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Nov 19, 2006 - Freycinet National Park

So we decided for our last week in Australia to, what else, rent a campervan. This time, however, we rented a small camper for a week, at regular prices, from Devil Campervans. A cozy little van, their "deluxe" version, perfect for two backpackers. Our first stop was Freycinet National Park. A beautiful place right on the ocean known for it's hiking. And at this time of year, cool windy weather and lack of tourists. Sea shells littered every inch of the beach, hikes to bluff tops with spectacular views of wineglass bay and our little runt...

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Nov 1, 2006 - Port Arthur to Swansea

Sylvia's comments The day at Port Arthur was bathed in sunshine, so much so that I took my jumper off and thought summer had arrived. That night mother nature proved me wrong again and we slept in our van to the noise of a heavy down pour on our roof. The rain had stopped as we were ready to move on but it was still overcast. We took the road around the Tasman Peninsula to Nubeena where we stopped to buy supplies for the pantry, then we set off to Eagleshawk Neck, a small neck of land joining the Tasman Peninsula to the Forestier Peninsula....

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Feb 8, 2006 - Launceston to Coles Bay

Raining today so we didn't feel too bad about having to spend a long time in the car. We had to go from Launceston (at the top) to Coles Bay (half way down) which didn't look a long way on the map - are you spotting a pattern here?? On a map of Australia, Tasmania looks tiny and you think you can drive anywhere in 5 mins. But it ain't and you can't! First off we thought we'd head for Ben Lomond National Park since we had got our new park pass yesterday. Ben Lomond is accessed by an unmade road - 20km of it! The sign says 7k, then you get to...

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Jan 18, 2006 - Wineglass Bay

Op de tweede dag zijn we eerst bij een natuurpark geweest. Dat lag vlakbij Bicheno. Hier zijn we voor een paar uur gebleven. Allerlei beesten gezien, heel mooi! Daarna zijn we door gegaan naar "wineglass bay". Het was een half uurtje lopen naar het uitzichtpunt van de foto's. Mooie route. Daarna nog een kwartiertje afdalen, en toen kon de pret beginnen! Zwemmen in de baai! Lekker koud water, en er waren sterke golven. Dus we konden "bodysurfen". Dat gaat hetzelfde als surfen maar dan anders ;). Vlak voor de golf komt ga je hard zwemmen en...

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Jan 17, 2006 - Bicheno

Bicheno! Onze thuishaven voor de komende twee nachten! De eerste nacht hebben we alweer gehad. In de avond van de tweede nacht zijn we bij de penguins gaan kijken. Erg leuk, ze zijn heel grappig en klein. Het zijn trouwens de kleinste penguins in de wereld die daar aan land komen! Heel appart om dat zo te kunnen zien. We zater er namelijk midden in. Het enige dat we niet konden doen was foto's maken met flits. Daar worden ze namelijk blind van...de gids, John, had het weleens zien gebeuren. Ze vielen gewoon van de rotsen af. En daarna is...

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Jan 12, 2006 - Bicheno, Tasmania

We left Launceston and headed to the small beach city of Bicheno on the east coast. The drive was stunning as the road endlessly curved around the coast with perfect weather along the way. We arrived in early evening and checked into our hotel which, come to find out, was situated right on the water with incredible views of the sea. The hotel was located on Peggy's Point which is a rock jetty that extends into the ocean for a few hundred meters. We spent the evening walking the jetty and watched the sun et before heading back to the hotel...

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Back at home.

Jan 7, 2006 - Coles Bay

Our next stop was in Coles Bay and the very famous Wineglass bay. I saw many pictures of the Wineglass bay, that's really something that I wanted to see in Australia. We had to walk for about an hour before we arrived at a lookout where we could take pictures of the bay. then it was another 30 minutes to go down on the beach. They were only 15 people of the beach and we decided to go for a swim, that was not a great idea coz the water a very very cold... I have been feeling sick ever since... It took us another 3 hours to walk back to our...

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Dec 27, 2005 - Tas: Freycinet National Park

Everytime you see an ad for Tasmania you're likely to see a picture of Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park, so we figure it's worth having a squiz at it. We leave Ross in the morning and head towards Freycinet National Park, back on the east coast. The walk to Wineglass Bay is about two and a half hours and beautiful on the way down, but a bit rough when you're heading back up. It is a really beautiful stretch of beach, and the bay does remind you of a well shaped wineglass, but we've seen so much beautiful coastline in the last week...

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Nixes On Tour

Dec 21, 2005 - Freycinet National Park

So we got up earlier then usual, by this I mean something like 8 AM and headed out to Coles Bay and Freycinet National Park The drive itself was pretty nice besides the transmission going in and out as we drove down the road. When we arrived at the visitors center we were finally able to get a call out to the rental company and they said they would send someone with another car in a few hours and that we were to stay by the car until then. The joy, we only had the car for two days and we were going to spend half of that waiting for the new...

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Oct 5, 2005 - Coles Bay (29/07/05 - 30/07/05)

The name may not be familiar to you. How about Freycinet National Park? Or Wineglass Bay? Of all of the places in Tasmania, Wineglass Bay is probably the best known and certainly the most iconic. Perhaps better seen is summer when a blue sky would have made the water look a little less dark, to see it for the first time as you crest the hill on the walk up was still quite something. And at least seeing it in winter dispensed with any issue of crowds. I would say that less than ten people were looking at it at the same time I was. In actual...

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Simon -off to Oz!

Aug 12, 2005 - Australia - Tasmania - Freycinet National Park

How ya doin', mates? Once we managed to leave Cradle Valley, where we were held up by the snow for a day longer than we had originally planned, we visited the towns of Sheffield, Carrick and Evandale. Sheffield is famous for its 29 murals, Carrick for its 1786 Mond Roller Mills and Evandale for its historical buildings and churches. We slept at the even smaller town of Bicheno where we had a whole backpackers' barrack to ourselves! The following day we went off to visit the Friendly Beaches and Freycinet National Park, where we did a...

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