richoztrek: Richos trek oz 2013 travel blog

A devil at the conservation park

Sal gets right up close

A couple of very placid juvenile Tawny Frogmouths

The Richmond convict bridge

Our welcoming party at Narawntapu


The park at sunset

Rock decorating

Clarinet practice

Guitar-playing, Alice style

Bread making

First bread making attempt in the weber is definitely success

Wombat spotting

Lantern lighting


With only a couple of days left in our Tassie adventure we headed to the north coast. We needed to be back in Devonport to catch the boat anyway, but there was also the promise of plenty of sunshine and Sal was keen to get somewhere that we might see some more wombats.

So it was that we left Port Arthur yesterday morning and drove all the way to Narawntapu National Park on the north coast. Along the way we stopped firstly at the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park where we spent a couple of (very painful, in Will's opinion!) hours observing some of the Tassie devils as well as other Australian wildlife. Sal especially managed to get up-close to the funny little devils in one of the clear perspex domes that stick up into their enclosures. We also stopped briefly in the town of Richmond to take a couple of photos of Australia's oldest bridge, built by convicts in 1823. Your can of course get postcards of such things but when your route takes you so close to them it seems a crime not to lay eyes on them for yourself!

As soon as we arrived in Narawntapu yesterday afternoon, we saw a wombat casually munching on the grass not far away. Setting up in a very peaceful campsite, we made dinner, lit ourselves a fire, and Sal and Pip went for a wombat spotting walk.

Today was a glorious day, easily the nicest we've had here. It was almost like Tassie was saving the best for last, wanting us to leave with a good impression! With nowhere to be and nothing but blue skies and sunshine we spent the day doing such things as a little guitar playing (Sal), clarinet recitals (Pip), bread baking (Ben), slice baking (Sal), rock decorating and lantern making (kids), reading, and other such relaxing pursuits. Sal reflected that she'd envisaged more of our whole Australia trip would be like this but it's amazing how rare days like this have been.

We finished the day with another campfire and wombat walk, most of the creatures either very elderly or with some sort of skin condition which makes them lose significant patches of fur.

It really was one of those days where life seemed almost perfect!

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