Category Archives: 2017 – our trips during the year

We have a few trips planned for 2017, not all of them in Australia!

Days 76 & 77 in Tassie

2nd February, 2018. Next stop Triabunna, a small fishing village which is the gateway to Maria (pronounced Mariah by the locals) Island, another fairly short drive. Two camps to choose from. One behind the pub and one opposite on a … Continue reading

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Day 75 in Tassie

1st February, 2018. As we had enjoyed our Pennicott cruise at Bruny Island, we decided to take their Tasman Island cruise for another experience. The pickup point was at their office close to Port Arthur, around an hour’s drive from … Continue reading

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Day 73 & 74 in Tassie

30th January, 2018. As the weather was looking promising for the day we decided to take a loop drive from Sorell down to South Arm and back around through Richmond. First stop was Seven Mile Beach. Close enough to Hobart … Continue reading

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Day 72 in Tassie

29th January, 2018. A day trip to the former Port Arthur Penal Colony on the Tasman Peninsula, now a Unesco World Heritage site, is a must do for any visitor to Tasmania. While the site itself has not changed much … Continue reading

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Days 68 – 71 in Tassie

25th January, 2018. Today a visit to MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, was on the agenda. It had been recommended as a ‘must see’ so although we are not great fans of museums we felt we had … Continue reading

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Day 67 in Tassie

24th January, 2018. Having reconnoitred the city the previous day, we were in a good position to make the most of the day. For one thing, we found out we could park for free for 6 hours at the Royal … Continue reading

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Day 66 in Tassie

23rd January, 2018. Having settled in to our campsite at The Lea Scout Campground, we set off to explore Hobart and find our way around. We found a parking spot in Salamanca Place with a 2 hour limit but the … Continue reading

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Day 65 in Tassie

22nd January, 2018. A day trip to Launceston was necessary to collect a replacement battery for Erich’s laptop so it was an early start from our campground, up the main highway to arrive in Invermay before the depot closed for … Continue reading

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Days 61 – 64 in Tassie

18th January, 2018. Exploring North Bruny was the plan for the day. When we disembarked the ferry at Roberts Point on North Bruny, we made straight to the campground and apart from the drive, we saw nothing else of the … Continue reading

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Days 57 – 59 in Tassie

14th January, 2018. As it was a reasonable day weatherwise, we set off on a day trip to explore the peninsular we could see opposite our camp in Franklin. We stayed as close to the coastline as the roads would … Continue reading

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Day 60 in Tassie

17th January, 2018. We had booked an afternoon boat cruise so spent the morning quietly around camp before heading back to Adventure Bay. Each of the 5 boats holds 43 passengers and there are two cruises per day which mostly … Continue reading

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Days 55 and 56 in Tassie

12th January, 2018. Having completed the sight-seeing we wanted to do in Mount Field National Park, we broke camp and headed further south-east. When we arrived at the historic town of Franklin, there were only a couple of campsites available … Continue reading

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A Photographic Tour on Day 54 in Tassie

11th January, 2018. Having met by coincidence at our lunch break, I organised a photographic tour with Greg Power for 6:00pm. I arrived a bit early and started to take photos at the entrance of the park. It didn’t take long … Continue reading

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Day 54 in Tassie

11th January, 2018. We got off to an early start planning to explore some of the Mount Field National Park. We bypassed the Visitor Centre where there is a boardwalk leading to Russell Falls and drove to a parking area … Continue reading

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Days 51 – 53 in Tassie

8th January, 2018. Continuing our journey further south and east, we set up camp at the Derwent Bridge Hotel which offers free camping in the grounds. One of the reasons for the stop here was to visit The Wall, a … Continue reading

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Days 49 and 50 in Tassie

6th January, 2018. We spent a quiet day around camp catching up with the washing and not doing very much else. Agapanthus grow very well in Tasmania. We have seen them everywhere. This white variety was just opening. 7th January, … Continue reading

