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Feb 12, 2014 - Port Arthur
Yesterday we went to Port Arthur, where the British Empire sent its criminals in the 1830s and 40s. The tour and the exhibits were interesting, if somewhat depressing. A cruise ship was in, so there were lots of people there. After the tour and cruise, we decided against spending more time exploring the site, and we drove down to Remarkable Cave, where we saw a few “Superb Fairy Wrens,” one of whom almost flew into Larry's pocket, some not-too-successful surfers, another great view, and walked down 115 steps to see the cave, which is...Jump to full entry
Feb 12, 2014 - Devils!
Normally, we prefer to see wildlife in the wild. But it is difficult if not impossible to see Tasmanian Devils in the wild. First, they are an endangered species. Second, they are nocturnal. Third, they are black. So this morning we went to the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park, where they are breeding disease-free devils in natural surroundings. Tasmanian Devils have been attacked by Facial Tumor Disease, a fatal cancer that affects only the devils, is transmitted by bites, and is fatal within 5 months. The disease first appeared about 12...Jump to full entry
Feb 11, 2014 - Tasman Peninsula
On Monday, we left Bruny Island without too much trouble, drove north through Hobart to Sorell, where we stopped at Sorell Fruit farm for desserts. Down to the Tasman Peninsula, where we took the Pirates Bay Drive, and stopped for beautiful lookouts and Tesselated Pavement. Along the trail, we saw an echidna, just as it vanished into the bushes. Drove down to Taranna and found a place to stay at Abs by the Bay, a sort of B&B without the breakfast. We have a nice little cabin with a kitchen and bath. Our hostess let me do some laundry and...Jump to full entry