Thursday, 27 January 2011

Up up and away

What a view! This was one of the highlights of my trip to Tassie. My parents, Mr E and I hopped in a ten-seater tinsy mosquito of an aircraft and took off from Cambridge airport and showed my my home town like I'd never seen it before.
It was really quite spectacular, and these photos hardly do it any justice. They only show a tiny proportion of your actual view from the plane, to start.
The more south we went we quickly saw the landscape get wilder and wilder, the weather turn darker, and waters get rougher and rougher.
The official trip description according to the tour operators: "Departing Cambridge Airport, our aircraft will fly you into this remote area via the South West Coast. Departing Cambridge airport, we will make our way down the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, past the mouth of the Huon River and on to Recherche bay. We enter the South West World Heritage Area at South East Cape, Tasmania's most southern point, and make our way west, on to Melaleuca. After landing at Melaleuca, you'll board one of our boats, for a boat trip on Melaleuca Inlet and into Bathurst Harbour, from where you will be able to witness the wilderness from a viewpoint that you are unable to appreciate by air or by foot. Returning to Melaleuca, we'll take the opportunity to visit the Denny King Bird Hide, and try and catch a glimpse of the endangered Orange-Bellied Parrot over refreshments. We will then reboard our aircraft, and return to Cambridge Airport, via the spectacular Eastern Arthurs and Federation Peak, down the Huon Valley and over Hobart City. Tour is approx 4 hours in duration and is all inclusive. Departs daily, weather dependent."
Here we are, once landed. Wonderful isolated wilderness.
We didn't see the Orange-Bellied Parrot, but we did see this rather pretty little Fire-tail Finch.
Dark waters dyed by the plants around it.
Here's the runway. Made me feel like I was in an episode of Flying Doctors landing on this little strip.
But a flight's just half the fun, once you've arrived and after a bit of a wander around the landscape you then hop on a boat to jet around the harbour.
Which is stunning.
And then after your fill of nature we were off again. That's us. in the bottom right corner. Usually you head back to Hobart via the Huon Valley, but the weather was too rough for our little craft so we went back up the way we came along the coast.
Slowly we ventured from our dark and stormy isolation to more protected territory.
It was a wonderful trip and I highly recommend it to both locals and visitor to the state. You can find out more info here: Par-Avion Wilderness Tour.

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