Tasmania with my friend Jeanette
  • Day17

    Richmond to Hobart Airport

    April 27, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Oh dear, our last day together travelling, so sad. We left Richmond with mixed feelings not really wanting to end our holiday. Lovely quirky accommodation.
    Jeanette was booked on an earlier flight than me so I try to get on same flight but at $500 difference, forget it!!!
    Said our goodbyes😢😢and I waited. My flight 45 mins late, went to pick up luggage at Melbourne, not there, came in on an earlier flight (Jeanette’s).
    An hour wasted trying to track it down. Walked to my Hotel, booked into dinner, only time 7.45pm. Ok, got there, 3/4 hour later still hadn’t got my starter, words were said!!!
    My whole meal and wine were free. Just as well.
    Back to reality tomorrow.
    Wonderful holiday, wonderful company.
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  • Day16

    Bicheno to Richmond

    April 26, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Started the day with a 7.7km walk along the foreshore to the ‘blowhole’ which was not really active. Oh well, one of those days. Wonderful scenery though.
    We talked about having another scallop pie as they are yum. Reached Swansea and found a takeaway/restaurant selling them. Jeanette ordered 2, price $33.80, she paid and with a puzzled look questioned the assistant who said the pies were full of scallops, we waited and watched. Our pies were not from a pie warmer but were made from scratch. 10 mins later we had them to take away, in a box baked in a tinfoil base. $16.90 each, they had better be good. 12 scallops and scrummy pastry later they are the best on earth and worth every penny.
    Carried on to Richmond, found our quirky accommodation and walked to the oldest span bridge in Australia, absolutely beautiful. Visited the historic Gaol then wine time. Last meal together at the historic pub as we go home tomorrow. So sad.
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  • Day15

    Wineglass Bay Cruise

    April 25, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    No dawn parade today sadly as we had to leave early to meet our cruise boat tour leaving from Coles Bay. We travelled down to Schouten Passage out into the ocean, and up the east coast to Wineglass Bay where we anchored for lunch. Unusual rock formations and caves. Not as good as the last two cruises we have done but ok.
    Returned at 2pm, then did an hour and a half walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout. Real pleased we did it, very very steep going up. Lovely to look out over the Bay where we had been for lunch. Magnificent views and bush along with the huge rocks.
    Found our house for one night, great views over the ocean. Scallops, prawns, calamari, fish & chips for dinner.
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  • Day14

    St Helens to Bicheno

    April 24, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Lovely drive down to Bicheno today calling into lots of lovely beaches, even talked to some fishermen surf casting. One caught a decent sized ocean trout whilst we were there. Visited Coles Bay and the Freycinet National Park, along with Cape Tourville. Such amazing beaches and scenery.
    Had Lobster lunch at Bicheno, wow, so yummy. Because we had a big lunch we called into an oyster farm (there are many, I am in seventh heaven) and bought a dozen each for our dinner. Lovely, along with ocean trout an cheese & Bikkies. I am now so full.
    Saw lots and did lots, having so much fun with Jeanette, she is a wonderful travelling mate.
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  • Day13

    Leaving Launceston

    April 23, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Left our luxury accommodation to head up the eastern side of the Tamar River to Georgetown and Low Head lighthouse. Delightful historic place with old maritime cottages for rent. We thought this side much nicer than the west side. We even had to cross over the Tamar on the Batman Bridge just to say we had done it.
    Headed to St Helen’s via Bridport for a scallop pie for lunch on the foreshore. Yum.
    To Scottsdale, Derby and then Pyongyang’s to the cheese factory - ended up buying cheese and a chilly bag to hold it all!!! Then on to the Pub in a Paddock where Priscilla the pig likes a pint or two. A kiwi publican running this unorthodox pub in the middle of nowhere, so funny.
    Lots of beautiful countryside before we hit St Helens and our two bedroom cabin, very nice. Took off again for the Bay of Fires north of St Helens on the coast. Wow, just beautiful. Then dinner at a very new restaurant on the waterfront, seafood pasta, Yummy.
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  • Day13

    Cataract Gorge and surrounds

    April 23, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Out to Cataract Gorge to walk the Duck Reach Trail, a beautiful spot that has been made into a lovely family park, with lots of walking trails. We walked for two hours up the South Esk River across a suspension bridge to a disused Power Station open to the public showing the workings etc, it was well done. Lots of laughs on the way. Then headed up the west side of the Tamar River to the furthest point at Greens Beach/West Head. Beautiful scenery on the way. Called in to Platypus House at Beauty Point to see the Platypus and Echidnas, fantastic little things, only place we are going to see them as they are elusive in the wild. Now I can give Jeanette back her 20cent coin!!!!! We called into a little Swiss Village called Grindelwald where all the houses are built in Swiss Style, very different but cute. Back to Launceston for a drive around the town before crashing at our ‘luxury accommodation’. Ended the night with a wood fired seafood pizza from the restaurant close by, washed down with a good red.Read more

  • Day11

    Cradle Mountain to Launceston

    April 21, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Wow, another huge day. Lake Barrington then on to Wilmot through rural roads and their colourful letter boxes.
    Up to Devonport, just another port not terribly interesting through Latrobe then stopped at Sheffield (mural town) for lunch at the local pub, not too bad either.
    Next stop Railton to see Topiary figures. Finally reached Launceston and found accommodation (pure luxury and cheaper than our cabin last night). Love it.
    Walked around town then had a wonderful salmon and salad dinner. Now bed time. Again absolutely buggered. Nearly forgot, we had a honey ice cream on the way.
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