Perth To Tasmania 2017

User: jayarr
Dates: 10 Sep 2017 - 8 Dec 2017
Duration: 2 months, 4 weeks

Starting in early September, we hope to travel through the centre of Australia to Melbourne where we will take the spirit of Tasmania to the apple isle and travel in a leisurely fashion for a month.

Friday 8 Dec 2017 13:13

The home trip took 8 days and we travelled over 4000 km

Posted: Dec. 8, 2017, 5:13 a.m.

Friday 8 Dec 2017 8:13

Hello stranger. Accidentally met up with Astrid at the camp site. She helps manage it. Also met up with Graeme her husband.

Posted: Dec. 8, 2017, 12:13 a.m.

Thursday 7 Dec 2017 16:19

Lake Towerrining is a bit like Bonny Doon in Victoria. Ski and bare foot and board riders. Huge ski boats. We only had one night there.

Posted: Dec. 7, 2017, 8:19 a.m.

Thursday 7 Dec 2017 13:50

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Thursday 7 Dec 2017 13:47

Donald Campbell had only a few days left to break the world land and sea speed records in the same calendar year. He finally moved to lake dumbleyoung for the attempt and on New Year’s Eve he did it. 😅 He died in 1967 in the UK trying to break this record.

Posted: Dec. 7, 2017, 5:47 a.m.

Wednesday 6 Dec 2017 12:03

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Wednesday 6 Dec 2017 12:02

This is where the French explorers sheltered. They got very sick I think so didn’t stay. Je ne sais pas !

Posted: Dec. 6, 2017, 4:02 a.m.

Wednesday 6 Dec 2017 12:01

A windy and stormy day but did the drive to see the islands and bays west of Esperance.

Posted: Dec. 6, 2017, 4:01 a.m.

Wednesday 6 Dec 2017 8:06

Stopped at Bathers Paradise CP. Tom and Lucy would remember it.

Posted: Dec. 6, 2017, 12:06 a.m.

Tuesday 5 Dec 2017 10:06

Another big day driving. We managed to avoid the high fuel prices with use of jerrycans. Esperance is our stop for tonight.

Posted: Dec. 5, 2017, 2:06 a.m.

Monday 4 Dec 2017 16:59

A beautiful campsite at an old quarry. Quiet and peaceful.

Posted: Dec. 4, 2017, 8:14 a.m.

Monday 4 Dec 2017 16:07

A big day of driving sees us just out of mundrabilla

Posted: Dec. 4, 2017, 7:22 a.m.

Monday 4 Dec 2017 17:35

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Monday 4 Dec 2017 12:28

The Nullarbor is clearly tree challenged.

Posted: Dec. 4, 2017, 1:58 a.m.

Monday 4 Dec 2017 10:37

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Monday 4 Dec 2017 10:35

This is a well put in the middle of nowhere. It’s the site of an old abandoned school.

Posted: Dec. 4, 2017, 12:05 a.m.

Sunday 3 Dec 2017 20:16

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Sunday 3 Dec 2017 20:16

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Sunday 3 Dec 2017 20:08

Overnight at Ceduna. At last the weather is clearing up.

Posted: Dec. 3, 2017, 9:38 a.m.

Sunday 3 Dec 2017 10:43

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Sunday 3 Dec 2017 10:39

Port Germaine is a nice rest stop.

Posted: Dec. 3, 2017, 12:09 a.m.

Saturday 2 Dec 2017 16:58

An early monument to King Edward VII WHO WAS HE?

Posted: Dec. 2, 2017, 6:28 a.m.

Saturday 2 Dec 2017 16:54

A charming old pub on the same street.

Posted: Dec. 2, 2017, 6:24 a.m.

Saturday 2 Dec 2017 16:27

That’s right a standard meat/ vegetable pasty up one end. And up the other end, an apple pie. The story is that the miners had both meal and sweets on the one pastie. Oh those Cornish

Posted: Dec. 2, 2017, 5:57 a.m.

Saturday 2 Dec 2017 16:26

At last, the Tiddy Oggy. Notice both tomato sauce and cream served with it. 🙂

Posted: Dec. 2, 2017, 5:56 a.m.

Saturday 2 Dec 2017 16:25

Too much to take in but books, jewellery and anything else.

Posted: Dec. 2, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Saturday 2 Dec 2017 16:25

Hurray. The rain has stopped. We are in Burra, a charming little historic town in SA. This cafe/antique shop/etc served tea and Tiddy Oggy. We couldn’t resist one to share.

Posted: Dec. 2, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Saturday 2 Dec 2017 12:55

Crossed the border successfully and in Morgan. We stopped here on the way to Tasmania and it was good.

Posted: Dec. 2, 2017, 2:25 a.m.

Friday 1 Dec 2017 17:25

In the rain here tonight. Euston, we have a problem. Cooking in the outside kitchen is challenging. Nice though. Lamb chops and ratatouille. Sue had to cook up all our vegetables or hand them in at the SA border.

Posted: Dec. 1, 2017, 6:25 a.m.

Friday 1 Dec 2017 16:07

On the way home now. In Euston, NSW. You can see Victoria in the background.

Posted: Dec. 1, 2017, 5:07 a.m.

Friday 1 Dec 2017 7:18

A huge rain event caused the cancellation of the AOR rally at Fry’s flat. This is the campsite now.

No it isn’t. This is bonnydoon after we left the area. Maybe next year.

Posted: Nov. 30, 2017, 8:18 p.m.

Friday 1 Dec 2017 6:44

This the size of the system about to hit. Unbelievable really because 36 degrees on Thursday deluge on Friday.

Posted: Nov. 30, 2017, 7:44 p.m.

Thursday 30 Nov 2017 14:53

Our entry in the photo competition won easily. It was the only entry. Unfortunately the ranger came and ordered everyone to pack up and leave immediately. When we got back from our ramble, we passed dozens of vans heading out.

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Thursday 30 Nov 2017 12:32

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Thursday 30 Nov 2017 12:22

Happy days. A quick cuddle st the top of the world. Jim who drove around with us took this one.

Posted: Nov. 30, 2017, 1:22 a.m.

Thursday 30 Nov 2017 12:21

Alpine flowers have sprung out to get some sun.

Posted: Nov. 30, 2017, 1:21 a.m.

Thursday 30 Nov 2017 12:19

The ski fields are all grass and chairlifts are undergoing maintenance but Mt Buller is still a good visit. A bit hazy so didn’t visit the summit.

Posted: Nov. 30, 2017, 1:19 a.m.

Thursday 30 Nov 2017 11:44

It’s a long way down.

Posted: Nov. 30, 2017, 12:44 a.m.

Thursday 30 Nov 2017 10:36

Off we go up to Mt Buller. We took Doughty’s track which had only just opened as still had a number of trees and washouts to negotiate. Good fun - for me.

Posted: Nov. 29, 2017, 11:36 p.m.

Wednesday 29 Nov 2017 14:58

The historic Fry’s hut. Great old building using local logs and a drop slab walls.

Posted: Nov. 29, 2017, 3:58 a.m.

Wednesday 29 Nov 2017 14:46

The vans are arriving now and the huge campsite is filling up.

Posted: Nov. 29, 2017, 3:46 a.m.

Wednesday 29 Nov 2017 14:22

This beautiful creek is only metres from our doorstep. Good too because it is hot and humid.

Posted: Nov. 29, 2017, 3:22 a.m.

Wednesday 29 Nov 2017 14:05

On our site at Fry’s flat. Waiting for the crowd to arrive and 71 other aOR vans.

Posted: Nov. 29, 2017, 3:05 a.m.

Tuesday 28 Nov 2017 14:26

In Benalla the young mayor got all these street artists to paint some walls. The effect is amazing.

Posted: Nov. 28, 2017, 3:26 a.m.

Tuesday 28 Nov 2017 11:51

This old brewery only makes cordials now. Pity.

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Tuesday 28 Nov 2017 11:36

I like this old blokes style.

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Tuesday 28 Nov 2017 11:19

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Tuesday 28 Nov 2017 11:19

A recreation of an old time street. Sue loves shopping but these guys won’t accept MasterCard.

Posted: Nov. 28, 2017, 12:19 a.m.

Tuesday 28 Nov 2017 11:10

Not unlike the one I have from Gwalia. This one is made in Beechworth.

Posted: Nov. 28, 2017, 12:10 a.m.

Tuesday 28 Nov 2017 11:08

In the Burke museum there is one of only a few stuffed Tasmanian tigers. Quite a ferocious looking animal. Apparently scared the crap out of Tasmanian explorers by prowling around at night.

Posted: Nov. 28, 2017, 12:08 a.m.

Tuesday 28 Nov 2017 10:25

It’s not Harry powers the gentleman bush ranger. This is the cell below the old court house where remanded prisoners were held. Once sentenced, harry was sent off to pentridge prison.

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Tuesday 28 Nov 2017 10:24

Who’s that in jail?

