Tomorrow Nik and I head off to Tasmania to do the famed Lap of Tasmania for 2 weeks!! We are traveling by campervan 🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂
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    The first leg to Wayatinah Caravan Park

    December 29, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Got to Hobart about 1pm local time. The airport is tiny. Took as a while to get through though as we all had to be temperate tested, answer questions and so forth. Travel during a pandemic right?

    Took longer than expected to get ourselves settled and on our way with the van. First stop was Woolworths to stock up on food before driving to our first camp at Wayatinah.

    The landscape is hilly and reminds me alot of the areas around Stanthorpe. Getting closer to Wayatinah though it started to look more like the trees around The Great Ocean Road.

    Surprisingly there's lots of water, lakes and inlets. We'd come around a bend in the road and there would be a vista of water, with boulders scattered around and greeny yellow grass. And red leaved trees! I want to find out about the red trees.

    Another surprise? It doesn't get dark til 9pm. We sat outside the van at 8:30 pm to eat and it was like it would be at 5pm at home. Crazy.

    And it's cold. Freezing. (Even Suzie agreed with me on this, so it's not just me feeling the cold.) And yet there are kids running around in tee shirts and shorts. (Aclimitised locals or bonkers? I don't know. But it was nice to see the kids out and being active.) And one of the groundmen said the kids had been swimming most of the day.
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    Wayatinah to Strahun

    December 29, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Woke just after 4. Too flipping cold to get out of the covers to go for a walk like I intended. So watched the sunrise through the window as Suzie slept.

    We had a cuppa at the van before continuing our trip. We stopped at Lake Saint Clair visitor centre.  Had a quick look and a hot drink but didn't really have time to explore too much. Would have liked to.  If we come again have to plan a full day to explore it and walk one of the trails.
    A lady at the camp last night told us about 'The Wall' and not too miss it. So glad we took her advice. Was fabulous. You'reot allowed to take photos inside but wow!  Carved wooden panels, I can't remember how many, there are but must be 50 or 60 of them. All 1 metre by 3 metres, carved by an amazing artist, telling the story of Tasmania. From aboriginal origins, to convict settlement, the wood getters and farmers. The plants and animals The level of detail carved into the wood was out of the world.  Fabric looked like fabric. And veins and muscles . Outstanding.

    While here we also shared a nip of Sullivan's Cove whiskey.  Got 'best whisky award last year beating even those made in Scotland.  $23 for one nip.  Wouldn't drink it again but glad I tried it.  At the very least it warmed me up.  F##k it's cold.

    Note to self.  Buy thermal shirt, pants, socks and gloves.  It's bloody cold. And a good pair of waterproof  walking shoes and jacket.

    Drive to Queenstown was crazy hilly and bendy.  Wanted to check out where our train trip leaves from tomorrow.  See the layout as it were. Then to Strahan where we're camped for two nights.  Only a hour trip back to Queenstown for tomorrow.
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    The Wall, Derwent Bridge

    December 29, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    The Wall is a giant panelled display made entirely of Huon Pine wood. It's simply majestic and such intricate detail. The artist Greg Duncan is an artist of the highest order. No photos inside but there are postcardsRead more

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    Wilderness Railway - Queenstown

    December 30, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    We were up and at em at 5:15am and on the road by 6:45am.  Back to Queenstown for our heritage train trip on an abt train track.  Sitting in the carriage at 8:45am with a glass of champagne.  Cause why not.  YOLO.

    First stop on on train trip is Lynchford.  Here we were able to try our hand at panning for gold.  Water was freezing.

    Second stop ,Rinadeena, meaning little raindrops in the local aboriginal dialect.  Others just call it 'rain indeed' as they get 3 metres of rain a year.  The train uses 3000 litres of water to get to the top of the mountain.  

    The railway was built entirely by pickaxe and shovel, with material being carted out by wheelbarrow.  No dinamite was used.  It took 500 men 2 and a half years.  With only 4 causalities due to accident during the construction.  How many due to illness is anyone's guess.

    We stopped the train at King River George for photos.  We could see people on the river in rafts.  I'd like to see the forest from that angle. The trees and undergrowth are so thick. It feels ancient, with moss covering everything.

    Then on to Dubbil Barril where the train turned to take us back to Queenstown. We're able to do a little walk through the ancient trees. Stunning

    "Find a way, or make a way.". This was the motto of the early settlers in the area. Would have been such a hard life.
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    Queenstown Railway Station

    December 30, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    We are currently in Queenstown on the West Coast Wilderness Railway!!! We will be travelling on a ABT Rack and Pinion from Queenstown to Dubbill Barrill station and back again to Queenstown. We are also in the Wilderness Carriage with champagne and yummies!!! I have been looking forward to this for such a long time!!!! 🙂💜💜💜Read more

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    Rinadeena Station

    December 30, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    The station that's at the end of (or the start of, depending on direction!) the steepest train hill climb in the Southern Hemisphere.

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    Wilderness Railway - Queenstown (photos

    December 30, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Because we sprung for the more Expy carriage we were fed so well on our trip.

    Champagne on arrival. Chickpea patties with bestroot dip for nibbles, then a scone with blackberry jam. Pumpkin soup with cheese and garlic bread, then some vanilla ice cream for desert. We also had hot chocolates. Yummo.Read more