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Jan 5, 2011 - Day 9 - Kelso Sands

It rained very heavily overnight, but cleared for a beautiful sunny day. We slept in this morning and enjoyed a lazy day in the caravan park. We hired the bikes in the park in the afternoon and had fun tearing around the park. Apart from that brief activity, the day was filled with reading, play dough, sleeping and eating. Peter set up the water filter as we had run out of the tank water we had brought with us from Melbourne and the local water tasted disgusting. However, while the water filter made a little difference the water was still...

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Jan 4, 2011 - Day 8 - Kelso Sands

We are finally starting to get into holiday mode after 1 week away. Peter and Lise are now not waking up at 5:30 in the morning ready for a bike ride and manage to sleep in quite well. However, Tim still hasn’t got the hang of going to the showers here (and perhaps neverwill) having to return to the caravan 3 times for various bits and pieces he had forgotten to take to the shower, and still having to return wet as he forgot to take his towel ! After breakfast we drove into Launceston to spend the day at the Cataract Gorge Reserve. Cataract...

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Jan 3, 2011 - Day 7 - Kelso Sands

Vital Statistics Kelso Sands CaravanPark Play Equipment : 5/10 Daily Diary While everyone else slept in Lise and Bek went for a run this morning. We spent a quiet morning at the caravan park, doing some washing and general tidying up while the kids played on the jumping pillow and read. The caravan park has almost emptied today as most families head back to work in Devonport. After lunch we travelled 15K to Beauty Point to Platypus House and Seahorse World. Platypus House is dedicated to the research and understanding of Platypus. There are...

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Jan 2, 2011 - Day 6 - Kelso Sands

We enjoyed a slow start to the morning and headed off around 10am out for a day in Launceston. On the way we stopped at Brady lookout (named in honour of an escaped convict we would later learn about on Sarah Island) for some spectacular views of the Tamar. We were side tracked by an unexpected detour to a Swiss Village in nearby Grindelwald. The kids enjoyed a wild ride in an “aqua bubble” (see pictures) and then morning tea from a coffee shop in the village. From there we travelled to Longford, South of Launceston, and Woolmers homestead....

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Jan 1, 2011 - Day 5 - Kelso Sands

New Years Day! Everyone slept in for a slow start. What started as a quiet breeze the previous afternoon turned into a strong wind during the night. Despite the wind the camper and Tim’s tent held up well. The caravan park is fantastic with plenty of open space and green green grass (grassy campsites would turn out to be a luxury as the holiday unfolded). The amenities are clean and well maintained. Chris was very keen to play cricket. So we organised a game on the large area of lawn in front of the caravan. What started as a game with 4...

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Dec 31, 2010 - Day 4 - Melbourne to Kelso Sands

Vital Statistics Distance : 160 Kilometres (by road) Diesel Price : $1.32 Diary The day started early for Peter. At 5am he got up and watched the sunrise over the ocean as the port of Devonport drew closer. While the Ocean Recliners onboard the ferry were comfortable, and the rocking of the boat was not too bad, none of the guys slept well. The guys headed for the upper decks where they watched the ferry anchor in Devenport, before disembarking – another hour in the queue (and yes we had to pop open the camper again!). The guys had...

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Jul 14, 2010 - Einde van de Ronde van Tasmanië

Het heeft afgelopen nacht wat geregend en ik besluit om Freycinet Peninsula en gelijknamig National Park te verkennen alvorens de tent op te breken, in de hoop dat de boel wat droog is wanneer ik terug kom. Ik maak een wandelingetje van een 9-tal km langs Mt Amos, Wineglass Bay en Hazards Beach. Ondanks het ontbreken van zomerse temperaturen geeft dit alles een toch wel behoorlijk paradijslijke aanblik. ’t Is de moeite. Op weg terug naar het Caravanpark maak ik nog een kleine detour langs Cape Tourville en z’n vuurtoren. Ook hier...

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Jul 10, 2010 - Catarect Gorge

Ik maak een korte verkenningstocht door Launcdeston City en loop zowaar tegen de Boags Draugth brouwerij aan. Aargh, hier maken ze dat spul dus... weg van hier. Het is nog maar doods zo op een zaterdag ochtend en ik trek richting Cataract Gorge. De King’s Bridge Cataract Walk brengt me langs de gorge tot aan wat ze “first basin” noemen. Een soort van “meer” tussen de “bergen”. Hier bevindt zich the longest single span chairlift ter wereld. Totale lengte is 457 meter en de max lengte van één “span” is 308m. Euh, dit stelt absoluut niet veel...

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Jul 9, 2010 - Launceston, Tasmanië

De nest gaat terug in de rugzak, ontbijt wordt genomen en om 1005 stap ik zoals voorzien op de shuttle richting Tasmanië. Allez ’t is te zeggen richting Melbourne Airport. De geboekte Jetstar vlucht van 1235 blijkt geannuleerd te zijn. Maar no worries, ze hebben me versast naar een Qantas vlucht ergens rond 0300. Pff, een uur of 4 ronddraaien op de luchthaven. Der zijn plezanter dingen... Uiteindelijk kan ik dan toch inchecken en m’n bagage droppen. How! Halt! Stop! De ruimbagage zit een kilo of 8 boven de toegelaten 20kg. Ai, ai! Alweer...

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Feb 7, 2010 - Glendevie to Launceston

Christmas, New Year and most of January Gary: Hello again. I hope you & your loved ones are all well and that your New Year is off to a good start. Lorraine and I have both had a great time as we enjoy southern Tasmania, a more normal existence and the hospitality of Eamon, Kay and there lively eight year old twins Tara and Tom. Other than enjoying the odd drink, hearty meal and comfy bed we have been keeping ourselves busy thinking about the future and the possibility of remaining in Tasmania; looking at houses for sale, keeping an eye on...

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Jan 3, 2010 - Home again!

Back on the mainland again and back to all the mundane things that need doing around the house and garden. We had a good Bass Strait crossing and then it was a case of work out how to get out of Melbourne. We had "Tom" (our GPS) set but unfortunately he didn't know that there was major roadworks on one of the roads he directed us down. We managed to get to the end of the street only to find that there was no exit from it, and with all the roadwork there was nowhere to turn around so we had to back right back to the intersection. We...

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Dec 21, 2009 - At last!!

I could say we've been having such agreat time I haven't had time to update this, which is partly true, but internet connection has been the problem really. We are having a great time, had a couple of hiccoughs, but hopefully we're back on track now. We finished up spending 4 weeks in Hobart in total - John had a lapse in concentration in a one way street in Hobart and connected with another motorist. No one was hurt but it put us off the road for a while so we twiddled our thumbs at Seven Mile Beach for a while. Back on the road and we...

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