Posted: Nov. 27, 2017, 11:24 p.m.

Monday 27 Nov 2017 14:18

Our campsite in the lake sambell caravan park. Very quiet except for the noisy grunting and growling coming from the next door neighbour. There are a number of koala in the gum trees behind us. Very cute.

Posted: Nov. 27, 2017, 3:18 a.m.

Monday 27 Nov 2017 13:43

A little drive along the gorge leads to this bridge the water was used to sluice the gravel for gold in the early days.

Posted: Nov. 27, 2017, 2:43 a.m.

Monday 27 Nov 2017 13:23

A white stallion is hard to drive past.

Posted: Nov. 27, 2017, 2:23 a.m.

Monday 27 Nov 2017 12:43

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Monday 27 Nov 2017 12:42

Yackandanda pub. Yakka is an early gold town. Small but with a really good bakery. Made the best Guinness pie. The gum tree cafe.

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Monday 27 Nov 2017 12:11

Telegraph station , court house and other government buildings all kept in top condition.

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Monday 27 Nov 2017 11:58

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Monday 27 Nov 2017 11:32

That would top you wandering too far.

Posted: Nov. 27, 2017, 12:32 a.m.

Sunday 26 Nov 2017 13:15

A quick peek into the brewery

Posted: Nov. 26, 2017, 2:15 a.m.

Sunday 26 Nov 2017 13:05

A follow up pint if my favourite to wash down a delicious pizza. Great combination as you well know.

Posted: Nov. 26, 2017, 2:05 a.m.

Sunday 26 Nov 2017 12:37

Here is my tasting pallet. The handle was a Ned Kelly helmet. Mmmm

Posted: Nov. 26, 2017, 1:37 a.m.

Sunday 26 Nov 2017 11:49

Aha the bridge road brewery. Pizza and tasting.

Posted: Nov. 26, 2017, 12:49 a.m.

Sunday 26 Nov 2017 11:47

The bustling main st

Posted: Nov. 26, 2017, 12:47 a.m.

Sunday 26 Nov 2017 11:47

The shop has everything honey. All different flowers were there for tasting as well as comb, mead, cosmetics, bee keeping gear, books you name it.

Posted: Nov. 26, 2017, 12:47 a.m.

Sunday 26 Nov 2017 11:46

Beechworth honey company has a live hive. I spotted the queen. Can you see it ?

Posted: Nov. 26, 2017, 12:46 a.m.

Sunday 26 Nov 2017 11:12

Charming main street

Posted: Nov. 26, 2017, 12:12 a.m.

Saturday 25 Nov 2017 13:25

Beechworth has strict building laws to keep it in historic condition. It is really nice to stroll through and today it is packed with visitors and locals.

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Saturday 25 Nov 2017 13:21

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Saturday 25 Nov 2017 13:18

Looking down on the siege site. The inn is missing now.

Posted: Nov. 25, 2017, 2:18 a.m.

Saturday 25 Nov 2017 13:15

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Saturday 25 Nov 2017 13:09

Here is another shot of big Ned.

Posted: Nov. 25, 2017, 2:09 a.m.

Saturday 25 Nov 2017 13:08

Glenrowan where predictably the main theme was Ned Kelly. An animated showdown was worth $25! We passed on that but it was interesting seeing the place where the siege took place.

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Saturday 25 Nov 2017 11:55

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Saturday 25 Nov 2017 11:11

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Saturday 25 Nov 2017 11:08

Bonny Doon. No jousting poles but plenty of fast boats.

Posted: Nov. 25, 2017, 12:08 a.m.

Saturday 25 Nov 2017 9:57

This is a genuine marble statue from 1872 of princess Alexandra.

Posted: Nov. 24, 2017, 10:57 p.m.

Saturday 25 Nov 2017 9:56

A little town called Alexandra had a market and garden in the town centre.

Posted: Nov. 24, 2017, 10:56 p.m.

Saturday 25 Nov 2017 8:50

Free camp at a river bend in the golbourne valley. Very quiet. Had a bit of a thunderstorm just on sunset which was stirring up the dust and flapping the awning but it passed quickly and was calm from then on. A little rain kept the dust down too.

Posted: Nov. 24, 2017, 9:50 p.m.

Thursday 23 Nov 2017 13:52

Met up with Margo and Peter for lunch after a night out with Julie and Pete. Margo prepared a wonderful 3 course lunch that was delicious.

Posted: Nov. 23, 2017, 2:52 a.m.

Thursday 23 Nov 2017 10:52

This is a most beautiful sculpture. Ray Ewers was a genius.

Posted: Nov. 22, 2017, 11:52 p.m.

Thursday 23 Nov 2017 10:34

Another wonderful sculpture with a deep message.

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Thursday 23 Nov 2017 10:27

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Thursday 23 Nov 2017 8:19

Remembered to take a photo of the five of us. So nice to meet up with family and relax. Also went out to a fantastic restaurant for dinner. Masterchef eat your heart out.

Posted: Nov. 22, 2017, 9:19 p.m.

Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 13:06

Town hall of South Melbourne dates back to the 1870’s

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Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 11:02

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Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 11:02

Time to browse. The bustling South Melbourne market

Posted: Nov. 22, 2017, 12:02 a.m.

Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 10:07

Wonky tower blocks.

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Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 10:07

Great artwork on these trains.

Posted: Nov. 21, 2017, 11:07 p.m.

Tuesday 21 Nov 2017 16:02

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Tuesday 21 Nov 2017 16:01

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Tuesday 21 Nov 2017 14:38

One of the benefits of staying in a top caravan park is the pool. At leanest when it is like today. Hot, no kids, nothing else to do. A perfect storm. Enjoy. Probably get burnt.

Posted: Nov. 21, 2017, 3:38 a.m.

Tuesday 21 Nov 2017 14:11

Sitting here on the grass doing my blog. It’s about 35 and feels 40. Getting humid I guess so that’s why. My new hearing aids are doing well. I broke the other ones so need a spare pair until they can be fixed. I went to Blamey and Saunders for all you hearing impaired people out there. You can order them on line. I visited their clinic in Albert st and was given the best treatment.

Posted: Nov. 21, 2017, 3:11 a.m.

Monday 20 Nov 2017 13:05

Yarra stroll. Quite pleasant. Had to watch out for commuting cyclists who didn’t want to slow down and nearly collided with sightseers.

Posted: Nov. 20, 2017, 2:05 a.m.

Monday 20 Nov 2017 13:03

Walked down by the Yarra after coffee and then bussed it home.

Posted: Nov. 20, 2017, 2:03 a.m.

Monday 20 Nov 2017 12:20

Some graffiti art on little Collins st We had a French crepe and coffee (sue made me share but that’s okay) and nowhere to sit so this beautiful African American girl shared her table with us. She was from Arizona and ‘getting work’ in Melbourne. Modelling I guess. Sue and her shared photos and stories for half an hour. It was nice to have a relax.

Posted: Nov. 20, 2017, 1:20 a.m.

Monday 20 Nov 2017 12:02

On the tram with about 100 other freeloaders. The free tram was a magnet for people like us. So uncomfortable. Just when we thought it was too packed, the doors opened and a pack of cubs got on board. Arrrgh.

Posted: Nov. 20, 2017, 1:02 a.m.

Monday 20 Nov 2017 9:16

Only paid a half of the price for overseas aids. Win win.

Posted: Nov. 19, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

Monday 20 Nov 2017 9:16

Got the royal treatment at the audiologist. These guys really know what they are doing. Daniel who tested me and got me new aids wore a cochlear implant himself. Such a great place led by dr Blamey and dr Elaine Saunders who won a novel prize for their research into hearing. Go Aussie!!

Posted: Nov. 19, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

Sunday 19 Nov 2017 13:35

Chinatown in flinders lane.

Posted: Nov. 19, 2017, 2:35 a.m.

Sunday 19 Nov 2017 11:59

Back in Melbourne for a week this time so we are sightseeing. Catching the bus into the city today was bumpy but good. Lunch at Queen Victoria markets. This is a Cypriot souvlaki with rotisserie chicken and chips and feta. Nice but not so healthy. We have to be good for the rest of today now.

Posted: Nov. 19, 2017, 12:59 a.m.

Saturday 18 Nov 2017 16:33

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Saturday 18 Nov 2017 15:41

The big island is finally in view.

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Saturday 18 Nov 2017 15:40

Mornington Peninsula

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Saturday 18 Nov 2017 14:19

Cruising at 53km/hr. Bumpy ocean to start with.

Posted: Nov. 18, 2017, 3:19 a.m.

Saturday 18 Nov 2017 8:51

Statue as we leave Devonport wishing luck to sailors as they leave port.

Posted: Nov. 17, 2017, 9:51 p.m.

Saturday 18 Nov 2017 8:27

All on board once more. I stool found the ferry way too big for this harbour but it must be deep, just narrow.

Posted: Nov. 17, 2017, 9:27 p.m.

