|In around 4 to 5 hours of driving I believe you will experience unsurpassed contrast, magical colonial history and magnificent landscapes, more so than in any other 4 hour driving experience in
I’m talking about the drive from
But before you head
The road up is an easy climb on bitumen, but when you arrive at the peak be prepared for the worst – and the best.
It’s often snow capped for much of the year, but even in mid summer it can be cold and windswept, so wrap up well.
Riverboats and Fishing boats at Strahan
As you leave your car head out to the viewing platform and look at one of the most magnificent panoramas you can imagine.
Straight down in front of you is Old Hobart town, with the Derwent winding its way past.
To the left you’ll see the Derwent Bridge connecting the Southern areas of historic
Glance to the right and you’ll see Huonville ,
Drive back to
It’s worth a stop for your first cuppa, as it’s like much of
At this stage you have been driving past lush pasture lands and flat country before you start your leisurely and non dramatic climb up to
From there you start your descent through the first of the wonderful World Heritage Areas, passing many
Queenstown is an old mining town and the stark denuded landscape gives a somber back drop to the industry of olden times as you peer down to it when you start your steep descent from the Gormaston Hill.
Stop off at Queenstown, study its history and visit the railway station ( a service operates from Queenstown to Strahan, and is well worth taking, if you have the time.)
The last 40kms is probably the most uninteresting (but still has lots of bends, so drive carefully), until you wend your way in to Strahan, on the banks of the Franklin River Estuary.
Now you can see the fishing boats off loading their catches, you can watch a re-created timber mill forming timber planks, and then enjoy some of the freshest and varied sea food, either in a waterside restaurant, or the locals favourite fish and chip shop. Again, if you have time, take a half day cruise up the Franklin River.
So when you disembark back at Strahan you will have come to the end of a one day excursion that I suggest will live with you forever.
Thanks to George Davis for sharing his experience with us. George receives a $25 gift voucher for his winning contribution.
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