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Exploring the Northwest pocket

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After breakfast and a drive around the little town of St Helens we took a peek at Binalong Bay which has large number of Weekenders and holiday shacks overlooking the magnificent coastline north.

We then drove the dirt roads along the Bay of Fires towards a little place called Ansons Bay.


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A sign on the roadside says “Remote Paradise”.

It is definitely remote.

There is nothing here but a long ago failed Servo and closed down shop.

There are however many shacks, only a very few inhabited, and are obviously weekenders and holiday shacks for those loving a remote place with obviously tremendous fishing.

Weekenders at Ansons Bay

Weekenders at Ansons Bay

Further on we drive and the more remote we become.

We end up at the Eddystone Lighthouse on a wild windswept Peninsular which is apparently the most easterly point of Tasmania.

The remote Eddystone Lighthouse

The remote Eddystone Lighthouse

Three houses that would have been used by the Lighthouse keepers who serviced the light, built in 1889, are in great condition but it’s the coastline which makes the journey to this isolated spot worth it.

The rugged Eddystone Point coast

The rugged Eddystone Point coast

The view from this lighthouse is of a coastline that is spectacular in its windswept and lonely ruggedness.

Eddystone Point Coast allong Mount William National Park

Eddystone Point Coast allong Mount William National Park

 

One of 3 lighthouse keepers houses still in good repair

One of 3 lighthouse keepers houses still in good repair

The story of the Eddystone Light is much better and more completely told here and makes great reading.

The rocky shore just begs you to spend the time to cast a rod in. You can imagine the schools of fish that would inhabit these rich cold waters.

This remote coast almost demands to be fished

This remote coast almost demands to be fished

Unfortunately it’s a long, long way from here back to Launceston and our little home and the dirt roads are narrow and winding so fishing had to be sacrificed.

We passed through the little town of Gladstone and were going to visit the Tin Centre to get a bit of history about tin mining in this area but at $12.00 each we decided to pass. Even the prices of the little café were more expensive than Collins Street cafes in Melbourne.

This is perhaps one of the only negatives we have found in Tassie. If you have “Tourist” stamped on you it is assumed you automatically have money to burn and will throw at with gay abandon at everything you can, irrespective of price.

The “good times” have obviously caused many Tasmanians to have a completely distorted idea of VALUE.

If this Tin Centre was even $5.00 each we would have gone in and I think many of the tourists who come here over the next few years will be more and more careful of their money.

We passed one of the thousands of For Sale signs in a hamlet between Gladstone and Eddystone that advertised a small cottage on three quarters of an acre for $165,000. The hamlet had only three or four quite run down houses. No fishing, no great picturesque outlook, no beaches, no town, no shop (or any other facility) for many miles.

We really couldn’t see the place selling even for $50,000!

This is the same all over the state, huge amounts of property for sale but ludicrous asking prices.

It seems that Tasmanians along with a lot of the rest of us are about to get a huge reality check on the real value of our “Things”.

Kerrie made a statement that probably summed up the only negative part of our journey through this remarkable place. The statement also seemed to signal that we were both ready to return to the mainland. She said, “You know, I am sick of always PAYING! Even very ordinary attractions cost.”

Although we partook of only a few paid tourist attractions and mostly stuck to the scenic wonders that are free, we are always aware of the constant effort to harvest tourist dollars.

Maybe that’s the way it should be, “Ya wanna see it ya gotta pay”, but I’m sure if the operators of these things had a rethink on value and priced their product more realistically they would get many more partakers.

It was soooo good to settle into the little home again after so many miles of driving, and it was nice to curl up in our comfortable beds.

2 Comment on this post

  1. Hi Kerrie and Chris,

    I am so envious that you are in Tassie. We have been twice now and really enjoyed our trips. In fact when we retire we are going to live there for 12 months. If you want to get into places cheaper, have you thought of joining the national seniors group. You can join as soon as one partner is 50 years old. We have been in it for over 5 years now and you can get discount on a lot of things in Tassie. In fact Tassie gives more discounts on this card than any other state. We enjoyed a lot of tourist places with dicount on this card. It cost about $75 for 3 years for both of you but with the discounts you can get you get your money back real quick.

    Enjoy your trip you lucky buggers.

    Maxene Freudenberg.

  2. Hi Maxene
    Yes the place is amazing. I can understand why you want to live here for 12 months. Except the Tasmanian all move out soon for QLD. They say they get sick of feeding the wood for the fires. With the wood stacks beside their houses I can understand why.
    I am going to miss the colours of this place, aqua water with blue sky and green grass to the edge. I find it so peaceful here. You get a sore neck from constantly looking around.

    Now that I am 50 I am going to join the seniors group as I too have seen the discounts here, even at the hardware.
    Cheers
    Kerrie

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