17th February, 2018.
Time to move on again, heading west across to the Midland Highway, the main north-south artery running through the centre of the island, and then south to Campbell Town. There is a 48 hour free camp within walking distance of the town; no facilities except a few bins.
This historic bridge spans the small river which bounds the western side of the campground.
There are a few well-preserved old buildings in the town and we enjoyed our walk.
More chainsaw carvings in the park beside the bridge.
Lake Leake is located east of Campbell Town and had been recommended to us by a couple of people as a great place to stay. As the weather was predicted to worsen in the morning, we decided to take a drive out there to check it out. We’re so glad we did not take the van out there. Just a tiny camping area surrounded by fishing shacks and not a pleasant outlook at all. On reflection, those who recommended the place to us were fisherfolk so that must have been the attraction for them. It certainly had nothing else going for it.
18th February, 2018.
Needing to get a few things from the supermarket in town, we decided to follow a path along the river which headed in the direction of town but offered no entry into any of the streets until we were at the opposite end of town where we passed this old church.
We then spent a quiet day around camp. There were lots of blackberry bushes lining one side of the campground and passing locals stopped there to pick berries to take home with them. They are nasty bushes though with lots of thorns.
A Yellow-throated Honeyeater, endemic to Tasmania and the Bass Strait Islands.
A common House Sparrow I think.
A Grey Fantail.
A New Holland Honeyeater.
19th February, 2018.
With our 48 hour time limit up, we moved south to the historic town of Oatlands which has so many beautifully preserved old buildings and some stunning sandstone structures. The campground is located next door to the Carrington Mill.
In stark contrast to the outside of the bakery, we found lots of movie memorabilia dedicated to the late Errol Flynn, a Tasmanian, Marilyn Monroe and a room dedicated to boxing movies.
20th February, 2018.
We decided to make a day trip to revisit the lovely town of Ross where we had previously stopped for a coffee on our drive back from Launceston to Hobart a few weeks previously. On that occasion we took photos of the historic convict bridge but did not have time to fully explore the town. This time we walked the length of the main street, spent quite a bit of time in the Tasmanian Wool Centre which houses a museum dedicated to the wool industry in Australia as well as an extensive historical museum about Ross and its past.
This impressive church stands at the highest point in the town.
We had lunch at the local pub and then decided to make a loop trip across to Interlaken, between Lake Sorrell and Lake Crescent and then on to Bothwell before making our way back to Oatlands. The dirt road was in quite good condition but was extremely steep and winding and at times I regretted suggesting the drive. But we made it without incident. As it happens, Interlaken is not actually a town, just a locality with lots of weekenders catering to fishermen we assume, although at the moment one of the lakes is closed to fishing.
Our first glimpse of Lake Sorell.
The channel that regulates the flow of water from Lake Sorrell to Lake Crescent.
The boat ramp at Lake Sorrell.
The drive from the lakes down to Bothwell was much easier than the ascent from the other side. We refuelled in Bothwell and then parked the car for a walk around the town to see some of the old buildings.
Leaving Bothwell, we drove back to the intersection with the Midland Highway and then turned north to return to our camp at Oatlands.