Monday 13 November 2017 - Hobart
to Richmond via Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
An early start took us out of
Hobart and to Glenorchy Shopping Centre for breaky.
Pictured below a lovely bridge on
the way to the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary on
Tasmania Highway 1.
The entrance of the Sanctuary.
Tasmania's only 24 hour wildlife rescue service.
Percy the Peacock.
Lizard pit... there were stacks of
them in here.
Can't remember the name they gave
the Koala but she was pretty cute. We got to
pat her too.
Pictured below a Tawny
Frogmouth. Not as ferocious as they look.
A huge mob of Kangaroos in this
area all ready to be fed.
Hellllewwwwwwww said the
Emu. (David made realistic emu noises by
hitting on his hollow stomach)
Pictured below is one of the many
friendly Roos. Here is a very inquisitive one
- Smile for the camera.
You can almost try to read what is
going on in this little one's head. Look into
Pictured below a very handsome Kookaburra.
There were two others also in this enclosure and
they ALL started laughing at the same time.
The decibels were deafening.
Wombat snack time. We got to
pat this one too.
Pictured below is Micky the Tassy
Devil. Apparently they are pretty shy in
the wild. They only like to eat dead things.
We left the animal park in the
early afternoon and headed into Richmond. A
nice lunch and a check in to our Bed &
Breakfast. Then a short trip to the Richmond
Bridge. Richmond is a very pretty little
Late afternoon on the river
watching the ducks go by near the bridge.
Our cosy residence for the
evening. The 'Valley View Cottage' (The
And here is part of the view from
A quiet night in with a collection
of food from the Richmond Grocery store.
[Ed: David got his salad] Ahhhh ...
peaceful. We could get used to this.
Tuesday 14 November 2017 -
Richmond and Richmond to Bicheno
Richmond and Richmond to Bicheno
- Night penguin tour, or Devils in the dark
tour......Mmmm???? I shall let you know a bit
Pictured above is 'Granny Rhodes'
Cottage (1840) It is currently undergoing
restoration. It sits in front of the property
we stayed in over night. Granny Rhodes lived
to be more than 100 years old.
As we turn our backs to 'Granny
Rhodes' Cottage and face the street, a block to the
right is the Richmond Barracks (1830) It is now a
quaint B & B.
Richmond Gaol (1825) Features
below. To the left the men's solitary
confinement to the right the women's solitary
confinement, the cook house, separate flogging yard
and private privy! Just behind where I am
standing is the fairly lavish two story Gaoler's
house. The rooms directly in front centre were the
day rooms and one punishment cell. When it was too
wet to work outside the men would be kept in these
Inside the Cookhouse.
The next group of buildings have
been made into shops and guest houses.
The Village Store (1836). It is believed to be
one of the oldest general stores still in use in
Just had to go in this store.....
Sweets and Treats (The building used to be the
Bridge Inn) or otherwise known as the Richmond Wine
Vaults. They also have the BEST ice cream
The Colonial Cottage and former
shop. Last time we came to Richmond this was a
thriving business and I am almost positive I bought
my Huon Pine Breadboard here. It is now a
private residence by the look of it.
St Lukes Church (1834) built by
Richmond Town and Country Originally a single story
building (1826). It was added to in the 1830s
(you can see the original building) It served as a
post office for many years.
On the road again .... Orford
coast line. In the distance Maria
Island. The sand was lovely and the colour of
the water was gorgeous.
In the distance is Orford.
Lunch time and a stop in
Swansea. This big old building was across the
road from where we had lunch. Then there was a
little spot out of the way we visited... the 9 mile
And here it is ..... well some of
it.....Swansea in the distance and miles and miles
of beach in both directions. There was a
little path between houses that we were trying to
find and when we did it came out onto the
beach. Now because everything looked the same
we dare not go to far for fear of not finding the
right pathway back to the car!
Finally at Bicheno our final stop
for today. The picture below is a
popular spot for watching out for whales.
Didn't see any today.
Selfie time :-)
Here is a little unexpected find
at the local fish and chip shop (located right on
the waters edge).
So back to the original
question.... Penguins tour or Devils in the Dark
The Devil's in the Dark Tour was
already full and who could beat a close and personal
find like this little penguin. We decided on a
quiet night in watching a movie besides everything
in Bicheno closes at 5pm. The fish and chip shop
took last orders at 5.45pm! There are a couple of restaurants that
are still open after 5pm. Bicheno shuts down
just before 5pm.