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St Helen’s – Pyengana - Westbury

Day 288

sunny 22 °C

Were awoken in the middle of the night to a domestic which later involved the police on the side of the road. I’m not sure if it was related to drink driving, but people pulled over in the deep of night and there was arguments and screaming at the tops of voices. It was difficult to know what was going on except there was lots of f$#% and others being exuded. We managed to go unnoticed for the whole hour or there about that it went on for.

With our sleep reduced we were quite tired by morning. Especially the dog who was almost wiped out!

Another cool start to the day and after a large coffee and muffin we were ready to face the day. We headed back the long way to Launceston and stopped at the next town out called Pyengana. This was home to the Pub in the Paddock. Where the legendary pigs that drink beer live. I know Wayne really wanted to get here, but you didn’t really miss much. It all appeared to be a profit making experience where you had to by the special “pig beer” from the bar and then feed it. I’m not sure what it was, but the two pigs were large.

We then headed back to the Pyengana Dairy and had a lovely bowl of cauliflower and cheese soup and some homemade herb & cheese damper – yum. We then sampled some cheeses and bought some cheddar with herbs as well as cheddar with caraway. Delicious!

We then moved on to Legerwood and the wooden carvings we drove past on the way in. It appears that they were planted in 1918 after the locals who died in the first world war. Ten trees in all. Not sure what they were but they had been sick for some time when they were finally told they were dead. Rather than pull them out, and loose the connection to the people who died for them, they commissioned an chainsaw sculptor who turned them into lovely memorials to the war, local hero’s and other things important to the community. They’ve done a great job of keeping them, and its obvious it’s a top tourist destination given the numbers stopping both times we’ve now been there. Given it was also 3kms off the highway too!


Enjoyed the lovely windy roads through the countryside back to Launceston. It was an interesting mix of rolling green hills and still quite a bit of forest. Very lovely.

Decided to keep going past Launceston and arrived in a town that we’d now driven past about 4 or 5 times and not stopped in called Westbury. Arrived in the dark and found a nice quiet spot around the sports ground to call home for the night.

Posted by cssc 23:17 Archived in Australia

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