Friday 17 Nov 2017 12:08

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Friday 17 Nov 2017 11:55

Magic old mansion which is now a chocolate factory.

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Friday 17 Nov 2017 11:11

Time to milk them coos

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 17:01

That is Quamby Bluff. We had a great night out in the countryside for our last campsite.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 6:01 a.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 10:46

Lovely wrought iron on this old pub in Deloraine.

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 10:44

He had a trident as well as this Beamer

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 10:22

Trendy coffee shop with art and motorbikes.

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 9:45

From the suspension bridge.

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 9:42

Deloraine looks like a trendy town. Great river and rapids but a train line within 50m of the caravan park. They’re mad!

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017, 10:42 p.m.

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 18:18

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 15:24

Cluck a duck. They are everywhere. We are over them. Avoiding duck poo is becoming harder.

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017, 4:24 a.m.

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 12:39

Stan’s son Alan eventually became F1 champ like Brabham.

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 12:32

Formula one racing in the 1950’s. jack brabham , Stan (the man with a plan) Jones who imported a Maserati and cleaned up.

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017, 1:32 a.m.

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 12:17

Dropped into Perth for some sausages. I was waiting for some local to ask us where we were from. Didn’t happen.

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017, 1:17 a.m.

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 11:32

Evandale. Another old town with English history. Old churches and government buildings.

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017, 12:32 a.m.

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 10:00

We didn’t look over the farm. Apparently it’s very nice.

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 10:00

Convict built house at woolmer estate. You can stay in it for a price.

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 9:59

This rooster wanted in

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 9:59

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 9:40

At woolmer which is a convict built farm. Amazing what a rich English man can do with slave labour. Such a struggle too wiping out all the aboriginals with the British army to help.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 10:40 p.m.

Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 18:26

Ducks and ducklings quacking around. Mostly they just hang out with us.

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 13:40

Longford is another old town which still survives. Lovely day again which is now being treated as a heatwave.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 2:40 a.m.

Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 12:31

Nah. They all seem to have lost interest. When they saw us having lunch there was a waddlepede.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 1:31 a.m.

Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 12:03

Moved from low head to here today. Longford on the Macquarie river. Lots of ducks may be an issue.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 1:03 a.m.

Monday 13 Nov 2017 16:20

The Batman bridge. We couldn’t help going dadadadadada as we crossed.

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 15:46

The only two monotremes left are the platypus and the echidna. They are so cute.

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 15:22

At last platypus close up. Apparently their number is dwindling and could soon be on the endangered list. Monotremes in general have become extinct everywhere except Australia.

Posted: Nov. 13, 2017, 4:22 a.m.

Monday 13 Nov 2017 14:33

This winch hauls men and ore up the main shaft. After the cave in men were trapped underground with two at the bottom of a shaft filled with rock. They were in a cage but it was being crushed. The incredible rescue effort only resulted in one death.

Posted: Nov. 13, 2017, 3:33 a.m.

Monday 13 Nov 2017 14:32

A horse powered windlass. Without the horse of course.

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 14:24

Beaconsfield is an old mining town. The old building in front is the workshop for an early gold mine. Behind is the mine shaft where the cave in occurred.

Posted: Nov. 13, 2017, 3:24 a.m.

Monday 13 Nov 2017 13:17

The Main Street of Launceston. No cars so I stood in the middle.

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 13:17

Launceston is one of Australia’s oldest cities so expect old buildings. This town hall was loudly criticised when built due to its non English look.

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 12:21

Lunch time. The cruise was successful. Now Fish and chips to share.

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 12:14

Old steel bridge is a beauty.

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 12:06

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 12:03

That’s a walkway along cataract gorge.

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 11:56

Commentary was good. Day was blue. Great value. Cute boat.

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 10:39

Our cruise boat for today.

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 14:30

A monument to when the place was claimed by the brits before the French could get it together.

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 14:28

There’s that chainsaw carver again. This one is very creative.

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 3:28 a.m.

Sunday 12 Nov 2017 10:11

The Tamar has all these little bays which provide picnic spots.

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 14:56

The owners inherited a protea orchard. He doesn’t like them much but people still use them for table decorations so he gives them away.

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 14:55

An old church next door. Graveyard of course too going back into the 1800’s

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 14:54

Pipers creek farm stay. Lovely property and people. Karinya I think.

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 12:32

Bridport for morning tea. Posh houses and cafes. Seaside resort feel.

Posted: Nov. 11, 2017, 1:32 a.m.

Saturday 11 Nov 2017 11:29

Log chopping was very serious and great hulking blokes of all ages competing intensely. I have a video.

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 11:25

Show ponies winning the day.

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 11:13

Here we are at the Ringarooma show. Old cars, girls on hoops suspended above the crown, free milkshakes, cakes, etc. brilliant

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 9:39

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 9:36

A very creative use for cypress trees that have caught the fungus dieback disease. A chainsaw sculpture of war veterans at the memorial. It is 11/11 today so quite fitting. Got talking to the volunteer at the shop and he told us about the agricultural show in Rongarooma just down the road.

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

Friday 10 Nov 2017 15:27

The old schoolhouse had heaps of old stuff from we were kids. We had inkwells and used nibs.

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Friday 10 Nov 2017 15:27

The naughty students always sot at the back. Sue reckons the teacher told her to sit there so the bad boys didn’t.

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Friday 10 Nov 2017 11:15

Derby. They pronounce it as we do however once a year they have the Derby Derby a white water race. The town is obsessed with cycling and was once a thriving tin mine town.

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017, 12:15 a.m.

Friday 10 Nov 2017 9:42

The road in had had a tree fall. There was still a gap for us to sneak through.

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Friday 10 Nov 2017 9:23

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Friday 10 Nov 2017 9:21

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Friday 10 Nov 2017 9:19

The St Columba Falls walk through temperate rain forest. Massive tree ferns and a 90 m waterfall.

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Thursday 9 Nov 2017 16:34

An unusual pub. The farm family had 7 sons, none of them wanted to farm. They wanted to start a pub. So instead of moving up a town they started one out here. The famous ‘Pub in a paddock’.

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Thursday 9 Nov 2017 16:19

This poor old girl was reluctant to pass under the toad with us waiting to photograph her.

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Thursday 9 Nov 2017 16:18

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Thursday 9 Nov 2017 15:59

Made our way into cow country today. These cows conduct themselves to and from milking facilities. All automatic, each milking is tested and logged for each cow before being pumped into the milk truck. They even have a tunnel under the road.

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017, 4:59 a.m.

Thursday 9 Nov 2017 9:24

Saw a whale or two as well outa bit.

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Thursday 9 Nov 2017 9:15

Bay of fires. Holiday feel.

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Wednesday 8 Nov 2017 13:39

A distillery too! Single malt and gin. They also make wine. The full lot.

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Wednesday 8 Nov 2017 13:38

Beer making. Great craft beers.

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Wednesday 8 Nov 2017 13:11

Iron house brewery tasting house and seafood. Yummo. Thanks again Sandy

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Wednesday 8 Nov 2017 10:58

Such a nice place. There is my bride. A bit of a late honeymoon however.

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Wednesday 8 Nov 2017 10:55

Stopped in at honeymoon bay.

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Wednesday 8 Nov 2017 9:52

Wineglass bay.

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Wednesday 8 Nov 2017 9:30

The view over Coles Bay was nice too.

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Wednesday 8 Nov 2017 9:29

On the walk up to wineglass bay lookout. Finally a beautiful day.

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Tuesday 7 Nov 2017 17:00

Cute splendid wren was getting used to us by the time we left. This is the male. No we didn’t feed it.

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Tuesday 7 Nov 2017 16:15

Finally saw a wombat. It was eating roots shoots and leaves.

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Tuesday 7 Nov 2017 15:13

Devils corner.

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Tuesday 7 Nov 2017 14:35

This winery had a great lookout. Nice wines.

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Monday 6 Nov 2017 19:57

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Monday 6 Nov 2017 18:28

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Monday 6 Nov 2017 18:27

Very tame Bennett’s wallaby. So sweet.

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Monday 6 Nov 2017 17:49

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Monday 6 Nov 2017 17:49

Friendlies beach

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Monday 6 Nov 2017 13:57

Another fabulous old pub.

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Sunday 5 Nov 2017 14:07

The view to the island

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Sunday 5 Nov 2017 13:59

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Sunday 5 Nov 2017 13:49

We crossed over to a small island. Two graves were on it for locals.

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Sunday 5 Nov 2017 13:23

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Sunday 5 Nov 2017 13:23

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Sunday 5 Nov 2017 12:50

This is on the edge of their property.

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Sunday 5 Nov 2017 8:35

They have this awesome view out their lounge window.

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Saturday 4 Nov 2017 16:22

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Saturday 4 Nov 2017 16:13

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Saturday 4 Nov 2017 13:48

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Saturday 4 Nov 2017 13:32

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Saturday 4 Nov 2017 12:26

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Saturday 4 Nov 2017 12:21

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Saturday 4 Nov 2017 12:02

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Thursday 2 Nov 2017 12:46

A pussycats croquet party

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Thursday 2 Nov 2017 12:45

A pussycats tea party.

