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Feb 14, 2014 - Freycinet National Park

We checked out of our motel in Swansea, and went to the grocery store across the street for supplies (lunch and breakfast, a picnic cooler, etc.). We drove around to Coles Bay and the Freycinet (pronounced Fray-si-nay) National Park Visitor Center. We started with a short walk down to the beach from the Visitor Center. Some good shells on the beach, but it is a national park—we aren’t supposed to take any. Next we drove on to the Wineglass Bay parking lot. A couple of wallabies were hanging around the lot, no doubt hoping to be fed. As...

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Jan 13, 2011 - Day 17 - Coles Bay to Hobart

Vital Statistics Distance : 250K Diesel Price Swansea : $1.42 Fuel Economy : 11.1 Daily Diary What a night! The wind blew a gale all evening and the rain fell in torrents. We later learnt from mum that Tasmania was experiencing record January rainwall with St Helens (which we had left ony a day or two ago) receiving torrential rain at levels never recorded before. Not surprisingly no one slept well as the rain feel and the wind blew. The campsite Peter had been cursing about only days before turned out to be a blessing from God as the...

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Jan 12, 2011 - Day 16 - Coles Bay

It poured all night and was to continue raining all day. We had contemplated checking out early from Coles Bay and travelling to Hobart early. However, we were too lazy, and decided to stay inside the caravan all day instead. We read, slept and played games all morning. Everything in Coles Bay is incredibly expensive. Lise bought a loaf of bread and 2 litres of milk the previous day and spent $10.20! So, our challenge was to making our existing supplies last until we got to Hobart. Bek made pancakes for lunch. We watched a movie “Muma...

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Jan 11, 2011 - Day 15 - Coles Bay

Everyone is grumpy this morning. The rain has stopped, however it is still overcast. We woke up around 8:30 and took us a long time to get going. We decided to explore Freyicent National Park today. We paid the National Park entry fee and setoff on the Wineglass Bay walk around 11. Wineglass Bay did not disappoint. The unusually shaped bay with pure white sand and crystal clear blue water was amazing, especially as the clouds were low that day and shrouded the peaks of the "hazard" mountain range enclosing the bay in mist. We had read...

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Jan 10, 2011 - Day 14 - St Helens to Coles Bay

Vital Statistics Distance : 127K Fuel Economy : 13.0 Diesel Coles Bay: $1.59 per litre Daily Diary We packed up the camper on a cold and dreary morning and left the caravan park around 9:30. We didn’t have far to go today - just over 120K, so we headed back into town to pillage the surf shops in town we missed yesterday. Fortunately the 2nd hand book shop opened at 10am, so the boys headed back to the shop to buy even more reading material while Bek added jacket to the shorts she had purchased the previous day. We left St Helens and the...

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Jul 13, 2010 - Mt Wellington to Coles Bay

Het was niet bepaald de beste nachtrust die ik al heb gehad aan deze kant van de wereld. Ik ben aldus wel extreem vroeg (zelfs voor mijn doen) terug op de baan, laat Hobart City voor wat het is en breng een bezoekje aan Mount Wellington “om de hoek”. De gebeurtenissen in Europa ten tijde van de Australische exploratie hebben blijkbaar menig ontdekker geinspireeerd bij het benoemen van wat ze vonden. Gisteren de Nelson Falls (euh ja das duidelijk he die zijn genoemd naar die keren van da standbeeld op Trafalgar Square in Londen), hier was...

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Jan 20, 2010 - Port Arthur-Freycinet NP

Vandaag Port Arthur bezocht. Zoals al gezegd ligt dit op het schiereiland van Tasman. Tasmanië heette vroeger Van Diemen Land, de naam die het in 1642 van Abel Tasman kreeg. Het was pas in 1855 dat men de naam veranderde in Tasmania ter ere van Abel Tasman. Port Arthur werd in 1830 gesticht als een houthakkerskamp maar werd al in 1833 omgevormd tot een strafkamp en tegen 1840 leefden er een 2000 mensen, het grootste deel veroordeelden en soldaten en wat burgers. Het sloot zijn deuren in 1877. Er werden rond dit gevangenenkamp geen muren...

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Oct 3, 2009 - Baywatch - The Bay of Fires and Wineglass Bay

Bay of Fires and Wineglass Bay. Friday 2nd October 2009 Blue skies today and we drive through fertile farmland on our way to St Helens and the Bay of Fires. Though once again we travel through lots of forests and hundreds of corners – Tasmania must have some of the twistiest roads we have ever driven! The Bay of Fires is really very nice with startlingly white sand, beautiful turquoise sea and nicely coloured rocks – and we have a very pleasant walk and picnic on the rocks! The accommodation options here are very limited so we decide to...

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Feb 13, 2009 - Unlimited Views

It was chilly again last night but our mattress held. We headed down to Coles Bay. On the way we stopped at a Blow hole by Port Arthur. We stopped at a road side trailer for lunch called 'Doolushus'. We had fish and calamari. The best fish and chips ever and for desert we had ice cream covered with fresh berries from the area. One of the highlights so far.. I would even put this on my weekly highlights. Then down the road for more wine tasting. We pulled off at the Milton Vineyard and then the Freycinet Wine Cellar. Then into the Freycinet...

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Jan 22, 2009 - East coast Tasmania

Thursday January 22 Today there was bad weather all across Tasmania and especially in Hobart. On the news there were trees down, cars damaged and the Tasman Bridge in Hobart was closed for a while due to strong winds (over 115 km an hour). We only experienced the winds when we reached Bichena where we had stopped for a coffee and had to move into the cafe to get out of the sand storm that suddenly blew in. When we started driving again there were branches all over the road and we had to turn back on the road half way to St Mary’s as there...

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Jan 21, 2009 - On the road up Tasmania's east coast

Wednesday January 21 We started the day by updating the travel journal courtesy of our landlady (Mary) who lent us her wireless internet ‘stick’. Upload time online is fairly expensive here in Australia, so that was very generous of her. I (Gary) must have been on-line for a good hour! We then left the B&B to take a leisurely walk around the harbour in Hobart, stopping for few pictures at a sculpture dedicated to the first Australian to explore Antarctica, a fellow by the name of Bernachi (sp?). At lunchtime today we met up with the...

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Mar 29, 2007 - Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australia

"Looks like we'll be in time for the 10:30 feeding" assured Dad as we drove toward Port Arthur. He was talking about Tasmanian Devils though, not convicts, and before long, we pulled into the parking lot of the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park. As we walked through the entrance, we could smell the creatures well before seeing them. Despite the offensive odor, we gathered around the low concrete wall surrounding one of three separate enclosures, each holding a different age group of devils. Three young pups lay in a heap sleeping...

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