March 2017
  • Day16

    Hobart Final Day

    March 22, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    On our last full day in Hobart we visited the Hobart Art Gallery and Museum in the morning. Ate lunch there, then drove to the Hobart Botanical Gardens which we had never visited before.
    The gardens are quite extensive and there were many large trees to marvel at.
    The whole two weeks we experienced warm to hot weather. All of our accommodation was fabulous.
    City sights, country landscapes, beautiful coastal scenes and majestic mountains were discovered or revisited on our Tasmanian tour.
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  • Day16

    Hobart Again

    March 22, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We stayed with friends for our Hobart leg of our journey. The first photo will show the view of the Derwent River from their window.
    We went out to a show in The Speigel Tent one night with Kevin and Mary. The show was called Velvet. It told the story of a young man who had strange dreams - it was set to disco music with elements of the circus demonstrated by aerial feats from a rope hanging in the centre of the tent and some fantastic hula hoop gyrations. Marcia Hines had top billing. A great night out in the Hobart Docks precinct.Read more

  • Day16

    More Hobart

    March 22, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    What's a trip to Hobart without visiting
    1. The Cat and Fiddle Arcade
    2. Salamanca Place
    3. Mount Wellington
    Yes visited all three!
    Saw the Cat and Fiddle play the nursery rhyme.
    Wandered the stalls and shops of Salamanca, listened to great music ( the buskers ) and had a coffee/tea.
    Drove to the top of Mt Wellington which was crawling with tourists. There has been new boardwalks and walking paths constructed since we last visited.
    Always cooler than Hobart.
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  • Day12


    March 18, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    On Friday we visited the Female Factory and bought two passes. One was to view the site and the other was to attend the Live History presentation.
    The Cascades Female Factory operated between 1828 and 1856. It was for the incarceration and rehabilitation of female convicts. There were five yards built at this site.
    The two actors in the live presentation were able to relate and demonstrate the harsh treatment, harsh conditions and sometimes torture that these women went through.
    On the site were many metal plates with the name of a female convict, her crime, the punishment ( how many years transportation ) her age, her height and a general description.
    It was very interesting and informative.
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  • Day12

    Maria Island

    March 18, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    After a scrumptious breakfast at The Sanda Guesthouse we backtracked to Triabunna to catch the boat to Maria Island. The tour went from 9:40am until 5:00pm. Morning tea and lunch were provided and on both occasions the boat moored in a sheltered bay or cove while we ate. We actually circumnavigated the whole island. The goi g did get pretty rough in one section which resulted in the three people sitting on the open deck on top being doused with a wave; Neville and I being two of them. And you needed two hands to hold on. It was ROUGH!
    Maria Island was a convict prison twice. It was owned by an Italian entrepreneur who in the mid to late 1800s ran an ambitious tourism operation complete with a grand hotel and coffee palace. The settlement town was called Darlington. Lost his money then refinanced and built a concrete works on the island.
    Again lost his money and the government bought the island and leased out land to farmers. Finally they ended all leases and it has been run by Parks and Wildlife since the 1960s. There are some buildings left from all four eras of European settlement.
    On the boat tour the rock formations were explained - see photos.
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  • Day10

    Driving to Orford

    March 16, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    Didn't have too far to drive from Bicheno to our next booked accommodation in Orford. It was, in the main a scenic coastal drive. We detoured to a beautiful beach called Nine Mile Beach. Then motored on to Swansea where we walked around the town and had lunch at a trendy new seafood cafe with free WiFi. Spotted a fabulous beachfront block driving around the town outskirts. Looked up price - $220,000.
    Got to the B&B guesthouse in Orford about 2:30pm. It's an old stone cottage dating from the 1840s. Kerry, our host made us afternoon tea, after we deposited our luggage in 'The Jasmine Room'. We checked out the port in Triabunna where we'll catch the boat for our Maria Island cruise on Thursday. We dined at the Pizza Restaurant in Orford and concluded our day with a cliff top walk.
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  • Day8

    Nature World Bicheno

    March 14, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Today we spent the most part of the day at Nature World. It's a nature park dedicated to saving the Tassie Devil, the eastern quoll and the spotted quoll from extinction and providing a haven for other Australian animals. The park is set next to the sea and is quite extensive. There are mainly Australian animals on display. Those animals that can't be released into the bush and animals that need their populations boosting are kept at the park. They have two wedge tailed eagles on display in an open enclosure. They can't fly because their wings are injured. We went to various enclosures at certain times where the park guide Leo fed, handled and talked about the park and the animals. Found out that sugar gliders are not native to Tasmania. They think introduced in the 1880s. The road kill is much more prevalent in the eastern part of the state. It seems many of the parks animals have come from wildlife carers. It's a really well run park considering they get no government funding.
    We ate a home cooked lunch in the cafe. Delicious.
    Later in the day Neville and I walked from our shed accommodation to the beach. Very windy with cloud rolling in from the sea across the mountain tops.
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  • Day7


    March 13, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Left Launceston at 9:30am and arrived in Bicheno at 4:30pm.
    We made numerous stops en route:
    Launceston for petrol
    Scottsdale for morning tea
    Derby for lunch and a museum fix ( old school )
    Derby was teeming with young people and mountain bikes. So there were many trendy looking cafes to choose from. ( see photo ) Unlike many other country towns.
    A Lookout ( only 100 metres off the road )
    St Helens for Information Centre maps and an ice cream. Yes the weather has been very warm!
    Tassie has so many hills and mountains.
    At Airbnb accommodation for two nights - a chic shed conversion.
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  • Day6

    Launceston Day 2

    March 12, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Today we accomplished two tourist treks.
    In the morning we drove to the Tamar Island Wetlands which is about 7 km north of Launceston. We went to the Interpretation Centre then traversed the 2 kilometres of boardwalk to a swamp paperbark forest, through reeds, over water courses and onto Tamar Island then back again, passing many wetland birds. On the island there had been European settlement in the 1800's. There were many old large European trees including old fruit trees. We spotted a black snake near the end of our walk.
    The afternoon was spent at The Launceston Queen Victoria Museum. That was a 10 minute walk away from our cottage. The museum was housed in the old Launceston railway worships and yards. Of course there was an informative display about the Tasmanian tiger.
    Well worth a visit. Both attractions were free.
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