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Thursday 2 Nov 2017 12:45

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Thursday 2 Nov 2017 12:39

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Thursday 2 Nov 2017 12:34

The tunnel to the library. Proud Mary being performed at the other end.

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Thursday 2 Nov 2017 12:03

Cable ties are art!!! So are plastic dinosaur figures. Only when used together however.

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Thursday 2 Nov 2017 12:01

The entrance to Mona.

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Thursday 2 Nov 2017 10:48

The Derwent river leads to Hobart.

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Thursday 2 Nov 2017 10:47

Following the Derwent into Hobart.

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Thursday 2 Nov 2017 9:21

The very excellent Russell falls. Massive drop in 3 parts. Tree ferns huge trees (mountain ash, myrtle, black arse sassafras, and black butt)

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Wednesday 1 Nov 2017 16:37

This echidna was totally in love with Sues Shoes. Must have smelt like food. Very cute.

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Wednesday 1 Nov 2017 16:35

This cute little echidna had no fear of humans. Kept on sticking its beak into the moss and soft soil looking for worm and insects.

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Wednesday 1 Nov 2017 15:38

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Wednesday 1 Nov 2017 15:37

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Wednesday 1 Nov 2017 13:32

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Wednesday 1 Nov 2017 13:23

A hydroelectric power station. Huge pipes leading from lakes down steep hills.

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Wednesday 1 Nov 2017 12:59

This is the centre of Tasmania

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Wednesday 1 Nov 2017 11:47

The wall is an exhibition by artist Greg Duncan. His first panel tells you it unaustralian to take photos. Very interesting and clever art with Huon pine carved and polished to produce extraordinary depictions of early Tasmanian life.

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Wednesday 1 Nov 2017 11:34

The pump house is now an exclusive resort and restaurant. We were not allowed to get close.

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Wednesday 1 Nov 2017 10:30

This is Lake St Claire. About 170 m deep. Formed by glacier action fairly recently!

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Wednesday 1 Nov 2017 8:41

A beautiful walk in the rainforest (and the rain) brought us to Nelson Falls.

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Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 13:38

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Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 13:38

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Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 13:37

A lookout overlooking Queenstown. That’s a footy oval with a gravel surface. Too wet for grass I guess.

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Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 12:56

Gold panning was a failure for me. Bloke next to me got a fleck.

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Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 12:04

Another top up with water and oil the bits and pieces. Entertaining.

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Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 11:06

At Dubbil Barril station the train turned around. The manual turnstile did the trick. Then they hitched it on the other end of the passenger cars and off home.

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Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 10:35

The king and the queen rivers join up somewhere here.

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Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 10:01

The pinion makes contact with the rack and has two pistons which literally winch the train up the incline. Only 3 in the world we are told.

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Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 9:59

The rack is in the middle of the track.

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Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 9:59

Stopped at a station in the rainforest. Getting a supply of water for the engine. 3000L of it each time.

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Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 9:55

It’s only a small train but can tow heavy ore trucks up inclines of 1:12. That’s one metre up every 12 metres. It uses a special geared drive called a rack and pinion to achieve this.

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Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 9:19

I was selected to wear a silly hat for the journey to speak in an Irish accent and to be mr Kelly, the engineer who designed and built the mine and train for getting the ore to the port at Strahan.

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Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 8:33

The drivers buddy. He did everything including keeping the burner going. This is an oil fired steam train so it is not reliant on coal or wood. It uses recycled dump oil.

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Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 8:30

Lovely carriages lined with black butt all polished and gleaming. Very comfortable and oozing with character.

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Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 8:28

Lyle No1. 120 years old. Still working every day.

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Monday 30 Oct 2017 14:17

Very nice caravan park in view of the mountains on either side.

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Monday 30 Oct 2017 13:24

This is the real deal. looking forward to tomorrow now.

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Monday 30 Oct 2017 13:14

Booked on the little steam train for tomorrow. It is really cute.

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Monday 30 Oct 2017 12:50

Queenstown Main Street. A quaint mining town. The surrounding hills are being quarried away. Copper I think.

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 15:49

The ocean beach at Strahan. Open ocean to the west and no place for the faint hearted.

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 15:34

View from the lookout over Strahan. Rain is on the way!!

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 13:30

Homeward bound. Cheers

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 13:17

Landfall point in the rainforest.

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 13:14

Logs with moss. Huon pine trees 100’s of years old.

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 13:04

A mixed bag of people of all shapes and sizes.

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 12:58

Rainforest fungi

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 12:53

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 12:30

Gordon franklyn dam site.

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 12:30

Huon pine lining the bank.

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 12:22

Entering the Gordon river.

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 11:36

Winds up.

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 11:19

The dormitory where the prisoners ended up staying when they proved to be a good work force boat building.

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 11:03

The penitentiary. This was a jail island you know.

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 11:03

A lime pond on Sarah island.

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 10:12

Sue on deck. It’s a bit fresh but clears the head. And messes up the hair.

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 10:09

Our window seats proved a winner. Also a view to the front.

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 10:09

Our view out the front of the boat.

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 9:45

Skipper is fairly relaxed. Joystick control.

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 9:44

Ship does 25 knots in style.

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 9:35

Man, it’s windy out on the deck.

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 9:30

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 9:05

Leaving Strahan jetty

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Sunday 29 Oct 2017 8:51

Lashing out on a cruise on the Gordon River and macQuarry harbour.

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Saturday 28 Oct 2017 10:37

The Empire Hotel at Queenstown. We will be returning here after Strahan and a cruise on the Gordon.

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Saturday 28 Oct 2017 9:24

Now winding our way some more

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Saturday 28 Oct 2017 9:17

More hills and winding. Mt Murchison was the steepest. In second for a lot of the climb. No traffic though so not at all stressful.

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Saturday 28 Oct 2017 9:17

Winding our way to Queenstown along the A10. Quiet with traffic and a good run.

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Friday 27 Oct 2017 14:15

This little echidna was spotted by Sue on the side of the road. She is a good looker! By the time we got to photograph it it had buried its little nose and head into a tussock of grass. But we spotted one. Our first echidna. Also saw a wombat and Platypus today. No devil or tiger though.

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Friday 27 Oct 2017 9:38

Tasmania np have excelled in their walking trails. This one travels around the lake, through thick woodland and over watercourses, up rocky headlands. This plank and wire netting board walk is an example.

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Friday 27 Oct 2017 9:18

It’s a nice day here but promises to become windy and wet. It’s already cold but it will be colder. Great walking weather.

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Friday 27 Oct 2017 9:18

On the Dove Lake walk in Cradle Mt np. Glacier rock. The national parks pass covers entry and shuttle bus from the visitor centre to the lake return. Lots of walks to choose from.

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Thursday 26 Oct 2017 18:05

I believe that is Cradle Mt in the distance. That’s for tomorrow. Oh saw a platypus in the river near the caravan park this evening. Very exciting 😬👌

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Thursday 26 Oct 2017 18:04

We had our dinner out thanks to Sandy at this fine old pub. Roaring fire and Tazzy beers and ripping pub meals. The main bar was the Philosophers bar named after James (philosopher) Smith.

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Thursday 26 Oct 2017 18:03

This stunning waterfall is on show in the Main Street. The pub is of course close to the viewing area.

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Thursday 26 Oct 2017 17:51

Made it to Waratah. An industrial town with a copper mine. All powered by the river as this water wheel shows. An early hydro power station too. 1907 if I recall.

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Thursday 26 Oct 2017 11:53

Sisters Beach is just up from boat harbour. This is where we had a fantastic reunion with Kirk, Jo, Mike and Nancy. They felt like family. No photos of them I’m afraid but a great lunch.

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Wednesday 25 Oct 2017 12:06

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Wednesday 25 Oct 2017 12:06

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Wednesday 25 Oct 2017 12:05

Tulips in every colour. The Main Street of Wynyard.

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Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 16:16

The Arthur river bridge. This is the end of the Tarkine.

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Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 15:47

Another sinkhole just off the road.

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Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 15:43

Sinkholes fill with water to form large and very deep lakes.

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Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 15:23

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Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 14:31

The Tarkine forest is heavily logged but pockets of original forest remain.

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Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 13:09

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Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 13:08

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Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 13:07

Very rugged and rough seas as the tannin water from the Arthur river carries trees and debris into the sea.

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Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 13:06

A moment of reflection on the edge of the world.

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Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 11:50

You can appreciate the Nut better from a distance.

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Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 11:01

There is the fishing fleet. Big amounts of scallops caught today.

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Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 10:53

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Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 10:39

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Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 10:39

A chair lift takes you up for $10 each. Then you walk around the top.

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Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 10:27

Stanley is a scallop fishing and farming town. Very early town. The Nut is a large massif overlooking the town.

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Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 10:27

Stanley. A very historic town.

