Friday, January 02, 2009

Tasmania: Day 3: Tahune Forest Airwalk, Berry Picking

We lucked out and had another nice day on our 3rd day in Tassie (Dec. 23rd), so we headed off early to do the Tahune Forest Airwalk, which the Lonely Planet (those books are so helpful!) said was one of the top 10 walks in Tasmania. It's 600 m of steel walkways suspended 20 m above the forest floor. We also did a hike in the forest surrounding the airwalk, which included 2 suspension bridges that went over 2 different rivers. It was really pretty and we had a really nice hike.
The forest...
Part of the walk...


The river was really peaceful. I love just listening to a river flowing.


Suspension bridge...




After the hike, we started our drive to Port Arthur, where we stayed for the night. We went through a little town called Sorell. It's one of Tasmania's oldest towns. The Sorell Department Store seemed to be the most popular and perhaps one of the only shops in town.
They did have lots of fields though...

One thing that we did on this trip, was not make too many plans. We decided to just drive and see where we ended up. So, when we saw the sign for the Sorell Fruit Farm, we just had to make a visit. It's a u-pick with all sorts of fruit. We decided to pick some berries. There were all kinds of berries, lots I have never heard of! We picked loganberries, boysenberries, silvanberries, jostberries and my favorite, tayberries (a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry). It was a lot of fun and we ate berries for breakfast for the next few days. I still love raspberries the most, but got my fix in Tas. They were often being sold on the side of the road, which I thought was just wonderful!


,So pretty...
There is a lot of farm life in Tasmania. I don't think I have ever seen so many cows and sheep!

Meals were kept easy while we were away. If you could microwave it, we ate it. It was so nice to not have to worry about cooking or dishes!
We stayed at a carvan park in Port Arthur on our 3rd night. It was the only campground in the whole trip to have a fire pit, so we were excited! Steve went to ask the owner where we could buy firewood and he told us to just find some in the woods! That was a surprise, since usually you're not allowed to do that. It was fun searching the forest for wood...
...we got a pretty good pile...
...and had a really good fire!
We weren't sure what this guy was, but he wasn't shy and came right up beside us at the fire. I had spilled some granola and he was hungry! It kind of looks like a possum, but doesn't really have a possum face. Any idea what this is?

More still to come...

4 comments:

Drennans said...

love that picture of you up close looking at the view!

Rej said...

Good stuff guys, my guess for that little critter is a bandicoot

Amy said...

I concur with rej's assessment, more specifically it is a bilby....I had chocolate bilbies from Darryl Lee's one year....great that you guys saw a real one (though probably not as tasty...!)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bilby

Brianna said...

I love the forest. Good lines with the trees and the bridge. Oh man, it makes me miss Lamington.