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Jan 26, 2015 - Zeehan, Tasmania

We began the Northwest Coast at the town of Penguin. First settled in 1861, it took its name from the nearby colony of Fairy Penguins that come ashore each evening after a day of fishing in the Bass Strait. On the beachfront in downtown there stands a 10- to 12-foot statue of a penguin and the main street is dotted with garbage cans featuring penguins. We couldn’t stay until evening to see the real thing, though. Further along the coast is Table Cape. It is a promontory jutting out into Bass Strait on a remnant volcanic feeder plug eroded...

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Jan 1, 2015 - Steam train ride and a step back in history

Rain again this morning as we left early to drive to Queenstown to catch the steam train. Up and down through the mountains - sometimes in the clouds! We arrived at the Queenstown railway to catch the rack and pinion steam train ride up the steepest track in the Southern hemisphere. The 103 year old loco took us on a return journey through the mountains. Great experience. We had lunch at the Queenstown railway station before driving the 40 minutes to Zeehan. A once thriving mining town of 10000 people, now a small town of a few hundred with...

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