Monday 23/4/18 – Sunday 29/4/18
Leaving Deloraine on Monday morning we travelled out through the little township of Mole Creek to King Solomons Cave. Should have checked beforehand but the entry price for both of us was $40 so decided not to go through the cave after all. Next time! It was a really lovely, sunny day and the countryside was just beautiful which made for a very enjoyable drive. We tracked back to Mole Creek for lunch. On an impulse we followed the signs to Alum Cliffs. It was a great little hike out to see the spectacular view. From there, Chudleigh show ground was our camp for the night. Chudleigh is a lovely little village known for the many rose bushes which line the road through town. The Melita Honey Farm is located here and has an enormous variety of honeys and blends to sample. Apparently the honey ice cream is really nice…
The next day we travelled to Port Sorell via the Raspberry Farm at Elizabeth Town, the beautiful Villarett Gardens and Railton. Railton is known as the town of topiary. Fine examples of topiary are found throughout the town, on the sides of the road and in private gardens. The War Memorial even has topiary figures of military personnel in attendance.
Port Sorell seemed to be a quiet little place when we arrived there so we were really surprised by the huge turnout for the ANZAC Day Dawn Service. The service was very well presented and featured an address by a Navy Captain. Another highlight was a tradition we hadn’t seen before of burning gum leaves at the end of the service. Apparently in wars past families would send their loved ones, serving far away and overseas, gum leaves. This was so they could throw them on the fire at night and the scent would remind them of home.
On our way to Nan’s place later that day we called in to Devonport. We took a drive to Bluff Park and walked out to the Poseidon sculpture and also went up to the lighthouse. We then drove on through Penguin and had lunch there. I might add that a trip to Penguin is not complete without a visit to Penguin Bakery.
So lovely to get to Nan’s that afternoon. We spent the rest of the day chatting and catching up on the last 6 weeks or so. The next couple of days were spent relaxing, attending to chores and catching up with Uncle Charlie & Aunty Cheryle at Two Oaks Cafe. Nan also brought out lots of items of family heritage, letters, documents and photos to go through. It was so interesting to hear Nan’s stories of family history. Our time with Nan has been very special.
In the days leading up to our crossing back over the Bass Strait to Melbourne, I checked the weather/swell report several times a day! We’d heard of some very rough crossings recently. However when the day arrived, it was beautifully calm. How lucky were we!
We had a night and day in Melbourne, spending time with Luke. Sunday morning we had brunch together at Proud Mary’s before heading over to Queen Victoria Markets and picking up delicious fresh produce for the week ahead. Saying goodby for now to Luke, we headed out of the city that afternoon and camped at Bunyip for the night.
Mole Creek & Chudleigh
Port Sorell (and on the way)
Devonport, Penguin and Somerset
Goodbye Tasmania and on to Melbourne