Friday, 31 October 2014

In Search of Shower Falls

A cheeky parrot that was hanging about looking for food.

Patterson Arch down on the Tasman Peninsula isn't as famous as the Tasman Arch but equally as imposing. I was quite surprised that there were no signs advising tourists of this beauty. It is at Waterfall Bay where we headed to to find Shower Falls. We had read about them in a bush-walking book and we really wanted to check them out.

On the way we stopped at Eaglehawk Neck and snapped this bronze sculpture depicting the dogs that once guarded the neck against the escape of convicts from Port Arthur. There is a narrow strip of land called the Neck that stops the Tasman Peninsula from being an island and the dogs were kept savage and hungry ready to deal with any convict that had got away.

We found the track that we were to take and I fell in love with the variety of moss. We traveled up and up, high above Waterfall Bay in search of the waterfalls.

The thing I love about bush-walking is the things you find.

High above the bay.

Wild flowers blooming,

Even the green hooded orchids

and the heath

Rocks jutting out of the sea

Trees clinging onto the cliffs for sheer life.

Cape Huay in the distance.

The surf beach on the way home. Did we find the Falls?

Not Shower Falls, no! Somehow we didn't venture far enough even though we climbed high, BUT we did find these small falls on the Truganinni Track at Taroona a few days later.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Collinsvale to Myrtle Forest

Stopped for morning tea at Collinsvale and discovered an association for old machinery.

The prettiest Heath in the bush nearby.

The path leading into the Myrtle Forest

Ferns, unfurling, fresh, green and curly.

Myrtle stream

Beautiful bush-walking area.

an old scar.

Trees with limbs like an octopus.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Oops I forgot

I promised the Government House gardens last post and I forgot all about them. Well, here they are!

The biggest vegie garden EVER!

They have about 100 chooks