centre centre, and farm gate shop.
Here you can buy flowers, bulbs in pots, and just bulbs, and of course, the usual souvenir.
For gardeners or non-gardeners, this is a sight to behold, if you can't get the Netherlands, come here, its cheaper!
Admission for 2008 is $6.
Guide Falls are popular picnic area just south of Burnie, near Ridgley.
An easy walking track to the base of the two-tiered falls is a few hundred metres upstream. The road continues to the top of the falls and the viewing platform.
A walking track leads you through the thick undergrowth of the riverside, down to a grassed area at the bottom.
There are barbecues with picnic tables at both the top and bottom of the falls, a beautiful place to spend the day in summer. There are many falls in the Ridgley area and a few kilometres further on, are the Sanderson Falls and St Georges Falls.
This was an EXCELLENT cruise, with only four of us, plus the Captain(Darryl) and what good fun he was, certainly made sure everybody had an enjoyable time.!
The cruise leaves from Fisherman's Wharf and heads to Bull Rock, which is a non-breeding ground, 600metres off shore.
There are heaps of Australian Fur Seals here (Maybe 500). Darryl took the boat as close as he could, and stayed until everybody was completely satisfied and we all had the photos we wanted.
We thoroughly enjoyed watching the playful seals playing in the water and basking in the sunshine.
CRUISES ARE FROM.......
1st May to September 30th 10.00 am.
1st October to April 30th 10.00 am and 3.00 pm.
If the weather conditions are bad, then the cruise for that day may be cancelled.
Duration of cruise 75 minutes.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure from the dockside office.
The cruise is about 11/2 hours and the cost $40 IN 2007
This is the homestead of Van Dieman's Land company, built in the 1830's and perched on a hill overlooking the coast.
This property, which has worker's cottages, and old chapel, farmyard buildings, is the birthplace of European settlement in the far north west of Tasmania.
Highfield house was built for Edward Curr, who was the head agent of the VDL Company. He lived in a small cottage until it was built. Highfield was leased in 1856, this was because the farm had huge losses.
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ADMISSION IN 2009 IS.............
Family $25.00 2 Adults and 3 children 5 - 18 years old
Child $5.00 From 0 to 16 years old.
A MUST DO WHEN IN STANLEY, is to take the chairlift to the top of "The Nut' it only takes about 5 minutes.
If you are very fit, then walk up and down, but bewarned, IT IS STEEP!
The nut, is a stump on an extinct volcano. It used to be heavily wooded until the 1850's, when it was cleared for cattle grazing.
The views from the top are fantastic, BEWARE it can be very windy and cold, so it may pay to take something warm with you.
Around the top is a 40minute walking track, and in the right season, you can see the MUtton birds nesting.
Joseph Lyons, was born in 1879, and was the ONLY TASMANIAN PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA
He started as a Teacher, then went into Politics. In 1914, he was Deputy leader of the Labor Party and in 1923, the State Premier of Tasmania.
When the Labor Party lost power, he went to Canberra, and became Prime Minister of Australia (1923-1930) and (1932-1939)
He was known as "Honest Joe"
His cottage has Antiques, Memorablia, Family tree.
Entry is FREE, but donations are accepted.
As you are heading towards Stanley, you see a HUGE ROCKY OUTCROP, this is "The Nut' and the town of Stanley is beneath it.
There is a lookout on the way, make sure you stop as there are great great views from here.
There is also a plaque with the inscription "The Nut, discovered by Bass & Flinders in 1798, rises abruptly 143 metres from the sea to a flattish top"