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Tasmania – Day 2

Today it was all about Queenstown. We arrived yesterday afternoon and got a good nights sleep. We stayed in a great place, Mt Lyell Anchorage, and I can’t say enough about it. It was comfortable and very well equipped. It was great to stay somewhere where the owner thought about what we might need as travelers. I would give it a 10 out of 10. Plus the shower was amazing.  queenstown-streets-mining-mountains-tasmania-2228

As I was packing the car this morning I turned around and saw this. I quickly grabbed the camera to take it. It reminds me of other places, I don’t know, it reminds me of a scene from Northern Exposure, the television show from the 90’s.

Queenstown has an interesting history. A mining town, though not anymore, but there is evidence of it everywhere. Rather than just repeat what someone else has said, I’m going to give you a link to an article on it, Queenstown, Tasmania: Travel guide and things to do.

With that in mind a town that I initially thought I would just spend a night in and wouldn’t be that interested in, has turned out to be an absolute highlight. I love the history and you see that everywhere. The town has quite an industrial look to it and I would say not a lot of money is here, not anymore. I know they are hoping for some tourism money, and I would say a big yes to photographers going there. If you love that old town look, and dare I say abandoned, it is all there.

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This is Iron Blow and the hole was created by mining. The mining here destroyed the area. It is a sad story of how mining can go wrong.

We have now left Queenstown and arrived in Strahan. We left Queenstown earlier than we were going to, because it was raining. It was hard to get any images with the rain, and on top of it was the wind blowing the rain straight at us. The Australian east coast is being drenched, and lots of flooding up on the NSW coast. Unfortunately, it also means it is heading our way. I’m trying to work out how to take photos and get some great shots in all the rain.Will see what happens in the next few days.

23 Responses

  1. Just finished reading this book “The Sound of One Hand Clapping” by Richard Flanagan. And It made me want to see Tasmania, after putting it down I saw your post. I am so inspired to visit it one day now. Thank you for these photos and article…

    • I have heard of that book, but haven’t read it. Tasmania is incredible, I hope you continue to be inspired. You’re welcome, hopefully there will be a lot more. Thank you.

  2. That’s a pretty foreboding sky but the quality of light it creates and which you have captured is fantastic. I often find when traveling that the places that capture my imagination and tug at me the most are the places I least expected to find engaging.

    • Oh yes, and not long after started raining and didn’t stop. It is flooding north of here, thankfully we are okay. Yes, that is true for me too, perhaps because there was no expectation that anything is a bonus. Thanks Laura.

  3. Dark skies, but spots of vivid illumination, contrast between human habitat and nature — Nice!

  4. So unlike the mainland, Leanne. Thanks for taking us with you.

  5. Hello,
    The weather can cause issues when taking:pictures. But then again it can help bring a certain mood to too the photou;

  6. Queenstown has greened up a bit! Last saw it over 30 years ago and it was an absolute moonscape. Much, much nicer now. 🙂

  7. Beautiful! Will you be going to wineglass bay?

  8. Very enjoyable travelogue and photos, interesting place despite a feeling of abandonment from the pics and your writing.

  9. Great pics ! Hope there has been improvement in your weather conditions.

  10. Hold on tight and stay dry Leanne. It’s heading your way. Safe travels.

    • Thanks Carol, we have been watching the news, and yes we are expecting it here soon. It has been raining all day today and the forecast is for more, hopefully there will be breaks in it.

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