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  • Day163

    Gordon river and Sarah Island boat tour.

    March 10, 2020, Indian Ocean ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Last bit of my birthday prezzie was Hannah treating us to a boat cruise.
    Got up at 7 to get to the dock. Managed to sneak some last min discounted window tickets, setting off in only 10 mins time. Whooo.
    Glassy smooth fast catamaran ride up the river with a brief stop off to look round the world heritage Woodlands.
    Had a tour around Sarah island, a very nasty place back in the day, where second offending convicts were sent to do hard labour, including boat building.
    Back at the port we saw a saw mill in action and some lovely bits of Huon pine slabs which would make a fantastic table, only 2000 dollars a pop....
    Driving East towards Lake St Clair we saw some old mining towns with some impressive coloured landscapes.

    So there we were... driving along, when suddenly a huge metal plate with a number plate detached from a trailer passing in the opposite direction. Did a very quick jerk to the left but it still skimmed the side of the van. Only a 15cm scratch, but could have been way worse, as it had bounced pretty damm high.
    The other car didnt stop, so I retrieved the number plate from the road and went onwards. Knowing lots of insurance based faff was to come. 😫

    Stopped in a nice wood pub for the evening, where they let you stay in the car park if you have a pint. We had a curry.
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  • Day6

    Von Hobart nach Strahan

    February 26, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Früh am Morgen verliessen wir bei leichtem Regen das Hotel, in welches wir nach der Tour nochmals für eine Nacht zurückkehren werden (auch um unser "zurückgelassenes" Gepäck abzuholen).
    Nach einer Kaffeepause machten wir uns auf den Weg in den Mt. Field Nationalpark, um den Russell Wasserfall anzuschauen.
    Auf der knapp einstündigen Wanderung sahen wir einige Padimelon (kleine tasmanische Wallabies), den besagten Wasserfall und die höchsten Bäume von Tasmanien.
    Danach ging es an den Lake St. Clair, an welchem es leider regnete und die Sicht dadurch sehr schlecht war. Aufsteller dieses Haltes war jedoch ein Kurzschnabeligel, welchen wir gut auf der Futtersuche beobachten konnten.
    Nach einer Schlafpause im Bus liefen wir nochmals ein kurzes Stück durch den Regenwald bis zum Wasserfall des Franklin Rivers, bei dem sich die Sonne nochmals kurz zeigte.
    Anschliessend fuhren wir nach Strahan, wo wir unsere Unterkunft bezogen, kurz duschten und uns auf den Weg zum Sonnenuntergang machten.
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  • Day48

    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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    Wandering Ozzies

    Faye driving

    11/20/21Reply
    Wandering Ozzies

    Out through Hells Gates and back

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    Wandering Ozzies

    Cape Sorrell

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  • Day99

    Tassie tour: Day 8

    March 25 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Tullah to Queenstown via Strahan - 148km

    The sun came back today! It was nice to see some blue sky and be able to wear less than 10 pieces of clothing. We started our day on Roseberry lake, a man made lake, in the town of Tullah. Tullah is a small mining town as most of the little towns on the West Coast are. Tasmania west coast has been mined for silver, gold, copper and others since the 1900s. Some mining still continues as we see on the road.
    Our little walk of the day went through an old tunnel created to transport ore and other mining materials off the mountain.
    We stopped for lunch in the coastal town of Strahan, no mining here but at the time it was a big port to send all the precious material to Burnie, in North Tassie and then out to the world.

    We're sleeping tonight in Queenstown and again we can see a lot of their mining history all over the town. Our accommodation is next to the main bar in town with a bottle shop and gambling adjacent to it. It is our last night on the road in Tassie and we will be reaching Hobart, the biggest town tomorrow!
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    Gaëlle Huitric

    😊 you're so famous

    3/28/22Reply
    Gaëlle Huitric

    indeed

    3/28/22Reply
    Gaëlle Huitric

    the mining is still activ nowadays ?

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  • Day695

    Zurück nach Hobart

    February 27, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Our plan was to travel down the west coast now and stop in Strahan for a while but the weather forecast isn't looking that well so we changed plans. Before the rain we wanted to see Bruny Island so we had to drive all the way back to Hobart today. But it was a nice drive and the Nelson Falls definitely a really great stop.

    Mal wieder mussten wir unsere Pläne ändern. Der nächste Regen steht an, weshalb unsere letzte Chance Bruny Island trockenen Fußes zu besuchen am Sonntag ist. Für heute bedeutete es fünf Stunden Fahrt bis zurück nach Hobart und kein Stop in Strahan an der Westküste. Aber es war eine schöne Fahrt durch das Gebirge mit ein paar netten Aussichtspunkten und den Nelson Falls.
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  • Day55

    UnderDownUnder Tour: Tag 2

    January 27, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    Auf dem Programm stand heute eine kleine Wanderung durch den Tarkine Rainforest zum höchsten Wasserfall Tasmaniens - den Montezuma Falls.

    Das Wetter war durchwachsen, zeitweise ziemlich kühl.

    Nach einer guten Stunde erreichten wir den Wasserfall.
    Normalerweise war dort unser Lunch geplant. Da es uns dort aber zu kalt und nass war, gingen wir zurück zum Bus und machten dort auf einpaar Bänken unsere Pause.

    Nachmittags fuhren wir noch kurz zum Strand. Da es auch dort nicht wirklich warm war, machten wir nur einpaar Fotos und dann machten wir uns auf den Weg zurück ins Camp.

