Lenny Newton

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Lenny Newton




Oceania » Australia » Tasmania May 21st 2019

The last half of 2017 and early 2018 were difficult with health problems causing a variety of issues. Eventually, enough things got sorted for us to leave Tasmania. Without my wife, Georgi, beside me I may have got lost. My sounding board, my organiser and second opinion Medico patiently (most of the time) guided me through the fog and haze that had descended. It was a good time to leave, with winter approaching. Thanks to Doctor Michael and Louise for their support. Thanks also to my work colleagues who gave me a great send off! A big thank you to Mark who had been a huge help in reshaping the trailer and with other things. Mark helped again and we were off to Devonport to catch the “Spirit”. Of course, we had lunch in Launceston with ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Western Arthurs November 10th 2017

One of our first trailer testing weekends involved a trip to the fabulous Lake Pedder. There were a few minor issues in getting underway and the bus found it heavy going when ascending steep hills but otherwise it was a good (albeit slow) trip. The weather forecast was almost perfect (low to mid 20's and slight winds) and we had expectations of some paddling opportunities. Lake Pedder (including the canal that links it to Lake Gordon) is Australia's largest freshwater lake. Our two kayak trips, however, only allowed us to cover a very small corner of Pedder! Of course, we also found time to visit and walk across the Gordon Dam, one of Tasmania's highest dams plus visit the Serpentine Dam, which provides the spillway for the two lakes. The ex-Hydro town of Strathgordon now has ... read more
Off to Lake Pedder
Lake Pedder Lookout
Lake Pedder

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart April 17th 2017

It was important for Georgi to get a good understanding of how to use a single kayak. Previously, we had used tandem kayaks and Lenny had done the steering (where that facility was available). The kayaks we had purchased were approximately 4.5 metres long and came with a rudder. We looked for a place that was sheltered and where we could get the bus close to the water so that it wouldn't be too difficult to launch the kayak and then retrieve, clean and restow the kayak. Cornelian Bay looked like a good option, although we found that the sand (and seaweed) could be a bit sticky in places. We took Kermit to the water and threatened to hit him with a bottle of champagne if he didn't behave. Georgi and Kermit got on beautifully and ... read more
next stop: Tasman Bridge!
Cornelian Bay is very shallow

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart April 17th 2017

Since returning from our previous adventure, we have been thinking about what we might do next. After careful consideration, we decided to add a trailer to the bus and put kayaks on top. A tinny with a small outboard motor was a consideration early on but getting it off and on the trailer was an issue and there seemed to be lots of rules about licenses with each of the different states having different regulations. So kayaks seemed like the best idea. We had some minor issues with the amount of "stuff" that we had inside the bus on our last trip. The walkway was sometimes a little congested and it usually meant that we had to "unload" the bus when we stopped to have easy access to all parts of our home away from home. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart April 8th 2017

Having made the decision to buy two single kayaks (rather than one tandem kayak) and having researched the topic of kayaks for some weeks, we were pretty much decided on what the plan was. We would aim to buy a second hand Seabird Discovery (and check it out and then confirm it was what we wanted) and then buy another kayak of the same model (possibly new). Of course there were plenty of second hand Seabird Expeditions available locally (some very cheap) but the Seabird Discoveries all seemed to be interstate. Finally, we came across some Discoveries locally but the opportunity came and went. One was too expensive, one seemed right but we found out it was damaged and one we missed by just a short time. After that amount of bad luck, we finally got ... read more
Meet Georgi and her new kayak, Kermit

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Cockle Creek March 1st 2017

Tasmania is a small island with a population of approximately 500,000. Of course, being an island there are quite a lot of beaches... Sometimes I think there is a beach for each person in Tassie. If you go to a beach, it's "crowded" if there are more than ten people.... We are lucky... Of course, living in Hobart, we spend our summer weekends relatively close to Hobart. There's no point driving a few more hours when you have a huge choice of beaches just a relatively short drive away. There are favourite places we go to for a weekend and we make choices usually based on the weather forecast and what other activities we might plan to be doing. Our favourites include: Drip Beach near Cygnet Randalls Beach and Middleton Beach down south. Bruny Island has ... read more
Boltons Green Campsite at Cockle Creek
Drip Beach
Randalls Beach

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Orford March 1st 2017

Tasmania is a small island with a population of approximately 500,000. Of course, being an island there are quite a lot of beaches... Sometimes I think there is a beach for each person in Tassie. If you go to a beach, it's "crowded" if there are more than ten people.... We are lucky... Of course, living in Hobart, we spend our summer weekends relatively close to Hobart. There's no point driving a few more hours when you have a huge choice of beaches just a relatively short drive away. There are favourite places we go to for a weekend and we make choices usually based on the weather forecast and what other activities we might plan to be doing. Our favourites include: Orford, which has lovely beaches including Spring Beach and Rheban Wineglass Bay at Freycinet ... read more
Fabulous oysters at Dolphin Sands
Dolphin Sands
Dolphin Sands

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Strahan December 23rd 2016

We had a really fabulous Christmas break travelling over to the West Coast. We spent our days walking, watching the sunset, and visiting Hydro dams. Very peaceful and relaxing. It's a special place, the West Coast of Tasmania and the people are a special group too; very resilient and capable. Of course, it cops a fair amount of criticism for the weather (lots of rain) but when you get a patch of good weather, there is hardly a place where you would prefer to be. Our first night was a bush camp near Derwent Bridge. From there, we drove ever closer to Queenstown, but this time with a difference. Previously, it has always been a rush getting from one place to another. This time was different - no rush. So we stopped and did all the ... read more
Sunset at Ocean Beach Strahan
Lake Mackintosh near Tullah
Mackintosh Dam near Tullah

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania October 20th 2016

This event is a favorite of ours even if Bruny has become somewhat overrun with tourists in recent times. The 2016 event ran for four days commencing on Friday and finishing up on the Monday. For the previous event we had stayed at Adventure Bay, but now we had the bus we could stay wherever we wanted.... The first night we stayed at the Captain Cook Caravan Park and after that we had planned to stay at the campground at the Neck. Unfortunately, the weather turned sour on the weekend and we stayed one night up near Dennes Point rather than try and drive back to the Neck in the pouring rain. The bird events were excellent, as usual, and we met various interesting birds (and people) as we toured around the island (on land and ... read more
Dolphins at Bruny Island
Pennicott tour boat
Australian Gannet

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart October 22nd 2015

Hello Folks, We hope you enjoyed reading our travelblog posts. We had a lot of fun. During our six months of travelling, we covered all the states and major territories of Australia. We drove more than 30,000 kilometres in the Coaster and the Cruiser (excluding all of the tours which were mostly water based). We took more than 10,000 photos (and most of them were OK!) To cover the trip adequately is difficult but on the blog there are over 150 posts with more than 50,000 words and 1,000 plus photos. We have now rejoined the community of Hobart and have commenced preparing for return to more "normal"? life. There will be another blog coming which will focus exclusively on the birdlife we have seen on our trip but firstly a little break. Cheers Lenny and ... read more




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