Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Under Down Under Tour - Day 5

Now I am up to the fifth and FINAL day of my Under Down Under tour! This will be a much shorter post, as we only did a few quick walks, since most of the day would be us driving to get back to Hobart by 5 or so...

First, we went through one forest to get a glimpse of Nelson Falls (yes, another waterfall!). It was freezing cold (still and again) so we walked pretty quickly... It's really a shame I didn't come to Tasmania more prepared for cold weather... I could have stopped to smell the rain forest a bit more instead of rushing to warm up.


Again, a very lovely waterfall.

We did a bit more walking through forests, and had a drink at 'the famous' Franklin River... why was it famous, you ask? Well, apparently, it was at one time under threat of being dammed and flooded... something that a lot of conservationists were NOT happy about. These people joined together, chaining themselves to the trees and cementing their feet to the ground... to protest this. Eventually, they won and the river was NOT flooded... and the conservationists became known as the Australian Greens Party.

And finally, we went on to our last rain forest walk of the day to see Russell Falls... This particular rain forest seemed to have a bit more old growth trees than the others.... the trees were MUCH bigger in some places... The tree below was (obviously) cut down but you can see the size of it...

And... the last picture of the last waterfall of my Tasmanian tour!


Shortly after this picture was taken, we all headed back into the bus for our homeward bound ride.

Day 5 was short, and it was now over! When we were back in Hobart, we all hugged goodbye... and that was it :( It was so sad to say goodbye! But, we were all on to our next adventures in very different places!

After being dropped off in Hobart, I gave Karen/Kaz's friend - who lives in Tasmania - a ring, and I stayed with him and his roommates for the weekend. I'll talk about what I did there and on the rest of my time in Tasmania in my next post... I have to get ready to catch the bus, and then the boat, back to Melbourne tonight! So, I don't know that I will be posting another blog for you tomorrow, but just be patient!

Bon Voyage!

9 comments:

lisah0822@comcast.net said...

wow, that first waterfall is just breathtaking!!
thanks for keeping us updated on everything karen. i look forward to reading your updates everyday!!

Cheryl said...

Lisa you spend way too much time on the pc. :P

Dad said...

Your posts from Tasmania were great. I'll be sorry to see them end. I'm looking forward to hearing about your next set of adventures.

lisah0822@comcast.net said...

:-p (cheryl)

PMH said...

I love the first waterfall also.
That is where I want to live.
Give Kas a hug for me.

PMH said...

Oops...I mean Kaz!

Nicola said...

HERE I AM! Catching up... hmm i should prob read in order of when i missed till now. I'll start that now. waterfall is so pretty!!!!!!

kaz said...

She is here safe, well nearly! We had a spider episode last night, I will let her tell you the details, 3 girls in the house, one very large spider in the hallway, and we were all freaking! Alissa is totally scared of spiders. Jed to the rescue, proof that men do have purpose!! Hugs back to you ‘P’.

stacy122982 said...

Haha! I was about to say the same thing as Cheryl! Lisa is always right up top! Do you ever WORK?? Sheesh...you and Nicola should NEVER open a business together!

Oh man, I hate spider incidents! I hope no pictures were taken!!