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Nov 10, 2013 - Across the Bass Strait

(Ben) It was with much excitement that we prepared to board the Spirit of Tasmania and head for that part of our country which lies overseas. Well, the kids were excited anyway ... the prospect of a night sitting in a recliner wasn't doing much for the excitement levels of the parents. Still, getting to Tasmania was a pretty cool prospect. The kids had plenty of time to have their enthusiasm dampened with the queue of cars and caravans lining up at check-in taking a couple of hours to inch its way onto the boat. They did pretty well keeping...

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Mar 8, 2013 - Days 42-50 UPDATE NOTES-Scottsdale, Launceston & Devonport

Hi All, We left St Helens on the east coast then stayed at a free camp (not a caravan park) for one night and ran into a couple who we had previously run into before 4 times in various places here. Getting to the north coast from the east coast was a lot of fun. Typical for Tasmania the roads were narrow, winding and going up and down hill like the proverbial. The trip took 4 “passes”, steep and even more narrow than the average road here. One thing we have worked out, if you can tow a large caravan in Tasmania you can tow it anywhere in...

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Touring Tasmania

Jan 1, 2013 - Cradle mountain national park

We hadden schitterend weer in Devonport (noordkust) en zijn dan doorgereden naar Cradle Mountain. Daar was het nog 13 graden en koud. Cradle Mountain is een natuurpark waar je niet met de wagen in kan. Via kleine busjes wordt je tot diep in het park gebracht waar mooie en steile wandelroutens liggen te wachten. Het weer is hier heel verraderlijk : ik ben handschoenen gaan kopen en we hebben onze warmste kleren aangedaan en enkele uren later is het 25 graden en warm om dan weer af te koelen met een regenbui. We logeren hier 2 nachten en 's...

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Dec 23, 2012 - Spirit of Tasmania

Day 29 Wk5 Sunday. Today we had to set the alarm for 5am as we had to be at the ferry ready to board for Tassie by 6.30 am. Took only 26 min to get to the ferry from the caravan park (after it taking us an hour doing a trial run trip on Friday. No real hassle boarding just a bit time consuming, as to be expected with having to load 1400 people and a lot of vehicles. We were checked in and loaded and upstairs by 7:45. I had booked Ocean recliners which were very good, we had a window seat and the seats are booked in our name so no one else...

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Apr 4, 2011 - Devonport Revisited

Devonport – 18 March to 20 March (2 nights) The 124km drive from Stanley to Devonport was fairly straight forward and was mostly spent on dual carriageways. This is the last leg of our Tassie trip and we returned to Devonport to catch the Spirit of Tasmania ferry back to Melbourne. In summary, the Tassie experience was one of beautiful scenery, rugged mountains, twisty turny steep roads, sometimes freezing weather, sometimes strange (but always friendly) people - a most wonderful and memorable experience. The whole time you get the feeling...

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Living the Dream

Mar 9, 2011 - Devonport

hier legt die spirit auf tasmania an, nachdem sie die stets unruhige bassstrait ab melbourne ueberquert hat, wir campierten beim leuchthaus unter papageien, hasen und andrem getier und sahen abends im kino "the king's speech" -guter film, empfehlenswert.

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Feb 18, 2011 - Devonport

Devonport – 10 February to 14 February (4 nights) The day we left the mainland for our stint in Tasmania, we started early, and I mean EARLY, with us getting up at 4:30am to be ready to leave at 5:00am for the 1 hour drive to the Ferry Terminal. The trip was uneventful, but noteworthy for the number of cyclists that were on the road at that time of the morning. I’m not sure if there’s some event about to happen and that they’re all out training, but there were hundreds of the mongrels, taking up valuable road space, when a perfectly...

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Living the Dream

Jul 11, 2010 - The Walls of Jerusalem!

Ik ga op zoek naar de beste deal in autoverhuur in Launceston. Na een wandelzoektocht, en een vergelijkende studie neem ik een beslissing. Het wordt de Toyota Yaris van Thrifty en dit tot komende donderdag. Tegen 1100 ben ik, nadat ik m’n bagage aan het Arthouse heb opgehaald, op weg. Het is toch even wennen zo terug aan het stuur op de openbare weg. Het ontbreken van een ontkoppelingspedaal, het feit dat het stuur averechts staat en ik bijgevolg links moet rijden helpen ook niet echt. Ik avontuur mezelf uit de relatieve drukte van...

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Australia 2010

Sep 18, 2009 - Die Bass Strait ist kein Muehlenteich

Um 6 Uhr morgens wurden wir alle von einer netten weiblichen Stimme geweckt, doch bitte unsere Ärsche aus den Sesseln zu schwingen und das Schiff zu verlassen. Allerdings hat sich mir der Sinn nicht entschlossen uns zu wecken, obwohl der Kapitän noch ne geschlagene Stunde gebraucht hat um den Kahn in dem engen Hafen von Devonport in die richtige Position zu manöverieren, da hätte ich auch locker noch pennen können. Runter vom Schiffchen erstmal vom Quarantänehund beschnuppert worden, natürlich hat er die Äpfel gerochen die mal zwei Tage in...

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Feb 10, 2009 - Sea Horses, Platypus, Echidnas, Wallabies, Kangaroos and Wombats to name a few!!!

After a fantastic night's sleep we drove to Port Sorell and did some shopping for staples, window shopped at the real estate agencies, visited the information centre that suggested we vist the Narawntapu National Park at dusk so we took their advice and visited the fruit and vegetable shop and the bakery/cafe for the much needed coffee, oh we also bought some damper and sliced bread!!! We drove to Beaconsfield and visited the mine site where the tragedy and the rescue occured in 2006. We got to experience the cramped and dark area that the...

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Feb 9, 2009 - Arriving into Tasmania, Seeing Arty Cows, Eating Cherries and Rasberries

We were given a wake up call at 6.15am and went for breakfast on deck 7. We then were the first floors to depart the ferry, we actually forgot which floor the car and caravan were on. So there were many waiting for us to leave before they could. We then drove to LaTrobe caravan park, unhitched the caravan and headed back into Devonport to have another breakfast. After eating and buying the girls some new sneakers, we drove and did the tourist thing of stopping at the cherry shed bought some yummies for dessert tonight and some cherries,...

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Jan 25, 2009 - On to Devenport and the ferry

Sunday January 25 It was another sunny and windy day as we drove from Launceston to Devenport, stopping for a morning coffee at Deloraine. This little town had small silver coloured sculptures of sports and activities placed at every street corner, so we snapped a photo of Gary with a shepherd and sheep dog. We drove on through very pleasant rolling countryside with lots of dairy cattle, sheep, crops ready for harvest, including one unusual crop we had difficulty identifying until we saw the warning sign and stopped to take photographs....

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