Robert A Humphrey


Robert A Humphrey

Marg and Rob purchased a Horizon Wattle (Mercedes Sprinter) motorhome built by Ballina Campers and are planning to circumnavigate Australia over the next couple of years.
In 2011, we travelled from Brisbane to Perth return accross the Nullarbor both ways, and in 2012 we travelled various places on the Easr Coast of Australia. The highlight of the year was our October November trip to Port Douglas which included the total eclipse of the sun.
2013 saw us do a 'Lap' or 'Trip around the block' as it is often called, circumnavigating Australia.
This year, 2014 saw our trip to Tasmania in Feb and March, and now Marg is planning our next trip which will be back to Western Australia via the Murray River and WA Goldfields and spending Christmas with our family in Perth. We are looking to leave home late in September and return some time in 2015. This sure beats an annual leave dash squished into two or three weeks.

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Ballarat » Sovereign Hill April 4th 2014

After a farewell from Tasmania, we sailed from Devonport on March 31, and again experienced a smooth sailing as we headed north. At 5:45am, we were awoken as the Captain brought us up to date with our arrival time and disembarkation instructions for Adelaide. A mistake, slip of the tongue maybe? Well, Adelaide was mentioned several times in the instructions leaving passengers scratching their heads and forcing open their bleary eyes. At the end of the announcement he gave the current time and date, 5:45 on 1 April 2014. So we disembarked at Melbourne despite the earlier announcement and found our way back across the city (in the dark) to our camp ground. We had 3 nights in Melbourne, but with the weather pretty average, we had a quiet time visiting the Botanical Gardens, Harbour Town ... read more
A face from the gold rush
Fun in a miner's trolley
Melbourne Fountain

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Devonport » Don River Railway March 30th 2014

Around the world there are many great Railway Preservation Projects, and rightly so. The very fabric of development of many places including Tasmania was the thread of iron rails and hissing steam monsters that carried produce and people where no other transport of the time could, and at speeds that were unimaginable before the rail was introduced. For me personally, maintaining that railway history at a small working level is really important. Just as we have recognised the painful but enduring work of Tasmania's convicts, so we need to acknowledge the truth of the benefit of rail to this little island state. I would think that the rail road too was built in many places with the blood sweat and tears of the convicts. There are a number of working steam railways in Tasmania, but I ... read more
Important piece of history
Don River Railway 01
Royal Carrriage 02

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Oatlands March 28th 2014

Next stage of our Tasmanian Tour was retracing interesting things and places associated with the convicts of the 1830s through the interior of the island. We headed from Sheffield across country to join the Launceston Hobart highway, with our first stop the Elizabeth River Red Bridge at Campbell Town. There are 1 million red bricks in this structure, opened in 1837. Each of these bricks was made by the convicts and assembled into the bridge still in use today with traffic many times heavier than the bullock carts with logs of the 1830's. We cannot begin to imagine the contribution to Tasmania that the convicts have made under arduous and depraved circumstances of a cruel justice system. In the main street of Campbell Town there is a strip of red bricks embedded into the foot path ... read more
Red Brick Bridge
Ross Stone Bridge 2
Mist over Mountain

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Cradle Mountain March 25th 2014

It doesn't matter who you ask about travel in Tasmania, Cradle Mountain is one of the first things listed. Funny, it has ended up being one of the last things visited on our tour of Tasmania. That has been dictated by weather as it was originally our plan to do the west cost and Cradle Mountain first, but severe storms and wind sent us the other way around the Island. I guess when planning the tour we were always aware that the weather is changeable down here, but hoped for generally good weather for February and March. So if you are planning a visit, plan to be flexible! We had purchased the National Parks Pass for our holiday duration which includes not only access to Cradle Mountain, but free use of the shuttle bus for the ... read more
Never judge a book by the cover
Cradle Mountain 11
Our bush camp spot

