22.02.2009 - 22.02.2009 25 °C
Got a late start and headed off to the Wooden Boat Expo in Launceston. It was much easier to see the boats in this marina because of the floating pontoon platforms. But there certainly weren’t as many as there were in Hobart.
We then set a course to Yorktown. Something we missed when we visited the Seahorses with Wayne & Sharon. Yorktown was the place of the first landing in Tasmania, or Van Diemen’s Land as it was first named, back in 1804. They set up camp along a beautiful stretch of the river. Approx 300 people were residing there. But the worst part was there was 6 miles of mud to climb over to get to the town. There is a mock up of a building there, but its all but gone. Apparently by 1806 they had discovered Launceston and decided to move the settlement there and by 1808 the settlement was actually relocated and Yorktown abandoned. By 1809 Yorktown was a ruin. In early 1900s the town got a new lease of life and was a major orange growing area till the 1970s when all the oranges were removed! We were recommended a fabulous organic fruit & veg place to visit. We found some very well priced items and stocked up the fridge. He seemed to have a really good business. He said he employs 5 full time people and has been going for 15 years. He has built up quite a reputation with local restaurateurs’ who are now using much of his produce. It was great to see someone doing their own thing and making a successful business out of it.
If you look closely at this picture you can see the crooked lines on the timber. These are the actual edges of the trees used to make the planks. They are about an inch thick too! Amazing. I've never seen these except in Tassie.
We then continued around to Port Sorell just 20kms from Devonport. A busy little holiday spot that reminded me of the Mandurah of old. Lots of little shacks dotted with lots of newer and larger holiday homes.
We drove past this funky little place that I had to photograph. We were taken aback by the simplicity of it, as well as its 7.5* energy rating. Over east (and hopefully the rest of Australia thanks to Bob Brown and his negotiations for the rescue package) Australia will soon have an energy rating on all houses sold. So to be able to sell an old house, you will have to get a consultant in to access the energy viability of your house. So if you have a water tank, you get some points, if you have solar hot water you get points, if you have good orientation on your house you also get points etc. I believe they also look at your electricity bills to find out how much you spend on heating and cooling your home to determine you score. Most states in the program require a minimum of 5 stars for all NEW houses built, but this is the first one I've seen that came at at 7.5* - and it looks good to boot!
We found a nice quiet spot at the end of a street next to the beach to call home.