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Day 48 in Tassie

5th January, 2018. We woke to a fairly sunny morning and hoped it would remain so for our Gordon River Cruise out of Strahan, 40 kms south of where we were camped at Zeehan. As is usual for us, we … Continue reading

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Days 46 & 47 in Tassie

3rd January, 2018. Our visit to Cradle Mountain complete, we are now moving south. Today’s target is the small, former mining town of Zeehan where there is a highly recommended Bush Caravan Park. We decided on Zeehan rather than Strahan … Continue reading

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Day 45 in Tassie

2nd January, 2018. We had been looking forward to spending a day at Cradle Mountain but the weather had been uncooperative. Checking out the forecast, this looked like the best day weatherwise. It was around 40 kms drive from Waratah … Continue reading

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Days 40-44 in Tassie

28th December, 2017. Back to our normal routine at Old Macs Farm, it was time to catch up with the washing and generally recover from our trip to Melbourne. Just a few photos from around the campsite. 29th December, 2017. … Continue reading

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Days 42 – 44 in Melbourne

25th December, 2017. Christmas Day! Amy had booked Christmas Lunch at a highly recommended pub restaurant in Collingwood, Le Bon Ton. It turned out to be an inspired choice as the atmosphere was just as we like it and the … Continue reading

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Days 39 – 41 in Melbourne

22nd December, 2017. As it is just a short hop from Tasmania to Melbourne, we decided to spend the Christmas period visiting our youngest daughter, Amy, leaving our caravan at Old Macs Farm which is only a 15 minute drive … Continue reading

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Days 36-38 in Tassie

19th December, 2017. We headed back to Launceston where we planned to leave the van at Old Macs Farm while we spent 5 days in Melbourne over Christmas. After getting set up on the same site we had occupied on … Continue reading

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Days 34 & 35 in Tassie

17th December, 2017. Erich was out early to capture the morning light on the adjoining paddocks before we had a visit from the local farmer who had collected our donation the previous afternoon. He came bearing a stack of fresh … Continue reading

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Day 33 in Tassie

16th December, 2017. We had been in two minds about where to camp next as we wanted to explore Liffey Falls south of Deloraine. In the end, we decided to try the donation camp at the old Liffey School which … Continue reading

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Day 32 in Tassie

15th December, 2017. Having seen what interested us in Deloraine itself, we decided to take a scenic drive in a loop north to Railton, west past Mount Roland and back east through Mole Creek. As with many small towns, Railton … Continue reading

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Day 31 in Tassie

14th December, 2017. Moving on from Gunns Plains, we retraced our journey north and then south-east as we headed to the town of Deloraine which, along with the rest of the towns offering free camping in the Meander Valley Council … Continue reading

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Days 28 – 30 in Tassie

11th December, 2017. Our short stay in suburbia behind us, we headed for the hills – literally!! Our destination was the Wings Wildlife Park which offers low cost camping beside the Leven River and a chance to do some sightseeing … Continue reading

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Days 25 – 27 in Tassie

8th December, 2017. We planned to spend the weekend in Ulverstone getting together with a group of like-minded travellers who are members of a Facebook group, The Very Best of Caravan and Camping in Tassie which has proved invaluable for … Continue reading

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Days 22 – 24 in Tassie

5th December, 2017. We spent a quiet day mostly around camp but drove in to Smithton to see the view from a lookout above the town, look for a windproof jacket for Erich and pick up some fresh oysters from … Continue reading

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Day 21 in Tassie – A day trip to Stanley

4th December, 2017. While the weather was good, we decided to make a day trip to the nearby town of Stanley, located at the end of a peninsula jutting into Bass Strait. As we approached the main part of the … Continue reading

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Days 18, 19 & 20 in Tassie

1st December, 2017. Our two nights at Arthur River were over and we set off to find a campsite along the “Tarkine Drive” where we could leave the van and complete the circuit in our vehicle. The skipper on our … Continue reading