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Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 9:43

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Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 9:17

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Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 9:15

Rugged coastline aptly called Rocky Cape

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Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 9:15

A cave used by local aborigines for thousands of years. The large midden at the entrance shows how much it was used.

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Monday 23 Oct 2017 13:20

Awesome

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Monday 23 Oct 2017 13:19

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Monday 23 Oct 2017 13:19

We are in a little rocky bay on the other side if the safe water.

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Monday 23 Oct 2017 13:18

Found our spot at the boat harbour free camp. What an awesome view and beach.

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Monday 23 Oct 2017 12:06

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Monday 23 Oct 2017 11:59

Tulips are in full flower. Every colour imaginable.

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Monday 23 Oct 2017 11:54

A lovely spiral staircase to the top.

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Monday 23 Oct 2017 11:51

Half of the windows are red which means if you are in a boat and you see red then you are too close to shore.

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Monday 23 Oct 2017 11:49

180 m above the water the 100 W bulb can be seen for 50km.

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Monday 23 Oct 2017 11:46

Up the lighthouse we learnt about the history of the area from Michael, our volunteer guide.

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Monday 23 Oct 2017 11:17

See the fairy wren on the lawn?

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Monday 23 Oct 2017 10:29

French classic design. Beautiful in every way. Probably broke down a lot but good looking nevertheless.

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Monday 23 Oct 2017 10:29

What about this. A really cool sports car.

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Monday 23 Oct 2017 10:23

Wynyard town boast this fine collection of vintage cars. This is one of the first model T fords off the production line.

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Monday 23 Oct 2017 8:50

A final look out over the hills of North Motton. It’s been a good winter and spring has sprung. Amazing flowers just growing naturally.

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Sunday 22 Oct 2017 12:31

Preston falls - pretty and easy to get to

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Sunday 22 Oct 2017 11:06

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Sunday 22 Oct 2017 11:05

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Sunday 22 Oct 2017 11:05

The view down the canyon

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Sunday 22 Oct 2017 10:50

700 steps from top to bottom. Very nice path thanks to a local Stephen Mcturk.

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Sunday 22 Oct 2017 10:44

Snow on the rocks up ahead

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Sunday 22 Oct 2017 10:35

Lush walkway into Leven Canyon

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Sunday 22 Oct 2017 10:30

Uncanny resemblance don’t you think?

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Saturday 21 Oct 2017 17:45

Nice!!!

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Saturday 21 Oct 2017 16:58

A little shelter has been provided with a fire place. We took advantage of that. Brilliant.

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Saturday 21 Oct 2017 16:57

The old Anglican Church which was here in 1860 was moved to another site but the old cemetery remains.

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Saturday 21 Oct 2017 16:57

We met up with some Tasmanians on the Murray river and they invited us to camp in the park near them. They are the caretakers so we said yep. North Motton is a small collection of farmlets ages the remains of a town.

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Saturday 21 Oct 2017 15:25

Very hard to capture such awesome views but use your imagination. 😉

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Saturday 21 Oct 2017 15:23

Of course transmission towers are up here too.

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Saturday 21 Oct 2017 15:22

The lookout at round hill gave a huge view over the area.

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Saturday 21 Oct 2017 15:09

Burnie west of Devonport. Surprised us with its size.

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Saturday 21 Oct 2017 14:21

The masters games are here in Ulverstone and we had our picnic in the marathon finish line.

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Saturday 21 Oct 2017 8:45

There is the ferry leaving for the day trippers. It only arrived a few hours ago in what they call a ‘quick turnaround ‘

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Friday 20 Oct 2017 20:59

A few fairy penguins 🐧 came ashore at Lillicoe beach. They probably will come in later because of the tide.

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Friday 20 Oct 2017 11:09

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Friday 20 Oct 2017 11:06

Grand old houses on the water front.

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Friday 20 Oct 2017 10:15

Nice lighthouse at Mersey point. A young bloke lost his life here saving a mate in trouble in the rough seas below. A tribute to Luke Jacobs next to the lighthouse b

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Friday 20 Oct 2017 10:03

The spirit of the ocean monument at the mouth of Devonport harbour

At night it would be very different with a fountain lit up with special lights.

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Thursday 19 Oct 2017 19:04

Bikies getting a welcome to Tasmania search of all belongings. Extra police on hand for the event

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Thursday 19 Oct 2017 18:27

Ready to offload vehicles. Waiting waiting

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Thursday 19 Oct 2017 13:19

Travelling at 25 knots we’ll be there in 9 hours.

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Thursday 19 Oct 2017 10:30

Open water

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Thursday 19 Oct 2017 10:30

Just about the leave ‘the bay’. That’s Sorrento over there. All the residents peering through their expensive windows at us.

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Thursday 19 Oct 2017 8:57

Casting off from Melbourne. The ship is so smooth you would hardly know it’s moving.

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Thursday 19 Oct 2017 7:47

At last, into the bowels of the ship

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Thursday 19 Oct 2017 7:26

Loading up the vehicles onto the ferry. Lots of Rebel bikies roaring around.

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Wednesday 18 Oct 2017 11:18

Birthday shopping is always good fun. This HUGE shopping centre meant that we didn’t have to go far to get the perfect shop for what we wanted.

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Tuesday 17 Oct 2017 19:31

Here we are in good old Melbourne enjoying a balmy night with the roar of planes overhead and millions of other caravanners. An easy run from here to the ferry port on Thursday. There will be a convoy of caravans heading out to catch the ferry from here.

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Tuesday 17 Oct 2017 11:41

Rhododendrons at the top of mt Macedon

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Tuesday 17 Oct 2017 11:36

Wow. A big cross!! For war vets

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Tuesday 17 Oct 2017 11:34

Stunning walkway lined with English plants

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Tuesday 17 Oct 2017 11:31

Major Mitchell isn’t just a cockatoo

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Tuesday 17 Oct 2017 11:31

Awesome view from Mt Macedon

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Tuesday 17 Oct 2017 11:06

Camels hump lookout.

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Tuesday 17 Oct 2017 11:06

There it is. In the smoke haze.

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Tuesday 17 Oct 2017 9:51

Miranda! 😬

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Monday 16 Oct 2017 20:27

A nocturnal visitor to share our camp fire

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Monday 16 Oct 2017 19:44

This is the best campsite yet. I hear when it is windy the tree limbs start falling.

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Monday 16 Oct 2017 12:28

Castlemaine. A really historic town.

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Monday 16 Oct 2017 12:11

Burke’s monument overlooking his home town. Castlemaine

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Monday 16 Oct 2017 12:10

This really is an impressive monument. It commemorates John Ohara Burke who was the first non indigenous person to cross the continent south to north. He later died because of a serious mixup at Cooper Creek. It just shows how things can so very wrong very quickly out in remote Australia.

Posted: Oct. 16, 2017, 1:10 a.m.

Monday 16 Oct 2017 12:02

A rare surface feature, this is an anticlinal fold. You can see how the granite , when it was still plastic, was folded into a curve.

Posted: Oct. 16, 2017, 1:02 a.m.

Monday 16 Oct 2017 11:39

This is a Rifled muzzle loader off a British warship. The Victory. Usually muzzle loaders which have the charge and ball loaded from the open muzzle are smooth bores. The rifled bore which spins the bullet, gives the gun better range and accuracy. Later, breech loading guns became more useful, since these guns didn’t need to be ‘run in’ to reload.

Posted: Oct. 16, 2017, 12:39 a.m.

Monday 16 Oct 2017 9:36

This is the map of the area around the campsite.

Posted: Oct. 15, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

Monday 16 Oct 2017 8:53

Cooked breakfast this morning.

Posted: Oct. 15, 2017, 9:53 p.m.

Sunday 15 Oct 2017 19:19

Ahh campfire sunset relax time. This is a wonderful campsite. The birds are very entertaining. A big family of white winged cloughs fossicked on the ground while sulphur crested cockatoos screeched on the wing.

Posted: Oct. 15, 2017, 8:19 a.m.

Sunday 15 Oct 2017 17:04

Our evening cook up is a loaf of bread.

Posted: Oct. 15, 2017, 6:04 a.m.

Sunday 15 Oct 2017 16:35

A savoury bread for us was first out of the oven.

Posted: Oct. 15, 2017, 5:35 a.m.

Sunday 15 Oct 2017 14:48

Found this really nice camp site just out of Bendigo up the top of a mountain. Mt Alexander

Posted: Oct. 15, 2017, 3:48 a.m.

Sunday 15 Oct 2017 10:47

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Sunday 15 Oct 2017 10:46

Bendigo Creek. Paved no less.

Posted: Oct. 14, 2017, 11:46 p.m.

Sunday 15 Oct 2017 10:45

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Sunday 15 Oct 2017 10:44

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Sunday 15 Oct 2017 10:44

Tulip 💐 display in full force next to town park.

Posted: Oct. 14, 2017, 11:44 p.m.

