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The Rock-itt : October 2010
This time our trip was short and I was keen to go east to the opposite Coast to visit Maria Island. It's a long drive, about four and a half hours from Queenstown to Triabunna which is where the ferry to Maria leaves from. http://www.mariaislandwalk.com.au The Island was occupied for thousands of years by the Tyreddemme Aboriginal people until the Europeans arrived in the 19th Century. It was another penal colony. It did however have a very interesting period when it was taken over by Diego Bernacchi in 1884. Diego had been a silk merchant in Italy but brought his entrepreneurial skills to the Island where he founded a silk worm farm, marble and limestone quarries, a cement works and a timber mill. He also built a small town for his workers which included a Grand Hotel and a Coffee Palace! Parts of both still stand to this day. He also planted 99 acres of grapes, reputedly from the Chateau la Fit in France, the wine he made from it took out many awards. The island is a wildlife fans dream and home to the very rare Forty Spotted Pardalote (it's a bird!!). Just a little further up the easy coast is the Freycinet Peninsula, home to some of the finest Pinot Noir vineyards. From Coles Bay on the peninsula you can take a boat for a trip around the coast to the famous Wineglass Bay. Be warned though, the sea is often pretty rough around here and my Mrs. was not happy with the bouncy ride we had! The Bay is worth it, beautiful white sand in a wide crescent around the azure sea. The full cruise takes about 4 hours and will cost you $120. http://www.freycinetseacruises.com/ That's a quick taster of Tazzy, I'm always surprised at the number of people who have never been, don't be one of them. In November Virgin Blue will fly you down to Hobart for about $200 return and you can hire a Corolla for about $400 a week at that time. Alas Uncle Norm has called it a day for the Corona so you can't borrow that! Travel good, travel often! Join me next month for another fascinating travel tale! The view from the Grand Hotel window on Maria Island The ships dog, enjoying Wineglass Bay! We haven't disappeared, just moved around the back into Market Lane, almost opposite the entrance to Manly Library We are offering the same great deals on all types of custom picture framing 3 Market Lane, Manly NSW 2095 Phone: 99778262 Mob: 0423 619 144