Lime Kiln Point ahead

After walking 3 or so kilometres from the bus stop earlier in the day, from a distance I could see part of a white wall fronting the Derwent River.

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At 8.50am on Stage 14 of my walk, I left the Lyell Highway and walked down what seemed to be an earlier version of the highway until I reached the site of the Lime Kilns at Lime Kiln Point.

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At the site I first discovered the remains of one lime kiln built into the massive white wall.

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Later I discovered there were two lime kilns in that wall.

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Inside each were two burners.

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If you looked at the video in the last posting, then you will be able to understand what my photos show you.

There are no site interpretations, signs, nor information panels and there are no site protection structures in place.  Perhaps these lime kilns are a minor piece of Tasmania’s history, nevertheless they are interesting. I would not have known what I was looking at except for the name of the Lime Kiln Point (a name which only appears on some maps. No road signs named this so if you come looking, it is located 200 metres north of the Derwent Estate Wines turn off) and I imagine there would be many others like me.

In front of the lime kilns, the broken remnants of a jetty poked up above the Derwent River through the cold air.

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The view upstream was majestic.

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After taking time to look around Lime Kiln Point, I continued northward. When the old road petered out, I clambered up a loose gravelly rise and back onto the Lyell Highway.  It was only 9am.

2 thoughts on “Lime Kiln Point ahead

  1. Alexandra

    Amazing to think the kilns are still there after all this unvandalised. Definitely worth searching out next time I am up that way. Thanks

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    1. Tasmanian traveller Post author

      I think one of the ways vandalism might not have occurred is because there is nowhere to park the car either side of the cutting through which the Highway passes, with the lime kilns on the river side hidden from view. As I walked I thought about where to park and decided that somewhere 200 metres back where the turn off to the Derwent Estate Wines is, is probably where a car could be parked. So in this way, the area is protected somewhat.

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