|Smaller than the Bass Strait ferry. The Fatman on the Pieman...|
|Bonnet Island - home of Little penguins.|
|Sarah Island - Tassie's first penal colony.|
|Remnants of the shipyard.|
|The regular cast of "The Ship That Never Was"|
|Ross - another historic stone town.|
|Swansea sunset. Not the Welsh one.|
|Wineglass Bay, Freycinet peninsula.|
|Eroded granite boulders, Freycinet National Park|
Heading south, we visited the famous ruins of the Port Arthur penal colony. This is a massive site - basically a self-contained town - and we could have spent a few days exploring, but, as usual, we had underestimated the time needed to explore Tasmania.
|Port Arthur penitentiary|
|Derwent River from Mt Wellington. Tasman Highway, centre.|
|Derwent River from Mt Wellington|
|Salamanca Market, Hobart, with Mt Wellington in distance|
We wandered around the harbour, past the many seafood restaurants to a place we had come to Hobart to see. The Australian pioneer of Antarctic exploration was Douglas Mawson, who had turned down the invitation to join Captain Scott's ill-fated dash for the South Pole, to lead an eploration expedition for Australia.
His original hut is still in situ in Antarctica and is being repaired by a team of volunteers. To raise money for this expensive maintenance, an exact replica of the hut has been created on the harbourside in Hobart.
|Mawson's bunk, Mawson's Hut|
More on Australia soon,