|Devonport is a town on the
north coast west of Launceston. A ferry runs between Devonport and
Melbourne. The ferry is operated by TT-Lines and leaves for Devonport
from Station Pier in Port Melbourne.
Alternative transport to Tasmania is by air from Melbourne Airport to
either Hobart of Launceston on either Qantas http://www.qantas.com.au
or Ansett http://www.ansett.com.au
Light planes also fly to Tasmania from Melbourne's Moorabbin Airport,
including to Devonport and the Bass Strait islands of King Island and Flinders
Lake Saint Claire and Cradle Mountain
The beautiful Lake Saint Claire and Cradle Mountain National
Park are in central Tasmania south of Devonport.
Picture: Lake Saint Claire
The southwest of Tasmania is rugged, wet, unihabited and inaccessable.
Massive hydro-electric dams have been built and the hydro-electric town
of Strathgordon established west of Hobart.
On the mid-west coast is the peaceful and beautiful fishing town of
Strahan. From Strahan many visitors get a glimpse of the World Heriatge
Listed forests of the wild southwest by taking a day cruise (around $50)
up the Gordon or lower Franklin Rivers.
The drive to Strahan from Hobert takes you along the Derwent River
valley through the small historic towns of New Norfolk and Hamilton.
When approaching Strahan you will pass through the former copper and gold
moning town of Queenstown. The desolate hills surrounding Queenstown
are an example of the lasting devastation poor mining practices can cause.
Most trees were cut down to fuel the mining smelters, the rest died from
pollution from the smelters and the heavy rains in the region washed away
the topsoil leaving eroded grey muddy hillsides. Revegetation is impossible.
The grey heavily sedimented river through Queenstown is polluted with mercury.
The contrast with the tranquility of the Gordon and Lower Franklin Rivers
could not be more marked.
Zeehan on the other hand is an attrative historic mining town
a little way north of Strahan.
On the far northwest coast is The Nut at Stanley. Stanley
is a small town and the massive rock headland known as The Nut dominates
the town. The Nut can be climbed and their is a chairlift.
The drive along Tasmania's east coast is scenic. The main town
in the area is the pretty fishing town of Bicheno.
Picture: Wineglass Bay, near Bicheno