TASMANIA: Aspects of the West

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Click the LULU link to purchase a copy of my new book, TASMANIA: Aspects of the West which contains 68 colour images, large and small. This is a photo story, with text and images, telling some history of the West Coast of Tasmania, Australia, and also includes aspects of a train ride when the West Coast Wilderness Railway still existed, into the wild country between Regatta Point, near Strahan, and Dubbil Barril station where the train stopped for the Abt rack-and-pinion system to be engaged. Then came the ascent to the viewing platform high above the grandeur of the King River Gorge. From Queenstown and Strahan, the photographic journey takes in isolated Corinna and the Pieman River to the Heads. Later the road journey progresses into the Tarkine on the Western Explorer Road to Arthur River, where the scenes before the tranquility of the river of the wild Southern Ocean rolling in, were breathtaking. The next direct landfall from this place, dubbed The Edge of the World, is Argentina, believe it or not...

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Images l to r: a 'Welcome' sign at Corinna; Arcadia II at her mooring and the barge landing bay (right), Pieman River; Arcadia II plying the Pieman waters; a sea eagle in flight, Arthur River

The west coast of Tasmania holds many delights and in TASMANIA: Aspects of the West, the photographer and author has attempted to bring elements of the discovered delights to the page for you, too, to enjoy, from the bare hills of "Queenie" to the wide Macquarie Harbour at Strahan; the isolated Corinna mooring point for Arcadia II - and Fatman, the barge that takes you and your vehicle across the Pieman River, as there is no bridge. Arcadia II is a former pleasure craft built in 1939 for a Hobart hotelier. Come and enjoy the photographic journey aboard out to the Pieman Heads and read the anecdotal history of one of the pioneers of this place; finally there are also the natural joys Arthur River has to bring to those lucky enough to be aboard one of the vessels plying these waters.

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Mt Lyell No. 3 was a sturdy little engine that did a grand job on the day of travel for this writer. Here he is at the halfway point along the restored old Mt Lyell Mining and Railway Company line at Dubbil Barril, all steamed up and ready to return the passengers to Regatta Point, Strahan.

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