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Derby Tasmania

1/ The A3 Tasman Highway runs right through Derby, where it is called Main Street. Most of the historic buildings are located on this street.

Derby Post Office

2/ The post office is an attractive, early 20th Century building on the western end of the CBD.

Derby Tasmania

3/ The old bank has been well restored. It is an interesting example of the Victorian, rural style.

Derby Tasmania

4/ There are many Victorian cottages in Derby, like this well restored example.

Derby Tasmania

5/ Derby is cut out of a valley, thus the houses are lower than Main Street on the northern side.

Derby town hall

5/ The old Town Hall of Derby is still operational today.

Derby Tasmania

7/ The old school of Derby is now an interesting museum.

Derby Tasmania

8/ This street at sunset shows the old atmosphere of Derby.

Derby Tasmania

9/ Just east of Derby is this cleverly painted rock that looks like the head of a trout.

Derby Tunnel Track

10/ This is the track to the Derby Tunnel. This track is part of an adventure trail that takes you around the historic sites of Derby.

flowers on the Derby Tunnel Track

11/ When I visited the tunnel in the spring of 2015 the Derby Tunnel Track was bedecked by hundreds of these beautiful flowers.

Derby Tunnel

12/ This is the Derby Tunnel. It was excavated to mine tin. You could wander a considerable distance down this tunnel. I don't know whether or not it was safe, as there were no restriction signs evident.

Branxholm Imperial Hotel Tasmania

13/ Branxholm is a town west of Derby. It hosts this magnificent Victorian hotel.

Derby Tasmania

14/ This is the monument at the Chinese cemetery near Derby.

 

Ringarooma Tasmania

1/ Ringarooma is an old former Gold and Tin mining town south west of Derby. It is on the alternate route to Ralph Falls. This photo shows the lovely old Ringarooma Hotel.

Ringarooma Tasmania

2/ This old church of Ringarooma now houses the visitor centre.

Ringarooma Tasmania

3/ The main street of Ringarooma has many old houses.

Ringarooma Tasmania

4/ This photo shows the White House guest house on the southern edge of the Ringarooma.

Ringarooma Tasmania

5/ This photo shows the shop complex at Ringarooma. Unfortunately all these shops were closed in 2013.

Ringarooma Tasmania

6/ This photo shows a quaint cottage in the main street of Ringarooma.

Ringarooma Tasmania

7/ As you drive south from Ringarooma you pass through lush meadows. The peak on the right is Mount Victoria. Unfortunately, the roads deteriorate south of the Ringarooma.

Ringarooma

8/ This is your last view of Ringarooma as you drive south. It shows a valley of lush meadows.

 

Legerwood Tasmania

1/ Legerwood is small hamlet just off the A3 Tasman Highway, west of Derby. It has turned its historic war memorial trees into interesting sculptures.

Legerwood Tasmania

2/ At the base of this one you can see a plaque and a flower, as I visited soon after ANZAC Day.

Legerwood Tasmania

3/ Each Legerwood sculpture was a creative interpretation of the possibilities of using the old tree to honour the fallen veterans of World War One in a unique way.

Legerwood Tasmania

4/ The railway man was an important person in Colonial Legerwood. Note the clever way that a branch has even been carved into his flag.

Legerwood Tasmania

4/ I like the way this one even used one small branch to shape into an axe to honour this veteran.

Legerwood Tasmania

5/ Each sculpture at Legerwood showed character in the face and stance. This one looks quite stoic, as befits a tough soldier of the Great War.

Legerwood Tasmania

6/ This large tree showed a group of figures, including both civilians and soldiers. I think it represents the families of Legerwood thinking of their men at the front.

Legerwood Tasmania

7/ This large tree shows soldiers of Legerwood engaged in a wide variety of tasks.

Legerwood Tasmania

8/ The old train station of Legerwood has been rebuilt into a toilet and a BBQ for the convenience of visitors.

 

Tonganah

1/ Tonganah is a locality east of Scottsdale and just south of Mt Stronach. There is an old railway there that has now been converted for the use of bicycles and bush walkers. This gallery shows some images taken on a journey there in 2013. This image shows some friendly horses that we met.

Tonganah

2/ Our groups first walked down a gravel road to reach the old railway line.

Tonganah

3/ This is the old railway line. The rails and sleepers have been removed, so that it can be used by bicycles and bush walkers. This railway included many shaded areas that were a prime habitat for fungus at the time of my journey.

Tonganah

4/ I was most impressed by the variety of fungus types that I saw on this journey. However, I do not know anything about fungus, except that most species are poisonous. In the next few images you can see the enchanting shapes and colors that I saw.

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Weldborough Hotel near the Weldborough Forest

1/ This is the historic Weldborough Hotel. It goes back to the 1880s, when Weldborough was a thriving mining town. It is just a few kilometres from the Weldborough Forest Walk shown in the photos below.

Weldborough Forest

1/ The Weldborough Forest walk is a short, easy excursion into an ancient myrtle forest. It is located just 15 minutes east of Derby on the Tasman Highway.

Weldborough Forest

2/ This photo shows the base of an ancient myrtle at Weldborough Forest.

Weldborough Forest

3/ Here you can see a fallen myrtle amidst ferns in the Weldborough Forest.

Weldborough Forest

4/ There are also many large man ferns in the Weldborough Forest.

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