Tuesday, 7 March 2000

day thirty-one: stanley - the north-west

At last, I left Sleepy Devonport, heading off with UNDER DOWN UNDER TOURS for a 2 day trip to the North-West. Picked up a little after seven, we travelled to "the edge of the world", Tasmania's most Westerly point, next land was Argentina. A stunning surf crashing against the rocky coastline.

We then went to get on the Arthur River Cruise. The cruise took us up the uninhabited river, with congested gums and ferns spread along the shoreline. We disembarked four hours later, after a barbecue lunch, and a bush walk.

From the river, we travelled over country not dissimilar to Devon and Cornwall, to Stanley. We climbed "The Nut", a strange volcanic formation on the end of a low coastline.

Accommodation was at the Stanley YHA. All five of us, including the driver Dave, got separate rooms. There was me, Dave, Jo from England, and Ken and Sharon from Minnesota, USA. It was amusing because Ken and Sharon had never stayed in hostel accommodation and the horror stories Jo and I had told them, worried them a little, but they settled in.

We went to the local pub for dinner.