TAS - Tasmania

NOTE all words in ITALICS were written on the trip


UPDATE 30/4/2008 Now left Tassie, the Holiday Isle Had a nice meal with Diana & John at Mures and said goodbye at the airport, they were both so kind!  Visited Port Arthur 'penal colony' site 2day, staying last night in Sandy Bay We were in Taranna in lovely Summer Cottage for 2 days. Swansea overlooking the rookery of penguins. Had a gr8 day coming down the East coast and seeing the WONDERFUL Freycinet Nat park. St Helens. Walked to St Columba waterfall & visited Derby!. Plus stayed in Launceston for 2 days. Drove from Burnie to Launceston via Gr8 Western Tiers. Smithton out to West point, back via Stanley & the Nut to Burnie, alas Dismal Swamp closed!!! Tullah to Smithton via the wonderful Crandle Mountain- Lake Clair Nat park. Gr8 day and saw lots of 'regeneration' burns. Still xclent weather for Autumn, 21c+. Queenstown to Tullah via Strahan / Zeehan & Rosebury. Huon valley to Strahan / Queenstown. The Targa Tassie rally is on between Strahan/Zeehan & Queenstown. Previously - Visited Salamanca/Museum (Hobart) plus 7 mile beach & Opossum Bay.  Bruny Island Tasman Peninsular (ace) plus finally sorted i/net in oz although Vodaphone ain't off the hook yet! Visited Mt Wellington, Mt Nelson & Hobart Pleasant days in Ranelagh/ Huonville with D&J, who have been absolutely wonderful hosts and looked after us amazingly well. Arrived Hobart 12/4/08 from Sydney (Quantas) for 2.5 weeks leaving Tassie 30/4/08 for Perth, 9.5 hrs via Melbourne (Jetstar & Quantas)


We remember Huon Valley, Mures, Strahan, builders walking past our bedroom window, the lovely Bruny Island and the views from the neck and adventure bay sands, and mostly seeing John & Diana. See also our 1995 trip here and we just had to go back for our 4th , but hopefully not final time in 2013.


Summary: TASMANIA 18 days , Day 170-188, 12/4/2008 - 30/4/2008




Day 170 - Saturday 12th April 2008,Sydney to Tassie, via Hobart/Huonville

Caught shuttle from Wentworth travelodge to Airport, took ages and doubled back at least 3 times thru  Flew from Sydney to Tassie, flight a little late.Did bits and pieces. Met folk on bus plus sniffer dog at Hobart airport, great dog smelt the remnants of our lunch in the rucksack plus John & Diana. John kindly collected us from the airport (3/4 hr away). Gr8 bed to sleep in and lamb dinner.

Day 171 - Sunday 13th April 2008,Huonville, Tasmania

J&D took us out to Police point and Southport. Had cooked brekkie and Thai dinner, did lots of family tree stuff and sorted out car hire from Tuesday.Great views.J&D showed us their old rented house plus walked in the garden. Memorable meals, big thanks to John & Diana.

Us top of the neck stairs, bruny island, tasmania oz infill tas annie at faycinet lighthouse 370 infill 1637 infill