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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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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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