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    • Day 75

      Soirée à Launceston

      February 18, 2023 in Australia

      Hello les amis, 👋🏼
      Nous avons demandé notre dimanche pour sortir à Launceston.
      Se préparer, voir la civilisation et sortir en boîte nous est presque étranger maintenant (j'exagère un peu... ou presque).
      Quelques bières et un restaurant avant de sortir. Nous sommes allés dans un club avec un rooftop très chic.
      Une soirée qui nous a fait beaucoup de bien. Par contre notre sommeil, que dis-je, notre sieste de 3 heures dans la voiture, ne nous a pas vraiment fait du bien.
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    • Day 93

      Je me tatoue 😱

      March 8, 2023 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 16 °C

      Hello les amis,👋🏼
      Journée à Launceston, nous avons tous les 4 choisi de nous faire tatouer (oui, c'est pour la vie je sais !). Un petit cœur discret, il représente tout ce que nous avons vécu sur cette île, les rencontres fortes, les fous rires et les bons souvenirs.
      Et moi, j'ai décidé de me faire tatouer le 601, le chiffre qui m’a emmené loin et qui me guide d'une manière ou d'une autre. Il me dit que je suis au bon endroit au bon moment.
      La petite Alice s'est fait tatouer pour la première fois.
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    • Day 6

      Launceston

      January 18, 2023 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Launceston. A city I had not heard about until I started planning this trip. So, I came here with no expectations at all, actually getting out of here on the same evening my hiking trip concludes (after a shower ;-)).

      So, I just strolled through the town this morning, towards the little river I saw on the map… lucky surprise - I ended at the Launceston Cataract Gorge - which was indeed gorgeous. And ended to be much more sweaty than expected. A beautiful spot…

      After that, back to my hotel (still impressed that the guy at the reception knew my name and the duration of my stay simply by telling him my room number!), grabbing my stuff for the pre-trip meeting for my Cradle Mountain Overland Trail hiking tour starting tomorrow. 7 guests (6 women), 2 guides, and we will be ready to go early tomorrow… and it sounds as if we may have to endure a bit of a temperature shock… about 30C today - down to 13 tomorrow… but I was told that the weather constantly changes and we can expect snow or heat or both in one trip - so let’s see what we will get.

      And after grabbing some last things from the supermarket (snacks) and (almost) successfully fighting the temptation of all these outdoor stores here (another nice add on of this town) I’m now enjoying a glass of wine and a fancy dinner and the other amenities of modern life (shower, proper bed, light simply by pushing a switch, wifi, using the bathroom at night without shuffling out of a sleeping bag, finding shoes, a headlamp and walking through the cold), before heading out tomorrow.

      Remaining question: Should I bring my camera or just take the phone?!?

      There may not be many updates during the next 6 days - so all the fancy hiking pics and weird stories will have to wait…

      Fun fact: the sun sets only at 8:45pm - and I and my body are sooooo confused…

      PS: Launceston is Tasmania’s second largest city with a population of a bit less than 90k, which makes it 18th largest city of Australia. It’s a UNESCO city of gastronomy (little did I know that existed), has some nice restored Victorian houses and at least 8 churches.

      PPS: For anyone interested - this is what I’m doing the next couple of days: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/us/australia/cra…
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    • Day 83

      Launceston

      April 26, 2023 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Et puis j’ai passé une petite semaine à me promener dans les rues de Launceston, à observer l’architecture et les animaux. C’est une chouette petite ville d’environ 100 000 habitants, la moitié d’Hobart (la Tasmanie compte environ 500 000 habitants).Read more

    • Day 1

      Jen & Jonnell arrive in Tassie

      April 6, 2023 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Jen and Jonnell arrive in Launceston from Sydney on the only plane, in the history of plane arrivals, that arrives early and has not been delayed. Well done Virgin!!!
      Picked up by Kath, they are whisked up the Tamar Valley, past the vineyards laden with grapes - awaiting their harvest. They arrive at Clarence Point and are greeted by a 'cut snake' draped over the front post and an over-excited Tashi.Read more

    • Day 7

      Launceston to Honeycomb Caves

      June 15 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

      We booked a tour of the James Boag Brewery this morning so we headed into the CBD early to find parking. We ended up parking at Bunnings and walking across the bridge back to town, so much better than trying to find parking on the streets with a motorhome!

      The tour was great, we had a young girl leading it who did a great job, so much to remember. I was really surprised at the end that the tastings weren't just a little taste, each beer was a middy size glass! So we went downstairs afterwards and had a pizza for lunch before heading back to the van. We are heading to Honeycomb Caves campground tonight so we grabbed some head torches from Anaconda so we could explore the caves 😄

      The drive to Honeycomb Caves was beautiful, when we arrived at the campsite, the sun was just starting to go behind the mountains even though it was only 3pm! But the colours were amazing. We donned our head torches (after rugging up a bit more 😄) and headed down into the caves. Bart easily got over the stream but by the time I got down there he was gone and I was a bit nervous jumping over it. So headed up and went down another entrance but still couldn't see him. By the time I came back to the start I could see his torch and he was wondering where I was. He came back and helped me over the rocks which enabled me to follow him around through the caves. It was amazing, it brought us to another opening and there were lots of smaller cave entrances that we didn't try and when we turned our torches off to check for glowworms (we didn't see any) it was pitch black in there, so very glad we stopped to get them. The phone torch would not have cut it!