Sunday 15 Oct 2017 10:25

Posted: Oct. 14, 2017, 11:25 p.m.

Sunday 15 Oct 2017 10:24

Bendigo is a ridgey didge gold mining town. Vast well made public buildings from the 1870’s.

Posted: Oct. 14, 2017, 11:24 p.m.

Saturday 14 Oct 2017 14:36

Staying at Wedderburn which is an old gold town near Bendigo. This is the hill where all the finds were discovered. They still yield a few specks as an old prospector claimed today.

Posted: Oct. 14, 2017, 3:36 a.m.

Saturday 14 Oct 2017 12:24

We’ve been good - up to now! A pie from the local bakery was delicious 😋

Posted: Oct. 14, 2017, 1:24 a.m.

Saturday 14 Oct 2017 12:24

Lunch stop on the Avoca River. Curious as to why the sail fish was there. Apparently the river had Kenyan Swordfish released here. That would surprise the unwary. River monster fisherman territory.

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Saturday 14 Oct 2017 11:34

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Saturday 14 Oct 2017 11:34

A Lumper !

Posted: Oct. 14, 2017, 12:34 a.m.

Saturday 14 Oct 2017 10:18

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 11:18 p.m.

Saturday 14 Oct 2017 10:18

The Main Street of Sea lake

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 11:18 p.m.

Saturday 14 Oct 2017 9:42

Oh YES

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 10:42 p.m.

Saturday 14 Oct 2017 9:41

The fabled lake in glorious sunshine ☀️

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 10:41 p.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 18:42

Great camp here at Sea Lake. $10 with showers toilets. So good.

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 7:42 a.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 16:12

That is the pink lake known as Lake Tyrrell. You tube instagram trending stuff amongst millenniums

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 5:12 a.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 13:55

Just missed the departure of the ps Melbourne

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 2:55 a.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 13:49

Hey Tommy, show this to Jimmy. Looks like his dream. Really well patronised on the foreshore at Mildura.

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 2:49 a.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 11:09

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 12:39 a.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 11:09

A rather spectacular entrance to the state of Victoria.

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 12:39 a.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 10:58

A bridge that lifts at the centre to allow passage on the water. Quick work from Sue to snap this one. 😉

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 12:28 a.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 10:31

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Friday 13 Oct 2017 10:30

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Friday 13 Oct 2017 10:20

Great old wooden boat with a steam engine and crew quarters.

Posted: Oct. 12, 2017, 11:50 p.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 10:10

Not to mention a windmill an double decker dunney

Posted: Oct. 12, 2017, 11:40 p.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 10:07

The real thing, a paddle steamer from 1911, felt a bit upstaged. The Industry was used to remove snags (fallen timber) from the river.

Posted: Oct. 12, 2017, 11:37 p.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 10:02

This hilarious barge had flowers, palms and even chickens on board as it approached it played loud C&W music.

Posted: Oct. 12, 2017, 11:32 p.m.

Thursday 12 Oct 2017 19:05

Romantic past revealed

Posted: Oct. 12, 2017, 8:35 a.m.

Thursday 12 Oct 2017 15:15

Our trip so far is in red.

Posted: Oct. 12, 2017, 4:45 a.m.

Thursday 12 Oct 2017 13:08

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Thursday 12 Oct 2017 13:06

Posted: Oct. 12, 2017, 2:36 a.m.

Thursday 12 Oct 2017 13:06

This old water tower has been converted to a look out. Nice views which the photo doesn’t do justice to.

Posted: Oct. 12, 2017, 2:36 a.m.

Thursday 12 Oct 2017 12:30

Lake Bonney close to Berri. Huge holiday destination. No swimming! Maybe it’s quite shallow.

Posted: Oct. 12, 2017, 2 a.m.

Thursday 12 Oct 2017 9:51

The Murray River. The bridge in the distance is the Berri to Renmark road.

Posted: Oct. 11, 2017, 11:21 p.m.

Wednesday 11 Oct 2017 9:55

Historic pub 1860. On an old coach route alongside the Murray River

Posted: Oct. 10, 2017, 11:25 p.m.

Wednesday 11 Oct 2017 9:54

A great barn find

Posted: Oct. 10, 2017, 11:24 p.m.

Wednesday 11 Oct 2017 8:31

Morgan is a small town with a rich Rail and Port history. This is a part of that complex which is now an information centre. It was raining and nasty so we had a cup of tea and moved on. Nice town though.

Posted: Oct. 10, 2017, 10:01 p.m.

Wednesday 11 Oct 2017 7:57

Posted: Oct. 10, 2017, 9:27 p.m.

Wednesday 11 Oct 2017 7:57

Another pub. It seems the last building to go in an abandoned town.

Posted: Oct. 10, 2017, 9:27 p.m.

Wednesday 11 Oct 2017 7:26

Nice old buildings. This is a pub.

Posted: Oct. 10, 2017, 8:56 p.m.

Wednesday 11 Oct 2017 7:06

You have to find your way back to the middle of the world on this road. The ‘Worlds End Hwy’

Posted: Oct. 10, 2017, 8:36 p.m.

Wednesday 11 Oct 2017 7:01

Who would put a car on a stick outside their home. It looked like a Renault

Posted: Oct. 10, 2017, 8:31 p.m.

Wednesday 11 Oct 2017 6:39

The new day begins

Posted: Oct. 10, 2017, 8:09 p.m.

Wednesday 11 Oct 2017 6:38

So windy here last night we got up early and racked off. The World’s End tag for this area was a bit too true to its name.

Posted: Oct. 10, 2017, 8:08 p.m.

Tuesday 10 Oct 2017 17:51

Here we are - the end of the world

Posted: Oct. 10, 2017, 7:21 a.m.

Tuesday 10 Oct 2017 14:14

We were going to stop in Clare but found it too busy so scooted on. We found this deserted town called Farrell Flat for lunch.

Posted: Oct. 10, 2017, 3:44 a.m.

Tuesday 10 Oct 2017 11:46

Here you are Tom, doing a little research on you behalf.

Posted: Oct. 10, 2017, 1:16 a.m.

Tuesday 10 Oct 2017 9:54

The Pichi Richi train getting all steamed up as it pulls out of Quorn. What a noise and time travel experience.

Posted: Oct. 9, 2017, 11:24 p.m.

Tuesday 10 Oct 2017 9:51

Pichi Richi train at Quorn.

Posted: Oct. 9, 2017, 11:21 p.m.

Tuesday 10 Oct 2017 9:39

Quorn in the north flinders ranges.

Posted: Oct. 9, 2017, 11:09 p.m.

Tuesday 10 Oct 2017 8:48

Dawn at 9am

Posted: Oct. 9, 2017, 10:18 p.m.

Tuesday 10 Oct 2017 8:19

The little creek just near our campsite. This is Warren gorge in the North Flinders.

Posted: Oct. 9, 2017, 9:49 p.m.

Monday 9 Oct 2017 16:55

These shy Adelaide Rosella were enjoying the warm afternoon like us.

Posted: Oct. 9, 2017, 6:25 a.m.

Monday 9 Oct 2017 13:05

What’s that looking at us?

Posted: Oct. 9, 2017, 2:35 a.m.

Monday 9 Oct 2017 12:38

Smoke-Ho lookout

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Monday 9 Oct 2017 12:19

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Monday 9 Oct 2017 11:21

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Monday 9 Oct 2017 10:53

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Monday 9 Oct 2017 10:15

Posted: Oct. 8, 2017, 11:45 p.m.

Sunday 8 Oct 2017 19:03

Shoreline cp in Port Augusta. Our second visit and a nice place to stop.

Posted: Oct. 8, 2017, 8:33 a.m.

Sunday 8 Oct 2017 19:02

Posted: Oct. 8, 2017, 8:32 a.m.

Saturday 7 Oct 2017 18:06

Found a bush camp just off the highway. Getting too tired to continue so beer o’clock!!

Posted: Oct. 7, 2017, 7:36 a.m.

Saturday 7 Oct 2017 14:02

Nice wayside stop for lunch

Posted: Oct. 7, 2017, 3:32 a.m.

Saturday 7 Oct 2017 11:51

Posted: Oct. 7, 2017, 1:21 a.m.

Saturday 7 Oct 2017 9:20

Time to leave. Lovely family time comes to an end. We’ll be back.

Posted: Oct. 6, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

Thursday 5 Oct 2017 7:25

Down there tucked amongst the trees is the Ewers-Reilly house.

Posted: Oct. 4, 2017, 8:55 p.m.

Thursday 5 Oct 2017 7:16

Got up for an early walk and found myself up spencer hill at dawn. Quite awesome.

Posted: Oct. 4, 2017, 8:46 p.m.

Monday 2 Oct 2017 20:59

The Oils in full flight. What an awesome concert. Thanks Tom and Lucy for a wonderful birthday present.

Posted: Oct. 2, 2017, 11:29 a.m.

Monday 2 Oct 2017 17:22

Beautiful afternoon beer in the sun. Alice turns it on.

