To Bonorong

Beez Neez
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Sat 30 Jan 2016 23:17
To Bonorong
 
 
 
 
To Bonorong
 
We jumped up at the crack of sparrows for the longish journey from Strahan to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary – our camp just ten minutes further on. We knew the road would be a wiggly one, but not quite so mountainous.
 
 
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All began pretty flat.
 
 
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Approaching Queenstown, the relics of mining became the scenery.
 
 
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Not a soul about at ten o’clock.
 
 
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The Galley Museum and opposite the Miners siding.
 
 
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Miners and War Memorials.
 
 
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Queenstown Station – our destination on our Wilderness train journey. The Empire Hotel opposite. Later, we met someone who was born in the town, “Oh, yes, a soulless ghost town since the mines closed”. How very sad.
 
 
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We left Queenstown and shortly the wicked witch told us things were now going to be wiggly – and steep.
 
 
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Just around the next bend was the Queenstown Lookout, we stopped and found so many interesting information boards.
 
 
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The puddle next to Mabel showing so much iron in the water. The metal sheet a memory of mining
 
 
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The view over Queenstown, tiny in the distance.
 
 
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I had Bear cross the road and pose to show I haven’t messed with the amazing colours of the roadside.
 
 
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Nice to see a waterfall.
 
 
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Our next stop was at Blow Hole Lookout.
 
 
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The colour of the rocks was even more outstanding.
 
 
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We looked back at this incredible lookout just as one camper van turned up.
 
 
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A way down the hill we passed a memorial to lost miners.
 
 
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Heading toward water. No trees on the slopes.
 
 
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Our last look up at the barren mining land and through Linda Valley.
 
 
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Over Bradshaw Bridge.
 
 
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We crossed the Nive River.
 
 
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Massive hydro-electric water pipes to the turbines.
 
 
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The water pipes stayed with us for a far few miles.
 
 
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We loved the sign to Laughing Jack Lagoon.
 
 
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Woodland, rolling hills and the odd village.
 
 
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Glen Clyde House, we could indeed have been in the Lowlands of Scotland.
 
 
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Much flatter scenery.
 
 
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The ‘crowded’ road took us past the Gretna Green Hotel.
 
 
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The final stretch of road was beside the Derwent River.
 
 
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A fine rig just before we turned into the park.
 
 
 
 
ALL IN ALL A REALLY INTERESTING JOURNEY
                     A SURPRISING AMOUNT OF MINING