Three weeks is not nearly enough to see this beautiful island, but here we are, boarding the ferry.
We spent our last days at Mt. Field National Park, which boasts a fine campsite (v. cheap) with hot showers! We went on bush walks and explored the Styx River with its massive Swamp Gums, some of them 400 years old.
On on the third day we woke to the smell of smoke–Tassie is experiencing an especially bad fire season. And R had a fever.
We packed up and drove three hours north, hoping to camp at Bakers Beach. As we got closer, the smoke grew thicker. Then we saw a helicopter with a bucket of water dangling beneath. That’s when we turned around. I cursed myself for not checking where the fires were earlier.
We drove through the smoke to Devonport.
On the way, R threw up in the car. We pulled over and cleaned it up as best we could with wet wipes, but she kept saying, as we drove, ‘I can smell vomit.’
In Devonport the smoke was too bad to camp and every motel, hotel and cabin was fully booked. At six pm, we booked a motel (our first) in Burnie and drove the extra 40 minnutes there. Lee and I took turns eating in a restaurant. It was bliss to sit there on my own with food someone else had cooked.
R is better now; we’ve cleaned the car and we’re getting on to the Spirit of Tasmania. On the other side, we’ll visit a friend on the Mornington Peninsular before heading west round this big country.