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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Bicheno November 16th 2017

Crap weather today. Light rain. So we decided to drive to the next town to the north of Swansea called Bicheno. We stopped at the information office to see if any cafes had WiFi to be told just the library. I asked the lady how long I could park out front and she said 2 weeks! Of to the library to waste a bit of time. Then we went down to the sea to see the blow hole, then to the whale lookout, but didn’t see any whales. Too early to go back to the accommodation so we drove back to Freycinet to have grilled scallops for Alex and big prawns for me. We then went further into Freycinet to the Rangers post and Freycinet lodge for afternoon tea. When we drove out of the lodge ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Bicheno January 24th 2017

The flight from Melbourne to Launceston was very quick, only around 55 minutes. I was very thankful for this as the small child sitting behind me spent the duration of the flight kicking the back of my seat. We took the airport shuttle bus into Launceston. Since our bus to Bicheno wasn't leaving until the afternoon, we had a few hours to walk around and take a look at Launceston. We were able to leave our bags at the transit centre with the bus company that we would be using to get to Bicheno. It was a gorgeous day as we set out for a stroll. I decided that I would definitely need a hat for our trip, especially when we would be hiking the Three Capes later in the trip. We came across the Boag's ... read more
Launceston
Launceston
Launceston

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Bicheno March 16th 2015

Triabunna to Bicheno Cooked breakfast down at the take away before starting off at 8.20am on the A3 heading north. The second half became more interesting as we could see the coast on our right hand side ( well it would, wouldn't it as we were heading north up the east coast). Some of the bays and beaches were really beautiful and many with interesting shells, some of which I pinched for my grandchildren. Lunch was had at a small cafe in Swansea, at which point it was getting really hot at 36 degrees in the sun. We headed out north again, after admiring the old Morrisons store, which has been a family business for over 150 years, and passed the Frecinet junction, where most of the group bought home made ice cream, which was apparently ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Bicheno February 26th 2015

Hi there, ok, having problems putting photos on, feel like I'm chasing my tail with this wi-fi malarky!! When we went to visit the Bicheno Blowhole which was pretty amazing to watch, Stu decided to jump between the large rocks and fell, he really did hurt himself, did the limping bit for a while, big graze on his leg and his arm was painful. Still he survived, he was jumping on wet rocks, whereas we picked the dry rocks !! Earlier in the day, Stu, Sue and myself were walking to the shop in Bicheno to get some food shopping and Stu started saying to Sue 'move away', we didn't know what he was talking about as usual, he had stopped dead in his tracks, when I noticed a revolting orange spider crawling up Sue's leg ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Bicheno February 24th 2015

Hi everyone, I will have to put photos of the places we go to when I get back to Melbourne as I don't have enough memory, I can put the odd one up. Such a shame because I want to show you now, however I will blog the names of the places we go to and if you have time, Google them. My photos don't do this place justice, I can't explain how stunning this country is. Google the Ben Lomond Alphine Hotel and this is where we had lunch in the tavern. We are here for a week.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Bicheno January 22nd 2015

June, Brian and I left Hobart yesterday morning and drove north east towards Bicheno. We travelled through the countryside to Orford in Glamorgan where a bridge crosses the mouth of the River Prosser. Then onto Swansea a small east coast town where we stopped for coffee. This seaside town overlooks Great Oyster bay. We arrived in Bicheno mid afternoon...a quiet but popular holuday resort..and as we are in the main summer holidays it was quite busy. We stayed at a beachfront hotel overlooking the coast. Unfortunately the weather was a bit grey but the main reason for staying in Bicheno was to see the Little Blue ( or Fairy) Penguins return to their rookery in the evening. We left the hotel at dusk and joined an orgsinised group at 9.00pm. We were taken by mini bus ... read more
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June and Brian at Coles Bsy
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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Bicheno March 1st 2014

Hi. Beautiful day here today. The four of us went to Salamanca Market in Hobart. Terrific local wood products, very good buskers, lots of people - a happening place! Then James and Clare drove us up to via Orford........not the Suffolk one. Lovely chalet accommodation...........dumped our stuff and went for a walk along the beach........James and I went in for a swim. Ate at Sea Life.........I actually tasted an oyster. Not sure I'd have another one. The pavlova with banana and butterscotch sauce and ice cream was excellent though! Went penguin spotting again, with more luck this. Two wandered up the path we were on on the way to their nests, passing within a few inches of us. Off to Wineglass Bay tomorrow for a 10k trek.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Bicheno December 30th 2012

30thDecember 2012. Early morning start as we have a big day ahead. First stop was Douglas-Apsley National Park where we were told there would a beautiful gorge. Sure enough, the gorge was beautiful with crystal clear water which was icy cold. Daniel and Sasha were brave enough to go in and have a swim. Besides, somebody had to stay ashore to keep an eye on our lunch. After lunch, we headed towards Coles Bay. There were no shopping centres there but the views were just amazing. Coles Bay was such an amazing place, we tried to find a camp site but they were all taken. We did as much site seeing as possible and moved on. The next town was Swansea, where we came across a little seafood restaurant called ‘Oyster Bay’. We had dinner here ... read more
Douglas-Apsley National Park
Douglas-Apsley National Park
Douglas-Apsley National Park

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Bicheno December 1st 2012

Spontaneous decisions are often the best and this morning I booked us into one of the modern onsite cabins. The interior was new and fresh and a great setting to continue the experience of a lovely coastal town. The weather was still very warm but went pear shaped mid-morning which validated our decision to stay put. Strong wind gusts soon made sitting outside almost impossible and before long a smoke haze clouded the town as bushfires set off around the State. It was a good day to be off of the roads as the dismal conditions played a part in tragically taking the life of a motorcyclist on her way to the annual toy run. Lounging around the cabin was the order of the day and the curry and wine for dinner went down a treat. ... read more




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