With a bit of time up our sleeve, rather than do the big inland crossing of the Eyre Peninsula, we decided to head down the west coast and make the shorter west to east crossing to come out at the beautiful little town of Cowell and visit Whyalla as well
Two prominent tree sitters were Peter Firth, who endured a Styx winter for 51 days before being removed, and Miranda Gibson who spent 15 months in a tree just west of the Styx Valley. Respect!
Queenstown has a population of just under two thousand and an uncertain future now that the mining operations are on maintenance only. It certainly has a future though, as a centre for remote tourism– it’s a place like nowhere else.
Experiences that the Tarkine provides at Corinna are so unique. Right in front of the hotel is the wonderful Pieman River, where the beautiful Arcadia II departs on river cruises and where the Fatman Barge ferries vehicles across to the southern shore.
I didn’t know what to expect after finding out about the fires that had broken out in Tasmania’s Tarkine Wilderness in January. But I am so glad that we didn’t change our trip – the day on the Arthur River will remain a wonderful memory of a very special place in Australia.
Our first reaction when we arrived was ‘Wow!’ due to the size and colour of the balloons. It brought smiles to our faces that didn’t leave until we had seen off all the balloons – it was a fabulous experience watching them get going.
The third leg of our Victorian loop took us to the mineral spa county of Daylesford and involved attending a local community Agricultural Show – a great experience!
The Great Ocean Road is often listed in the top 10 of the world’s great ocean drives – and for good reason. It has fabulous views, interesting towns to visit, fantastic natural attractions and wonderful countryside to drive through.
We decided to expand the “Around the Bay” loop a bit to take in two of what are recognised as Australia’s, and indeed the world’s, great drives – the Black Spur and Great Ocean Road drives in Victoria.
You can get another fabulous splash of spring colour with a drive of just over a 2 hours north from the centre of Sydney. The Hunter Valley Gardens in Pokolbin now lays claim to being Australia’s largest display gardens.