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Days 95 – 97 in Tassie

21st February, 2018. With no real destination in mind, we took to the country roads east of Oatlands. The once impressive Railway Hotel in Parattah was our first stop. Not for any refreshments as it is firmly closed as is … Continue reading

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Days 91 – 94 in Tassie

17th February, 2018. Time to move on again, heading west across to the Midland Highway, the main north-south artery running through the centre of the island, and then south to Campbell Town. There is a 48 hour free camp within … Continue reading

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Days 89 & 90 in Tassie

15th February, 2018. Time to move inland again and the day’s destination was St Marys but first we had to tow the van up St Marys Pass. As we were leaving St Helens we heard truckies talking over the two-way … Continue reading

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Day 87 and 88 in Tassie

13th February, 2018. Another beautiful day so we headed north to The Gardens, the end of this particular coast road. Words can’t really describe how beautiful it is. On the drive back to Swimcart Beach, we stopped in at a … Continue reading

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Day 84 in Tassie

10th February, 2018. A quiet day with nothing planned so Erich returned to the Blowhole for some more photographs in the sunshine. What a difference to the colours the sun makes.

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Day 78 in Tassie

4th February, 2018. The cruise around Maria Island was our 5th boat trip in Tassie and, while they have all been wonderful and unique, this was, in our opinion, the best. If one can only do one boat trip in … 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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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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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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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 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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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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Wandoan Show 2017 – Part 4

On Monday, a full program was provided for those who wished to participate. In the morning a bus trip to Possum Park, originally a WWII ammunition bunker which has now been converted to a cabin and caravan park while retaining … Continue reading

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Wandoan Show 2017 – Part 3

Following an ecumenical church service at the Juandah Historical Village, we were treated to a camp oven lunch prepared and cooked by members of the Juandah Historical Society. The fires were lit at 3.30am so that the coals would be … Continue reading

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Wandoan Show 2017 – Part 2

Friday was the first official day of the two day Show and Erich was out early to capture photos of some the local birds. Apostle bird Female Red-rumped Parrot Varigated Fairy-Wren Indian (Common) Myna Jacky Winter We headed out to … Continue reading

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Wandoan Show 2017 – Part 1

Our first trip for this year was a week away at the small country town of Wandoan as part of a group of fellow residents of RV Homebase to attend the annual “Show”. The founder of RV Homebase began this … Continue reading

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Lithium (LiFePo4) batteries

My LiFePo4 post from 2013 (https://nussbaumerweb.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/lithium-lifepo4-batteries/) on this blog still receives a lot of views. More than 3 years later it is seriously out of date. For a starter, the Kedron was sold together with the LiFePo4 batteries back in … Continue reading

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Days 114-122 – Heading for Home – Elliott NT to Maryborough Qld

22nd September, 2016. Elliott to Wonarah Bore Longreach Waterhole was the last of our multi-night camps as the weather was now too hot for us to linger in the north. Lawn Hill and Porcupine Gorge will have to wait for … Continue reading

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Days 111-113 – Longreach Waterhole NT

19th – 21st September, 2016. Following very heavy rain overnight, we had a rather messy time packing up in the morning to move on. We had been greatly anticipating our stop over at Longreach Waterhole, just west of Elliott on … Continue reading

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Days 108-110 – Bitter Springs

16th – 18th September, 2016. We had been tracking our mail forwarded from RV Homebase and expected that it would be in Katherine when we passed through on Friday. The Express Post article had been scanned through Winnellie NT sorting … Continue reading

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Days 106-107 – Sullivan Creek Rest Area

14th -15th September, 2016. Our drive out of Keep River NP was a little easier than our drive in as our tyres were cold and therefore had significantly lower pressure. Still we took it easy just to be sure. We … Continue reading

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Days 104-106 – Keep River National Park

12th – 13th September, 2016. On the road again and heading for the WA/NT border, we stopped briefly in Kununurra to restock the larder and refuel and then we were in the Northern Territory again. Last year we passed the … Continue reading

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Days 102-103 – Purnululu National Park aka The Bungle Bungles

10th-11th September, 2016. Today our destination is Spring Creek Rest Area on the Great Northern Highway about 500m south of the entrance to the Bungle Bungles access road. We had been debating whether it was too hot to attempt the … Continue reading

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Days 95-97 – Heading back to Broome

3rd-5th September, 2016. Having left Dampier early, we were soon back on the North West Coastal Highway heading towards Port Hedland. The roadworks that had been in place when we headed south from Port Hedland at the intersection with the … Continue reading

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Day 101 – Ngumban Cliff Rest Area

9th September, 2016. We got away in good time from Broome’s Gateway on Friday morning but not before Erich took a few last photos. Today we planned to go to Fitzroy Crossing to check out the Geikie Gorge boat tour. … Continue reading

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Days 98-100 – Broome for the third time

6th-8th September, 2016. Well here we were again, back in Broome for the third time! We honestly thought when we left last time that we would not return again but it was 10,000kms of travel since our last vehicle service … Continue reading