Posted: Oct. 2, 2017, 7:52 a.m.

Monday 2 Oct 2017 16:39

Ticket office at oils concert. Going down the Todd for pre concert drinks. That’s Sammy in the background from Papunya. He was the leader of the original supporting band when the Oils did their first concert in 1987 in Alice. He didn’t have any ID and told the lass behind the counter he was a black fella from Alice Springs. That was good enough for her. Haha

Posted: Oct. 2, 2017, 7:09 a.m.

Sunday 1 Oct 2017 9:29

This magnificent river red gum is in toms front yard.

Posted: Sept. 30, 2017, 11:59 p.m.

Sunday 1 Oct 2017 9:23

Tom is making a chook pen for the front yard.

Posted: Sept. 30, 2017, 11:53 p.m.

Sunday 1 Oct 2017 9:19

All these paragliders are staying in the back yard. They are part of a club and Rich invited them to share the best of what Alice has to offer. So far they have only had 2 wet nights of sleeping in the back yard here but the weather is improving...

Posted: Sept. 30, 2017, 11:49 p.m.

Sunday 1 Oct 2017 8:57

Half way point. Spending a super fortnight with Tom, Lucy, Poppy and Tully. We are camped out the back and although the flu is about, catching up with everyone is epic.

Posted: Sept. 30, 2017, 11:27 p.m.

Friday 29 Sep 2017 17:30

The back patio is where most action takes place. Here we have just got up on the roof to clear the gutters. Just as well because the next few days are raining and stormy.

Posted: Sept. 29, 2017, 8 a.m.

Friday 29 Sep 2017 9:11

How’s this grand daughter with a spring flower headband?

Posted: Sept. 28, 2017, 11:41 p.m.

Friday 29 Sep 2017 9:01

We attended the last day of Poppies school which was a Spring Festival. We danced, had games like a treasure hunt and then , a feast!

Posted: Sept. 28, 2017, 11:31 p.m.

Sunday 24 Sep 2017 17:33

Lining up the galahs in the centre.

Posted: Sept. 24, 2017, 8:03 a.m.

Sunday 24 Sep 2017 11:36

Check out the train line creation. A Sunday taken care of.

Posted: Sept. 24, 2017, 2:06 a.m.

Friday 22 Sep 2017 13:37

Still too cold in there for me but maybe by the end of next week ...

Posted: Sept. 22, 2017, 4:07 a.m.

Thursday 21 Sep 2017 18:41

This is blue boy and flower girl. Works of art. A bit like our grandkids.

Posted: Sept. 21, 2017, 9:11 a.m.

Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 18:18

Our the back of Giles st in Davidson park.

Posted: Sept. 19, 2017, 8:48 a.m.

Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 17:31

Tasting the beers. What a great choice. Two pale ales, a traditional English bitter, and an Irish stout. Heaven.

Posted: Sept. 19, 2017, 8:01 a.m.

Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 15:01

Tully time

Posted: Sept. 19, 2017, 5:31 a.m.

Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 15:00

Tully gets home from school first.

Posted: Sept. 19, 2017, 5:30 a.m.

Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 13:35

We're here! Now just have to wait until end of school. Arrived just as Lucy was getting into her cab to go to the airport. She'll be back in a week.

Posted: Sept. 19, 2017, 4:05 a.m.

Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 9:30

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Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 9:26

Ellery Creek Big Hole. Rough track to get in. Crazy guy climbing the loose cliff face. Nice and cool

Posted: Sept. 18, 2017, 11:56 p.m.

Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 8:30

The ochre pits.

Posted: Sept. 18, 2017, 11 p.m.

Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 7:02

Great place to wake up.

Posted: Sept. 18, 2017, 9:32 p.m.

Monday 18 Sep 2017 14:45

Great light for photography

Posted: Sept. 18, 2017, 5:15 a.m.

Monday 18 Sep 2017 14:45

I found another model parading for the cameras at the gorge.

Posted: Sept. 18, 2017, 5:15 a.m.

Monday 18 Sep 2017 14:45

These girls were being filmed frolicking in the tepid waters of ormiston gorge. They were very professional and when I went for a swim, I discovered they were good at pretending too. It was freezing!

Posted: Sept. 18, 2017, 5:15 a.m.

Monday 18 Sep 2017 13:54

Mt Sonder from the lookout.

Posted: Sept. 18, 2017, 4:24 a.m.

Monday 18 Sep 2017 11:00

This galah was very friendly to me and let me scratch her and sat very calmly on my hand. As soon as I transferred her to Sue it nipped her. Drew blood! Talked to the cleaning lady later and she said it hated women and everyone stayed clear of it.

Posted: Sept. 18, 2017, 1:30 a.m.

Monday 18 Sep 2017 10:01

Up there somewhere

Posted: Sept. 18, 2017, 12:31 a.m.

Monday 18 Sep 2017 9:59

I helped this bloke find a geocache in the rocks above the life ring at glen helen gorge

Posted: Sept. 18, 2017, 12:29 a.m.

Monday 18 Sep 2017 9:39

Paddling in the gorge.

Posted: Sept. 18, 2017, 12:09 a.m.

Monday 18 Sep 2017 8:53

When we arrived just on sunset last night we discovered we couldn't raise the roof. After some help from David, our friendly neighbour, he had to hold the roof up while I inspected the springs, I found the culprit. That bolt in the middle of the scissor spring had sheared. We unjammed the lever and got the roof off after about an hour of stuffing around. Showers and a spaghetti bolegnese from the freezer and we went to the pub to party. I fixed the bolt the next morning. This is the first time something has broken on the Q 😢

Posted: Sept. 17, 2017, 11:23 p.m.

Monday 18 Sep 2017 7:10

Ahh resting up today at Glen Helen. Camped right in front of the bluff. Great music and time at the pub last night danced the night away.

Posted: Sept. 17, 2017, 9:40 p.m.

Sunday 17 Sep 2017 21:03

A great performer. What a pleasant end to our trip across the desert.

Posted: Sept. 17, 2017, 11:33 a.m.

Sunday 17 Sep 2017 17:29

After crunching our way on this very uncomfortable road reached Morris pass. A quick snap before heading for Glen Helen.

Posted: Sept. 17, 2017, 7:59 a.m.

Sunday 17 Sep 2017 17:28

Gosses Bluff.

Posted: Sept. 17, 2017, 7:58 a.m.

Sunday 17 Sep 2017 16:45

A view from the road of Gosses Bluff.

Posted: Sept. 17, 2017, 7:15 a.m.

Sunday 17 Sep 2017 14:51

Tyler's pass was actually a good campsite as well as having fantastic views.

Posted: Sept. 17, 2017, 5:21 a.m.

Sunday 17 Sep 2017 13:08

This walk was cut short anyway.

Posted: Sept. 17, 2017, 3:38 a.m.

Sunday 17 Sep 2017 13:07

The gorge walk at Kings Canyon. The rim walk was too hot so we left that.

Posted: Sept. 17, 2017, 3:37 a.m.

Sunday 17 Sep 2017 12:06

Kings Creek Station. This was the scene of the (now) infamous Getaway end of shoot party where Jules and the cameraman and the helicopter pilot kept us up all night when we had an early rise for our helicopter joy flight over the peterman ranges. Grrr

Posted: Sept. 17, 2017, 2:36 a.m.

Sunday 17 Sep 2017 10:43

A very friendly dingo going for scraps at a roadside stop. Had a good chat to travellers in a Prado.

Posted: Sept. 17, 2017, 1:13 a.m.

Sunday 17 Sep 2017 10:07

The turnoff to Kings Canyon off the Lassetter highway.

Posted: Sept. 17, 2017, 12:37 a.m.

Sunday 17 Sep 2017 9:27

Curtin Springs Station. Some nice birds were to be seen. (They were in cages)

Posted: Sept. 16, 2017, 11:57 p.m.

Saturday 16 Sep 2017 18:31

The sunset from the second dune. Talked to the people who got their large Kakoda up. Quite a feat.

Posted: Sept. 16, 2017, 9:01 a.m.

Saturday 16 Sep 2017 16:30

our new best friend.

Posted: Sept. 16, 2017, 7 a.m.

Saturday 16 Sep 2017 15:51

Our camp site is down there somewhere.

Posted: Sept. 16, 2017, 6:21 a.m.

Saturday 16 Sep 2017 15:51

The view from near our camp site.

Posted: Sept. 16, 2017, 6:21 a.m.

Saturday 16 Sep 2017 13:33

What's that in the distance?

Posted: Sept. 16, 2017, 4:03 a.m.

Saturday 16 Sep 2017 13:25

The bitumen again seems a little boring.

Posted: Sept. 16, 2017, 3:55 a.m.

Saturday 16 Sep 2017 12:25

This is a nice walk into a gully

Posted: Sept. 16, 2017, 2:55 a.m.

Saturday 16 Sep 2017 11:57

The olgas or Katatjuta.

