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Jan 24, 2006 - Devonport

En jawel! Daar is ie dan! Ff inchecken en varen maar! Ging allemaal goed! Duurde slechts 11 uur...Ze hadden net vanaf die maandag dat ik ging het schema aangepast. Hij zou er een uur langer over doen om brandstof te besparen...Gelukkig heb ik 8 van die 11 geslapen! En bij een mooie zonsopkomst ben ik aangekomen in Melbourne! Lang leve het zonnige Melbourne!!

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Jan 10, 2006 - Devenport - Missing our bus

10/1 Made our way to Devenport with the French girls in their hire car. Took just over an hour through a tiny little roads with views of mountains and forest. At Devenport we booked into a hostel above a pub called Molly Malones. Went for drinks, had lunch and just talked. The girls took the 21.00 Spirit of Tasmania ferry back to Melbourne. The only reason to come to Devenport is to take a ferry, and there is not much else to do, but we stayed 2 nights. 11/1 Done some emails and shopped. The highlight of our stay in Devenport. Pub is loud...

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Tripping 2005/06

Jan 3, 2006 - Tas: Back to Devonport and on to the Spirit of Tasmania

It's time to leave Tassie and head back to the evil mainland. We've had a fantastic time on this beautiful island but I'm ready to go - this weather will wear anyone down. We get to Devonport still loaded down with flathead fillets so we decide to have a final barbie as we wait for the ship to dock. Bad idea -- the wind that made Stu's golf game so hard has become ridiculous and it's almost impossible to keep the food on the barbie. We just manage it, but end up overcooking and throwing out half of what we cook. Back on the Spirit of...

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Nixes On Tour

Dec 17, 2005 - Vic: A day in St Kilda then off to Tassie

A visit to Melbourne isn't complete without a trip to St Kilda and luckily we have "Mr Melbourne, Pauly Cartwright to do the tour guide honours. He's a native of St Kilda and knows all the spots to visit. We start with Mexican Breakfast at the Blue Corn. Why the idea of Mexican food for brekkie isn't more widespread I just don't understand - a sizzling platter covered in scrambled eggs, mushrooms, ackon, salsa and the like, served with warm tortillas is one mighty fine idea. After we're suitably sated, we roll out towards the bay and wander...

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Nixes On Tour

Oct 8, 2005 - Exit Tasmania (07/08/05)

Arriving back in Devonport, the search for Hostels began but did not go at all well. They just did not appeal on any level and one of them was an old block of flats that had the delightful touch of having old tv's and fridges dumped in the lobby. This was the final straw. Reviewing the position, which wasn't really very good, there seemed little point in staying at all. So then, why stay? A call to the Ferry operator made the tickets good for tonight's sailing and so with that, a drive with all haste to the dockside, just making it onto the...

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Simon -off to Oz!

Oct 8, 2005 - Sheffield (07/08/05)

This was meant to be the overnight stop after departing, in the falling snow, from Cradle Mountain National Park. There were supposed to be some murals in town that were worth looking at, but since all of the places listed in the Rough Guide as Hostels were now just private addresses, there seemed little reason to bother staying around. There was now an end of trip feeling to the whole thing, perhaps because Cradle Mountain really had been the pinnacle. With that, we drove back to Devonport to see about staying there instead.

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Simon -off to Oz!

Oct 5, 2005 - Devonport (26/07/05 & 07/08/05)

Quite literally, first port of call, for it is here that the Ferry from Melbourne unloads. Flying to Hobart and renting a car would have saved time and a bit of money, but it made more sense to take the Toyota over and arrive fully equipped and ready to go. This is not a good introduction to Tasmania though and not at all how you'd like to find it. Everything: the sky, the dockside and the buildings were all a uniform shade of battleship grey. After a long and exceedingly rough overnight sailing, this was not at all what was needed. All...

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Simon -off to Oz!

Apr 22, 2005 - Tasmania

Arrive in Tasmania on the 22/4/05. Will cycle around the island and will travel back on the 12/5/05. 22/4/05 Devonport to South of Hampshire First 50km followed the coast west (enjoyable). Reached Burnie then the hills started straight away. 23/4/05 South of Hampshire to Roseberry Hard day 24/4/05. Made it to Queenstown, have been climbing and desending for 2 days. Weather is a lot colder and the terrain is the hardest that I have cycled so far. Camped rough for the first two days. 25/4/05 Queenstown to Lake St Clair 90km Rained all day....

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Mar 14, 2005 - The Overlander!

The Overland Track, 80 km of some of the wildest, most rugged country in Australia, and I walked it! OK, its not exactly a secret, so like about 60 people start it every day, and there are huts along the way to stay, and the trail is really well defined. But the hike was awesome. I "bushwalked" with 4 new friends. 2 Canadians, doug and Drew (the Double D), Tom, a new yorker, and C-dogg (Clarence from Sweden). Luckily we brought 8 liters of wine, 1 liter of whiskey, and 2 packs of cards, so we could play lots of Shithead. The scenery was...

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Feb 10, 2005 - Devonport

Well - another overseas trip! The ferry crossing was very smooth, the bunks comfortable - but do we have to arrive at such an ungodly hour?! Planned arrival 7 AM, actual 7:30 AM, no time for breakfast, up, shower, dress pack up again. Our garage level was the first asked to get in our cars and wait so we didn't even get to see the docking process. We did see a little of the Mersey river mouth. No maps of where to go when you drive off so a big adventure/puzzle finding somewhere to stop for breakfast as could not check in to caravan park...

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