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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania November 15th 2023

Tour Day 35, Cruise Day 35 – Day at Sea Tour Day 36, Cruise Day 36 – Melbourne, Australia – Melbourne was a total bust this time around. First, my roommate from the 22-day tour of Europe last summer had some craziness in his life, and he begged off until I return in January. No problem, I’ll do the hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Second, I awoke to a case of the blahs – not really sick but just not feeling well. Third, it was raining – not a good day for the hop-on, hop-off bus tour anyway! So, there will be more about Melbourne in January. Tour Day 37, Cruise Day 37 – Burnie, Tasmania, Australia – Best of the Northwest: A Taste of Tasmania (8 hours) - Taste Tasmania's diverse northern specialties and meet some ... read more
Around Tasmania on the “Best of the Northwest: A Taste of Tasmania” Tour
Around Tasmania on the “Best of the Northwest: A Taste of Tasmania” Tour
Around Tasmania on the “Best of the Northwest: A Taste of Tasmania” Tour

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania March 21st 2023

Day 15: Leaving Launceston we stopped at a motorcycle shop for some bits & pieces. Very helpful staff who recommended a nearby cafe for breakfast - which was good. Out of town we were soon on country sealed roads. Farms are very NZ-like and also pretty green by Australian standards. Soon we were onto some gravel forestry roads which as usual were great (still early so quite cool conditions). As per normal we soon found a gravel road on our route with a locked gate. We routed our way around this finding some great narrow sealed country winding roads. Then we were back onto gravel roads before again coming across another locked gate - more re-routing. Instead of a 320km day we ended up with around 240kms. Arriving into Devonport around mid afternoon we found a ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania March 17th 2023

Day 8 We left Hobart heading for Port Arthur via a convoluted route as per normal. Firstly our route took us South through a series of winding gravel & sealed roads mainly through forestry areas. Eventually this turned us North through the town of New Norfolk for the 2nd or maybe 3rd time. This was our 1st gas stop of the day. Continuing North on a mixture of roads, we eventually arrived at an intersection on a gravel road & turning right as our route planned we noticed the road had a “No Through Road” sign. Undaunted we decided to continue on our planned route as it was named as a public road. After around 15kms on a normal gravel road it transformed into a rocky track, through an unlocked gate next to an Australian military ... read more
Dry River Bed

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania March 16th 2023

Day 4 Leaving Queenstown after a breakfast at a local cafe, we were soon onto forest tracks - these were quite muddy as forestry operations were underway. We came upon some forestry workers who generously let us through a locked gate (after we asked them nicely). This allowed us to continue for quite some kms of great rocky roads before exiting onto a sealed road where we came into a small town with 1 Swedish themed restaurant. We stopped here for a very tasty Swedish lunch of salmon open sandwiches. Continuing through the town of Derwent we then did some more gravel before arriving at our very nice Air B & B house in Blackmans Bay overlooking the water. This was near the town of Kingston. We ordered a Chinese house delivered takeaway which finished off ... read more
Waiting for Bruny Island Ferry
Ian's tyre

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart January 6th 2023

Our last morning allows a sleep-in before we check out right on 10. There's an arbitrage crying out to me in the reception vending machine. The disrupted tooth paste and tooth brushes had spilled out of their rack and were resting on the Mama instant noodles. $4 and I reckon I’m gaining bulk value. Boom! The Mama noodles fall into the access draw followed by two toothpastes and one toothbrush. Creamy Shrimp isn’t my first choice noodle flavour, but it’s definitely top 10. Jules had spotted a café and patisserie up Elizabeth St and we have late breakfast at Imago. A Japanese inspired café with delicious breakfast and drinks stylishly presented. Yum! We buy some vinyl at Tommy Guns and Deaks chats skate shops with the dude at Jimmy’s skate shop. He even learns a unique ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart January 5th 2023

