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Mar 29, 2007 - Tazzie

I had a great 6 day tour of Tazzie, it was out of this world, the wheather was cool. the tour guide Andy was sound, he knew what he was talking about, and gave all of us loads of info about, all the history about tazzie. We walked i mean hiked alot, saw loads of waterfalls, (some not of there best), went canoning, quad biking. fed wallibes, and saw Tazzie devils fed that was really funny, as it was like tug of war. The group was a great bunch and we are all keeping in touch. i will send photos next time keep in touch take care love Kev xx

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Kev's Aussie Trip

Mar 26, 2007 - Tour to Hobart

The following morning we soon reached Queenstown, an old tin mining town sitting among barren mountains. Due to the tin mine nearby many of the trees for miles around had been felled for fuel and the resulting acid rain had killed forests further afield. These days the tin mining activities have been stopped but the scars on the landscape remain. As is the case with the rain forests of the Amazon once the land has been cleared a lot of the top soil washes away reducing soil fertility and leaving the land only good for grass or a shrub...

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Mar 25, 2007 - Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

"They're starting to go" warned Mom as we were finishing our breakfast in our camper. We were in line to board The Spirit Of Tasmania, a large ferry that would haul us 420 km from Melbourne to Devonport. Dad started the engine and began our crawl into the ship's cavernous hold. It would take about seven hours to cross the Bass Straight, so we grabbed our books, laptop, snacks, and headed to the upper decks to find a comfortable place to relax for the day. Brilliant sunlight bounced of the white walls of the vessel, which seemed even whiter...

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Mar 4, 2007 - Hobart: Koalas and Kangaroos

Today we docked at Hobart, at the southern end of the Island/State of Tasmania. A bit of a dreary day, but given our plans for sightseeing, we're just happy it's not raining. But it is threatening. We boarded our tour bus shortly after docking and getting clearance from the harbour officials and began a quick trip from Hobart to Bonorang Wildlife Park. The Park is both zoo and sanctuary to a number of animals that are unique to Australia, with some animals (like wombats) brought here as orphans and raised till they're old enough to be...

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Goin' Down, Under

Feb 24, 2007 - Tassie

From Brisbane our plan all along had been to head up North to Darwin but after digging a little deeper into the details we decided it wasn't the best time of year to head in that direction. Searing heat and flooding keeps many of the main attractions in that region unreachable or at the vesy least, less enjoyable than later on the in the year. Apparently it's best to visit the Northen Territory in June - August. So....we pulled a 180 and booked a flight to Tasmania (aka Tassie). It was a great call. Natalie always wanted to go and the...

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Feb 23, 2007 - Australian Antarctic Division

Awoke to drizzle again on South Bruny. Nothing could dampen our spirits though...the promise of a nice hot shower and clean clothes! Took the ferry back to Kettering at 10 am. Pierre was showing signs of caffeine withdrawal. Got to the AAD by 10:30 am. What a gem of information on the Antarctic. Got some free maps produced by the AAD. The department administers to 42% of Antarctica. And the cafe had the best coffee so far and the least expensive at A$2.00 for a 'flat white'. Made it to the Hobart Aquatic Centre by noon to have our long...

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Feb 22, 2007 - Tasmania

Hey kids, long time no see. Or write. Well, after the mysterious disappearance of January, February has gone exactly the same way. Time flies, etc. Actually I've had a very productive month, naturally lots of boozing and socialising, the occasional burst of tuneful karaoke, and just still having an awesome time. Highlights this month - lots more drinking, even more drunken karaoke (of course), the Good Vibrations music festival (featuring Snoop Dogg and The Beastie Boys, no less), and plenty of slacking/beachgoing/enjoying the Sydney...

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Feb 20, 2007 - Newdegate Cave and Tahune AirWalk

Today we decided to make a full day of touring the Huon Trail. We drove to the very southeast of Tassie to take in the 600 million year old dolomite cave near Hastings (shout out to Craiger!). Then we drove to Geeveston to get our tickets to the Tahune AirWalk. Forestry Tasmania's initiative, it's a 600m trail of steel, 30m above the forest floor...a walk with the giants! Next we took did the Huon Pine Walk along the Huon River. The Huon pine only grows 1mm per year. They've all been wiped out by logging in the 1840s. The pine are only...

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Feb 19, 2007 - Huon Bush Retreat

This morning at Mt. Field (Land of the Giants campground) awoken at 2 am by chickens on the other side of the Tyenna River. Cockateels shreiking again...shouldn't complain I know. We went up the Lake Dobson Road to the Lyrebird Nature Walk. This walk was typical of the mixed forest - rainforest species and eucalypts you will find at Mt. Field N.P. Reported our platypus siting at the Visitors centre, played at the park and then set off for New Norfolk. Shopping, library (internet) and lunch in New Norfolk. What a pretty little town, lots of...

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Feb 17, 2007 - Hobart, Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

The first day of our Christchurch visit we witnessed a marvellous spectacle. Just outside our cabin window on the port side there appeared a flock of birds at about 7.30a.m... They stayed with the ship until night fell when they disappeared as quickly as they arrived. The flock was made up of ten small birds and a large albatross. The small birds had swept wings with dark brown backs and white undersides. They flew alongside the ship just above the waves and just above the forward speed of the vessel. Amazingly they did not seem to flap...

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Feb 12, 2007 - Final day of trip

Our accomodation in Port Arthur was a house that had been converted into a small hostel next to the grave yard. We walked through the grave yard to get to the remains of the Port Arthur Prison. You could not help but look at the graves and notice however many folk died at a young age - although the main grave yard was on a small island (Island of the Dead), which was within the Port Arthur harbour. The first thing to strike you about Port Arthur is it's size - again only about 10 houses. The Prison is also quite remakable in that it has the...

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Feb 9, 2007 - Whined and dined

The girls excitement at flying was short-lived - the first whine was registered in U.S. customs in Toronto. Our take-off from Terminal 1 was an hour late which caused a little anxiety at LAX. The girls were asleep on the tarmack in LAX (3 am Toronto time) and woke up somewhere across the south Pacific. Qantas was lovely...plenty of opportunities to sleep and great food. Pierre had some good chats with Aaron who's in the U.S. reserves and heading to Afghanistan next month. Arriving in Tasmania yesterday afternoon was so surreal. It is truly...

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