Friday, 21 February 2014

Tasmania Trip - Day 28

Day 28 - 21/2/2014 – St Helens to Myrtle Park

After a windy night in the van, the next morning was a lot calmer. The first stop of the morning was St Columba Falls.


The walk through the rainforest to the falls was actually quite chilly because the side of the mountain was still in shade and hadn't had any sun.






When leaving the falls we had to stop on the road to let a young echidna cross the road.


Smoko stop for the day was at the Pub in the Paddock – St Columba Falls Hotel. If we had had more time it would have been a fantastic place to stop overnight. I think you can camp in the Hotel grounds.



The Pub in the Paddock was also home to Priscilla – Princess of the Paddock – a beer swilling pig. I bought a “beer” to give to Priscilla, but I think she must have still had a hangover from the day before as she wasn't even interested in getting out of bed for it!



After leaving the Pub in the Paddock we wound our way through the valley and the scenery was just spectacular due to a perfect day.



We passed through Derby, which was like chalk and cheese to the other town of Derby that we have spent some time in.





We arrived mid afternoon at Myrtle Park. Even then we in the overflow area. It was such a nice place and we liked it so much that we reckon if we had found this place at the start of the trip we probably wouldn't have seem much of Tasmania! We could have quite easily spent a fair bit of time here. St Patricks river runs through the back of the park and if you book ahead you would be able to get a site with water views. After setting up we went for a walk along the river bank, and at one waterhole we saw a couple of platypus. They were pretty shy so I wasn't able to get any photos of them unfortunately, but we sat and watched them for a least half an hour.



Unfortunately not our site :-(


It was shaping up to be one of the coldest nights that we have had on Tas. It was down to 7deg at 10pm and dropping fast.

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