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Peoples Park

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    • Day 83

      Nach dem Zug ist vor dem Boot

      February 3 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Wir trauen uns wieder auf ein Schiff, ein großer Katamaran. In Strahan buchen wir eine Schifffahrt durch den Macquarie Harbour, eine 35 KM lange Bucht. Sie ist auf der äußeren Seite nur mit einer engen Durchfahrt (Hells Gate) mit dem offenen Meer verbunden. Am anderen Ende fließt der Gordon River in die Bucht.
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      Die Heritage Cruise ist auf sechs Stunden angelegt. Zuerst fahren wir bis zum westlichen Rand der Bucht und durch das "Hells Gate" kurz auf das offene Meer. Da wird es gleich wieder ziemlich unruhig. Gott sei Dank bleiben wir da nicht lange und es geht zurück in die Bucht Richtung Gordon River. Unterwegs gibt es einen einstündigen Aufenthalt mit Führung auf Sarahs Island. Das war im frühen 19. Jahrhundert das entlegenste und schlimmste Gefängnis und Arbeitslager für Strafgefangene. Wir besichtigen die Ruinen und bekommen Erklärungen über das Leben und die Behandlung der Insassen. Es wurde zurecht die Hölle auf Erden genannt.
      Unterwegs passieren wir dann Fischfarmen, die mit großen runden Käfigen - als Schutz gegen Seelöwen und Haie - mitten in der Bucht angelegt sind. Es wird Lachs und Meeresforelle gezüchtet.
      Auf der Weiterfahrt bekommen wir einen Lunch serviert und erreichen dann die Einfahrt zum Gordon River. Der längste Fluss Tasmaniens fließt durch einen der ältesten Regenwälder der Erde und ist damit ein UNESCO Weltkulturerbe. Nach einigen Kilometern flussaufwärts legen wir an und können, auf dem üblichen Holzsteg, durch den Regenwald laufen.
      Auf der Rückfahrt zeigt der Katamaran seine ganze Stärke mit 2 x 950 PS. Der Captain muss offenbar pünktlich zum Abendessen zu Hause sein.
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    • Day 46

      Tassy ♥️ - Day 2

      May 13 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Heading to the west cost we did walk to Montezuma Falls, hidden within the ancient temperate rainforests of the Tarkine/takayna. We’ll return to the coast and explore the enormous Henty Sand Dunes.
      Later, we checked out the windswept Ocean Beach, Tasmania’s longest stretch of sand, and breathed the freshest air in the world.

      And in the evening, we went to Australia’s (or even the world’s!) longest playing theater play which has been played every night since the 1994 - “The Ship that never was”
      Quite funny play that includes quite a few ppl from the audience.
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    • Day 7

      Strahan to Cradle Mountain Day 7

      February 3 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 19 °C

      Up early this morning, checked out and headed across the road to Gordon River Cruises on the Spirit of the Wild to do the river and Macquarie Harbour (a fjord) for a five hour river/ocean cruise.
      Everyone agreed it was a great trip and a very slick trip. We had two stops; one was a bush walk looking at native fauna then a guided tour of Sarah Island, a convict penitentiary site. Had a delicious lunch on board.
      The boat is electric and whisper quiet, especially when slowly cruising through the fjord.
      We hit the road for Cradle Mountain at 2.45pm and arrived about 4pm at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village Resort. We had two cottages facing into the 'wilderness'. Very cute and simple.
      The highlight of our first night was dinner. It was the BEST meal of our trip. It was at the resort. The food was perfect. The service was perfect. The venue was perfect.
      Another great day filled with great sights and lots of laughter.
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    • Day 18

      Beautiful Strahan

      January 13, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      At least it is today with cloudless skies, little wind and 25 degrees. Strahan is the major town on the west coast. Has a school with less than 50 children and a population of around 700. It is a 4.5 hour drive from Hobart and the same to Burnie or Launceston so pretty isolated.
      The ride from Zeehan was the flattest so relative to what is ahead quite easy.
      The rain forest is splendid and very reminiscent of NZ. But it does feel remote. If you want to get away from it all this is the place to come. What is strange is that I have overheard two locals talking about how busy it is, walking down the harbour front this afternoon I saw maybe 6 or 7 people, but that was before the Gordon River boat cruise boat arrived back.
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    • Day 18

      Custard on the menu

      January 13, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      At Strahan in a nice restaurant overlooking the Atlantic but more importantly custard listed separately on the menu but unfortunately did not live up to expectations as rather like tinned custard. However rest of the meal very good and now 'f to b' .so Ian's coffee which was heavily promoted was equally disappointing meant a disappointing day overall. Still the ride from Zeehan was one of the best, with big sandunes on routeRead more