    Abends wurde wieder zusammen gekocht.
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  • Day7

    Montezuma Falls

    February 27, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    Am heutigen Tag machten wir uns erneut früh auf den Weg um möglichst vieles zu sehen.
    Der erste Halt war bei einer nahegelegenen Sanddüne, auf welche wir rauf "gekraxelt" sind um die Aussicht zu geniessen.
    Weiter ging es zum Montezuma Wasserfall, zu welchem wir zwei mal 5 km laufen mussten. Wieder einmal hat leider der Regen eingesetzt für die Zeit unserer Wanderung.
    Nach der Wanderung fuhren wir weiter zu einem eigentlich ganz schönen Strand, wenn da nicht der Regen und Wind gewesen wären.
    Im Hostel genossen wir eine ausgiebige heisse Dusche, welche uns wieder aufgeheizt hat.
    Vor dem gemeinsamen Abendessen im Pub besuchten wir das Theater "the ship that never was".
    Das Theater wurde interaktiv aufgeführt, was auch uns auf die Bühne brachte :)
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  • Day694

    Cradle Mountain

    February 26, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    After the bad weather yesterday we had a perfect day today. Early in the morning we started our hike to climb up to Cradle Mountain. At the end we didn't make it to the summit because it was too windy and cloudy but we had an amazing six hour hike.

    Nach dem schlechten Wetter von gestern hatten wir heute perfekte Bedingungen für eine lange Wanderung zum Cradle Mountain. Früh am Morgen ging es trotz einigen Regenwolken los. Von Ronny Creek über den Crater Lake zu Marions Lookout und dann weiter in Richtung Gipfel. Lediglich das letzte Stück zum Gipfel haben wir aufgrund von noch immer kräftigem Wind ausgelassen. Stattdessen ging es über den Hanson's Peak zurück ins Tal zum Dove Lake. Am Ende waren wir über 6 Stunden unterwegs. Eine richtig schöne Wanderung.
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    TARK Travel

    I miss Tassie 😔

    3/1/21Reply
    Janine und Markus

    I totally understand that. We already miss it too!

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  • Day98

    Tassie Tour: Day 7

    March 24 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Cradle Mountain to Tullah - 51km

    Today was all about Cradle Mountain, the biggest National Park in Tasmania, with the 6th largest mountain of Tassie, at 1545m above sea level. As we were staying at the base of the mountain we were quite high up and the morning broke very cold at a chilly 7° so we had a quick breakfast and coffee by the fire to warm us up ready for a day of hiking.

    Unfortunately the weather was against us, very cloudy and rainy all day so we didn't get to see the mountain range in all its glory, the clouds broke slightly as we made it round the bend of Dove lake but we didn't actually get to see the summit. We still enjoyed our walk very much, it was quite busy compared to any national parks we've done recently and even with the bad weather everyone we met on the tracks had a big smile!

    The National Park is very well organised and maintained, with shuttle buses running between the main trail heads and back to the visitors center. Despite the atrocious weather we managed a respectable 14km before heading back to the car to drive off to Tullah Lake lodge where we're spending the night.

    The lodge restaurant had amazing views over the lake and was extremely busy, although I'm not sure those two facts are related. The clientele seemed to be mainly local workers and we quickly found the reason for their numbers, 'Parmy Night! Our luck had apparently changed as we arrived to experience an Australia institution, Chicken Parmigiana (Parmy) with a schooner (a medium sized beer, probably around 330ml but no one seems to know) all for au$18, around £10/€12. If any Italians ever see this we are truly sorry on behalf of Australia Parmy night, we got a Satay Parmy and a Traditional, we devoured the lot, although to be fair that could be because we were ravenous from our walk. All in all a good Australian evening.
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    Michael Cowling

    blimey you got the shite weather and we got the sunshine lol

    3/25/22Reply
    Armelle Travelling

    haha yes! We're going into winter here! Luckily it didn't last long ☺️

    3/27/22Reply
    Claire Huitric

    No picture of the parmy?😥

    3/26/22Reply
    Armelle Travelling

    Nope but I'm sure we'll have another one 😉

    3/27/22Reply
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  • Day693

    Cradle Mountain National Park

    February 25, 2021 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    One of the highlights of Tasmania is the Cradle Mountain National Park. Unfortunately we arrived on a rainy and very cold day. We couldn't even see Cradle Mountain at all for the whole day, but at least we found our first wild wombats! At home we had a nice fireplace where we were able to defrost while Fabio cooked a brilliant Bolognese. So good to travel with Italians!
    Now we hope for better weather tomorrow, so that we can spot even more wildlife.

    Ein Highlight jeder Tasmanien Reise ist der Cradle Mountain Nationalpark. Leider haben wir uns für diesen Nationalpark sehr nasses und kaltes Wetter ausgesucht. Die meisten Wanderungen fielen damit heute ins Wasser und auch Cradle Mountain konnten wir in den Wolken nicht erkennen. Dennoch haben wir unzählige Wombats, ein paar Kängurus und einen Enchidna entdeckt. Zuhause konnten wir uns dann vor dem Kamin aufheizen während uns Fabio eine super leckere italienische Bolognese gekocht hat. Wirklich gut mit Italienern zu reisen ;)
    Jetzt hoffen wir auf besseres Wetter für morgen damit wir den Nationalpark so richtig genießen können.
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