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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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  • Day32

    Tamar Island

    December 11, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Schöne Abendwanderung über Holzstege hinaus zur Insel. Außer Tieren, gab es auch ein altes Wrack von einem Dampfschiff zu sehen und auf der Insel einen Pflug den wohl jemand vor über hundert Jahren an der alten Eiche stehen gelassen hat.

  • Day33

    Launceston und die Cataract Schlucht

    December 12, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Zu Beginn der Schlucht gibt es einen kleinen Freizeitpark und die Attraktionen haben gesalzene Preise. Wir gingen deshalb den kleinen Rundweg durch die Schlucht und nahmen zwischendurch die kostenlose "Behindertenbahn" ( ist ja in unserem Alter zulässig!), also quasi als Actioneinlage😀
    Klettern kann man hier in der Schlucht zwar theoretisch auch, aber die Routen sind relativ kurz und eher so im 10. Grad. Außerdem wäre die Parkuhr für die gesamte Zeit so teuer, da könnten wir auch im Penny Royal Adventure Park an der Kletterwand klettern gehen🙈.Read more

  • Day29


    November 21, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    Our first outing this morning was out St. Helen's point. This area is different than other areas, with sand bars and wide beach areas all along the point. There are also huge sand dunes, so we ventured off to climb a dune, our feet sinking deep into the soft, fine sand. If only we had brought our pails and shovels.
    We set off to drive to Launceston, the second biggest cite in Tasmania. When we started, the terrain was rough, mountainous, and very dry. The only green on sheep pastures were in the valleys or on fields where they could irrigate from a stream. As we drove over ridge after ridge of these small mountains, things changed. It got greener and more lush, and many crops grew, including potatoes, fruit and opium poppies. Tasmania grows a big part of the world's legal opium to be used as pain killers. As we came down the wide valley to Launceston, we saw why they refer to this area as the prime wine making region. We had been told that one side of Tasmania is wet and the other dry and here seems to be the happy medium.
    Out accommodation in Launceston is an old inn downtown. Our room has a four-poster bed and a fireplace...very cool.
    We had time to go for a good walk along a gorge right in the middle of town. When we got to the end of the trail, there were people jumping off the rocks and swimming in the river on this warm day. A teahouse is out at the end of the trail and peacocks roamed around there posing for photos. There was a famiy of black swans floating around too. Although we didn't have a lot of time to explore this area, we were glad we had taken the walk along the gorge.
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  • Day178

    Pod Inn

    November 28, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Amazing! I'll type more later.

    It's later. I continued my drive north on the Great Eastern Highway, stopping at, to name a few places, Peron Dunes, Bay of Fire, and Eddystone Point Lighthouse, the latter of which is where is spent the the car...again. I had dinner while watching a magnificent sunset and woke to a beautiful albeit early sunrise.

    Despite my best efforts with baby wipes, after three days of public toilets by boatramps and two nights of sleeping in the car, I need a shower. So, I decided to drive by most of the small tourist traps along the A3 and head directly to Launceston, the second largest city in Tazzy (after all the gravel, dirt, and mud roads I've been down in a not-four-wheel-drive Toyota Aurion, I think it's the only other city besides Hobart).

    I found Pod Inn on Agoda (great app!). For only 25 Aussie dollars a night. Compared to well over 100 at other places, this is a great bargain, so I booked two nights.

    This place is brand new and really cool. The pods are from Japan. I've seen pics from my friends staying at pods in Tokyo, but I didn't have the chance to stay in one...until now! So very cool. Tomorrow's post may have more pics. Right now I have to go sort out the metered parking.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️

    P.S.: Pods are pretty much like fully-enclosed bunk beds with internal lighting and a locking door. You'll see.
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  • Day179

    Platypi & Kilkenny

    November 29, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Yesterday was another epic day. After I checked into my pod, I visited the Platypus House. They have both platypi and echidnas, the only two monotremes in the world. I saw a few echidna along the gravel roads, but I won't be anywhere to see platypi in the wild, so this was the next best thing.

    After I got back to the pod--which is most awesome--I stopped by the Plough Inn, then The Irish. They had my favorite beer, Kilkenny! Yummy! Around 21:00 a young man got on stage with a keyboard, a guitar, and a microphone and proceeded to bring the house down. Better yet, thanks to my hash shirt, I met a former hasher and he connected me with the local kennel. Trail is this evening!

    Now I'm eating lunch before walking to the pier for a Tamar River Cruise. Should be great despite the mostly cloudy skies.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the MONOTREMES. ✌️
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  • Day180

    Haircut Day

    November 30, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Yesterday's Tamar River cruise was spectacular! Lots of water fowl with young, such as black swans, and we even spotted three sea eagles, two of which flew right over the boat. The countryside was just as beautiful as it has been since I arrived, but we had real sunshine that made everything glow.

    After the boat, I walked around a bit and.found an amazing place for dinner, Jailhouse Grill. Oysters, salad bar, eye fillet, and even dessert. Expensive but worth it. The building dates to the early 1800s and has been a tavern/restaurant pretty much the entire time. Despite the bars on the windows, it wasn't actually a jail. I was supposed to go to the hash last night, but was so carried away with eating that I missed it. Lol!

    Now I'm eating lunch (although how I have room after that dinner I just don't know) before going for a haircut. Take a good look. It's going to be very different tomorrow. 😉

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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  • Day35

    A day in Lanceston

    November 17, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Heute ein Tag in Lanceston Pause eingelegt. Vom Hostel aus ging es zum Frühstück in die Innenstadt ins Bryher, danach ins Coffee Republic mit dem besten Angebot an Kaffee und heißer Schokolade. Die Peanut Butter Hot Choc war göttlich. 😌 Nach einiger Erholung vom Zuckerschock 🥴, ein paar Einkäufen und anschließendem Chillen im Hostel gab es Abends noch ein BBQ am Hostel eigenen Grill.Read more

  • Day34

    Arrived in Lanceston

    November 16, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Nach den letzten beiden Tagen auf dem Zeltplatz in St Helens und Deep Creek nun endlich mal wieder ein gemachtes Bett im Lanceston Arthouse Hostel, ein sehr schöner Ort zum Ausruhen, für Tasmanien schon recht groß, das Hostel direkt am North Esk River, gegenüber ein großer Spielplatz für Groß und Klein, den wir gleich austesten. Danach schauen wir uns die Innenstadt genauer an. Leider schon etwas spät und da die meisten Geschäfte hier schon 17 Uhr schließen, müssen wir das Einkaufen auf morgen verschieben. Zum Abendessen geht es ins indische Spice Lounge, wo wir endlich wieder was zwischen die Zähne bekommen. 😁 Das Beef Masala ist einfach großartig.Read more

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