On our way to Narwantapu, we stopped at the Beaconsfield Goldmine and Heritage Center. The gold mining experience here in Tasmania was very much like that of the states.
While this is still an operating subterranean goldmine, it is probably going to close in July as it is too costly without return to continue its operation. The mine's pumping station was one of the biggest in the world when it was built around the turn of the century, pumping more than 8 million gallons of water out of the mines a day.
Upon our arrival at Narwantapu, we secured a campsite on the edge of the open plain, "Serengeti".
As sunset approached on the Tasmanian "serengeti", we did not need to wait long to see pademelons (wallabies), forrester kangaroos, possums, and of course what we really wanted to see....wombats.
They are pretty shy and will run away if you get too close, but some people have been able to get close enough to pet them. The wombats from what we understand have very powerful legs and if a predator (dog, dingo, cat) invades their den, they have been known to crush the predator by positioning their backs against the enemy and pushing with their legs against one den wall pressing it's back to the opposite wall. Squish!
There were a couple of Aussies who had set up lawn chairs in the bracken on the edge of the plain. They had their glasses of wine and cheese, getting ready for the show. It was a good idea and we decided to do the same the following evening.
This couple are retired math and science teachers from Queensland. They have a caravan and rig outfit that they take everywhere. They sound as if they are permanent gypsies. This 4x4 was custom made for them and carries loads of water and petrol for their outback experiences. Looks bullet proof. The back trailer or caravan as they call it here in Australia, pops up and out.
We saw this sign in the campground and were mystified, so we googled it.
Yesterday, we took a hike around the lagoon
and across the plain,
and were fortunate enough to glimpse a small platypus in a swampy pool,
|Can you see the platypus? I think there are two of them.|
and the big forrester kangaroos.
Today, the weather is cool and overcast. It's a good day to blog and plan out the next couple of weeks as we travel the mainland back to Brisbane. We will leave tomorrow for Devonport and once again board the all day ferry on Sunday. Adelaide and the Flinders Range is our next short term destination. So long Tasmania! It's been great getting to know you.
All is Well with the 2 Land Travel R's in Waltzing Matilda.