Zeb and Eider Explore Northern Tasmania

Yesterday we admired the white sand and clear blue water of the Bay of Fires and marveled at Tasmania’s tallest waterfall, St. Columba Falls.    This is such a beautiful island.   Continuing along the north coast of Tasmania, we saw more flocks of sheep, but we also saw herds of cattle.

Many cattle

Many cattle

We think the rolling green pasture land and fields are beautiful, especially with the mountains in the background.

Beautiful green fields with mountains in background

Beautiful green fields with mountains in background

Our next stop was Little Plains Lookout on our way to Scottsdale.

Little Plains Lookout

Little Plains Lookout

Tasmania is repurposing this land, planting hardwood trees which will be harvested in 2025.   These will be used primarily for hardwood timber and veneer products.

New hardwood trees

New hardwood trees

The residue, not suitable for sawlogs, is used for pulp.    In Colorado we do not see many stores called bottle shops, but we did in Tasmania.   This was our favorite brand of bottle shop.

Thirsty Camel Bottleshop

Thirsty Camel Bottleshop

This Thirsty Camel Bottleshop is in Lilydale, Tasmania.

We are in Lilydale, Tasmania

We are in Lilydale, Tasmania

We like the camel.   Continuing our exploration, a few kilometers north of George Town, we enjoy Low Head Historic Precinct.   This is the ship’s bell, standing by the octagonal chart room.

Ship's Bell in front of octagonal chart room

Ship’s Bell in front of octagonal chart room

This is a recovered wooden marker buoy.

Recovered wooden maker buoy

Recovered wooden maker buoy

These buoys are used to mark channels and other hazards.   Here is the Low Head Lighthouse.

Low Head Lighthouse near George Town

Low Head Lighthouse near George Town

This view from the keeper’s cottage shows why the lighthouse is needed here.

Vast water view from lighthouse keeper's cottage

Vast water view from lighthouse keeper’s cottage

Continuing our journey, we are on the Batman Highway, where we encountered Australia’s first cable-stayed bridge.   This is Batman Bridge in Sidmouth, Tasmania.   Batman Bridge spans the Tamar River.

Batman Bridge

Batman Bridge

Construction began in 1966 and the bridge opened in 1968.   Batman Bridge is named for John Batman, one of the founders of Melbourne,who earlier lived in Northern Tasmania.   We drove under the bridge

Batman Bridge from below

Batman Bridge from below

where we were greeted by this colorful bird.

The official greeter?

The official greeter?

Driving over the bridge, we admired its architecture.

What a great bridge

What a great bridge

It is getting late and we do not want to drive in the dark.   We see too many kangaroos every morning that have been hit by vehicles during the night.   We spent the night in Burnie, Tasmania.   We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks and our humans, like driving round Tasmania.   We think you would enjoy it also.

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