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Oct 3, 2009 - Baywatch - The Bay of Fires and Wineglass Bay

Bay of Fires and Wineglass Bay. Friday 2nd October 2009 Blue skies today and we drive through fertile farmland on our way to St Helens and the Bay of Fires. Though once again we travel through lots of forests and hundreds of corners – Tasmania must have some of the twistiest roads we have ever driven! The Bay of Fires is really very nice with startlingly white sand, beautiful turquoise sea and nicely coloured rocks – and we have a very pleasant walk and picnic on the rocks! The accommodation options here are very limited so we decide to...

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Feb 13, 2009 - Unlimited Views

It was chilly again last night but our mattress held. We headed down to Coles Bay. On the way we stopped at a Blow hole by Port Arthur. We stopped at a road side trailer for lunch called 'Doolushus'. We had fish and calamari. The best fish and chips ever and for desert we had ice cream covered with fresh berries from the area. One of the highlights so far.. I would even put this on my weekly highlights. Then down the road for more wine tasting. We pulled off at the Milton Vineyard and then the Freycinet Wine Cellar. Then into the Freycinet...

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Jan 22, 2009 - East coast Tasmania

Thursday January 22 Today there was bad weather all across Tasmania and especially in Hobart. On the news there were trees down, cars damaged and the Tasman Bridge in Hobart was closed for a while due to strong winds (over 115 km an hour). We only experienced the winds when we reached Bichena where we had stopped for a coffee and had to move into the cafe to get out of the sand storm that suddenly blew in. When we started driving again there were branches all over the road and we had to turn back on the road half way to St Mary’s as there...

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Jan 21, 2009 - On the road up Tasmania's east coast

Wednesday January 21 We started the day by updating the travel journal courtesy of our landlady (Mary) who lent us her wireless internet ‘stick’. Upload time online is fairly expensive here in Australia, so that was very generous of her. I (Gary) must have been on-line for a good hour! We then left the B&B to take a leisurely walk around the harbour in Hobart, stopping for few pictures at a sculpture dedicated to the first Australian to explore Antarctica, a fellow by the name of Bernachi (sp?). At lunchtime today we met up with the...

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Mar 29, 2007 - Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australia

"Looks like we'll be in time for the 10:30 feeding" assured Dad as we drove toward Port Arthur. He was talking about Tasmanian Devils though, not convicts, and before long, we pulled into the parking lot of the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park. As we walked through the entrance, we could smell the creatures well before seeing them. Despite the offensive odor, we gathered around the low concrete wall surrounding one of three separate enclosures, each holding a different age group of devils. Three young pups lay in a heap sleeping...

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Mar 28, 2007 - Tour to Bicheno

In the morning with a mostly new group of people the tour continued to Port Arthur which was the main prison settlement in Tasmania. It was a place for secondary offenders and so was quite severe in places, however the crimes were normally quite petty. As well as the prison house there was also a large church to reform the prisoners soul, a punishment building where the prisoners could be isolated and locked in dark cells for up to a month as well as a "lunatic asylum" next door. After a guided tour of the grounds there was a boat trip...

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Feb 12, 2007 - Beautiful Bicheno

Took a side trip to Bicheno today...40 km from the Beach House. A rare siting of bottlenose dolphins in The Gulch. Took a glass bottom boat tour of The Gulch and Governor Island Marine Reserve - terns and comorants. It was really cool watching the yellow-eyed mullets, jelly fish and sea stars play in the kelp forests. 12 miles out (continental shelf) is where the commercial fishing takes place and the bigger mammals hang out (killer whales, dolphins etc.) Also took in the Bicheno Aquarium where the girls saw seahorses and got to touch giant...

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Feb 11, 2007 - Coles Bay

Beautiful morning, even if The Hazards are shrouded in cloud and drizzle. Great night sleep for all. Harper is definitely loving the activity with her cousins, aunt and uncle. We went to the visitor centre at Freycinet National Park this morning (only 0.5 km from our doorstep!). Abby bought a Tasmanian devil and Julia, a wombat stuffed animal with the money Grandpa gave them at Christmas. They are very taken with their new fuzzy friends. We spent the afternoon frolicking on Richardson's Beach, a 2 minute walk from the Beach House. The water...

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Jan 17, 2007 - Smell, Fires and waddling!

Today was the first day of my 7 day tour around Tasmania. It didn't get off to a roaring start since when the bus picked me up, there was a problem with the brakes that needed to be fixed so we were going to go to Cataract Gorge and see that! Oh well, spent another morning there, soaking up the sun and getting to know my fellow traveller's a bit better! Good thing was that the brakes were fixed and our guide, Glen, fixed an amazing BBQ lunch and then we were off! We headed towards the Bridstowe Estate Lavendar farm, which grows some of the...

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Dec 31, 2006 - Coles Bay

We arrived at Coles Bay after what seemed a very long drive. We left Launceston and headed towards Scottsdale. Progress was slow as we were traveling through a mountain region and the winding roads kept us on our toes. It was a beautiful drive through some awesome forests, although the weather was a little miserable. Yes you guessed, it was cloudy and raining. We finally got to St. Helens which is a seaside town on the east coast. It was incredibly busy with people everywhere (New Years eve). We had some lunch and headed onwards to our...

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Dec 22, 2006 - Coles Bay, TAS

COLES BAY \ FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK - Friday 15th December (Day 49) With the east coast fires raging and threateing towns only 30 odd miles away from our destination, and a report in the papers that there was a fire near Coles Bay Road itself, the road we had to travel down to get to the hotel, we had rung the hotel to check that things were OK. They assured us (well not Gill) that things were OK, so we arrived the previous evening to find the hotel hadn't yet been burnt to a crisp and had an absolutely stunning location, with views over...

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Nov 19, 2006 - Tasman National Park and Hobart, once again

So we had two days left with the campervan and we wanted to make it special. So we headed to the Tasman peninsula. Known mostly for it's historic penal colony of Port Arthur, which has been turned into the main tourist draw of the area. Of course, we didn't go there. We had spotted Tasman National Park early on and had targeted that as our final stop. Parked along the side of the road at Eaglehawk neck, ready to start "happy hour", we decided this was not how we wated to spend our last few days. Our deisired location, Fortesque Bay in the...

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