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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Lake St Clair July 24th 2014

Another beautiful morning in Strahan this morning. We are very lucky that the weather has been so fabulous during our first week in Tassie. The long range forecast for next week is not so great, but that could change between now and then. Fingers crossed. We packed up again after breakfast and headed off towards Queenstown. Bernie was warned to be careful of ice on the road when he checked out, but we had an ice-free run up to Queenstown and arrived by late-morning. We wanted to pick up a couple of supermarket items and could choose between two IGA supermarkets ... within a block of each other! The next challenge was to find a bottle shop that was open as neither of the supermarkets was licensed. The pub in the main street had a bottle ... read more
Gaffney Street
View over Queenstown
Queenstown Footy Oval

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Strahan July 23rd 2014

We had an early start this morning for our Gordon River Cruise because we were due at the cruise office down at Strahan Wharf at 8.00am for an 8.30am departure. The alarm was supposed to be set to go off at 6.30am, but didn't. Fortunately Bernie woke up at 6.31am anyway. He must have a Jack Reacher-like inbuilt alarm clock in his head? The weather was absolutely beautiful as we walked from Risby Cove around to the wharf. The sky was blue and the sun was rising into the sky behind Water Tower Hill. We could not have chosen a better day to be taking a Gordon River Cruise. As the Lady Jane Franklin II made her way out into Macquarie Habour the only blot on the horizon was a band of low cloud hanging over ... read more
Fish Farm
View from Sarah Island
Sarah Island

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Zeehan July 22nd 2014

I can walk! After hiking almost 20Ks yesterday I was a bit worried about how stiff and sore I would be this morning. But, my ankles are fine, my knees are good. In fact, I have pulled up remarkably well except for a bit of tightness in my lower calves. I must be fitter than I thought?! This morning we were visited by black currawongs as we were having our breakfast. They must be accustomed to being fed by the tourists because we had a small flock of them eyeing us off with their beady yellow eyes from the balcony. Very cheeky! Bernie used the the egg slice to de-ice the windscreen again before washing it and returning it to its drawer. With the car re-packed we checked out at 10.00am and started heading for Zeehan. ... read more
Cradle Mountain
Strutting down mainstreet Zeehan
Gaiety Theatre

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Cradle Mountain July 21st 2014

This morning, after a cosy night in our two bedroom unit at the Wilderness Village, Bernie went out to retrieve something from our esky on the front porch. He'd only just stepped out the door when he called me to 'come and have a look at this'. Despite the fact that I only had track pants and a Merino T-shirt on I figured there must be something worth looking at for Bernie to be calling me. There's no way I would have ventured out into the (extreme) cold except to ooh and ah over a Pademelon right at our doorstep. So cute! After breakfast Bernie had to borrow the egg slice from our kitchen to scrape the ice off the windscreen. Fortunately, following the advice in the visitor folder in our unit, we had left the ... read more
Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Cradle Mountain July 20th 2014

We were woken this morning with a PA announcement at 5.05am so that we would be ready to disembark when we arrived in Davenport 40 minutes later! The biggest problem that we had all night was that the cabin was HOT, very, very hot! The crossing was as smooth as silk so there were no problems with nearly being tossed out of our bunks or anything like that, but we were awake a couple of times overnight throwing bed clothes off because it was so hot and we couldn't find a thermostat to turn the temperature down. We showered and dressed and we were ready to head down to the vehicle decks when they asked for passengers parked on levels three and five. Bernie was sure that the CX-5 was parked on level five so off ... read more
Goat Island
Beach near Goat Island
Bernie @ Burnie

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Devonport July 19th 2014

Last night we did most of our packing so this morning we just had to walk the dogs, tidy the house, pack the car and we were off into the city at about lunch time. We have been wanting to see the Aztec exhibition at the Museum Victoria since it opened in April. With the exhibition due to finish early in August we decided that we could fit it in during the afternoon before making our way down to Station Pier to board the Spirit of Tasmania. We had a good run into the city and booked our tickets for the exhibition. It turned out that the two for one offer - if we mentioned the email we received on Friday night - was cheaper than our Museum Victoria membership entry fee. We saved $4.00!! After ... read more
Aztec Exhibition
Aztec Exhibition
Aztec Exhibition

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Darling Harbour May 25th 2014

Our last day in Sydney and it is Bernie's birthday. To celebrate, a whale watching tour has been booked which we are both very excited about as we headed to Circular Quay again to find some breakfast/brunch. We thought that there would be more to choose from for breakfast along the harbour, but most places on the Western side of the harbour (opposite the Opera House) were deserted. We ventured up into The Rocks and ended up going to 'Pancakes on the Rocks'. When we went past last night there was a queue down the stairs and onto the street. The queue was only slightly shorter this morning; Sydney-siders must love their pancakes! We strolled through The Rocks Sunday market and then wandered back to Circular Quay for our whale watching tour. It's quite early in ... read more
Hornby Lighthouse, South Head

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD May 24th 2014

This morning we walked through Hyde Park via the War Memorial to our first stop for the day at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Australian Museum on the corner of College Street and William Street right opposite St Mary's Cathedral. Bonus, our Museum Victoria membership allowed us to enter for free ... once we had showed ID proving that we are residents of Victoria. Apparently their annual membership here is more expensive so they had a problem with Sydney residents becoming Museum Victoria members so that they could visit the Australian Museum in Sydney for free. How cheeky is that?! The exhibition was incredibly inspiring. You have to admire people who plan for months, years even, in order to take a particular photograph, often in adverse conditions. For example, I think that ... read more
Sydney Harbour Bridge 1
Sydney Harbour Bridge 2
Cars That Feel

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD May 23rd 2014

On the first day of our extra long weekend we were up at our usual time to have breakfast and walk the dogs before dropping them off at Granite Hills Boarding Kennels down at Tynong. Our friends who live at Maryknoll recommended these kennels highly so we hope that our spoiled twosome, who are accustomed to having 'run of house', will cope with being housed like dogs for the weekend! With the dogs all organised we returned home to finalise our packing and head to the airport. We allowed plenty of time for contingencies (just yesterday morning traffic on the Monash Freeway was thrown into chaos by a truck driver driving along the freeway the wrong way) and arrived at Tullamarine way ahead of our flight time. Not to worry, that's what Qantas Club is for! ... read more
Opera House
Opera House
Opera House

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne December 29th 2013

After a smooth and uneventful flight we touched down at Tullamarine about 15 minutes ahead of schedule. We used the Immigration Smart Gate which was pretty easy and much faster than waiting in the other queues - Australians with non-chip passports and Other Nationalities. We stocked up on duty free alcohol and then proceeded to the baggage carousel where there was a public servant calling out instructions and trying to keep the new arrivals calm and patient while they waited for their bags after a long overnight flight. There was something about his tone though that I think was fraying more nerves than it was soothing??! Bags in tow, we did the right thing and declared our reindeer antler and birch wood souvenirs and the fact that we had been in a wilderness area where there ... read more

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