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Day 93 – Millstream-Chichester National Park

1st September, 2016. Instead of taking the van down to the Millstream campground, we decided to make our visit a day trip from Dampier. It was around 100kms of good sealed road before we turned on to gravel to head … Continue reading

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Days 91-94 – Dampier and surrounds 2

2nd September, 2016. We decided to make a day trip to the towns of Point Samson, Cossack and Roebourne and to include some Geocaching along the way. It started out a beautiful morning for Erich’s walk by the bay. The … Continue reading

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Days 91-94 – Dampier and surrounds 1

30th August – 2nd September, 2016. Leaving Cape Range National Park, we retraced our route to Exmouth where we collected our mail, restocked with groceries, filled our tanks with water at the Information Centre and refuelled before heading back down … Continue reading

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Days 88-90 – Cape Range National Park

27th-29th August, 2016. The day finally arrived when we could book in to our camp site at Kurrajong in the Cape Range National Park. We got away early from Minilya after fuelling up at the roadhouse and began the drive … Continue reading

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Days 86 & 87 – Minilya Rest Area

25th & 26th August, 2016. Our original plan had been to retrace our steps from Mt Augustus past Kennedy Range, back to Gascoyne Junction and then to Carnarvon to do our restocking. However, on consulting the map we decided it … Continue reading

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Days 84 & 85 – Mt Augustus National Park

23rd & 24th August, 2016. We had been in two minds about whether to visit Mt Augustus National Park or not. I had not been able to find out much about what there was to do until we got to … Continue reading

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Days 81-83 – Kennedy Range National Park

20th-22nd August, 2016. We headed north from Wooramel Station to the intersection where the North West Coastal Highway meets the Carnarvon to Gascoyne Junction road approximately 6km east of the coastal town of Carnarvon. There was a convenient fuel depot … Continue reading

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Day 80 – Hamelin Pool Stromatolites

19th August, 2016. Leaving Kalbarri, we drove east towards the North West Coastal Highway which would take us north to Carnarvon from there we would head further east towards the Kennedy Ranges National Park. We had already decided not to … Continue reading

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Days 76-79 – Kalbarri River Gorges

16th August, 2016. With a beautiful day in the offing, we decided to visit all the river gorges in the National Park, starting with those farthest away and work our way back towards town. First was Hawks Head with an … Continue reading

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Days 76-79 – Kalbarri Coast 2

We spent our second day in Kalbarri NP exploring the river gorges, the third day was rainy and windy all day so on our final day which was windy but fine, we decided to return to complete the coast walks. … Continue reading

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Days 76-79 – Kalbarri Coast 1

15th-18th August, 2016 There is no free camping in Kalbarri and, as we like to be flexible in our travelling, we rarely book ahead unless there is no other option. Arriving at a caravan park recommended to us, we found … Continue reading

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Day 76 – Northampton WA

15th August, 2016. We said our farewells to Bev and Frans again as they were moving on to follow the wildflowers while we were finally heading to Geraldton to collect my long awaited glasses. For our last evening together we … Continue reading

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Days 71 & 72 – Three Springs

10th & 11th August, 2016. We parted company with Bev and Frans as they were going to Dongara to have their vehicle serviced and, as we were still waiting for my new glasses to arrive in Geraldton, we headed further … Continue reading

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Day 69 – The Pinnacles

8th August, 2016. During our stay at Lake Indoon we decided to make a day trip south to The Pinnacles which Erich last visited with his father in the early 1980s. It is quite a stunning natural phenomenon formed by … Continue reading

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Days 67-70 – Lake Indoon

6th-9th August, 2016. It was just a short drive from Cliff Head to Lake Indoon and we were lucky to find a good campsite to fit both rigs right above the lake shore. Our first sighting of a Fan Tailed … Continue reading

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Days 65 & 66 – Cliff Head

4th-5th August, 2016. Unfortunately, as predicted, light rain began falling overnight. By morning there had been an exodus of other campers leaving just us, Bev and Frans and people in a camper trailer. We debated whether to chance staying but … Continue reading

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Day 64 – Coalseam Conservation Park

3rd August, 2016. Leaving Mullewa and turning on to the road leading to Mingenew, we found another exhibit on the Art Drive Mid West route. Recycled old tyres made to look like teacups filled with wildflowers not yet in bloom. … Continue reading

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Day 63 – Mullewa Last Impressions

2nd August, 2016. There was not much left for us to see around Mullewa but Erich photographed a few of the buildings and then we went for another drive out to have a look at the Wreath Flowers north of … Continue reading

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Day 62 – Mullewa Day Trip

1st August, 2016. There are a number of interesting walks and drives that can be taken from Mullewa and we chose to do two of them that day. But first Erich was out early for his “oil pulling” walk. It … Continue reading

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Day 61 – Mullewa Wildflower Trail

31st July, 2016. The day started out nice and sunny with a gentle breeze, perfect for doing the washing, or so I, and a number of other people at the caravan thought. Within an hour, the rains came along with … Continue reading

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