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Day 6 Strahan to Stanley

On the way to Stanley - Table Cape Photo, Stanley, Australia

We woke, packed our bags, packed the car and headed to Stanley, via Zeehan, Rosebury and the Hellyer Gorge.

Like Zeehan and Queenstwon, Rosebury is a small mining town with working mines in the area and hence most of the residents are mine workers and their families. As with the other towns there is a lot of history surrounding the place and houses have been here many years - some since the original settlers in the area.

About 3/4 hour later a windy stretch of road winds it's way from high ground, down through a pleasant tract of rainforest, to the Hellyer Gorge and a bridge across the Hellyer River and up again on the other side. There is a car park at the bridge and a bit of a walking track if you need to stretch your legs. There is an area set aside for campers and RV's to set up for the night if they wish.

At Somerset, on the coast, we head west along the coast to Stanley via a quick photo stop at a lookout at Table Cape.

Once at Stanley, Dale headed for his bed as he wasn't feeling well and I headed of on a short tourist walk around Stanley. We were staying at an apartment called the Pen, one of two called the Pol n Pen, run by the Stanley Hotel. The apartment was self contained with bathroom/laundry, two bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen and living/dining area.

I started at the old settlers graveyard, from there I went to the grassed shore area where the little penguin burrows are - all you can see are the holes to the burrows where the chicks are hiding, the adults are out at sea during the day and only come back at dusk to feed the chicks. Then it was past the old churches, located on a side street, to the Main Street of Stanley with the old shop fronts and hotel all fully restored. After that the walk continues along the top terrace of the town, with all the old homes all nicely restored, past the home that was the birthplace of the first Tasmanian Prime Minister, to the port to look at the Stanley fishing fleet. The walk then runs back thru the centre of town, past the old school back to our apartment. It took about 2 hours with plenty of photo opportunities. It was a good way to finish the day.

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