Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tasmania catch up

We were without wifi for the second half of our holiday in Tasmania. I'm just going to do a bit of a photo catch up for anyone who is interested in Tassie. We had a good trip. The weather was quite settled and about the same temperature as it would have been at home in NZ so quite comfortable. There were no more massive bushfires while we were there , although we did see one across the bay near Swansea on the East Coast which was quickly put out.

For us, one of the things we found most interesting was the old stone and brick buildings built by convicts. So many of our New Zealand buildings are wood because of earthquakes that it is quite a novelty to see the beautiful old sandstone buildings.

 Above = Port Arthur.

Spiky Bridge, near Swansea, East Coast, Tasmania.

 Gold mine near launceston.
 Port Arthur
 Convict stones

 Richmond bridge, a much hated overseer was chucked off and ended up buried underneath one of the supports.

The photos above are a mixture of photos from Port Arthur, Swansea and Richmond.

Another bridge called 'Spiky Bridge' was also a highlight. It is exactly what it says - it is spiky. No one seems to know why the convicts who built it put spikes on the side walls. Maybe to raise the height of the sides without having to find more stones? See below.

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