      Came out to a very crisp evening and headed into the van to preserve as much heat as possible, I think we'll be keeping our beanies and long johns on inside tonight 😂
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    • Day 27

      day 5 - launceston

      March 5, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

      In the morning I did a short hike. It was nice to walk around a small Lake. Then some Australian guy from Queensland came to talk with us that was really cosy. He did also farmwork and maybe had some work for us when we go to Queensland. So we'll see.

      First we went to launceston, that was a really nice area! All Stones and a big River. Also a nice hike of 45 minutes all around. We also visited a place called grindelwald, that looked just like Switzerland.

      Afterwards we went to a park to make Lunch and there was a lookout to a big dam.

      At the end we drove to a town called pinguin, how cool is that! They had a statue of a penguin, but the size was a bit disappointing. I expected something like 4 or 5 meters but it was just a bit more than 2.

      At the end. We did an amazing coastal drive and ending up at the nicest beach in Australia. And 9th place of nicest beaches from the world. We were lucky there was still room for us on the campspot!
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    • Day 42

      Soirée à Launcy

      February 18, 2023 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Ce matin on commence le travail et on apprend que demain on ne bosse pas du coup dans les champs on discute de l’organisation. Tout en ramassant avec rapidité les blueberries 🫐 vu que j’ai été la meilleure de la journée avec 47 kg. Bon certaines personnes n’étaient pas trop content qu’on soit en repos mais perso j’en avais besoin puis je ne suis pas venu ici pour souffrir ok 🤣. Les filles se sont préparées et moi c’était prévue que je parte avec Arsène pour aller à la salle de sport. Sauf que avant de partir on se rend compte que le pneu etait à plat du coup on a perdu une heure pour changer la roue. Cela a écourté la séance de sport vu que les filles nous attendaient au bar 😅.
      On a mangé dans ce fameux bar on est parti dans un rooftop qui était très sympas mais Océane n’aimait pas trop le style de musique du coup Océane m’a aventurée dehors du coup on s’est retrouvée a suivre deux garçons, habillé en blanc qui nous on mené à une boîte. Après les autres nous ont rejoins. On est parti assez tôt de la boîte j’étais ko et j’avais faim du coup on a eu la brillante idée d’aller manger un McDo et sur internet c’était marqué que c’était ouvert. Donc Arsène, Alice, Gwen, Gabin et moi partons faire 20 min aller pour manger. En arrivant sur les lieux on se rend vite compte qu’ils ne servent pas à l’intérieur mais uniquement en drive et comme on avait tous bu c’était pour cette raison qu’on est venu à pied. Donc pas de McDo, on est parti bredouille. Et on a dormi dans la voiture comme convenu. Il a fait très chaud et on a quand même peu dormi. Du coup en se réveillant, on est allé faire les courses et on est partie direction la ferme vu que j’étais la seule à vouloir aller à la piscine, personne ne m’a suivi 😂. Du coup grosse sieste à la ferme et petite promenade.
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    • Day 288

      Tasmania

      February 4, 2023 in Australia

      Tasmania was such an awesome place! To begin with, our ride over there was really cool. We drove our landcruiser on this huge ship called “The Spirit Of Tasmania” and then walked up the stairs and over to our cabin. When we took off and sailed out from the mainland, it was so rough that when Jack and I were in the games room we kept on falling over. When we got over to Tasmania we stayed the night in Devonport then drove off to Launceston. We celebrated my birthday there and went to the Penny Royal Adventures to do a zip line and high ropes course then we did the Cataract Gorge and took a ski lift up the mountain. The next day, we drove off to Bicheno to do the wineglass wilderness cruise. The cruise was a really enjoyable activity to do because we saw dolphins, seals, and a sea eagle beside a 30 year old nest, as well as natural rocky structures that would take your breath away. After that we made our way to Port Arthur to see the convict historic site. I was really fascinated to see what those poor prisoners had to go through and the small cells they had to stay in. Our final stop was Hobart for a few nights. We went to see the Mona museum. I would would never go back there again! I was so disgusted with how sexualised everything was and that there was pictures of beastiality and the vibe was really creepy, it just completely disgusted me. After that we went to the Salamanca markets and I really liked these markets. There were a lot of cool things like, animal skins, vodka and gin, homemade baked goods and if you walked on a bit further you would see all the old sail boats that have sailed around the world. Overall I really enjoyed this place and can’t wait to see how much bigger Tasmania will grow in 10 years time.Read more

    • Day 2

      Launceston, lunch, and lovely friends

      July 22, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      A beautiful drive through green countryside with heaps of sheep and cows took us to Launceston. Our friends Lyndell, Isla, Amelie and Will moved to Tassie a few years ago and it was great to have lunch with them.

      It was windy! On the way back to the motel we went back to a chocolate factory we visited last time we were here. Still delicious!
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