Posted: Sept. 16, 2017, 2:27 a.m.

Saturday 16 Sep 2017 9:24

Here is his cave where he perished poor bastard

Posted: Sept. 15, 2017, 11:54 p.m.

Saturday 16 Sep 2017 9:23

Here is the full story.

Posted: Sept. 15, 2017, 11:53 p.m.

Saturday 16 Sep 2017 9:21

Poor old Lassetter died here. He got caught out alone with no water.

Posted: Sept. 15, 2017, 11:51 p.m.

Saturday 16 Sep 2017 8:14

This is the Len Beadell plaque tree. A very distinctive ghost gum.

Posted: Sept. 15, 2017, 10:44 p.m.

Saturday 16 Sep 2017 8:13

This is a replica of the plaque set in this area by Len beadell.

Posted: Sept. 15, 2017, 10:43 p.m.

Saturday 16 Sep 2017 7:04

Dawn over the ranges.

Posted: Sept. 15, 2017, 9:34 p.m.

Friday 15 Sep 2017 19:11

We then loaded the brazier up with wood and let her rip.

Posted: Sept. 15, 2017, 9:41 a.m.

Friday 15 Sep 2017 18:30

We used the brazier for grilling some chicken pieces tonight for the first time. Pretty good now I've drilled extra air holes.

Posted: Sept. 15, 2017, 9 a.m.

Friday 15 Sep 2017 15:44

That's the right spot. After much moving, checking and moving found the perfect spot. That's Gill's Pinnacle in the background at 869 m it's the tallest peak around. Apparently Lassetters reef is in those hills full of gold.

Posted: Sept. 15, 2017, 7:44 a.m.

Friday 15 Sep 2017 14:28

The road ahead is rocky and stony. The ranges ahead looked like a Namatjira painting.

Posted: Sept. 15, 2017, 6:28 a.m.

Friday 15 Sep 2017 13:18

The roadhouse near Giles weather station which was closed when we got there. Timing is everything and haven't been able to nail the tour and weather balloon launch yet.

Posted: Sept. 15, 2017, 5:18 a.m.

Friday 15 Sep 2017 11:22

Here we met Helen and Pam who have been on the road for six months and on the way back. Looking for a way from Menzies to Leinster. Must follow that up.

Posted: Sept. 15, 2017, 3:22 a.m.

Friday 15 Sep 2017 11:01

How's this for a concept car. Tractor parts and other good bits all over.

Posted: Sept. 15, 2017, 3:01 a.m.

Friday 15 Sep 2017 9:48

This high tech windmill has a solar panel as well. No idea why but an innovation nevertheless.

Posted: Sept. 15, 2017, 1:48 a.m.

Friday 15 Sep 2017 8:35

Lots of camels with young on this part of the road. Apparently they like sleeping on the road at night so be careful.

Posted: Sept. 15, 2017, 12:35 a.m.

Friday 15 Sep 2017 8:34

Some parts were very bad but mostly quite well maintained. The closer we got to the border, the worse it got. Apparently on the other side the grader has just given the road a trim.

Posted: Sept. 15, 2017, 12:34 a.m.

Thursday 14 Sep 2017 17:22

The view from the top of the bluff at sunset was stunning

Posted: Sept. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m.

Thursday 14 Sep 2017 17:19

Pulled in to Desert Surf on sunset. Glorious colours reflected off the cliff.

Posted: Sept. 14, 2017, 9:19 a.m.

Thursday 14 Sep 2017 13:12

Shady spot to stop for a cuppa. The Pines

Posted: Sept. 14, 2017, 5:12 a.m.

Thursday 14 Sep 2017 12:25

On the dirt.

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Thursday 14 Sep 2017 10:41

Posted: Sept. 14, 2017, 2:41 a.m.

Thursday 14 Sep 2017 8:36

In a hilarious twist, this horse was patiently waiting outside the door at 8am. For the pub to open. The horse was not restrained in any way and was dressed in a blanket against the cold.

Posted: Sept. 14, 2017, 12:36 a.m.

Thursday 14 Sep 2017 8:35

One of the many towns that have disappeared, Kookynie still has a pub.

Posted: Sept. 14, 2017, 12:35 a.m.

Wednesday 13 Sep 2017 20:01

Day 2. Boondi to Niagara

Posted: Sept. 13, 2017, 12:01 p.m.

Wednesday 13 Sep 2017 18:22

Ahhh. Barbie over coals and sunset What can I say. I wonder how the other half are living.

Posted: Sept. 13, 2017, 10:22 a.m.

Wednesday 13 Sep 2017 17:17

This is Niagara dam which was built for the township of Niagara in 1895. The town is now gone as is the use of the dam. A great campsite however.

Posted: Sept. 13, 2017, 9:17 a.m.

Wednesday 13 Sep 2017 13:42

Overlooking lake Ballard

Posted: Sept. 13, 2017, 5:42 a.m.

Wednesday 13 Sep 2017 11:03

Orabanda pub. This was the site of a murder when the licensee of the pub, an ex policeman, shot a bikie from distance as they sat around a campfire. The ex cop was killed later in a car bomb.

Posted: Sept. 13, 2017, 3:03 a.m.

Tuesday 12 Sep 2017 16:16

It's a long way to the top if you want to climb a rock

Posted: Sept. 12, 2017, 8:16 a.m.

Tuesday 12 Sep 2017 15:58

The view from the drone.

Posted: Sept. 12, 2017, 7:58 a.m.

Tuesday 12 Sep 2017 15:51

This is a terrific campsite. The water is the collection dam from the rock. It is channeled into the dam and attracted all sorts of bird life. And campers!!

Posted: Sept. 12, 2017, 7:51 a.m.

Tuesday 12 Sep 2017 15:42

Boondi Rock. That's a tautology isn't it? Left the wet weather behind. Got here at 3.10pm 480 km on one tank. The air cond is clattering so that might need to be replaced in Alice. Not life threatening though.

Posted: Sept. 12, 2017, 7:42 a.m.

Tuesday 12 Sep 2017 10:11

Meckering. In 1968 devastated by a major earthquake. I remember feeling it in Perth with the fridge doing a dance across the kitchen floor. We were playing poker with kidney beans and they flipped off the table all by themselves. 😁

Posted: Sept. 12, 2017, 2:11 a.m.

Sunday 10 Sep 2017 20:03

Day 1 plan

Posted: Sept. 10, 2017, 12:03 p.m.

Perth To Tasmania 2017

User: jayarr
Dates: 10 Sep 2017 - 8 Dec 2017
Duration: 2 months, 4 weeks

Starting in early September, we hope to travel through the centre of Australia to Melbourne where we will take the spirit of Tasmania to the apple isle and travel in a leisurely fashion for a month.

Looking forward to seeing the aor convoy and pirate dress up. Roger the cabin boy and all heave away ho😳

Thanks Steve. All taken with our phones. I think sometimes I would prefer a proper camera but then these are just so damn convenient. Until they run out of batteries 🤔I do have a spare battery pack but the only time I needed it it was back in the car. Grrr 😡

What an amazing trip! Bloody good photos too🙂

Oops a few years out. We were last in Queenstown in 1979. Can you believe we're that young?

Queenstown was Mandy's first teaching position. When we visited 1986 it was a moonscape and the river running through the town was black with pollution. They'd cut all the trees for the mine and pumped muck in to the river. Remember doing a tour of the closed mine with an ex-miner. Did your Irish accent become thicker at each larger?

No statues of Bob (nor mention of HIM). Instead credit to premier Lowe and Malcolm Fraser for saving the area from the hydro electric lobby. The premier was ousted as was Malcolm as a cost of saving the franklyn so they said here. The activists obviously played a big part in these decisions but not a mention!!

Yes San that meal out was well worth it. A couple of beers , a JB draught and a tooheys old an open fire and some country cooked meals. Great view over the waterfall too. Thanks for the treat xx

Any statues to Saint bob on the Gordon? Hope you got your money worth of pale ale on the trip home. Still envious of your trip. Not too many more photos please! At last warming up here. Jacksie applying for job at Noosa

Looks like you are seeing lots of lovely places. Glad you had s meal in me at that nice looking pub! Xxx

Just a sprinkle. Fine tomorrow so we are walking the dove lake circuit

The weather looks fabulous in pics! Did the rain end up getting you?

Good comment. That makes it less than 38 years old. Looks about that.

Looking like an amazing trip. No chairlift to the Nut when we were there 1979. Had to walk to the top. Very jealous. Still
Looking at Quantums🙂

Thanks Steve. Only a few days before the crossing. Feeling a bit nervous about it. The weather can be atrocious in bass strait.

Great trip and photos. Glad the flu didn't develop. Sounds like sue got a proper dose. Enjoy the ferry ride 🙂👍

Thanks Sally. I drilled extra holes in it. Makes a huge difference. Cooked on it the other night with a grill. Cooked chicken pieces. Beautiful 😁

Looking good you guys! Fire looks to be cranking this time dad!!