Not far from Penguin is the fishing village of Stanley with its unmistakable ‘Nut’, a large rock, which is the remains of a volcanic plug. Obviously, if you go to Stanley, you have to climb the Nut.
Its steep climb gets your heart rate peaking in no time! You could opt for the Chair lift rides, but I have a fear of heights.
It is not hard to love this little town. It feels like you’re taking a step back in time with all the beautiful old buildings. Plenty of places to get a coffee and meander the streets browsing the local shops.
A long drive in the rain down to the picturesque village of Strahan ended with us staying at a camp 30 minutes drive out of Strahan at Macquarie Heads. The camp has no facilities besides a pit toilet. The peace and tranquility costs $7 per night.
The other camp sites in Strahan get booked out quickly and you need to be booked in advance. We got some stunning photos on our early morning jog, from the Information Centre along the foreshore all the way around to the West Coast Wilderness Railway station and back to the Information Centre, before taking a free hot shower nearby.
We headed north, after a BBQ breakfast in the park, through the very windy road to Queenstown, had a coffee at Tullah Coffee shop and bribing the resident Alpaca with some apples so that he wouldn’t spit!
Hiked the 6km around Dove Lake as fast as we could in the rain, saw our first wombat and a large Tiger snake, before heading back to Devonport past the beautiful rolling green hills and the town of Sheffield.
Another night at Mersey Bluff Caravan Park and a scenic drive through Longford, Perth and Richmond on our way back to Hobart, not before stopping at the chocolate factory and cherry farm on our way out of Devonport.