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Nov 20, 2015 - Strachan to Hobart

Got a bit behind with this log and now I have to remember where we have been. We travelled from Strahan on the west coast of Tasmania across to Hobart, travelling through Queenstown. The distance is not so great but the road, while in good condition is very narrow, windy and steep, so deriving speed is quite slow, also it is so scenic that time is needed to take it all in. From Strahan to Queenstoen it is through thick wilderness and at the moment the wild flowers are in full bloom so the bush is full of colour. Many of the exposed...

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Oct 16, 2015 - Hobart Redux

Our 1,900 km drive around Tasmania was a great experience. We were really able to go where & when we wanted to, and see the countryside & stop to look closer if we wanted to. The island is less than 200 miles wide or long, and so it doesn't take all that long to get places. The roads were in very good condition, even the un-paved ones (gravel the 'C' roads). The sad sight was the quantity of road-kill, particularly outside of the urban areas. I guess the positive perspective is that there is a lot of wildlife. It was nice to return back to...

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Oct 4, 2015 - Down to the Devil

Flight from Melbourne, South Australia to Hobart, Tasmania is only an hour & 15 minutes. We are going to rent a car for our stay in Tassie, as it is affectionately referred, due to a relative lack of public transportation into the remote areas where we want to go. I'm also going to switch the Trip Journal map to Tasmania specific to show more detail. We spent a few days in the Tassie capital, Hobart which is on the southern coast of the island. Found a nice house available thru Air BnB right at Battery Point. Great harbour views and a ten...

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Sep 21, 2015 - Home!

We arrived in Melbourne about 3:45, got our luggage, and went through customs . Then a short walk through the rather fresh evening (morning?) to the Parkroyal. Our rom was ready! We had long hot showers and changed. By now it was after 5! J checked the flight to Hobart and we decided we would have to get up at 6:15 to have time to check in! So we had 1 hr lying in the dark, too tired to sleep, and waiting for the alarm. We didn't take long to dress and head back over to check in. Luckily we were early because the flight was 10 mins earlier...

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Jul 28, 2015 - Yeti sighted at Hobart airport

golly is on his way! Now in Melbourne waiting patiently. C is very relaxed which isn't normal when about to fly. J is struggling with a dodgy foot - limping along with a fair bit of pain. Aspirins are being popped! Loving daughter said he was an old cripple and master H said grandad was a prickle!, And clever daughter put miss G in an angora dress so J's dark grey trousers are covered in fur - legs like a Yeti! Airports are either frantic or boring - today it's boring. The most activity we are getting is trying to jump out of the path of...

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Apr 4, 2015 - Back to Hobart

FOBTs, Please revisit my 2 April update. I added a lot of pictures, and amended the verbiage to some degree. There will be no pictures with this particular update. This evening I am back in Hobart, well actually between Hobart and the airport. As I reflect on my whirlwind visit to Tasmania, I am grateful to have included this island state in my itinerary. Some of its topography reminded me of South Australia (Adelaide's state) with rolling plains, broken by lines and/or copses of trees. It also has elements of New Zealand's volcanic hill...

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Apr 1, 2015 - Hobart

Hobart FOBTs, I am now down in Tasmania, which is a large island off the southern coast of Australia. Hobart is the capital, and is located in the southern part of the island. As I mentioned in my New Zealand update on the Milford Sound, a Dutch explorer named Abel Tasman sailed all over this area. The Tasman Sea and Tasmania are named after him. Hobart is a much smaller city than Melbourne. In fact, the airport has no jet bridges. You have to deplane using rolling sets of stairs, and the airport has only one baggage conveyor. A curious...

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Mar 18, 2015 - Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Australia chapter Tasmania has to say about the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: “The museum and gallery incorporates Hobart’s oldest building, the Commissariat Store (1808). The museum features Aboriginal displays and colonial relics; the gallery curates a collection of Tasmanian colonial art.” KAPOORS ON THE ROAD @@@@@@@

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Mar 18, 2015 - Battery Point & Sandy Bay

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Australia chapter Tasmania has to say about Battery Point and Sandy Bay: An empty rum bottle’s throw from the once notorious Sullivans Cove waterfront is a nest of tiny 19th-century cottages and laneways. The old maritime village of Battery Point takes its name from the 1818 gun battery that stood on the promontory. Spend a few hours exploring. Battery Point’s liquored-up alehouses on Hampden Road have been refitted as cafes and restaurants, and cater to a less raucous clientele....

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Mar 17, 2015 - Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Australia chapter Tasmania has to say about the Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site: “Ruminating over the court rooms, cells and gallows here, writer TG Ford mused, ‘As the Devil was going through Hobart Gaol, he saw a solitary cell; and the Devil was pleased for it gave him a hint, for improving the prisons in hell.” It’s a bit grim, but it is an intact remnant of early Hobart Town. KAPOORS ON THE ROAD @@@@@@@

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Mar 15, 2015 - Hobart, Tasmania

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Australia chapter Tasmania has to say about Hobart: “Australia’s second-oldest city and southernmost capital lies at the foothills of Mt Wellington on the banks of the Derwent River. Hobart’s waterfront areas around Sullivans Cove – Macquarie Wharf, Constitution Dock, Salamanca Place and Battery Point – are simply gorgeous with their neat Georgian buildings and the towering bulk of Mt Wellington behind. The town’s rich colonial heritage and natural charms are accented by a...

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Mar 10, 2015 - Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Pete called to tell us that the ship would be spending two days in Hobart, Tasmania, rather than fighting the typhoon in Fiji. Tasmania is an island just south of Australia and is part of the Commonwealth of Australia. He also sent us a beautiful picture of a rainbow there! He was excited that he did not have any gigs on the 1st evening there so would be able to stay in town as late as he wanted. An internet news site posted the following article about the ship: FIJI'S LOSS IS TASMANIA'S GAIN The unexpected return of the largest ever cruise...

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