Category Archives: 2017 – our trips during the year

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

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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Vietnam 2017 – Part 15

9th September, 2017. The day dawned clear after overnight rain but it promised to be an extremely humid day not a happy prospect as we would be visiting areas where Australian troops had been based during the Vietnam War. The … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 14

18th September, 2017. We had a mid-morning flight with VietJet Air from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and, with the airport being located so close to the city, there was not too much rush with checking out … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 13

17th September, 2017. Leaving our hotel in Hoi An, we were again transferred by mini-van to our coach located outside the old town and were soon on our way back to Da Nang, our overnight stop prior to our flight … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 12

16th September, 2017. Erich was out early to wander the streets around our hotel before the day heated up. The bridge leading from our hotel side of the river to the main part of town. We walked across it many … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 11

15th September, 2017. Leaving Hue behind we headed south with today’s destination being Hoi An. As we drove through the outlying parts of town we saw significant amounts of damage to property and infrastructure from a storm the previous night. … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 10

14th September, 2017. Today we had the choice of touring the Imperial Palace in Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, with our knowledgeable guide, Anh, or a cyclo tour around the perimeter of the Citadel and parts of the … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 9

13th September, 2017. As we had arrived at our hotel quite late, Erich went out early the next morning to explore the area. Our hotel looked quite impressive in daylight. It was located directly opposite the beach giving Erich a … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017- Part 8

12th September, 2017. Whilst waiting for our coach to arrive to take us to the airport for our flight to Dong Hoi, Erich did a bit of people watching outside our hotel in Hanoi. Our route to the airport took … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 7

11th September, 2017. We arrived back in Hanoi in time to head straight to dinner but, due to fatigue or illness, a number of people opted to skip the meal and go straight to the hotel which was a shame … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 6

9th & 10th September, 2017. Leaving the Trang An Complex just after lunch, we were expecting another long drive of 4 hours or so to Ha Long Bay. As we neared our destination a couple of people were desperate for … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 5

8th & 9th September, 2017. We were woken early again by this creature which seems to live on the balcony of a nearby building. I couldn’t remember the last time I had been woken by a rooster! Today we were … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 4

7th September, 2017. We were looking forward to today’s visit to a small village about 11kms from Sa Pa. Populated mainly by the Hmong people, Ta Van, while feeling very remote and quite primitive, is nevertheless a popular day trip … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 3

6th September, 2017. We got off to an early start for our coach trip to Sa Pa, a popular tourist destination some 320 kms north west of Hanoi, close to the Chinese border. The freeway to Lao Cai was completed … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 2

5th September, 2017. Following our early morning walk around Hoan Kiem Lake we set off in our coach touring various sites in Hanoi. Vietnamese National Assembly House. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, unfortunately closed for annual maintenance. Changing of the Guard. … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 1

3rd – 5th September, 2017. Our trip to Vietnam was to be a private group tour that had been recommended to us by a fellow resident of our village; a first for us as we normally prefer to organise our … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Vancouver

15-17th July, 2017. Returning the motorhome to Traveland in Langley was as uneventful as the pickup and we were soon in a taxi heading to our hotel in Vancouver where we would spend two nights before our flight back to … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Othello Tunnels

12th July, 2017. A place of interest not far from Hope is the Othello Tunnels, a series of 5 tunnels and several bridges formerly part of the Kettle Valley Railway running in almost a straight line through a gorge. Opened … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Hope

10-14th July, 2017. Over the weekend we became increasingly concerned about the wildfires that were closing whole areas of central British Columbia. We were due to return the motorhome to Langley near Vancouver on the 15th and already the southern … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Peachland

6-9th July, 2017. One of the things we were most looking forward to during our 30 days motorhoming around western Canada was catching up with old friends, Johanna and Mike. We got to know each other in the early 2000s … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Wells Gray Provincial Park to Vernon

4-5th July, 2017. Despite the dozens of mosquito bites we took away from the Wells Gray Provincial Park, we thoroughly enjoyed our two nights there and were glad we made the detour. We retraced our route south to Clearwater and … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Wells Gray Provincial Park

3rd July, 2017. Following a dreadful night being kept awake by about a million mosquitoes in the motorhome, we decided to explore further into the park. Not far back on the main road north was the turn off to Helmcken … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Valemount to Wells Gray Provincial Park

2nd July, 2017. With another early start, we continued south to the town of Clearwater where we stopped at the Visitor Centre to ask about the road north to Wells Gray Provincial Park where we hoped to camp for a … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Jasper to Valemount

1st July, 2017. Canada Day dawned overcast and raining. As we needed fuel and retail outlets, as far as we knew, would only be open till midday we made an early start from Jasper Gates RV Park. Fuelling up near … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Icefields Parkway Part 2

30th June, 2017. It was another glorious day for the second part of the Icefields Parkway heading towards Jasper. We got off to an early start hoping to beat those pesky tourists to the good viewpoints. The view from Goats … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Icefields Parkway Part 1

29th June, 2017. After the drizzly day yesterday we woke to glorious sunshine again and quickly packed up and headed back through Kickinghorse Pass and then turned north onto the Icefields Parkway, 227kms of road also known as Highway 93. … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Yoho National Park

28th June, 2017. Leaving Canmore behind, we decided to drive back into British Columbia over Kicking Horse Pass to see the Takakkaw Waterfall in the Yoho National Park. Once again there were massive roadworks taking place making it a slow … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Banff, Lake Louise & the Bow Valley Parkway Part 2

27th June, 2017. Moving on from the bear, we arrived at the Lake Louise Gondola which is quite a distance from Lake Louise itself. We had the choice of taking a gondola or a chairlift to the top. Remembering Swiss … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Banff, Lake Louise & the Bow Valley Parkway Part 1

27th June, 2017. As mentioned in the previous post, not being able to stay at Banff or Lake Louise turned out for the best for us. Both places were teeming with people and we certainly would not have enjoyed staying … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Blairmore to Canmore, Alberta

25th– 26th June, 2017. Having studied the map to find the best route north whilst avoiding Calgary, we decided to take the Kananaskis Trail, a road that is closed from 1st December until 14th June. We really had no idea … Continue reading

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