1.- Tasman Peninsula. The Tasman Peninsula National Park impresses with its outstanding views (like this one over viewing Cape Pillar from the top of Mt. Fortescue) and the peculiar dolerite rock formations like The Moai, The Candlestick the Totem Pole and Cape Raoul (all of them a challenge for rock climbers).
2.- Tasman Peninsula. Typical empty campsite in the Rainforest. Tonight special dinner: pasta!
3.- Tasman Peninsula. Port Arthur, the punishment settlement for second offender convicts, the hell on earth, designed to be feared. This model shows this special small colony as it was around 1840. In the foreground, the commandant’s house (the white cottage) and the mill (the big pink building), which later on was converted into a penitentiary when the punishment settlement at the Norfolk Islands was closed. In the background, the hospital, laundry, asylum and the solidiers houses.
4.- Tasman Peninsula. This is what today remains. Two bush fires (1895 and 1897) and the oblivion of the Tasmanians, who preferred to forget the black spot in their history, reduced the colony to ruins.
5.- Tasman Peninsula. Eaglehawk Neck, a terrible narrow isthmus (less than 100 meters). For the convicts, this was the only possible way to escape from the peninsula but a dog line protected it.
6.- Tasman Peninsula. Tessellated Pavement. This kind of “Roman Highway” was formed by salt erosion.
7.- Hobart. In this place, some Spanish friends would feel like home.
8.- Hobart. Every Saturday there is a big market at Salamanca Square. In the background, under the clouds, Mt Wellington, and the famous Organ Pipes.
9.- Ross (Central Tasmania). Felix put this photo here because he is tired of hearing that he never smiles at the camera.
10.- Lake St. Claire National Park. Is that really snow? Katja was trembling after 2 years without seeing any snow at all.
11.- Lake St. Claire National Park. Yeeees! It’s really snow! Felix had fun like a child (and he’s even smiling again!)
12.- Lake St. Claire National Park. At the summit it was terribly windy.
13.- Lake St. Claire National Park. Overland track, a Mecca for hikers. By the way, from this year on, the hikers are charged an extra fee of 100$ just for walking four out of six days with a weather like this (plus rain!).
14.- Strahan. The Hell’s Gate. The entrance of the harbour is only possible crossing this narrow gap (about 75 mts wide). Here the winds are very strong and many ships wrecked trying to get in.
15.- Strahan. Sarah Island ruins. This was the first punishment site in Tasmania. Here the convicts had to log pines working half naked and under very difficult conditions (it rains more than 300 days a year). Hard work, scarce food and abundant floggings was the daily routine here.
16.- Burnie. Photo for Felix’ mum, just to confirm our well-balanced nutrition.
17.- Devonport. Last night in Tasmania. It’s time to look for warmer places.
18.- Devonport. Get up! The ferry is waiting!
19.- Bass Strait. Katja indulges herself with a massage session.
20.- Bass Strait. Farewell Tasmania!