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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Swansea October 20th 2015

The Coaster had endured a rough day yesterday climbing and descending the mountains of Tasmania and we had noticed that the oil light had come on briefly on some of the steeper climbs. We decided to check the oil level and found that it was quite low, so our first stop was the Caltex Service Station in Sheffield. The operator was very helpful explaining that extreme driving can result in an increased usage of oil but that we shouldn't be concerned, as the service interval was almost due. We bought a litre of oil and poured it in to the filler and all seemed well so we had coffee at Bossimi's Bakehouse and set off for Launceston. It was a steady trip back to Launceston and we had lunch at Brickfields Park, before making contact with ... read more
Andrew and Georgi
Devils Corner Winery near Swansea
East Coast view near Swansea

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Cradle Mountain October 19th 2015

We awoke to the sound of cockatoos and took a few photos before leaving Mersey Bluff Caravan Park. After re-stocking the bus with fruit and vegetables at the local supermarket, we had a cooked breakfast at the local cafe and then headed off towards Cradle Mountain, one of Tasmania's icons. Our first stop was at Sheffield where we checked out the murals before driving to Mount Roland and Gowrie Park. Each Easter Sheffield has a mural competition so there are always heaps of murals to see whenever you visit. Gowrie Park was to be our camp site this evening so we still had plenty of driving to do. We started to climb as we left Gowrie Park and soon we were down to second gear (and 20 kmh) on some of the hills. It was quite ... read more
Norfolk Island Pines at Mersey Bluff Caravan Park
The Coaster at Mersey Bluff
Sheffield Mural

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Devonport October 18th 2015

It was most unfortunate that the Melbourne Marathon had been scheduled on the same day we were to board the NEW Spirit to return to Tasmania. Many access roads would be closed from 6am so we had to have an early start to ensure that we arrived in time for boarding. A cunning plan was formulated so we would sneak in to Port Melbourne on a back road which comes out right at the entrance to Station Pier. It meant that we had to drive over about one million speed humps (slowly) but that's how it goes sometimes. All went well with our boarding (which included unpacking the bike rack and bikes and installing them inside the bus), however, a fellow passenger had a heart attack and required assistance. The vessel eventually sailed from Station Pier ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne October 17th 2015

We had planned to leave the bus in the Caravan Park and use public transport while we were in Melbourne as the majority of things we wanted to see were close to the city. There was no tram or train close to the park, however a bus stop was opposite the park entrance so that was perfect. The first day in to central Melbourne went quite smoothly. Georgi picked up some Myki cards (for all public transport in Melbourne) from the park office and the bus arrived just a few minutes after we walked across the road to the bus stop. It took about 30 minutes to get right into town so we had time to relax and check out life in Melbourne. One thing we noticed immediately was the level of noise. There is always ... read more
State Library of Victoria ST Gill exhibition
Inside State Library
Georgi at NGV Catherine exhibition

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne October 15th 2015

Lenny planned our trip (to the nth degree I should add) and I am in awe of his planning ability. My only job was to organise food! (Ed. ...and share the driving!). I did not know where to begin....At home I always decide on the day what we shall be eating that night. Lenny suggested I start with a menu plan for a week which was to include one tinned something to make life simple. I then planned away, one fish meal, one vege meal, one tinned meal, one pasta meal, two basmati rice meals and one meat and veg meal. Done! The Coaster had a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and three gas burners and one electric burner should the gas run out. As I packed the bus at home I put in all ... read more
Ready to begin cooking
Another fabulous meal underway

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » Braybrook October 14th 2015

We had already booked our accommodation at a Melbourne Caravan Park so when we got up we knew we had a simple plan for the day. We might even have some spare time for some sightseeing or detours on the way. Of course, sometimes the day doesn't always unfold as you think it might and this particular day was to be no different. Getting off the island proved to be no problem, although it was getting busier with the motorcycle GP on the coming weekend. I explained to Georgi how the "blue line" worked on the road. When the motorcycle racing is finished and thousands of people want to go home, there needs to be a system to maximise the space on the road. The two lanes that are generally available (and shoulders) become three lanes ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Cowes October 13th 2015

We both really loved The Prom but it was time to move on and make our way closer to Melbourne. We drove out of Tidal River and stopped at the first beach which was Squeaky Beach. We walked on to Squeaky Beach but there had been a shower overnight and most of the sand was damp. This beach got its name because it is so squeaky when you walk on the dry sand. No squeaking today so we moved on a bit further and then decided to stop at the Darby River. A short walk along the river leads you to the beach. It was warm and sheltered on the track and we came across two tiger snakes. These snakes are usually not aggressive but they are very dangerous if they do bite. We gave them ... read more
Wilsons Promontory National Park
Wilsons Promontory National Park
Wilsons Promontory National Park

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Wilsons Promontory October 12th 2015

Wilsons Promontory (or The Prom as it is called by the locals) is one of Victoria's last wilderness areas and has been a National Park for over 100 years. It is located at the southernmost tip of the big island and offers spectacular scenery of huge granite mountains, open forest, rainforest, sweeping beaches and rugged coastlines. Great bushwalks extend from under an hour to multi-day walks and visitors can camp, caravan or stay in huts, cabins, wilderness retreats or lodges at Tidal River where there is a ranger station, visitor information centre, general store and take away food shop. Wilsons Promontory was connected to Tasmania by the land bridge which existed some 10,000 years ago and still has a lot of similar features to the north east coast of Tasmania specifically and Tasmania in general. It's ... read more
Wilsons Promontory National Park
Wilsons Promontory National Park
Wilsons Promontory National Park

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Wilsons Promontory October 10th 2015

After an eventful night, we were pleased to wake up the next morning to the sound of birds rather than revving engines. There is nothing wrong with revving engines of course, just everything in its right place. We had a walk around the Knob Reserve and then headed off to Sale where we planned to ride the bikes along a bike track adjacent to the Sale Common, a wetlands Conservation Reserve. Unfortunately, we were thwarted yet again as Georgi's bike had another flat tyre. Having already agreed to have lunch with Melissa, we knew that we had run out of time to do this ride so we stacked the bikes back onto the rack and made a quick visit to Lenny's aunt and uncle. Lenny was particularly pleased to see Elaine and Cliff in such good ... read more
The Swing Bridge near Sale
The Swing Bridge near Sale
Walking across the highway

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Gippsland October 9th 2015

Peels are the people synonymous with cruising from Lakes Entrance. The family have been around for almost 100 years operating a large number of vessels. My grandmother used to take my sister and I for a cruise on the famous Lennabird when we visited her in Lakes Entrance. Again, such a long time ago. Peels currently have three vessels (of varying sizes) that run on cruises around the lakes. Our trip was to be on the Seabird from Lakes Entrance to Metung where we would stop for lunch at the Metung Hotel. After lunch we would return to Lakes Entrance on a slightly different route. We drove down the hill into Lakes Entrance from our Burnt Bridge Road campsite nice and early to ensure that we could get parking for the bus. We were so early ... read more
Gippsland Lakes Cruise
Gippsland Lakes Cruise
Gippsland Lakes Cruise

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