A quick trip to the wild west


Mission: Delivery Driver.   That was the task that sent me to the far north west corner of Tasmania.

Queenstown, Zeehan, Strahan.....these are the towns of Tasmania's wildwest, and while I've always wanted to visit, I had never actually made it because, well,  it's a bloody long way.   So when asked to drive a few peeps to Corinna, a remote wilderness lodge, then drive the hire car back the next day how could I say no?   I love a road trip.   Music blaring, beautiful scenery, good things to eat a brand new hire car to drive. Time alone to think about things, about words mostly, and fitting them together for that almost finished project.

It's no easy drive mind, windey roads, no over taking lanes, through breathtaking ancient wilderness and zig zagging across mountain ranges and moonscapes.  A good six hours of arm steering workouts.    On both legs of the journey I was on a tight schedule, trying to get to the Fatman Barge to cross the Pieman River by 5pm and the next day, get back to Hobart to return said hire car.   There was no time to dawdle, properly adjust camera settings or really explore, but here are a few of my favourite snaps quickly taken on my superfast road trip.  You get the general idea.

Although I did have time for an early morning kayak down the glassy Pieman River, (um, wow!), my favourite place was Queenstown, a crazy mining town filled with lovely old buildings needing some love. And I can't resist an old building needing some love...and spent the rest of the journey dreaming of Queenie's * hispter led recovery.

Peeps delivered, hire car returned on time, and a few towns ticked off my must see list.  Mission accomplished.

 *that's an actual economic thing now


 dear Queenie 



 Peeps delivered and waiting for the Fatman Barge on the Pieman River 
 lodgings at Corinna 

 A slight detour to check out Granville Harbour 
 Queenie 

More Queenie 

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    1. Thanks so much! It's such a great street! x

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  2. Actually, I really love the first one too!

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  3. Wow, it all looks amazing - so beautifully captured. (And Fatman barge on Pieman River?!) Kellie xx

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  4. Love the boots in the kayak Michelle...bliss x

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    1. Yes Jane, Blunnies are the all purpose shoe! xx

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing your adventures. So glad I discovered your blog. It always makes me smile.

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    1. Thank you Regina, that's so sweet of you to say so. x

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    1. Thanks Jan, that's lovely to hear. x

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  7. My husband's Grandmother was born in Zeehan in 1901. A few years ago my husband & I hired a car and spent 2 nights at Cradle Mountain and then drove to Zeehan. We could only imagine how isolated the small town must have been when dear Nan, (Hilda) was a small child living there. From Jenny (Melbourne)

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  8. Beautiful photos. We will be there over Christmas New Years. I can't wait x

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  9. Wow, absolutely gorgeous photos. I think I need to get out and explore my own region more.

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