Tracey & Bernie Gaffney


Tracey & Bernie Gaffney

Tracey and I love to travel, but when at home, Golden Retrievers rule.

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne August 7th 2014

This is not strictly a travel blog, but those who were following our Tasmanian holiday might be interested in seeing the *NEW CAR* that was referred to in last Thursday's blog. Following some miscommunication between us and the salesman (our bad) delivery did not take place on Tuesday - I had to wait two more days until today to collect my brand new Renault Clio Dynamique. I have been so excited about making this purchase because I have never actually had a car of my own - even though I have been driving for 34 years! I have had to make do with driving first Mum's car and then Bernie's car and, since we have been married, 'our' car because we have always made do with just the one car. We arrived at the Berwick Renault ... read more
Tracey & her NEW CAR at Lysterfield Lake
The Renault's distinctive front end
Passenger side view

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne August 3rd 2014

Thank goodness we didn't have to sail back to Melbourne on Wednesday or Thursday night when the weather was so wild. Bernie's brother, Michael, posted a synoptic chart/weather forecast for all of the southern Australian coastline and Tasmania that showed a 10 metre swell EVERYWHERE and asked if we were on the boat. Fortunately not!! The crossing was not as smooth as when we sailed to Tasmania - we had a slight roll all night and could hear the waves slapping against the hull - but we didn't get sea sick or tossed out of our bunks so it was all good. In fact, it was a fast crossing that had us docked at Station Pier ahead of time at 5.30am this morning. Not wanting to crash in on our house sitters too early this morning ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Devonport August 2nd 2014

This morning's first stop was at Cataract Gorge the final passage that the South Esk River navigates before flowing into the Tamar River. After the rain of the last two days the river was absolutely gushing through the gorge in spectacular fashion! We parked the car near the First Basin area and walked down into the Cataract Gorge Reserve. I believe there is a swimming pool in the lawn area near the basin, but this was completely inundated by the amount of water flowing through the gorge at the moment. From the lawn area we took the path to the supspension bridge from which we were able to stand over the torrent of water flowing underneath and be in awe of the incredible force of nature. The gorge is a world class kayak run, but I ... read more
Cataract Gorge
Cataract Gorge Suspension Bridge
Bird of the Day

Oceania August 1st 2014

If the view from the Bed in the Treetops was lovely yesterday afternoon it was spectacular this morning with blue sky and even bluer water! We went upstairs to Bruce and Marianne's dining room to enjoy a delicious cooked breakfast looking out over Georges Bay and the Tasman Sea and watching Tasmanian Green Parrots eating at the feeding stations on the balconies. Bruce and Marianne deserve all of the awards that they have earned for their delightful B&B in the trees with a sea view. Best of both worlds - sea and trees! With the sun still shining we headed off to see Binalong Bay in the daylight - beautiful - and then headed north towards The Gardens along the southernmost section of the Bay of Fires. This is yet another gorgeous area of Tasmania to ... read more
Treetops View
Binalong Bay
Bay of Fires

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Binalong Bay July 31st 2014

After some rain overnight, this morning was fine and sunny albeit with a bit more cloud cover than we had yesterday. Since the weather was holding we decided to complete a couple more short walks on the Freycinet Peninsula. First we took a short stroll out to the Cape Toureville Lighthouse. From the tip of the cape we had a fantastic view back towards Wineglass Bay with Mount Graham and Mount Freycinet behind. And finally, before leaving the magnificent Freycinet National Park behind us, we walked in to Sleepy Bay which was looking very beautiful this morning with a couple of gulls bobbing around on its calm, turquoise waters. We drove back out to the Tasman Highway and turned north for Bicheno. Although the weather was deteriorating we had to stop at Bicheno to check out ... read more
View from Toureville
Toureville Lighthouse
Walking into Sleepy Bay

After hearing about the mini tornado that wrought havoc on the north-west coast yesterday we were amazed to wake up this morning in Coles Bay to absolutely perfect weather. We have been so incredibly lucky with the weather on this trip as we have only had two slightly dodgy days and we were travelling on both of those days and managed to find activities en route that didn't involve being out in the weather too much. Thanks to those who enquired whether the wild Tassie weather was affecting us! I thought that Bernie had planned for us to hike the Freycinet Peninsula Track today which is a gruelling hike that takes in Mount Graham and Mount Freycinet. Imagine my relief when Bernie told me that we only going to hike the moderately difficult 11km Wineglass Bay ... read more
Nearly There
Wineglass Bay
Wineglass Bay

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Coles Bay July 29th 2014

Our run of outstandingly beautiful weather came to an end this morning! We packed our bags while looking out on a rather gloomy day from our room at the Fountainside Hotel. We packed the car in light drizzle and then headed off to the Frogmore Creek Winery at Cambridge. We have been enjoying a bottle (or two, or three!) of Storm Bay Merlot whilst eating out here in Tasmania. Frogmore Creek Winery sells its wines under the Frogmore Creek, Meadowbank, 42° South and Storm Bay labels. We tasted our way through most of their tasting list and left the winery with a Meadowbank sparkling, a Storm Bay Sauvignon Blanc, and a couple each of the Storm Bay Merlot and Cab/Merlot. OK, we've done the wine tasting now let's do the cheese tasting ... as you do ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Huonville July 28th 2014

This morning we set out to explore the Huon Valley south of Hobart. Our first stop was at The Apple Shed Museum, Ciderhouse and Organic Store. The enterprise is housed in an original old apple shed and tells the history of the apple orchardists in the Huon Valley. Bernie tasted his way through a sampler paddle of four ciders, well actually, it was three ciders and a perry. I had a couple of mouthfuls of each, declared the perry my favourite and then followed up with a hot chocolate. Unfortunately they didn't have any hot, spiced cider going this morning or I would have been into that! From the Apple Shed we continued along the magnificent Huon River to Geeveston where we turned off towards the Tahune Forest Reserve, the home of the 619 metre long ... read more
Cider Tasting

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart July 27th 2014

This morning we took the 11.00am Mona Roma (fast catamaran ferry) from the Brooke Street Ferry Terminal up the Derwent River to Berriedale. We booked the 'Posh Pit' tickets which gave us access to an exclusive lounge, bar and private deck. As soon as we were seated we were offered a glass of Moorilla sparkling wine. OMG, the decadence of it, we started drinking before midday today! It's only a 20 minute cruise to Berriedale, but the staff were buzzing around topping up our glasses just about as quickly as we were drinking. I had to decline the third top up in order to be sober enough to walk up the 99 steps from the dock to MONA!! From Berriedale we had a good view back towards the city centre and up to Mount Wellington. It ... read more
I thought we were in Tasmania?
Relaxing on the Roma
Wrought Iron Mixer

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart July 26th 2014

This morning we headed off to Hobart's famous Salamanca Market. When the market started in the early 70s it was a pretty informal gathering of about a dozen traders. These days the market is a Hobart institution comprising over 300 licensed traders who set up every Saturday in Salamanca Place between Davey Street and Battery Point. Much as we were tempted to part with cash at nearly every stall we managed to spread our purchases between just seven art and craft stall holders and three food stall holders!! We could not resist all of the Tasmanian timber products on sale so bought some for ourselves and some for others. We - OK, Tracey - was also tempted by jewellery, purple Ugg boots, a silk scarf and a handbag. On the food side, neither of us could ... read more
Salamanca Market
Mt Wellington Summit
Dolomite Formation

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