Australia
West Tamar

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  • Day8

    Grindelwald, Lavender, St Helen's

    January 4 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    One of Suzie's friends told us about Grindelwald ...what we thought at the time was a Swiss bakery that apparently had awesome apple strudel.  It was only a 30 minute drive...so we thought a good spot for morning tea. 

    But it wasn't just a bakery...it was a mini Swiss village...with coffee shops a little store...putt putt....very very cute.  They didn't have apple strudel though...but Suzie had an amazing Dutch apple cake, and I had banana walnut bread.  Yum! Would love to come and stay in the village at a later time. (They have accommodation at the village.)

    Then we went to Lavender House Perfumery.  They didn't have many flowers in their fields because they are in the process of renewing their plants which they do every 5 years.  (I was disappointed when I saw the lack of flowers here. One of the main reasons I wanted to come to Tasmsnia was to see the lavender fields in full bloom. Bucket list item.)

    However the guy behind the counter was a chemist and made all the products they had himself.  He was very knowledgeable and was lovely to chat too.  I bought quite a few products and am thinking I will buy online again when they are gone, especially the hand serum which I think is going to do magical things for my dry hands.  Suzie got a really good photo of me in the fields here.

    Then into the Bridestowe Lavender Farm.  After there not being many flowers in the fields at the perfumery I was a bit worried about if Bridestowe would be the same.  I didn't have to worry on that count.  Lavender as far as the eye could see.  Astounding.  We had a late lunch/afternoon tea.  Suzie had a chicken pie with tomato lavender chutney.  I had lavender scones with lavender blueberry jam and a caffeine free lavender latte.  Both so damn good... especially the latte.  And I had to have a chocolate lavender icecream on the way out.  Nom Nom Nom.  Bought some tasty lavender goodies to take home...if they don't get eaten by us in the meantime.

    Then on to St Helens were we're camping tonight. It's been raining on and off today. Hoping it rains itself out overnight and the weather doesn't put a dampener on our east coast explorations.

    We've been told that the east coast is better than the west coast. Considering we've completely enjoyed the west coast we're really looking forward to seeing what the east coast has to offer.

    (Going to add a video to another post.)
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  • Day6

    Smithton to Beauty Point - via Penguin

    January 2 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Early start this morning cause there was lots we want to do today.  (But we didn't get to do it.) Left campsite just before 7:30am.

    We were aiming for Doctor Rocks first off but ended up skipping it as it was down what appeared to be a long unsealed road.

     Instead our first stop was a little town called Penguin where the Fairy Penguins migrate to each year.  (We're hoping to see penguins at some point but unsure if we're going to fit it in. ) We stopped for a photo at The Big Penguin though and ducked into the visitor  centre for some souvenirs. 

    Suzie, crazy thing she is, went for a quick swim.  It was 14 degrees.    She crazy. 

    The town of Penguin is super cute though.

    Then on to House of Anvers, a chocolate factory and cafe where we stopped for lunch.  The children's roses out the front smell amazing.  Would love to bottle it. The non alcoholic apple cidar Suzie had was out of this world.  I had falafel tacos, then a tasting plate with 5 mini cakes and a hot chocolate.  Soooo full. Then of cause I spent a little over $100 on chocolate.  I can't believe I did that. 😳🤭

    We didn't get to do some of the things we hoped to do today.  Hope to get them done tomorrow. (Seahorse World, Platypus House and Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre)

    Would like to see the Fairy Penguins too.  We can do it tonight or tomorrow night at 9pm at a place about 45 minutes drive from our camp.  Would make it an extra long day.  I doubt we will fit it in, which is a bit disappointing.  We'll see I guess. Can't do everything.
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  • Day7

    Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre

    January 3 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    We also went to the Beaconsfield Mine where gold. The mine opened in 1877 when gold was found at nearby Cabbage Tree Hill, sparking a gold rush. The mine shafts (the Grubb and Hart Shafts) were sunk to access the gold - some 26 tonnes of gold was mined between 1877 and when the mine closed in 1914 due to water problems. Beaconsfield was once the 3rd largest town in Tasmania and was once called Brandy Creek.

    The mine was reopened in 1999 and again made worldwide news on the 25th April 2006 when three miners (Brant Webb, Todd Russell and Larry Knight) were trapped underground from a rock fall for two weeks, with Larry sadly not making it. It was called The Beaconsfield Mine Disaster.

