PORT ARTHUR - Saturday 16th December (Day 50)
We set off early on an eventfull 3/4 hour journey from Coles Bay to Port Arthur on the Tasman Peninsula. As it was early in the morning Gill had to use all her driving skills to avoid the local wildlife on the roads - a difficult task. Wallabies, wombats, and God knows what else littered the highway, both as roadkill and most definietly alive! After stopping at Eaglehawk Neck, the pinch of land where vicious dogs were tied up to prevent convicts breaking out of the peninsula we headed for a geography field trip (well thats what if felt like). We saw a tessellated pavement (Matt / Clive??), blow hole, sea arches and stacks.
Then on to Port Arthur, the infamous penal establishment for repeat offenders. Looking at its beautiful setting today it was hard to imagine what a grim place it was 150 years ago. We finished a very long day with a ghost tour around the site, lanterns in hand, following an excellent tour guide armed with spooky stories who managed to make some in our group scream out, much to our amusement.