Monday 17 February 2014

Tasmania Trip - Day 24

Day 24 - 17/2/2014 – Dover to Port Arthur

We were on the road by about 8:30 this morning as we had a quite a few stops to make on the way to Port Arthur. Too do this we had to back track through Huonville to Hobart and make it through the CBD. For a small CBD they seem to have lanes going every which way. It wasn't easy trying to dive across 2 lanes of traffic to get the right exit, but we managed.

The causeway to Sorell

The first stop of the morning was the Tessellated Pavement. It is one of the more well known examples of tessellated pavements because it has two types of formations, pan and loaf formations. It was fascinating how geometric nature can be.

Next stop was the Tasman Blowhole.

Some great scenery on the walk too

Then Tasmans Arch

and an unspectacular Devils Kitchen

On the way to Port Arthur we passed the Blue Seal Cafe

On arrival at Port Arthur we had a late lunch and then went into see the historic site. We weren't really too interested in the history of the place but more wanted to have a look at the old buildings and the gardens. We were lucky enough to just make it for the last boat tour of the day. It gave a different perspective of the grounds.

Slipway sculpture

After the boat tour we had a quick walk around some of the old builds and ruins and the gardens.

It was getting late in the afternoon so we checked into the nearest van park and were just lucky enough to get about the second last powered site. Even then it was an overflow site. The Gardens Point van park was very nice. It was on the top of a ridge and close to the ocean. You could even hear the surf in the nearby cove and there was a walking track down to the cove beach.