    The mine closed in 2012.

    I went into the 'monkey cage' where the men were put into to bring them up to the surface after their rescue. It was eerie.

    There were so many items from Beaconsfield and surrounding areas history, eg the ruins of the shafts, old tractors, a miners humpy, medical items, old telephones, even a huge water wheel to separate the ore from the gold.

    It was fascinating and well worth the $16
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  • Day8

    Grindelwald

    January 4 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    This little Swiss inspired village is a must do again!!! How absolutely gorgeous but alas no apple strudel!! However the Miss-A-Sippy Cafe has the most delicious Dutch apple cake I have ever had 💜💜💜💜💜

  • Day7

    Around Beauty Point - Tamar Valley

    January 3 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Visited Seahorse World.  Ok but expensive for what it was.  We did get to hold a seahorse though.

    Then Platypus Place, just on the other side of the pier, which was great and worth the money. The echidna were super cute. (I will do another post with a little video after this too.)

    Lunch in the van in the carpark, then on to Beaconsfield to see the mine.   Was interesting.  Especially the bit about the miners who survived the ANZAC Day disaster. I crawled through the tunnel and saw the space they had made which approximates the space in which the two miners were trapped. Freaking scary.
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  • Day6

    Beauty Point

    January 2 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    This inlet village is adorable! Our location is right on the River Tamar and our neighbours are lovely 💜 I'm so glad we have a couple of nights here...I'm feeling like I'm on a boat from the bouncing around of Europa on the road!!Read more

  • Day1553

    Happy Birthday to me

    May 12 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    You know me, ich mag mein Geburtstag nicht. Für mich ist das ein Tag, wie jeder andere und eigentlich hau ich immer an diesen Tag immer ab - irgendwohin egal wo.
    Ich hatte schon lange auf meiner "to do" - Liste stehen in einem Dome zu übernachten, so ganz Glamping Style. Sowas hatte ich die ganze Zeit im Auge, nur leider war es immer ausgebucht. Als ich einfach mal wieder nachgeschaut habe - tada- war genau an diesen Tag, "meine" Nacht, für mich frei. Das war definitiv ein Zeichen, - also hab ich mich einfach selbst beschenkt.

    One night glamping in the vines.
    Was wollte ich mehr? Ruhe, Wine tasting, outdoor tub, Lagerfeuer, Weingut & Wein.

    No more words to say
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  • Day20

    Platypus House

    February 1, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Das Platypus House ist wie eine Tierauffangstation für Schnabeltiere und Echidnas. Beide Arten konnten wir immer nur sehr kurz in der Wildnis sehen. Daher haben wir die Chance genutzt, uns die lustigen Tierchen in Ruhe aus der Nähe anzusehen.Read more

  • Day13

    Erster Tag in Tassie!

    April 9, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Am Morgen sind wir den Hügel neben dem Campingplatz noch ganz hoch gelaufen, da dort noch ein schöner Leuchtturm zu sehen ist (Bild 1).
    Danach ging es nach Beaconsfield zum „Mine & Heritage Centre“ (Bild 2), allerdings haben wir uns dieses nur von außen angeschaut. Denn so waren schon einige alte Gebäude und ähnliches zu sehen.
    Dann war der nächste Punkt für heute die „Batman Bridge“ (Bild 3). Unter dieser haben wir dann erstmal unser Mittagessen ausgepackt, dies hat jedoch auch ein wilder Pfau dort mitgekriegt und hat uns kaum in Ruhe gelassen bis wir fertig waren. Außerdem haben wir auch rausgefunden, dass der Name der Brücke nicht nur ein Gag ist, sondern nach John Batman benannt ist, welcher 1855 von dort aus nach Melbourne gesegelt ist.
    Weiter am Tamar River entlang ging es dann nach „Grindelwald“, welches ein schweizerisches Dorf darstellen soll (Bild 4). Nur einmal kurz durchgelaufen und auf einen kleinen Lookout hoch und dann war das genügend Heimatgefühl für uns.
    Abends sind wir dann noch vollständig nach Launceston gefahren.

    (Der Footprint ist an der Batman Bridge gesetzt.)
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