The Chicken (Tori) Karaage is spicy in Hobart. I ate it, but it got the better off me at 4am. Not the best night sleep for all as my pre-dawn poop disrupted our shared room. The Bury Me Standing breakfast bagels were great though and the sanctioned sleep-in was appreciated by all. We collect our e-bikes just after 10 and pedal the scenic Hobart Rivulet up to Cascade Brewery. A really pleasant ride along a shaded rivulet (brook) through South Hobart. The brewery is opening for business/tours when we arrive, but with everyone feeling good, we opt to extend our ride south up to Strickland Falls. The enthusiastic mechanic at Hobart Bike Hire recommended it and he wasn’t wrong. The small waterfall is about 300 metres above sea level in the foothills of Mt Wellington. The ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Bruny Island January 4th 2023

The window was tight today. Hobart to Bruny Island and back, before the Kona hire expires at 2pm. And we nailed it!! Up at 7am. Bagels-to-go and on the road by 7.30. We’d been warned of the Bruny Island car ferry queues and lonely planet lists travel time as 1hr 45min from Hobart to South Bruny, Google concurred. A pandemic induced hire car shortage had lead to a price spike and we had the Kona until 2pm and wanted to use it. We’d rightly bumped Bruny Island forward a day to allow our Hartz Mountain trek but still wanted to get down there. It’s only a 35 minute drive to Kettering but the ferry could be 20 minutes or it could be an hour! If the Kona isn't returned to Hobart depot by 2pm it's an ... read more
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230104 Cheese Beer Bread

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Geeveston January 3rd 2023

A much cooler night and quality curtains allows for a bit of a sleep-in and both kids are reluctant risers. It might be the 18,000 steps we’re doing daily. Today will be no different.We share a quick backpackers breakfast (Woolworths croissants, fruit and nutri-grain) in the Kermandie Guest Room. An expansive room with two 8 seater square dining tables, a couple of smaller tables and chairs and a couch, in front of a fire-place; all overlooking Port Huon marina. Dozens of seagulls circle and cry above the rows of boats below. On the insistence of all at yesterdays dinner, we jump in the Kona and drive through Geeveston for the Hartz Mountain National Park. The last half of the drive is on unsealed roads but the Kona handles it well. Arve Road swerves through gum trees, ... read more
230103 Lake Esperance
230103 Tahune AirWalk
230103 Willie Smiths

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Richmond January 2nd 2023

After our pandemic pause we are getting back into the swing of travelling again now. Sourced provisions for self-catered breakfasts - no longer paying $50 a day for continental breakfasts. Although, we didn’t actually pay for our Eaglehawke Neck breakfasts. An oversight on my part. Yoghurt, muesli, fruit and nutri-grain in the girls room and we’re checking out. Not before the cleaners are knocking on our door. The Tasman Peninsula farms are dotted with small homes and barns. The older barns have caught Deaks eye and he is attempting to snap them as we cruise by at 90km per hour. They are eye catching, isolated on green hills adjacent to the blue green ocean. Before we know it we’ve hit Orford and the suburban housing feels dense after a couple of days in national parks. A ... read more
230102 Richmond Cafe
230102 Cygnet Appleshed
230102 Silverhill Gum

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Tasman Peninsula » Port Arthur January 1st 2023

The downside of a panoramic view is the sunrise hits you early. Doesn’t seem to bother Deaks! A quick continental breakfast at Lufra (is it complimentary? Not sure) and we are off to Port Arthur. Every drive down down here is a short drive, by Queensland standards, we are there in 20 minutes. And every drive on Tasman Peninsula is scenic. Always surrounded by water, beach, farm or forest.I must confess I didn’t know off Port Arthur before the mass shooting in 1996. And while the tragedy of the shooting hangs over the place, the historic purpose of the place is equally tragic and harsh.The old buildings - particularly the penitentiary and church - are beautiful. The stories of the prisoners, guards and commandants remind you of the grim and inhumane purpose of the place.Anyone living ... read more
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