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Nov 8, 2009 - HOG invasion - Tasmania

Friday was fairly normal, right up until I accidentally stumbled on a plane to Tassie. Tassie is considerably more awesome than one would expect, we were staying in the Aurora Arena in Launceston, which gave us access to a large, relatively English-esque place to terrorise. By the time I'd arrived, dad had befriended Kerry, a gregarious South African, whom insisted on calling him 'Bubba'. They had a couple of organised rides, one of which was the thunder run - basically involving 2000 or so Harleys, and Launceston grinding to a shuddering...

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Nov 4, 2009 - We've now been to the "end of the road"

From Burnie we headed west and spent time looking around Waratah, spent a night on the banks of Lake McIntosh, just beautiful, and then made our way to Zeehan where we spent 4 or 5 nights. Not a lot to see in Zeehan, apart from the excellent museum but we tripped around in the rain and saw the Pieman River, Corinna, Reece Dam, Lake Plimsoll and Tullah. We had intended to go on to Queenstown and stay and do the Wilderness Railway and Gordon River trips, but there is a great shortage of boarding kennels in this area. When John enquired about...

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Over the Horizon

Oct 15, 2009 - To the Edge of the World and back!

Back in Burnie at present. We had 4 days in Stanley and enjoyed the area around there. Didn't go to the top of The Nut as we'd both done it before. Visited Boat Harbour Beach which is a really pretty spot, would be really busy in the summer, then tootled on to Sisters Beach and has a sticky beak around there. On the way to Stanley we'd come across another field of beautiful tulips so stopped to take some photos and then the day we went to Boat Harbour we went back to the tulips only to find that half of them had been beheaded so the field...

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Over the Horizon

Oct 6, 2009 - A little further along the coast!

You'll all laugh when I tell you how far we've travelled in a month. We're presently at Burnie, at Cooee Point actually, sitting right on the ocean, absolutely beautiful views. The weather has improved greatly, we had rain almost every day up until a couple of days ago and about 10 days ago terrible gale force winds went through just south of us and did tremendous damage. John sits down to organise some sort of itinerary and then we find a spot more to our liking so his well laid plans go out the window. From Launceston we moved a few klms...

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Sep 30, 2009 - Gorgeous Gorge in Launceston.

Launceston Gorge. Wednesday 30th September 2009 The forecast for today is rain spreading East – just where we are going! Still it starts dry and after a wasted visit to the local information office – to try and access the internet – we head along the coast and stop at Penguin – yes, that really is a name of a town – and guess what? There is a three metre tall penguin on the main street. Further east, Devonport disappoints and as we head for the nicely named Beauty Point, we are surprised to be on a gravel road – for 18 kms – and it climbs...

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Toughs Travels

Sep 14, 2009 - On the road at last!

Hi all Have arrived in Launceston to catch up with Janine,Benjamin and Matthew. We spent a few days in Wagga with Mum celebrating her 90th birthday, well we were there prior to her birthday, left on the morning of her birthday. Caught up with other family and friends as well. We have a really good trip across Bass Strait, very calm and we woke up to a beautiful sunrise over the ocean. We thought we were travelling to another country, had to go through Customs, had the sniffer dog checking and all. Once off the boat we headed south, stopped...

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Feb 14, 2009 - Festivale

Got up this morning and headed back into the park for one last view at Cape Tourville. Then back on the road to Launceston. Found our B & B in the middle of city center. Great historical place. Then off to Festivale.. food and wine festivale. The city center park is enclosed and you pay an entry fee. Then $2 for a plassouveniriner glass.. all the wine tasting is free and I set a goal to taste every vineyard there... I did it. We also tasted a lot of food. Great food. I think that we will come back every year... Then we went for a walk...

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Feb 4, 2009 - Tasmania - Launceston

Our last day in Tasmania was spent visiting Sue and Rob in Launceston, Sue is mums cousin (on grandad's side) and James and I hadn't seen her for many years.... We drove from Hobart to Launceston, which took us about 2 1/2 hrs and evenually arrived to a very warm welcome. We started the day with a catch up , as realised that Sue hadnt seen us for about 14 yrs! We spent a good hour looking at family photos and couldn't believe the pictures of my grandad as a child.... After feeding us with a lovely lunch and rasberries picked from their...

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Jan 24, 2009 - Launceston - day out and about

Saturday January 24 This morning we visited the Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm north and east of Launceston. It is a beautiful spot with most flowers at their peak. The lavender harvest begins in December and runs through to the end of January. It was another very windy day, so the perfume was not as strong as it would have been on a still hot day, but there was still a hint of perfume in the air. This farm is the world’s largest privately owned lavender farm (260 acres) and contains an estimated 650,000 plants with the total length of the...

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Jan 23, 2009 - Launceston

Friday January 23 Our first stop of the day was at St. Columba Falls State Reserve where we walked through a forest of myrtle trees and tree ferns to see the 90 metre waterfall. After taking our photos, we drove back down the road to the Pyengana cheese factory, where we sampled the Tasmanian version of “cheddar” cheese; everyone in the world makes “cheddar” cheese! The drive for most of the day was through farmland and hilly wooded areas; a very idyllic rural landscape, that could be in the UK or parts of Canada if it were not for the...

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Jan 9, 2009 - Decision day!

Ok so we had planned to stay in Tasmania for 2 weeks, but upon arriving speaking to other people decided we would just have 7 - 10 days here, so when we booked the car up we arranged to drop it off at the airport on th 12th and we were going to try and change our flight out to that day. However......we tried everything to get out of Tasmania early (not that we don't like it here we just wanted to try and get back to Melbourne and spend some extra time there) but couldn't as the flights are either taken or the cost of changing the...

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The A&E Adventure

Jan 8, 2009 - The Gorge and Mt Barrow

We headed out this morning to go and have a wander around Cataract Gorge and then have a bit of a hike up Mount Barrow (1,400 metres). The Gorge is only a 2 minute drive out of town and was really picturesque. As you can see from the photos there is a big gorge and then a lake from it with a bank of grass infront of it...........which they have decided to plonk a swimming pool in!! We're not too sure why as there is a big lake to swim in and now the place doesn't feel quite as authentic as perhaps it once could have, having said that though...

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The A&E Adventure

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