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Feb 16, 2014 - Northern Tasmania

Got up this morning at our B&B near St. Helens. It rained during the night. Our hostess fixed us bacon and eggs and toast for breakfast. She and her husband spent 3 months in the US last Aug-Oct, so she identified with driving on the “wrong” side. She also noticed that our bacon was thinner than theirs and our bread was sweeter. We haven’t noticed the lack of sweetness in the bread here. We headed back through St. Helens and filled up the car. Gas is around 1.60AUD per liter. I’m not sure how that translates, but I think it is around...

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Jan 9, 2014 - Tamar circle drive

Drove West Tamar Highway to Beaconsfield, and the Platypus House (and echidnas) and seahorse world. Afternoon tea at the Two Door cafe in Beaconsfiled and ack over the Batman Bridge and East Tamar Highway. Early dinner of grilled Tassie salmon and salad at Fish and Chips at the sea port. Demonstration rowing lesson at the end of a rope at North Esk Rowing Club.

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Anne's world trip

Jan 2, 2014 - Longford

we drove to the little town of Longford, just 15 minutes south of Launceston. The Uniting Churchnon High Street was formerly the Mehtodist church at which my great-grandfather Thomas Geddes White was Minister in 1894. He had previously served at Latrobe and Ringarooma Churches and this was his final Tasmanian posting before he went to South Australia. this church was built I 1889 to replace the original building, just around the corner in Wellingon Street, which is now privately owned. we also. Visited the Methodist cemetery, on a neglected...

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Jan 1, 2014 - Gorge walk

Walked from The Gorge along mountain track to the Duck River Power Station and back. Morning tea with the peahens and their chicks. Hydropower began - 1st in the world in 1890s to power the booming mining town of Launceston. Light rain kept us cool, but dry under P's enormous umbrellas. Jelly legs, but no mishaps. We drove home for lunch and afternoon watching the rain, and the tennis.

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Dec 31, 2012 - Tasmanie (vlucht vanaf Melbourne)

We hebben ongeveer 3.000 km rond getoerd tussen Sydney en de omgeving van Melbourne. In het terugrijden hebben we een kangoeroe voorbij gestoken die aan het springen was in onze rijrichting. Dat beest ging goed vooruit, zo'n 40 km/uur. We hebben braaf de wagen teruggeven om dan door te vliegen naar Tasmania, meer bepaald Lauceston. Dit is de 2de grootste stad in Tasmania en telt een aantal mooie gebouwen. We hebben hier de overgang van oud naar nieuw doorgebracht. De Art Gallery is een bezoek waard.

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Apr 3, 2012 - Launceston - the 50's Live

Welcome back – After my stay in Hobart I crossed Tasmania by bus to the river port of Launceston on the north end of the island. There I stayed in the Batman-Fawkner Hotel. Once the elite hotel of Tasmania, it hosted the king of England in its heyday. Alas, no longer, or the geezer could not have afforded it. Batman (no, not that Batman) was to become one of the founders of Melbourne. Nearby is a lovely city park and The Design Center, where a number of artists display crafts created from wood. It’s a stunning exhibit of what can be done...

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Jan 31, 2012 - December/January

December/January: Here are some of my adventures from the past couple of months! Work: Needless to say work in December was very easy with it being the end of the school year. Most teachers left games, drawing or videos for kids to do at the end of the year. Also, on many occasions my teaching day consisted of watching students practice their Christmas concerts. It was easy money that’s for sure; however, the last week or so of the school year, work ended up being extremely slow and I only got called 4 days out of 9. School holidays last...

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Jan 15, 2012 - Cataract gorge Launceston

The main tourist attraction in Launceston is Cataract Gorge Reserve which is a river gorge sculptured by the South Esk river and is a cross between the Strid and Symmonds Yat. In the middle of the gorge is a large “basin” or natural waterhole where you can swim, surrounded by grassed areas and a free 50m outdoor shallow swimming pool, cable chair suspended across the gorge to a café and more formal garden area and many tracks and trails of different standards up and down the gorge. It was a lovely spot and another lovely sunny day. We...

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Apr 11, 2011 - Launceston

Well we spent our first night under a doona since last winter; welcome to Tasmania. Today was very cold but only a few showers so didnt affect our day. Cataract Gorge is very pretty even on an overcast day and we braved the chairlift for the best view. We visited a couple of the tourist precincts and enjoyed a couple of very nice providore/gallery type shops with some really nice riverside locations. \ Feel I could live here. It is very historical and a lot of old wooden but attractive houses, so many perched on the hillside with good...

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Mar 31, 2011 - Sunny At Cradle Mountain

Our cabin was toasty warm all night. Left early this morning to walk in Cradle Mountain Park. Peter informed us Cradle Mountain only gets sun 18 days a year and at reception they told us they had 3 days last week. Considering the cold and rain yesterday, we are hoping for sun! Cradle Mountain is a national park and World Heritage area. Cradle Mountain is 5,068 feet high but is not the highest peak. The shuttle bus driver into the park informed us it was 4C inside his camper this morning and he had heard in the area last night it was 0 to...

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Feb 24, 2011 - Launceston

Launceston – 14 February to 21 February (7 nights) The 88km drive from Devenport to Launceston was pleasant without being spectacular and was good full width, bitumen all the way. We are staying in a tiny place called Hadspen, which is about 10 minutes drive from Launceston CBD. Hadspen comprises 3 shops and a garage of sorts and maybe a hundred homes alongside the South Esk River. It’s once again, very neat and tidy, which is becoming something of a Tassie trademark. Contrary to Wendy and Phil, we have decided to do Tasmania clockwise,...

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Living the Dream

Jan 6, 2011 - Day 10 - Kelso Sands

We setout for Launceston again this morning, to check out the cable hang gliding. Cable hang gliding involves speeding down a 500 metre length of cable strapped to a hang glider suspended from the top of an old quarry. It was tonnes of fun! Tim, Bek, Rachel, Lise and Chris all had a go while Peter and Johanna were the camera crew watching the action from a safe position below. After hang gliding we returned to Cataract Gorge for a picnic lunch before hitting the shops in Launceston again. It was a very hot day and while Bek, Lise and...

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