We have talked about our dear navigator Tom Tom previously, but on this leg of our journey he did a superb job of taking us towards Mole Creek. He chose unusual and interesting roads, but unbeknown to our little friend, we followed a heard of cattle for quite some distance before they were mustered to the side of the road to let a small queue of other Tommy navigators past. Once through, all was well and we made good progress once more. That was until we arrived at Chudleigh. You have probably never heard of this town other than its namesake in England. This town does contain an interesting surprise - The Silk Fudge Shop. Now the fudge isn't made of silk, and the silk items sold are not fudge coated either. This is a thriving ... read more
Fudge Fudge Fudge
Chubby little devils 1
Chudleigh General Store

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Stanley March 23rd 2014

We often comment on how time flies, and in an odd way the journey from Strahan to Stanley was rather like that. Not time based, but rather we were uncertain if we were flying through cloud with turbulence or driving through road works on an ultra wet and windy day. The showers slowed from time to time and we got the occasional glimpse of what would be a pilot's worst nightmare; rugged craggy mountains just visible through the clouds. Our intention was to go to Cradle Mountain, but we thought better of that and drove on to Burnie. It was still wet there off and on, and as the afternoon progressed, more on than off. Rather than stay there, we did a weather check (Elders Weather) and saw that Stanley was coming out of the fug ... read more
The Nut
Rocky Cape

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Strahan March 19th 2014

The people of Tasmania face an interesting and somewhat difficult situation, and it affects politics in parliament and talk over a beer at the local. Much of Tasmania is locked up against future development, particularly forestry. The result is that once busy timber milling and or wood chipping plants and their support towns have died. One small, remote coastal town, Strahan, seems to have survived rather than succumbed. The population there is only half what it was in its heyday, but is a living museum supporting 21st century enterprise. It seems odd that we talked to locals who have never ventured outside the Strahan, Zeehan and Queenstown region. One man said he avoids going to the bigger centres (Hobart or Launceston) because he finds the four lane roads too difficult to navigate. It is like they ... read more
Morning sky
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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Strahan March 18th 2014

A driving adventure unfolded today as we headed north west from Hobart, aiming to reach Strahan over 2 days. Not many kilometres I hear you say, and as a bird would fly, a relatively short trip. The roads are great too, so, why so slow? Well, there are lots of things to look at along the way, and the roads are the opposite of the Nullarbor run. On the Nullarbor we kind of counted the few corners we drove around. On this trip, one is hard pressed to find a straight piece of road more than 200 meters long. It really is a fantastic drive, just slow. Much of the road winds through hills and forests, passes through little towns, and some interesting things to see off the main road. The aim was to be at ... read more
The road to Queenstown
Nelson Falls
Eagle on wall at The Wall

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart March 16th 2014

The city of Hobart is Capitol of Tasmania, and an interesting and busy hub on the east coast. The city is built around a very beautiful harbour and Derwent River valley. However, the dominant physical feature is Mount Wellington right behind the city. The rise from sea level is 1271 mtrs, or around 4150 feet. How do you get to the top? The choice is to climb, go by scheduled tour bus, drive yourself, or in our case, go up with Anne and Jim in their Troupie. We had talked to a number of people about the road and depending on their attitude to driving up mountain roads that include many twists and turns, we received both positive and negative advice about driving a motorhome up to the summit. So at 6.30 pm we set off ... read more
Mt Wellington 2
Mt Wellington 3
Mt Wellington 5

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart March 15th 2014

Salamanca Markets have a long tradition of providing adventurous shopping and plenty of foods to taste, either at the stalls in the market or the many cafes and bars along the waterfront and down onto the docks. I must say that I am generally not a great fan of markets, but as these markets are a Saturday tradition every week, I went along to see what we can see, and with the expectation of recording the action. We were uncertain of the parking for the motorhome or Jim's big Troupie, so for the miserly sum of $3.40 each return, we used the bus service. That took us to within one block of the market as well, so we were ready to rock. The Salamanca Markets have a wide variety of food, both fresh fruit and vegies, ... read more
Sailing Ship 1
Hobart Town Hall 6
Sailing Ship 2

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