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    • Day 6


      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:…
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    • Day 288


      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

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