8th December, 2017.
We planned to spend the weekend in Ulverstone getting together with a group of like-minded travellers who are members of a Facebook group, The Very Best of Caravan and Camping in Tassie which has proved invaluable for planning our Tassie adventure. We had never met any of these people before but we hoped to spend an enjoyable time with them. As it happened one couple turned out to be the brother and sister-in-law of our friends and fellow residents at RVHB, Narelle and Bob.
Erich was out with his camera before we left camp.
Looking towards the appropriately named Table Cape in the distance.
Just love the European Goldfinch that is very common in Tassie but which we have never seen on the mainland.
As we only had to travel around 20 kms from our camp at Preservation Bay, we were early arrivals at the Ulverstone Big 4 Caravan Park but there was no problem checking in early.
9th December, 2017.
We had a good day chatting with group members and had a great Happy Hour and early evening. I even won a raffle prize – a pair of powder coated camp oven lifters made by one of the group members who is a metal fabricator. They will come in very handy as our Bedourie camp oven is a bit of a pain to lift. We usually use tent peg pullers to grab hold of the triangular shaped handles.
Not sure why, but no photos at all for the day.
10th December, 2017.
Many of the group members were Tasmanians and had to return home for work or other commitments so the caravan park emptied quite quickly. We decided to walk in to town to have a closer look at the many lovely buildings and parks that are a feature of Ulverstone.
We came across this pair of Rainbow Lorikeets nesting in a tree in the public park adjoining the caravan park. I was surprised to see them as I believed they weren’t found in Tasmania. When we got back from our walk, Erich did a bit of investigation and found that they are regarded as a pest here and sightings are asked to be reported to the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. Erich emailed the department with GPS coordinates for the nest and received a reply that the email would be forwarded to the “invasive species enforcement group”. Sorry birds!
Sadly, this beautiful old building seemed to be falling into disrepair.
This garish signage certainly detracts from this stately old building.
A monochrome shot of the hotel faҫade.
We walked down to the riverfront and checked out a small farmers’ market before continuing on through a Naval Memorial Park.
Looking towards the mouth of the Leven River with the Leven Yachting Club.
There are some stunning old homes bordering the park.
The memorial park is huge and links up with other parklands along the foreshore so that we were able to complete our walk away from the hustle and bustle of traffic.
These century-old palms were relocated to the same part of the park where the ill-fated Rainbow Lorikeets have their nest.