21st February, 2018.
With no real destination in mind, we took to the country roads east of Oatlands.
The once impressive Railway Hotel in Parattah was our first stop. Not for any refreshments as it is firmly closed as is the railway station whose claim to fame is that it is the highest railway station on an active line in Tasmania.
It would be a long wait.
The following few rural photos were taken along the route.
Back in Oatlands, we went for another walk through the grounds of Carrington Mill which has been restored and is once again producing flour.
Lake Dulverton sits below the camping grounds and is home to lots of birdlife. There is a walking path along this side of the lake which continues all the way to Parattah, a distance of around 7.5 kilometres. The donations collected from the campground go towards the maintenance of the walking track.
22nd February, 2018.
Bidding farewell to the lovely town of Oatlands, we headed north to Campbell Town and then onto a minor road to the town of Cressy where we arrived before lunch. The main reason for this choice was to do the drive around the Great Lake. As the weather forecast was for a lot of rain the following day, we decided to do the drive that afternoon. We travelled the route in a clockwise direction, through Poatina and then up a very steep winding road climbing around 1000 metres from the plains below. At one point on a very tight corner, we had to come to a complete stop on a sharp, uphill left hand bend as a logging truck was negotiating the bend. I was very pleased we didn’t try to take the van on this road. Most of the advisory speed signs on bends were 25kph but one was 15kph! Once at the top of the plateau, the road straightened out making for a pleasant drive.
We drove down to the boat ramp at Cramps Bay to have a look. Once again there were what looked to be weekenders for fishermen.
Heading further west, the road runs between Great Lake and Arthurs Lake. There was a camping area at Arthurs Lake not far from the road so we drove down to have a look. Again this looked to be a place for fishermen and the lake couldn’t be seen from the camping area as far as we could tell.
There is a large pumping station adjacent to the boat ramp.
Once we reached the intersection of this road with the Highland Lakes Road, we turned north to drive along the western side of Great Lake. Much of this part of the road is gravel and there was a lot of roadwork going on making it a slow trip. The scenery was nice but there were not too many opportunities to stop for photos.
The next three photos show the view of Great Lake from a lookout after another steep and winding climb.
A little further along the road we found another spot to stop for a view in the opposite direction.
Descending the north side of the plateau and not far past the turn to Liffey Falls which had visited previously, we turned east and made our way across back roads to our camp at Cressy.
23rd February, 2018.
Once again the weather forecast was accurate and we could see rain approaching on the radar. Having seen what we came to see we decided to head to our next stop in Latrobe. It was a most unpleasant drive in the rain but fortunately it wasn’t far. The campsite is right in the middle of town and there was not much room but we managed to slot ourselves in, didn’t unhitch and waited out the rain.