October - November 2017
  • Day1

    Station Pier, Port Melbourne.

    October 23, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    On board Spirit of Tasmania-
    Shared the car deck on the boat with a car club who were heading to a rally in Tasmania -there were some great old cars to see.
    Mawson had a great view out the port hole and we leafed through our lonely planet Tasmania book whilst we had dinner.
    Our cabin was comfortable and warm and best of all our night was smooth sailing .
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    Trip One

    That car in the pic looks like an old Peugeot!

    10/25/17Reply
     
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  • Day2

    Devonport

    October 24, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Arrived in Devonport at 5.30am. Waiting to disembark at 6.45am
    After a smooth crossing of Bass Strait, our initial stop was for Angela's to visit the now decommissioned Mersey Women's Hospital-this is where her Midwifery training took place back 1982 - 1983. The hospital, which has stood empty for many years, has been totally vandalized and is to be demolished soon- sad to see this happen-so many happy memories.
    We then checked out her old flat she had shared for a few months-now stands in only marginally better shape than the hospital !
    It was then breakfast at the wind swept Mersey Bluff -cold but looking out over Bass Strait a great breakfast treat !
    Our next stop was a few kilometers down the road to the township of Latrobe-Ange lived in the nurse's home for the rest of her training-the nurse's home is now part of the hospital administration offices but unfortunately off limits despite a polite request to have a look down the corridor.After a drive around the small township-including Angela's old walking track and a look at the big hill she would climb we found ourselves at the House of Anvers-a chocolate shop and chocolate Museum for a delicious morning tea - needing to tackle that exercise track that Angela's once used afterwards !!!!
    We decided to stock up on some supplies back in Devonport and visited Hill Street Grocery-a great store so inviting and everything displayed in such a way that browsing was a must. There are apparently several of these stores throughout Tasmania-originating in Hobart.
    Our next stop was to visit Simon Martin Whips and leathercraft -the smell drifting around the store was amazing and such beautiful leather goods on display -you could watch them working with the leather, crafting it into quality products in front of your very eyes.
    Our final mission for the day was to sit on the banks of the Mersey River and watch that Spirit of Tasmania commence her evening sail back to Port Melbourne.
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    Trip One

    Smooth sailing?

    10/25/17Reply
    Alisha Grant

    Looks warm!

    10/27/17Reply
     
  • Day3

    Penguin

    October 25, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    This is a coastal town near Ulverstone. It has a feel of a pretty English seaside town which lends itself to sitting and licking an ice cream as you look out over the water. But the biggest joy of all is penguins ! The world's smallest penguin comes ashore here during its breeding season.
    Our very own little Mawson was so excited to get acquainted with one of his very own standing tall and proud in the main street.
    From here we went inland to the Leven Valley , Preston Falls and Leven Canyon. A lush green region with rolling hills and rich soil.
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  • Day3

    Leven Canyon

    October 25, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    After leaving the coastline we drove inland to view mountains, wildlife,waterfalls,fertile farmland-breathtaking scenery.
    The Leven Canyon is only a 45min drive from the coast and the reserve covers almost 2,500ha.
    We took the walk to Cruickshank's lookout with views 275m above the Leven River. The Canyon is 12km long with six sets of rapids and two waterfalls.
    Angela took on the challenge of 697stairs down into the canyon and what goes down must come back up-suffered painful legs for days following.
    Our lunch was in a relaxed bushland setting, in full sunshine.
    We visited the delightful Preston Falls which plunge 25meters into the shady depths of a gorge.
    On our way south we admired the view into the lush green valley and stopped at the boutique Leven Valley Vineyard where we tasted and purchased a great bottle of chardonnay. We had both forgotten just how good chardonnay can be !!!
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  • Day3

    Zeehan

    October 25, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    We had decided to use Zeehan as our base and spend the next two nights there. It is centrally located on the west coast, known as the ' silver city ' and was once Tasmania's 3rd largest town.
    We were introduced to Hazel, an old bus that had been converted to motorhome of sorts and like a lot of old girls when not in much use get a little musty between the sheets -Duncan saved the day with some great smelling aftershave we used as airfreshner !
    After an early chilly start we spent a great part of the day at Cradle Mountain.
    We made our way back Zeehan passing many gum plantations on the way. We drove around the old township and spent our remaining time at the School of Mines Museum. Fantastic history of machinery and other early mining equipment.
    Also housed at the School of Mines Museum was a huge array of rock examples not only local but from all over the world - there were hundreds of exhibits.
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  • Day4

    Cradle Mountain

    October 26, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 6 °C

    World Heritage listed, Cradle Mountain, is the centre piece of Cradle Country and is the northern gateway to the Tasmanian Wilderness
    Cradle Mountain - is that perfect new-moon curve of rock, and is still holding onto the last of the winters snow. It's reflection is beautifully mirrored in the still waters of Dove Lake.
    This impressive landform was sculptured by recent glaciers from 500 thousand years ago.
    This area is also well know for wildlife watching and we weren't disappointed seeing wombats
    enjoying an early morning grass munch.
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  • Day5

    Strahan

    October 27, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    This is such a great little town. Nestled between the waters of Macquarie Harbour and the rainforest, a picture postcard destination. There are restored pioneer buildings, cute little shops and cottages overlooking the bay which itself is dotted with boats in all shapes and sizes.
    The down side was the evidence of forest destruction to make way for plantations-such a difficult scene to deal with.
    We were off to experience the magnificent Gordon River and in the evening were delighted to watch Australia's longest running play-The Ship that Never Was -telling the dramatic and hilarious true story about the last great escape from Sarah Island. In January 1834 the last ship built at the convict settlement of Macquarie Harbour was about to set sail for the new prison at Port Arthur. Ten convict shipwrights had other ideas- and so the play is performed telling the story of an amazing escape and extraordinary voyage. Interactive, hilarious and so entertaining !
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  • Day5

    Hogarth Rainforest / Falls Walk 2

    October 27, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    The walk to Hogarth Falls took us through an example of temperate rainforest. We passed by several species of large trees together with an display of differing green ferns. Examples of Blackwoods, Blackburn, Driftwood, Sassafras, fish bone ferns, hard wood ferns, tree ferns just to name a few.Read more

  • Day5

    Ocean Beach, Strahan

    October 27, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    You will find Ocean Beach 6km from the township of Strahan. This beach stretches 33kms in length running uninterrupted from Trial Harbour in the north to Macquarie Heads in the south. The surf here is full of strength and pounds its way to the beach, definitely not a swimming spot. The surf whipped up by the "roaring forties" ( strong westerly winds found in the southern hemisphere between the latitudes of 40 and 50degrees ) has at times recorded waves of over 20meters off the coast.
    It is also a great place to watch the sun melt its way into the sea as evening falls.
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    Alisha Grant

    Ah the serenity

    10/31/17Reply