(Part 2, 10 Photos) – Ambling onward with the promise of food and beer, the track heads inland around one of the many small, dry creek beds. With less direct sun exposure, these small pockets hold more moisture and ferns flourish.
We pass the Shot Tower, apparently the world’s tallest circular sandstone tower, built in 1870 to produce lead shot for muskets and pistols. At a height of 192.6 feet (58.7 m), for four years it was the tallest building in Australia, and for one hundred years the tallest in Tasmania!
This is the first time I’ve walked this track and I expected that it would follow the clifftops more closely for the view, but there were only limited opportunities for access.
We ambled along the beach, crossed the pedestrian bridge and made our way to the Salty Dog for some refreshing beers and a delicious lunch in the sunshine before beginning our return. They have a grassed outdoor dining area where well behaved dogs are welcome.
One thing we had to look forward to on our return … the dreaded steps across the valley next to the Shot Tower. The ones you can see on the opposite side are less than half as they disappear around the corner behind the trees – some 500 or so.
Once at the top though, it was mostly downhill back to the start of our journey.
Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoyed a little stroll in Tasmania.
Today I had the chance for a short wander before work, down in the nearby rivulet to find fungi – and leeches – coming to a post on this site soon. (Not the leeches).