The scenery of the Tasmanian South West is stunning. Not many people visit the region as the only way in and out is to walk, fly or boat it.
Following are general photos and videos I took on my short stay, (clicking on links will direct you to my cloud storage site).
View of nearby ranges at Melaleuca.
Sunset over landing strip at Melaleuca.
Old tin mine which is now abandoned.
Walker’s hut at Melaleuca.
Tasmania’s south west gets a lot of rain. Mosses and fungi are everywhere.
Lichen and moss on a small tree.
Trigger plants on the track to Cox Bight.
A visitor to my tent, Mrs Tasmanian Pademelon.
Mrs Pademelon and her Joey.
A couple of videos below:
Video of Button Plains here
Video of Flying Home here
There is more to do in the south west wilderness than tick birds. I took a couple of days off bird watching to walk to Cox Bight.
I have always heard of the Button Grass plains in the south west of Tasmania and now I have seen them.
The Button Grass Plains with an elevated boardwalk.
Button Grass and mostly a Leptospermum sp.
Button Grass flower.
Three quarters of the trip to Cox Bight, and a couple of boulders that have rolled off the nearby range.
Cox Bight in the distance
Beach at Cox Bight
Camp site Cox Bight. There were no other campers
The weather cleared and Par Avion was ready to fly me to Melaleuca. There is a second airport at Hobart for smaller commercial flights.
This is not the plane we flew in but it’s a similar model.
Things are pretty basic at Melaleuca which includes the airstrip.
Arriving at Melaleuca
The first objective of the trip was to “tick” Oranage-bellied Parrot (OBP) from my list and so after setting up my tent I visited the two bird hides established to monitor the OBP.
The flash looking bird hide on the left also doubles as a museum. The feeding station for the OBP is on the right
A smaller and less flash looking bird hide
A volunteer monitoring the parrots.
The two Orange-bellied Parrots
Feed back from the volunteers is there are more OBP this year than last year but it’s still less than 50. Most of the birds have a band to distinguish the captive bred birds from those that are wild but I did see one bird without any bands.
With my flight to Melaleuca cancelled due to poor visibility, (I appreciate delaying the landing of a plane in fog, especially when I’m in it) I visited the Hobart Botanical Gardens and the museum, among other places.
Above is the veggie garden frequently used by Peter Cundall on Gardening Australia. Those of you who watch Gardening Australia will know what I mean.
Those of you don’t . . . tough.
There is also a small building in the Bot Gardens not dissimilar to a refrigerator. It is kept at a very low temperature and contains plants found on subantarctic islands. It’s a great idea but it just doesn’t quite work. I believe it is too small and a little tacky.
Nevertheless less the gardens are nice. I added many birds to my list and saw a Brown Bandicoot. I didn’t get a picture of the little treasure.
At the museum I found one of the main reasons for visiting Tasmania. An Orange-bellied Parrot. This little guy was stuffed but it’s still good to practice finding them. Being stuffed, glued to a perch and in a glass box does help.
Below is a great representation of the amount of rain that falls on the west coast of Tasmania. It’s worth tapping/clicking on the image to read the rainfall amounts. Very impressive when you consider Melbourne receives on average 650 mm per year.
I’m having a few days off and thought I would spend it at Melaleuca Tasmania. It’s located in the South West of Tasmania and is rather remote. The only way to get there is by boat, plane or walking.
I’m going to fly with Par Avion but first Hobart.
I have had a Virgin credit card for literally decades and as such, earned several thousand frequent flier points, so I have used them to get to Tassie traveling Business Class. This was a first for me and it was rather nice. Pity it’s a short trip. The staff on the plane treat you like a “special” person, something I could get used to.
I was greeted at the airport by a lovely Beagle who thankfully didn’t want to know me.
I’m staying at the Best Western nearby the CBD of Hobart. I think the word “Best” is a little extravagant but it’s a good place to stay.
The view from my window
Needless to say I visited the Salamanca market. It was good but it rained. It didn’t seem to bother the locals. I think it’s rained here before.
There’s some fantastic old buildings and little laneways down by the docks.
However, some bad news. I’ve just been informed that my flight to Melaleuca has been cancelled due to poor visibility. It seems I will be staying an extra day in Hobart.
I may check out the Botanical Gardens and do a little bird watching.
Kangaroo Island is renown for it’s seals. The link here can explain the various types of seals that live around Australia. I’ve read it often but I still get confused.
Nevertheless, the photograph below is a mother and pup which I saw at Seal Bay. They were resting nearby the extensive boardwalks.
Seal Bay is a wonderful place to visit. The education centre is very good and there are guided tours to the beach on a regular basis. This ensures people are supervised when checking out the seals. I was quietly impressed with the South Australian National Park authority.
This is not a skeleton of a seal but a Humpbacked Whale. Human visitors are not allowed to leave the boardwalks and explore the beach or dunes, but the seals can and hence the tracks around the skeleton were made by the seals.
Kangaroo Island is home to The Flinders Chase National Park which has some notable natural attractions.
Below is a remarkable rock.
Actually there is a cluster of remarkable rocks and they’re called: The Remarkable Rocks. Made of granite, these old rocks are located on a rocky point in the Flinders Chase National Park
The photo below with a group of tourist walking around the boulders effectively demonstrates the size of the Remarkable Rocks
Below is not the Remarkable Rocks, it’s Admiral’s Arch. Once again some well made boardwalks lead the visitor to the entrance of the arch. You can find the odd seal around the arch and they smell worse than our camper toilet.
The lump on the sloping slab is a seal. We see more seals soon.