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Days 16 & 17 in Tassie

29th November, 2017. The weather forecast for late in the week was not looking promising but Thursday seemed a possibility for us to do an Arthur River cruise which was highly recommended so the decision was made to drive directly … Continue reading

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Days 11 – 15 in Tassie

24th November, 2017. As we would have had to hitch up and move from our riverside site at Myrtle Park because the site was booked for the weekend, we decided we might as well move on to Old Macs Farm … Continue reading

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Days 8 – 10 in Tassie

21st November, 2017. For our last day in Scottsdale we decided to drive to the nearby town of Legerwood to have a look at the Memorial trees. Originally planted in 1918, each tree served as a memorial to a fallen … Continue reading

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Days 6 & 7 in Tassie

18th November, 2017. With not much more to see in the area, and as the weather was so beautiful, a washing day was declared so just some photos of the flora and fauna at the campsite and back at the … Continue reading

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Days 3 – 5 in Tassie

15th November, 2017. Another beautiful day in Tassie and we set off from Forth for an overnight stay with friends, Rick and Lea, who were house-sitting a property at Glengarry in the direction of Launceston. We were soon parked up … Continue reading

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Day 2 in Tassie

14th November, 2017. The volunteer at the Devonport Information Centre had told us about the Tasmania Arboretum and explained how the Arboretum had been set up to represent botanical specimens found growing in countries on the 40th Parallel (both north … Continue reading

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Day 1 in Tassie

13th November, 2017. We were up, showered and dressed before the 5.45 a.m. wake up call abroad the Spirit of Tasmania and Erich was on deck to take photos of Devonport and our docking. We checked out the two low … Continue reading

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On the road to Tassie – Crossing Bass Strait

12th November, 2017. Finally the day had arrived for our crossing from the mainland to the small island. I had spent a lot of time researching our route to Station Pier in Melbourne and where we could park until it … Continue reading

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A week on the road to Tassie – Part 3

9th November 2017. As we were now in reach of our goal to arrive in Melbourne on the 12th for our evening sail on the Spirit of Tasmania, we decided to spend a couple more nights at Aysons Reserve. It … Continue reading

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A week on the road to Tassie – Part 2

7th November, 2017. Melbourne Cup Day dawned and we made an early exit from Eumungerie with the plan to fuel up in Dubbo and camp somewhere in or near Narranderra. I follow a Facebook page that features Australian pubs that … Continue reading

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On the road to Tassie

4th November, 2017. It was touch and go whether we would have our van back in time to make our run to Melbourne to catch the Spirit of Tasmania on November 12th but many thanks to Allweld Manufacturing in Tinana … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 22

26th September, 2017. Our last day in Vietnam and we were saying goodbye to our fellow travellers who were heading in different directions. As we had a few hours before our transfer to the airport, we revisited the markets to … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 21

25th September, 2017. Our last full day in Vietnam and a little more touring of Ho Chi Minh City. The beautiful Municipal Theatre aka Saigon Opera House, a lovely example of French Colonial architecture. Apparently this hotel was frequented by … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 20

24th September, 2017. Today we had the choice between an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels or a walk through Ho Chi Minh City. Erich opted for the tunnels while I decided to explore the inner city with a couple … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 19

23rd September, 2017. On our first full day in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), we had a coach tour of many of the notable sights with a very knowledgeable guide. Notre-Dame Catholic Cathedral. Unfortunately we couldn’t go inside as … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 18

22nd September, 2017. This morning’s adventure would take us on the river for a tour of the floating market. Not a tourist market as one finds in Bangkok, for example, but a trade market where farmers from near and far … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 17

21st September, 2017. Our hotel in Long Xuyen with our coach ready to take us on the day’s adventure. One of the main reasons for our unofficial organised tour was to visit a couple of schools in the village where … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 16

20th September, 2017. We enjoyed our breakfast in the open air restaurant at our My Tho hotel, watching the river traffic and the locals getting their morning exercise swimming in the river. The really dedicated ones were swimming up river … Continue reading

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