Sunday, September 11, 2016

Postcards from Tasmania 1...


Sat 10/9/16 - We're off! We had an uneventful trip to Melbourne...
...where we boarded the Spirit of Tasmania II for our 7.30pm crossing to Devonport...
On board, we enjoyed a nice meal and a few wines...
We got some brochures to help plan our days...
Then it was back to the cabin to watch the last of the footy then hunker down for the night...
We couldn't believe how smooth it was.  Not like last time when we were crashing into waves, going up and down. Scary! 
These are the lights of Devonport at 5.58am...
Day 1 Sunday 11/09/16 
She's a huge ship - Built in Finland in 1997, first crossing in 09/2002. 
194.33 metres long, has 59 twin bed porthole cabins, 72 four bed p/h cabins, 81 inside cabins, 2 wheelchair access cabins and 8 deluxe cabins. Licenced to carry 1400 pax and 500 standard vehicles. Crossing time is 9-11 hours and distance is 429kms. 
We had a good breakfast at the Edgewater Hotel close by then hit the supermarkets to stock up on supplies.  Gus was pleased he could buy nice, dry bush wood which will burn great in the Ozpig...
We headed for Narawntapu (I have no idea how that is pronounced!) National Park (I've since found out its like 'now I want a pooh!) for a spot at Bakers Beach.  After a quick reccy, we decided on this spot...
The weather changes here quickly from sunshine to cloud and after we got set up, we had a shower of rain...
But with rain comes rainbows!
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Back at camp, this rather large, furry gent  made an appearance and snuffled around for quite a while!  He was huge!
We also had pademelons and wallabies visit...
Before we left home, I presented Gus with a custom door for his pig! It looks great!
We dined on salmon fillets, salad and baked potatoes cooked in the WeberQ, perfect!
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We were snuggly warm (I bought a new feather/down doona) and had a good nights sleep, although my head got a bit cold. I might need to invest in a beanie! 
Cheers - Joolz

1 comment:

  1. What a great start to your trip. I love visiting Tasmania so I can't wait to see photos! Wombats are so adorable, I loved seeing them at Cradle Mountain when we visited a couple of years ago. Meg

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