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Jan 9, 2015 - St Helens and the Bays of Fire

Lazy start to the day as we left Swansea under grey and dull skies. Just on the edge of town we called into the Bark Mill Museum. It is now a tavern and bakery. 20 years ago it was just the shed and a small cafe! It was an intersting museum with the bark mill still 'working' to show how it was done. We then drove on through a range of small sea-side communities before arriving at the bustling centre of St Helens. All along the coast is surfer's paradise.All along the coast are the sheep farms, wineries as well. We had lunch here before...

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Feb 15, 2014 - East Coast

This morning was sort of gray. It rained overnight, but stopped by morning. I went out back and picked blackberries to have with our breakfast of Raisin English muffins with Nutella, in our room. They were good, and you can't get them much fresher! Then we headed out for a glass bottom boat cruise. On a rocky island across from our launch site, there was a large colony of lesser terns. Occasionally they would all take off, when a sea eagle or two appeared. Our trip on the glass bottom boat was interesting. We saw many different types of...

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Feb 28, 2013 - Days 32-41 UPDATE NOTES - Pt Arthur, Coles Bay, Bicheno, St Helens

Hi All, After leaving Hobart we headed for Port Arthur, famous in Australia for the convict penal settlement there from 1823 to about 1870. At its peak it held a population of 1200 convicts and was a fully functioning township. All that’s left now are ruins and some houses for the senior officers but all being restored or at least kept. It’s a very interesting place to visit and very photogenic so you can imagine the number of photos we took. We also spent some time exploring all of the peninsula upon which Port Arthur is located. After...

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Touring Tasmania

Jan 9, 2013 - St. Helens

We zijn tot 15u in Freycinet gebleven en hebben daar nog een uitstap gedaan. We hebben nog wat foto's toegevoegd op de vorige bestemming. Dit is onze laatste dag in Tasmenia. Wat me vooral zal bij blijven zijn - de natuur : zowel het regenwoud als de nationale parken als alle dieren die hier nog in het wild leven - het veranderlijke weer : van heel koud tot heel warm op 1 dag - de bosbranden (dus hebben we nog een reden om nog een keer terug te gaan want niet alles kunnen doen) - mijn verjaardag in Saffire In totaal hebben we zo'n 1.250 km...

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Jan 3, 2013 - Lagoon Beach Free camp area to St Helens

Day 40 Week 6 122 Kms today. Refuelled at St Helens $153.9c/ltr. $176.00 for 114.36ltrs. Today we decided we had to fix the 12v water pump problem, so off to see if we could obtain the non return valve. Left Lagoon Beach early, with the van, and decided to go straight for towns to see if we could find a repairer, whether it be caravan, boat or agricultural, we didn't care. Only St Helen's offered a auto repairer, and an outboard service agent, and only one offered up any assistance but that would take days. Dave's plumbing background was...

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Jan 14, 2012 - Launceston

Launceston is the second biggest town/city in Tasmania at the head of the Tamar estuary about 30km from the Bass Strait. It sprawls around the edge of the river estuary and was quite a culture shock after the small intimate places we had been visiting whilst travelling up the east coast. The weather was sunny and blue skies although the east wind was a little cooler again so after a lazy morning food shopping and sorting things out , we drove up to the Tamar wetland reserve which has a fantastic 2km broadwalk across reed beds in the Tamar...

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Jan 13, 2012 - Arrived in Launceston and phone signal!

It had only been a one night stop at Hillcrest tourist park and in a standard “box” cabin but it had been very comfortable and convenient and remarkably quiet and well equipped for the price… a complete contrast to the last stop. We left by 10am to drive the 160km to Launceston with plans to visit some waterfalls and do some short walks en route that were listed in a tourist info booklet “60 great short walks in Tasmania” but it turned into a little more hairy than expected journey. We started with a beautiful drive around George’s Bay in...

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Jan 12, 2012 - Bicheno to St Helens

Again we awoke to blue skies and high cloud but this time the wind had changed and was quite warm so it promised a much warmer day. After paying our due at Bicheno Hideaway we set off to our next abode in St Helens but before we could do that I had to visit the pharmacist as I had obviously got a sand fly in my sock whilst walking the previous day which had walked across my ankle having a meal! I had a horrible row of itchy blisters and a huge one on the back of my leg which was getting bigger. The pharmacist suggested I used some iodine...

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Jan 10, 2012 - Orford Island View motel ... to Bicheno Hideaway

We awoke at our Motel to 3 pelicans on our sand spit outside our room with the crested tern and oyster catchers and glorious sunshine for our travel up to Bicheno. En route we stopped at Swansea to see where the shearwaters flew into their burrows at dusk around the Waterloo point but decided it was not feasible to drive back from Bicheno to see them which was a pity. We arrived by 1pm to Bicheno hideaway which was an unusual place to say the least and very different from our last stop in Orford.This place had some similarities to Bear...

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Apr 12, 2011 - Eventful day

What an eventful day. We set off from Launceston quite early for what was to be one of our longest days; it was steadily raining from the moment we left and it didnt stop ALL day. Apparently a couple of weeks ago the NE of Tasmania had a lot of rain and clearly the land was already waterlogged because as we travelled the farm dams, creeks, rivers and road sides became more and more under water. A feature today was to be St Columba Falls which we made safely with Gordon driving; a beautiful, green, rain foresty road to the falls all the...

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Tasmania Road Trip

Mar 4, 2011 - Bay of Fires

nicht benannt nach den knall orangen Felsen, sondern nach Buschfeuern der einheim. Aborigines, welche die damaligen europaeischen entdecker beim anlaufen der kueste sahen. heute ist die gegend ein eldorado fuer surfer, camper und naturliebhaber, zu recht!

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Jan 9, 2011 - Day 13 - St Helens

Up relatively early this morning. It was windy during the evening and we were disappointed that the weather was still cold and windy by day break. Nonetheless we persevered and drove to The Gardens where we had breakfast on the beach we had discovered the day before. This morning we climbed across the rocks at the other end of the beach to explore the adjoining beach. The weather warmed up, the sky cleared, and we spent hours exploring the beach and climbing rocks. Tim, Peter, Chis and Rachel even dared the cold and went for a swim....

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