Blogs from West Coast, Tasmania, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » West Coast April 1st 2009

So you’ve been wonderin if us little Tassie devils were lost in The Wilderness or one of the old penitentiaries, no such luck, we’ve just been having such a good time, so there’s been no time for any bloggin, but here we are at last, half way thru our current journey, better than never! Yes, Bald and Blonde are “On the road again” and this time off to -The South Island of Australia - Tasmania for 2 glorious months in the cruiser and Cyt, our beloved little snail home and with our wonderful mate Barb. So it was on Saturday 28th Feb we bid our fond farewells to 188, Al, Liz and little Tashi, drove up the MV hill to pick up Barb then off to “Maccy D’s” for our favourite trip special, a good ole ... read more
B&I on the NUT
C&I at the Nut
The NUT Stanley

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » West Coast December 20th 2008

Hallo, liebe Leute, das wichtigste zuerst: wir haben sie ueberlebt, unsere acht Tage auf dem South Coast Track fern der Zivilisation. Und es war toll. Aber beginnen wir doch einfach mal von vorn... Am 08.12. sind wir hier in Hobart auf Tasmanien angekommen und haben fuer 2 Tage unseren Backpacker bezogen. Hobart ist hier die groesste Stadt, aber dennoch irgendwie klein und sehr sehr nett. Als wir im Hostel ausgecheckt haben, fragte der Receptionist, ob wir den Overland Track machen wollen. Als wir meinten, dass wir auf den South Coast Track gehen, antwortete er: "Gee, you are tough!" Aha??? Na gut, schauen wir mal. Jedenfalls, um die Sache nicht zu einfach zu machen, haben wir noch ein paar zusaetzliche Herausforderungen eingebaut: Handicap 1: auf dem Flughafen fuer den Transfer in die Wildnis wurde unser Gepaeck gewogen. ... read more
Highway to Hell?
Untouched by civilization
As lonely as it can get

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » West Coast April 18th 2008

The West Coast of Tassie is different - it’s commonly known as the west coast wilderness and some parts of the region, particularly the south-west corner, have never been explored to date. Interesting! We noticed the change as we drove from the North Coast through the tall forests to the mining towns of Rosebery and Zeehan and beyond. The drive was interesting, thick native beech trees that seem to meet in the middle of the winding, mountainous roads, to mining towns that appeared out of the misty cold rain and low clouds! We stopped for the night at Zeehan, and were surprised to find we couldn’t get a cabin at the local caravan park (full), so took a room in the local pub, which turned out to be above the bar. Quite difficult to sleep to ... read more
Driving to Zeehan
Henty Dunes
main street, Queenstown

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » West Coast February 25th 2008

WELCOME FRIENDS! Just wanted something to be here when you all come looking! Its now 6.30 am Tuesday February 26th, the last day before we leave.... Who said going on holiday was fun? The amount of things to remember to do or pack so you CAN go on holiday is amazing! And that doesn't count the things that have to be as 'up to date as possible', last instructions for our house sitter and the girl filling in for me at work! At this point I just want to thank Lizzy for house sitting for us, she said "its no trouble at all, and the spa will be well used" LOL and I bet it will be too! Anyway come along with us and enjoy our trip to Sydney and Norfolk Island, I know we will... ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » West Coast February 1st 2008

Hi Everyone So far so good.... we are having a great time! When it's time to leave Melbourne you have to walk through these big doors... it's like walking through a time portal... except it goes slooooowlyyyy not fast.... man that's a long trip... it took us 38 hours from the time we left Roesebery on Friday morning, till we arrived at Heathrow Airport in London.... then another hour to get through customs (very quick) and catch the Underground to the hotel. Eyes looking red and bleary and both very very tired. Love to all Jules & Mark... read more
Sunset Over Central Australia
Sunset a bit later
And later still

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » West Coast November 28th 2007

Wow. Ten days in Tasmania was certainly not enough. It is a beautiful state full of national parks with stunning scenery. Sarah and I met in Hobart, and our Tassie adventures started. We spent the day wandering around Hobart, finding the harbour and the botanical gardens. We had a lovely dinner down at Salamanca Square and got lost on little side streets in the area. The next morning we saw an Antarctic exhibition at the museum near our hostel, which made me wonder about the Lonely Planet on Antarctica. I must discover why it's so thick! On the way to Mt Wellington for the views, we were introduced to the Tassie definition of small, windy roads. Which made for fun, challenging and slow driving! Afterwards we explored the Tasman Peninsula, stopping at Remarkable Cave, Devil's Kitchen, ... read more
Harbour in Hobart
Prison Ruins

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » West Coast January 29th 2007

The South Coast Track is an 86km(about 50 miles) track across the South Coast of Tasmania which is out of any mobile range, has no road access until the end of it at Cockle Creek and has some very very muddy (waist-deep in many parts) sections. There are some very basic camp-sites (that are sheltered areas with just a pit with a wooden lid which is the toilet!!) but otherwise, it's the middle of nowhere!!!!! Wednesday the 24th January - we set off for the airport to catch a flight in a very small aircraft to a place called Melaleuca in the South West of Tasmania. It can only be accessed by plane, as there are no roads there. It is a famous spot for the orange bellied parrot - of which there are only 200 ... read more
Some Great Views
A Plane Crash Landing
The Wilderness!!

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » West Coast September 1st 2006

A day walk in the west coast of Tasmania.... read more
Billy  Tea
   A Great View
Because the Leaky Pipeline

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » West Coast April 14th 2006

I am writing the Tassie part from the very comfortable Queensland home of our dear friends Ron & Jenny, we have been here nearly three weeks staying with them which has enabled me to get Tassie pics up at long last :-) Tassie was lots of things! The scenery reminded us very much of many places: home (inc. the weather :-( which was a bit of a shock to the sys.!), New Zealand and bits of South Australia, most varied scenery, as you can see from the pics. Food was very good, especially the dairy they produce, we tasted the best Brie ever 'King Island' Triple Brie, plus there was double and single camemberts too which all went well with the wines, which was mainly single estate . Smoked fish: Trevally, Bream, Salmon, Flake (shark) all ... read more
Spirit of Tasmania
North Tasmania Bass Strait
NE - Bay of Fires

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » West Coast March 30th 2006

It's been a while since the last bulletin and as usual we have covered quite a bit of ground, as you can see we are now in Tasmania and have been for the past 2 weeks - one week to go before we head back to the mainland. Before the 11hr crossing to Tassie we crossed the bottom half of South Australia and Victoria, highlights being: Yorke Peninsula, SA... MOONTA, Australia's 'Little Cornwall'! because of the early copper miners who emigrated to the district who were of Cornish descent. Moonta mines produced 170,000 tonnes of copper, closure 1923. Very fascinating place to roam around especially for Mike, engine houses, school of mines, miners cottage, pioneers cemetry with Cornish folk etc.. a lot of the engineering of the mines, was constructed in Hayle and shipped out, but ... read more
Duke of Orleans Bay
200km Parmango Road
200km Parmango Road

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