Tasmania with my friend Jeanette
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  • Day2

    Hobart

    April 12, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    After a rocky start yesterday we had an uneventful flight to Hobart but then had to wait for half an hour for our vehicle, then we were upgraded as they didn’t have what we booked, oh well, nice big wagon, same price, love it.
    Hotel in good position in town. Drove out to Mt Wellington to find the summit road closed due to roadworks, lovely!! However, we did get some great views from half way up. Drove out to Kingston, so pretty and the beach lovely.
    Found the shot tower historical site and climbed the 324 steps to the top.
    I am the driver with Jeanette the good navigator.
    Off to Port Arthur tomorrow.
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  • Day3

    Hobart Tourists

    April 13, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Walked from Hotel to Salamanca Market downtown Hobart this morning. Lovely cafe for breakfast then a wander, magic place, best market I have ever been to.
    Back to pick up car then drove to Port Arthur, wow, what a place, wandered through the grounds and old penitentiary plus old houses, the history of this place and it’s convicts is amazing. Walked through the memorial garden that was created after the 1996 massacre of 35 people killed by a crazed gunman. One such person was Jason Winter of whom Mike & I knew slightly from his being a winemaker. Knew his father-in-law really well from Waihi Beach. Did a boat trip around the harbour and learnt more history of the convict life, great place.
    Big day tomorrow, watch this space!!! Lots of laughs today 🤪🤪🤪
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  • Day4

    Bruny Island

    April 14, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Early bus trip from downtown Hobart to Kettering for the ferry to Bruny Island then 40 min drive to Adventure Bay to board a boat for a three hour trip. Great weather, no major swell, magic boatman and our crazy tour guide - all made for a great day. Went down the coast into the southern ocean, unfortunately we didn’t get to see any Whales. Such amazing caves and coastline.
    Lots of fun and laughter, then stopped to buy oysters on the way home, scoffing them on the ferry.
    Back to Hobart, straight into a bar overlooking the waterfront for a ‘Japanese Slipper’ along with nibbles.
    What a great day .
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  • Day5

    Leaving Hobart

    April 15, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Before leaving Hobart we went to Mt Wellington again and managed to get to the top, 1.2km above the city. What an amazing view BUT freezing cold, apparently around 3degrees, and VERY WINDY. Worth the trip though. Heard that it snowed up there yesterday Brrrrr.
    Then more than 300km later we were at Strahan, a cute little village on the McQuarie Harbour. Stopped off at a defunct mine near Queenstown (nothing like our Queenstown) at a disused mine called Iron Ore Blow, drove up to a lookout and walked out on a platform overlooking the pit, awesome, BUT cold and WINDY.
    Finally at Strahan, lovely little town with heritage buildings.
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  • Day6

    Strahan

    April 16, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Headed out on a 33metre catamaran on McQuarie Harbour (6 times bigger than Sydney Harbour) out to the Southern Ocean then up into the Gordon River, interesting commentary on settlers and convicts. Went for a short walk into the bush at a Heritage Landing. On way back we stopped at Sarah Island for a look around at the ruins of Australia’s first penal colony, barbaric to say the least.
    Had lunch (and wine) on board and then passed the many salmon farms on the way back to Strahan.
    Scallop dinner at the local tavern was scrumptious!!!!
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  • Day7

    Strahan

    April 17, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    Headed out this morning on the West Coast Wilderness Railway for a slow trip from Strahan to Dubbil Barril through the rain forest. Built in 1896 to transport ore from Queenstown to Strahan, a wonderful half day.
    Then went out to Ocean Beach where it started to rain.
    Lovely, it hasn’t stopped since.
    Went to a show at 5.30, The Ship That Never Was, Australia’s longest running play, just had it’s 25th Anniversary. It was outside under a shade attached to the info centre (rained heavily) we sat under blankets.
    I have never laughed so much in all my life I am sure, it was hilarious, I am still smiling.
    Had a lovely dinner of octopus, ocean trout and lovely salads.
    Bedtime now - I am still smiling😆😆
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  • Day9

    Strahan to Burnie

    April 19, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Headed out to do the 179km trip to Burnie through forest and lovely farmland via a lovely old mining town called
    Zeehan, visited a reserve and walked through a disused rail tunnel remnants of the mine.
    On to Rosebery to visit the Stitt River Falls very fast flowing with overhead bridge belonging to the mine close by.
    On to Burnie where we visited a fern land reserve to see platypus playing - not in a playful mood today- we didn’t see any but Jeanette presented me with a 20cent coin with has Platypus on it so I wouldn’t feel deprived, ha ha! Saw wallabies hopping around though.
    Our accommodation for two nights is across the road from the beach near the penguin colony.
    Heading out to Stanley today.
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  • Day9

    Stanley and in-between

    April 19, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Wow, what a day. Headed to Stanley, stopped at Wynyard for breakfast, have never eaten so much bacon in one helping🍳🍳went into Table Cape Geological Site to visit the Lighthouse. We walked along the coast for a couple of km’s, had to walk off breakfast!!!
    Carried on to Boat Harbour, a delightful bay with many bach’s and a beautiful beach.
    Reached Stanley, to find a quaint village with beautifully kept old buildings.
    Our goal was to go up ‘The Nut’ a 143m ‘hill’. My aim was to get the chairlift up and walk down-ha ha, being Good Friday it was closed🤪so we walked up, man was it steep it nearly killed me but we did it and then did the two km circuit around the top. So pleased we did it, amazing views. I probably won’t be able to walk tomorrow!! 13400 steps, 51 floors, 9.5km’s not bad for the day.
    Returned via Wynyard to order scallops and chips from the fish shop on the wharf and sit there to eat them as the sun set.
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