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Jan 7, 2009 - Wineglass Viewpoint & Launceston

Today we left the BB house to carry on with our road trip around Tassie. The next port of call is going to be Launceston. The second largest city in Tasmania. En route we stopped off at Wineglass bay, there are a few different walks you can do there, I personally can't comment on this as I decided to have a sleep in the car as I was knackered.....but the pictures look really nice! After this we had a 2 hour drive to Launceston where we are staying in a hostel called The Art House. The hostel is in a massive old building and is really nice...

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Apr 5, 2008 - FIRED!!!

It's been a while since I last updated my journal but only a few things have happened since then, it's been relatively quiet now that it's nearly winter. I got fired from my job the other day which wasn't to much of a surprise but it does inconvienience me a bit. I wasn't much enjoying the work by the time I left. My pay was commision based which meant I had to sell lots to make a reasonable amount of money. As I'm not much of a salesman it meant I was just living off of my retainer which was enough to live on but not enough to save on....

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Apr 4, 2008 - Water falls and Lavander

This morning we went down the road to the Bicheno blow whole and watched the sunrise. It was lovely and I almost got a sea water shower by one of the waves as I tried to get a good shot. Not much further up the coast we stopped at the “Bay of Fires” where a red liken occupies a large range of the rocks on the coast. It was a lovely sight and a lovely beach with lots of shells…. Lunch was at St Columbus falls, one of the tallest falls in Tasmania and another one of Tazzies beautiful sights, shame about all the other tourists. The final stop...

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Feb 2, 2008 - FR : La Tasmanie

En arrivant a l' aeroport de Melbourne nous decouvrons que notre vol pour Hobart en Tasmanie est annule. L' EDF local a coupe le mauvais cable (OUPS !)et paralyse l'aeroport de Hobart. Notre reservation de camping car ayant ete un fiasco ( site internet peu fiable aux prix qui triple du lundi au vendredi, on annule tout ) nous sommes donc flexibles pour atterir la ou la compagnie Virgin Blue voudra bien nous poser. Donc changement de plan : nous commencerons par Launceston. Nous louerons une voiture pour decouvir la Tasmanie le temps d' une...

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Jan 14, 2008 - Launceston - Up Top

Today we had a nice sleep in and got on the road at 9.15. Our first stop was Nature World just outside Bicheno. This is a wildlife park that also acts as an animal rehabiliation centre. There were a lot of the usual animals like Koalas, wombats, wallabies, snakes and kangaroos. It also included some other more unusual animals like a white wallaby and two Tasmanian wedge tailed eagles. However, the big attraction was the Tasmanian Devils. These are small marsupials that are highly endangered. Currently there is a disease attacking them in...

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Mar 30, 2007 - Tour to Launceston

First stop in the morning was a blowhole in Bichano, which was reasonably impressive but after seeing so many blowholes and similar features down near to Port Arthur I was not particularly blown away so to speak. (Sorry for the bad pun). Afterwards we made our way up to the "Bay of Fires", so named partially due to the red litchen that covers most of the rocks in the area. On the way up there we went past a large area of forest that had previously been burnt in a forest fire. It was amazing how fast the recovery was in the trees, even...

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Mar 23, 2007 - Launceston (Tasmania)

The Bass Strait, which is the stretch of water between Tasmania and Melbourne, is known as one of the roughest patches of sea in the world. This is because Tasmania is still connected to Australia underwater and so when the powerful southern ocean hits the underwater ledge the water gets channeled into a smaller area, thereby making it flow faster. I did not realise this before booking the ferry and on boarding started chatting to a Tasmanian guy at the bar who explained it to me. Luckily though it was quite a smooth crossing and it was a...

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Jan 16, 2007 - Warning!! Entering the land of two heads!!

After a quick flight from Melbourne, I arrived today in Launceston. It was a nice little city with a few things to see. So after dumping my bags in the hostel, I set out to see some of them! Had lunch in a little cafe before heading to the big thing in Launceston, Cataract Gorge. It was quite a nice little walk and there is even a big area to swim in and believe me it was full, since it was about 35 degrees outside! Got lots of good views of the city, harbour and river that flowed through the gorge. After this it was time to head into town...

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Jan 14, 2007 - Launceston

So on the 7th Derrick and I got the bus to Launceston from Hobart. It was a bit annoying as we walked to the station and it started to rain, and I couldn't really use my umbrella as I was imitating a packhorse! Anyway, we got to the volunteer house about 5.30pm. There were 3 Koreans there already and a German guy playing Monopoly. On Monday the conservation work started again. We went to Cataract Gorge, which is really picturesque, someone was even swimming in the basin! But we didn't have much of an opportunity to take in the views as we...

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Dec 30, 2006 - Launceston

One of the Great things about Tasmania is the short distance required to travel between places. Today we left Devonport after a bit of a look around the town and headed for Launceston. On the way we stopped at Latrobe for a bit of a squiz, and then again at Westbury. Both were quaint little towns; however Westbury had a Maze, apparently rated by Lonely Planet as one of the best in the world, so we just had to have a go. It was awesome, and provided significant exercise for us all as we wandered around it for quite some time, firstly trying...

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Dec 22, 2006 - Launceston, TAS

LAUNCESTON \ ROSS - Thursday 14th December (Day 48) With Jetstar conspiring to rob us of a day in Launceston and getting us there even later the previous evening, 10pm, we hit the pillow at the lovely heritage 'Old Bakery Inn' hotel with even the sound of growling V8 engines and screaching tyres failing to keep us awake. We awoke to find Launceston in a smoke haze from the still burning huge bush fires on the east coast, our destination later in the day! Anyway with now only a morning to see Launceston, after picking up the hire car, we...

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Aug 5, 2006 - Launceston and the north coast

Over the couple of weeks we managed to get in a couple of trips across to Launceston and to the north coast. We called up to Bridport and had a (very) brief stroll along the beach before winding back down to Launceston along the Tamar River. In Launceston we spent time with Dan's Aunt Jenny, finally putting a face to the name after a long 15 years. We also spent a few hours exploring the canyon leading into Launceston, even braving the chairlift across, which we were told was the longest single run of cable for a chairlift in the world. It...

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