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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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Feb 6, 2007 - Tasmania Here I Come!

A short flight form Melbourne is Tasmania. I am exited as I am going to meet up with Nigel and Mandy tomorrow - the last time I saw them was 10 years ago when Nigel left VT. Since then they have had two little ones - which I am to meet. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - I had a splendid afternoon and evening with Nigel, Mandy, Dom and Mikey. We headed back to Margate - a small town where Nigel, Manady and family live - just by a lake. It reminded me of being in Sweden and staying with my Aunt and Uncle. Nigel canoe's to...

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Jan 19, 2007 - Convicts, Devils & Kangeroos!

This morning was spent walking around Port Arthur learning all about their convict history and what happened there. It was really quite interesting and loved walking around. Some places had been perserved and others due to fire or other reasons where more in ruins. After lunch we were off to an animal conservatory where we got to watch the Tasmanian Devils, have lunch and then later on we all got a chance to pet and feed kangeroos. That was definitely a very neat experience. This took up a large part of the day and we made a few stops on...

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Jan 7, 2007 - Hobart, TAS

HOBART - Sunday 17th December to Monday 18th (Days 51 & 52) Starting the day with another visit to Port Arthur to see some more buildings we hadn't managed to see the previous day we then set out for the short trip to Hobart. We stopped along the way at the Tasmanian Devil Park where we saw Devils fed, a bird of prey show, and many other Aussie fauna. Gill bought the obligatory furry Tassie Devil naming him Arthur. From the park it was an hours drive to Hobart where we stayed in the historic Battery Point area for the next two nights. We...

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Jan 2, 2007 - Hobart

Tuesday Jan 2, Headed into Hobart to see what we could see in the short time we had available. We are quickly realizing that one week is no where near enough time to take in all there is to see here. One of the main problems is that whilst the distances between places are fairly short, the time it takes to get there is considerably longer than would otherwise be the case due to the winding nature of the roads. Poor old Harvey has to be driven within his limitations, and so 100km drive may take 1, 1/2 to 2 hrs. Once again, as on the...

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Jan 1, 2007 - Hobart

On Saturday 30th December I got the 11am bus with Derrick to Hobart. It was one of the shorter bus journeys that I've had in Australia! It only took around 2 and a half hours. We walked to the Volunteer house, which was only about 20 minutes away but felt like so much further with a huge rucksack on my back. At the house I met the other volunteers, Emma and Frank, also English. The house is in a pretty amazing position, overlooking the river, with Tasman Bridge on the left and Sullivan's cove to the right. We don't really have any...

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Nov 19, 2006 - Hobart, Tasmania

Of all the places in Australia, Tasmania reminds both Tom and myself of New Zealand. After spending a wonderful day in Adelaide (which is a very nice city by the way), we flew to Hobart, the capital of Tasmania. Did you know that Tasmania is one of the 7 states in Australia? It's not the smallest though. But, it is the most diverse. Hobart in and of itself is a cute big little city. It's got a low key, down to earth atmosphere. Just the way Tasmanians like to live. It's beautifully situated on the south-eastern coast of Tasi and boasts some...

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Nov 17, 2006 - Tazmania, Hobart and the outback

For our latest report, live from Tazmania, we go over to our new guest blogger Angie V: "Hello possums seems an appropriate way to start as we sit in our cabin in the bush in Taz sipping the port bought earlier in the week, watching a cute possum tapping on the window asking to be let in. As Nick was bitten on the finger earlier in the evening we have decided to just observe him/her (the possum, not Nick) from the window. As you will have gathered by now, since the last entry we have left the chills of Adelaide and arrived in the slightly...

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Oct 28, 2006 - From Strahan to Bruny Island

Sylvia's Comments On the way to Lake St Clair we did our first 'Bush Camp'. We parked up on the side of a lake and it was just us and the wild life although it was so dark we couldn't see any. The following morning at Lake St Clair we got the snow, you all thought we were basking in the sun!! We then made our way down to Hobart where we hoped to stay at the Show Ground site; after negotiating the several lanes of evening traffic we eventually found it only to discover no camping was allowed as they were preparing the site for the Royal...

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Jul 29, 2006 - Finally back together...in Tassie!!

After heading off to different parts of the world we finally managed to cross paths again in Sydney. From there we made a midnight dash up to Port Macquarie, which flew by as we swapped our travel stories. After a few days in Port catching up with Em's family, who had also just returned from Europe, we braved the cold and headed down to Tassie to catch up with some of Dan's family and for his sisters 21st. We flew into Hobart and met with Daniel's mates Tully and Fiona. They had just moved over from Perth, with Tully taking up the Head...

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Mar 27, 2006 - The final wrap up

Well after 17 countries and 12 months wandering across the globe we've finally found ourselves back in the familiar surroundings of Hobart. It has been bit of an adjustment to being home after having such a wonderful year and we loved every minute. It was also really great being able to share our time away with our family, old friends, and new ones we gathered along the way. As a result, we thought we'd pen a few of our favourite memories before our website shuts down on us as a final hurrah! Probably the biggest highlight of our trip was...

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