Donald Sinclair


Donald Sinclair

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania September 7th 2018

We took our time getting up today as we were heading over to the Mount Elephant Pancakes Shop which like alot of places in Tasmania don't open till 10.00am. It's a little out of our way, in fact we are going backwards but one of Katies clients highly recommended it. We had a chance to look around the caravan park here at Scamander and spied a few glamping tents. We agreed we are so trying these mini palaces next time. The owner was saying they intend to expand further up the hill and put in quite a few more as they should be popular. Nice trip up the range through to St. Marys. And the food at Mount Elephant Pancakes was totally worth the trip. Quite a quirky place, in a good way. We were the ... read more
Mount Elephant Pancakes!
Just another fantastic breakfast
Havin' a chat

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Freycinet National Park September 6th 2018

Well it went pear shaped from the word go. After checking yesterday that the Wineglass Bay cruise had plenty of spare seats, it looks like a busload of Chinese tourists rocked up and took all the seats! Another lesson learned, don't delay when booking. Unfortunately, they only run 1 cruise a day at this time of year and we didn't want to hang around or backtrack so we headed over to the National Park and went for a decent walk up to the top of the mountain. We were advised against doing the big walk up to the lookout by the ranger, as they had had some rain and the walk involved a far bit of scrambling over the granite boulders. The view from the top was incredible. Even though the weather was a bit iffy. ... read more
Walk up Freycinet National Park
Walk up Freycinet National Park
Walk up Freycinet National Park

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Port Arthur September 5th 2018

Off to a good start in the morning. We are getting much better organizing ourselves packing up beds and having breakfast, showering etc. First stop is up to Richmond to see the famous Richmond Bridge. The trip up was interesting as we saw what Hobart called peak hour traffic! Our GPS took us a round about way to get there, so saw many sheep properties and orchards. Still a bit nippy when we got there, so after a much needed cuppa we rugged up and went for a walk checking out the bridge and then a walk through a couple of old cemeteries and the Anglican church. Richmond does tourism very well. Hat tip to Ian Brown for the recommendation of Scallop Pies at the Richmond Bakery. We scoffed through a couple plus way too many ... read more
Richmond Bridge
Richmond Bridge
Richmond Bridge

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Bruny Island September 4th 2018

A very cold start today, not helped that we aren't fully settled into our van with organising beds, making meals and packing. We'll get there. Headed off to Kettering to catch the ferry, plenty of time to regroup and work out what we are doing today. We saw the sign for Bruny Island Cheese and enjoyed the talk from one of the girls about the different cheeses. She's one of the many people we met who are originally from Brisbane/QLD. She was happy to put some of the freshly baked bread aside for us. Great range of local cheeses, beers and ciders and jams. We met up with our friends at the cruise centre where we were advised to put on the cold weather clothing provided by the operators at Bruny Island Cruises. Thank God for ... read more
Maybe Too Cold
Cold Weather Gear - We'll Need Them Later!
Sea Cave

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Huonville September 3rd 2018

Kevins breakfasts are a fulls days eating. Our waistlines have already increased! Early start today to pick up the campervan. This involved a bus out to the airport and then a short taxi ride. We used Go Cheap Campervans as they accepted the RACQ discounts. When I got there they said the van I wanted was unavailable and they gave me a upgrade to one that was only 1 month old! A 2 berth Toyota Hi Ace. Think Maxi taxi with a top. In and out within 30mins. Off back to town and in hindsight should have thrown the GPS out the window. "Yolla" we nicknamed her, only because the GPS took us to a small village called Yolla, in the middle of nowhere one late night, miles from where we wanted to go. Anyway Yolla ... read more
Who's for a snow ball fight
Loving my Icelandic Beanie
Mt Wellington - Snow Clouds Coming In

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart September 2nd 2018

An enormous breakfast from Kevin our host, washed down with 3 or 4 cups of tea and coffee, we enjoyed a lively chat with our fellow house guests. Before strolling back to the docks again to get our first tour underway. It was a hop on/hop off trip around Hobart. Highlights would have to be the incredible architecture of the houses and buildings from the early convict period of 1830 to 1860. Houses that you probably couldn't give away 30 yrs ago and now worth big money. Hobart is a very clean town. No litter or graffiti and no homeless people on street corners. Our tour guide kept up a lively conversation throughout. We got off and toured the Female Factory, Botanical Gardens and the Museum & Art Gallery. After the tour we stopped off for ... read more
Botanical Gardens
Daci and Daci Bakery
Hop on hop off

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart September 1st 2018

Up at stupid o'clock and finished packing. We got flight down to Melbourne and had 30 minutes to get to next flight to Hobart. Things went by clockwork. Caught the Skybus to the city centre. Hobart is built around the bay and it's quite hilly so the views would be fantastic. From Constitution Dock we booked the Reddecker tour for tomorrow. We decided to walk the 15 or 20 minutes to the bed and breakfast. On the way we passed some very interesting bars and restaurants. One of which, Institut Polaire we planned to hit later. Our accommodation at Lowena is a 5 bedroom older house. Kevin our host is a Chinaman from Shanghai made us feel welcome and gave us the rundown on where to eat etc. Local wines and cheese platters at Institut Polaire ... read more
Institut Polaire

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania August 31st 2018

Well we are off tomorrow for a trip around Tassie. I have never heard anyone say a bad thing about Tasmania. We start in Hobart, a couple of days there and then we pick up the campervan and head south through Huonville via Mt Wellington. We'll go as far south as we can go before returning up to Kettering. A full gourmet day on Bruny Island with a couple of hours cruising the waters. Overnight in Hobart and off to Port Arthur via Richmond. Next up the East coast taking in Freycinet and Bay of Fires before we go over to Launceston. A couple of days around Launceston and we go to Cradle Mountain and then Stanley. Down thru Tarkune and then Strahan for a couple of days. Homeward stretch includes Lake Saint Clair, Mt Field ... read more

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