    • Day 48

      Strahan - Gordon River Cruise

      November 19, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      After suffering through a dismal Queenstown day yesterday we were glad to see a little sunshine for our cruise day. The Gordon River wilderness cruise with World Heritage Cruises. The cruise departed Strahan at 9:00am so an early start from Queenstown for another winding drive through the mist.
      We did this same cruise 15 years ago but the boat we had then has now been replaced by the Harbour Master II, a purpose built $9m catamaran. Once on the water we could explore the boat and we were even welcome onto the bridge to sit and chat with the captain.
      Again it was obvious the lack of tourists here. The boat could not have had any more than 40 people on board with a capacity of probably 250. Just a few minutes into the cruise we were accompanied by some dolphins having a play in the bow wave.
      The weather was kind if not sunny and the water was calm. So calm that we were lucky enough to be able to cruise out through Hells Gates and into the Southern Ocean. We cruised as far as the Cape Sorrell Lighthouse which apparently is unusual to be able to reach on these cruises.
      Back through Hells Gates into Macquarie Harbour we had a tour of the salmon and trout farms in the area. Many many more that were here 15 years ago. The mixture of the huge amount of fresh water and sea water creates a brackish mix that the fish thrive on.
      Next to the old convict settlement at Sarah Island. The guided tour was quite enjoyable apart from one fellow passenger. Anyone who has travelled has come across one of these people. Must be first in the line, first off the boat, right in the face of the guide and just generally rude and obnoxious. Faye was sure he was stalking her.
      Back on the boat for a lovely lunch although no drink was offered as part of the lunch at all. You could buy from the bar.
      Next on to a rainforest walk at Heritage Landing, about 10km up the Gordon River. A film showing the history of the river, the piners and the environmental protests of the 70s was a great way to pass the time. We cruised past a fisherman in a small boat that enjoyed showing off his brown trout catch. It must have been close to 1m. Sorry I didn't get a picture. Enjoyed the short walk through the rainforest, back on the boat for the trip back to Strahan. A fantastic cruise.
      A quick walk around the town and a drive out to Ocean Beach before we headed back to Queenstown.
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    • Day 35

      Strahan

      March 25, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Wunderschöner Fahrtag

      Ich bin also morgens los um das Auto zu holen und wurde upgegradet, weil sie meine gebuchte Kategorie nicht mehr hatten. Also ist das Auto jetzt auch mit Navi und anderem ausgestattet (inkl. Rückfahrkamera!).
      Es hat erstaunlich gut funktioniert! Man muss sich mehr darauf konzentrieren und das richtige Abschätzen der Abstände ist noch etwas schwierig, aber an sich läuft es. Zum Glück ist in Tasmanien auch wenig los. Also menschlich, denn die Natur ist sehr sehr vielfältig und wild! Berge, Wälder, Strand und Landwirtschaft geben ein echt schönes Bild!
      Ich komme durch die ersten zwei Nationalparks und mache kleine Wanderungen (20-50 Minuten) auf dem Weg nach Strahan. Das ist ein Zwischenstopp an der Westküste, wo ich nicht nur am Strand komplett alleine bin, sondern auch in meinem 8-Bett-Zimmer! In der Küche treffe ich aber eine ganz nette Truppe mit denen ich esse bis es zu kalt wird und ich die erste Nacht seit 5 Wochen alleine in einem Zimmer genieße.
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    • Day 12

      Gordon River Cruise

      September 12, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

      Today we headed out on the Gordon River Cruise, we splashed out and decided to purchase the premium tickets which gave you top deck seating (large recliner chairs, angled towards the windows) and all your food and drinks. We weren't sure if we'd done the right thing till we went on it today, and it was worth the money.

      We loved the cruise, departing at 8:30 this morning. They had breakfast items for us first thing, before taking us out to Hells Gate. Just incredible the walls that were built by convicts to naturally dredge the entrance to Macquarie Harbour.

      Then back past Sarah Island and Grummet Rock before entering Gordon River where the boat was changed over to electric engines so we cruised down the river quietly.

      We stopped at Heritage Landing first for a walk around the untouched rainforest then continued onto Sarah Island (having lunch on the way). Sarah Island was so interesting, a tiny island that has seen so much!

      Then headed back to Strahan. The Cruise took 6 hours and we had 4 seasons today. Started in the sunshine, then rain and wind (a couple of times!) And then hail/sleet twice!

      Such a great day. So glad we went. But I have no idea how I'm going to choose only 10 photos 🤷🏽‍♀️
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    • Day 11

      Zeehan to Strahan

      September 11, 2022 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

      We were thankful to be in a cabin when we woke this morning, listening to the rain coming down and being able to have a hot shower 😄

      It was hard to get going knowing we were heading out into the cold and rain but finally braved it and headed off to the Spray Tunnel, which apparently has flow worms in it. I thought there was a 1km walk to get there but arrived to find you could park right near the entrance (you just have to walk if you have a motorhome or caravan) so that worked out really well.

      It's a cool old tunnel 100m long built to bring tanks through to the tin mine. We didn't see any glow worms though, maybe you need to go at night for them 🤷🏽‍♀️

      As we were driving out of Zeehan we saw a pioneer cemetery 1891-1930 which was really interesting and well worth the stop. It's like they just put the graves wherever, there is no order and so many are overgrown. We even saw two wooden headstones!

      We continued onto Strahan and meandered though the timber shops. The smell of Huon pine is just beautiful.

      With the weather so unpredictable we ended up getting a package deal for accommodation and tickets on the Gordon River Cruise tomorrow 🤗 (handy having RACQ membership, it saved us an extra $45 which I was very happy about)

      The sun came out at lunchtime so we were able to make lunch in a park and did the Hogarth Falls walk which was lovely, before heading back into Strahan to find our room for the night, we just managed to get our stuff out of the car before the rain and wind hit again!
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    • Day 331

      Montezuma Falls

      October 29, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Day Two - a trek through the lush rainforest to Tasmania's highest waterfall, Montezuma Falls.
      Lunch shop at the cute fishing town of Strahan.
      We finished the day with an epic climb up the Henty Dunes.Read more

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