DAY 21

After another great stay in Campania at “Churchill” farm stay and a few days exploring Hobart, we decided to head further west towards Mount Field National Park and Gordon Dam.

Tomorrow is Australia Day and we were unsure how busy the National Park Campground would be so we decided to get going and arrive mid-morning so if it was busy we could catch the campers leaving and snag a spot.  Turns out, that was a great plan, plenty of campers had left and we found a nice spot that backed onto the river.  We stayed at the National Park Campground which was within easy walking distance to the start of the walks.

DAY 22

Today we went chasing waterfalls in the National Park.  A 7.5km walk had us wandering through the park and past three different waterfalls including the Tall Trees walk. The National Park Information Centre, just before the campground, has all the information and maps you need to plan your stay.

After dark we were told to head back to Russell Falls to see the glow worms – they are so beautiful to see, twinkling in the dark. We also spotted two quolls along the walk.  Quolls are extinct on the mainland so Tassie is the only place to spot these little guys!!

Pademelon Wallabies also call the National Park home and Tyler made friends with one little guy at our campsite.

DAY 23

Gordon Dam was in our sights today!  From the campground, it was just shy of an hour and a half to the dam with a few things to stop off and look at along the way.  It is quite a drive to the dam but well worth it, the views of the dam wall are spectacular.

We stopped in at Serpentine Dam and cooked up some lunch – would have been a great spot to stay with the van!

DAY 24

Today we left Mount Field and travelled to Bradys Lake via New Norfolk for some essentials – groceries and a load of laundry!

DAY 25

Bradys Lake is the perfect spot to relax and the boys got out in the boat a few times. The fish weren’t biting though but they did manage one trout and it made for a delicious lunch!

We love a campground where we can launch the tinny straight in front of the van!

DAY 26

We packed up after lunch to head to Bronte Lake, 10 minutes up the road, as the fisheries guy that came by said the fishing was better up there. When we arrived there wasn’t much space with a few other campers already set up so we continued to Derwent Bridge and stayed on Lake King William for the night. This was quite a nice little find – there is camping along the water for a kilometre or so, some spots more suitable for rooftop tents or campervans though.

DAY 27

We are heading further west today but first we visited THE WALL IN THE WILDERNESS. This is a must see attraction in Derwent Bridge. Greg Duncan has been sculpting a Huon Pine wall some 100 metres long and 3 metres high for the last decade and a half. Greg’s work is simply incredible and you just have to make sure you stop here. You cannot take any pictures inside so you just have to trust us on this recommendation – this was our second visit and we loved it just as much.

We continued on towards Strahan with a few stops along the way.

Nelson Falls – an easy stop on the highway and a short walk into this waterfall.

Iron Blow Lookout – just off the highway is a suspended walkway over the old Iron Blow Copper Mine.

After 9 million corners!! we arrived in Strahan and set up at the Golf Club for the next few days.


To be continued…