Memorable Encounters: The yingina/Great Lake....

March 09, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

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Fabio 2300 6617Fabio 2300 6617Australia and Tasmania vacation Fabio 2300 6297-zenFabio 2300 6297-zenAustralia and Tasmania vacation Born and raised by our, naturally occurring, Great Lakes, imagine my surprise when we pulled up to our Airbnb in Miena, Tasmania. Our view was THIS! The entire glass wall of the home was filled with this spectacular view! Absolutely the most breathtaking panorama we had had on our trip so far. The downside was that the driveway proved to be extremely scary at a 45 degree incline where our teeny, underperforming car almost didn't make it back to the one lane, bumpy dirt road! Our friends BMW had no problems....jealous!

We were in the central northern part of Tasmania at 3,380 feet above sea level and it was a tad bit chilly, (40's at night and only 50's during the day) it is one of the coldest places in Tassie, even though we visited in the summer! The town was small, with a tiny, well stocked general store, a gas station and a restaurant....that's it. We had to drive 45 minutes to dump our garbage when we left, because they have no garbage pickup. It was perfect! It was a place where we could totally chill, walk the craggy shore and enjoy all the food we had purchased before heading to this remote location.

We drove almost 90 minutes up and down winding eucalyptus treed roads from Launceston to arrive in Miena. It was worth the ride...I should say, since I wasn't the one driving on the wrong side of the road!

The Great Lake was always a lake, but much smaller. In 1922 they damed the Pine and Breton Rivulet (very small streams) and created this 68 square mile water way. The dam provides electricity for the area, and, depending where you read the "fun facts" it is either the second or third largest fresh water lake in the state. Most of the time we were there it had people fly fishing in small boats.

We were greeted by this little fellow a brown bush wallaby. Much smaller than a kangaroo, these live near rocks and water, which the lake had plenty of. Unfortunately, we saw many of these creatures killed by the side of the road. They are like deer here in Michigan, and we almost hit one going to the airport in Hobart! We only saw two wallabies on our stay. They appear not to like humans.

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Yes, the skies were that dramatic and that blue! Those are Tasmanian skies!!!

Photographs taken with a Nikon Z6II with Z lenses.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Lake_(Tasmania)
 


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