Thursday 18 February – Monday 22 March 2017
Photos by Donna, Gerri, Rodney, Helen and Lesley
Led by Jill and John, the 5 week Tasmanian Safari commenced at Launceston, and headed down the east coast to St Helens and the Blue Tiers, starting with a series of shorter walks suitable for all participants. The group then moved further south to Coles Bay where they explored the Freycinet and Douglas-Apsley National Parks, and then on to Triabunna, the jumping off point for Maria Island walks.
Next stop was Port Arthur on the Tasman Peninsula and the wild cliff and coastal walks of Tasman National Park. The next camp at Snug just outside Hobart gave the group an opportunity to explore the delights of Tasmania’s capital and the Huon Valley, and also take the ferry over to Bruny Island for the day.
Then it was on to wilder country in Mount Field National Park, with its marvellous waterfalls and alpine tracks.
Next stop, Cynthia Bay on Lake St Clair which is the end of the famous Overland Track and features many watery walks. From there the group travelled to Strahan on the west coast and the wild Gordon River. No trip to Tasmania would be complete without a visit to Cradle Mountain National Park where the Overland Track starts, and where there is a bushwalk for everyone.
The two final stops were at Stanley near walks in the Rocky Cape National Park and then Mole Creek, the nearest town to the wild and remote Jerusalem Walls National Park, and the waterfalls in the Mole Creek Karst National Park.
This Safari is John and Jill’s third for Batemans Bay Bushwalkers – they have previously led Safaris to New Zealand and Western Australia. They also co-led a Safari to Victoria with Margaret and Hugh about 11 years ago, and we are very grateful for all the worry and work they put into making these expeditions so enjoyable for all the participants.