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Tasmania Trip April 2021

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 19 April 2021 | Views [38]

And so another journey begins. As the world still comes to terms with Covid, we feel very privileged to be able to travel. After a year of lockdowns, masks and hand sanitisers, it is very liberating to know here in Australia we have nearly zero numbers. Fingers crossed it stays that way.

So now the boarders are open again,it's time to head back to Tasmania. As we board the ferry, which is two hours late, we know we will sleep well as it's way past our bedtime! Finally around 12:30 am we leave the shores of Melbourne. After a quick bite to eat we head down to our cabin and settle in for the night.

Morning arrives, I head off to get the coffee's and bring back to the cabin. We then make our way to the car and wait to disembark. Having had our axe confiscated in Melbourne, we had to pick it up from the quarantine office when leaving the ferry.

The first night's accommodation is at Low Head, George Town.

Very interesting buildings of the now disbanded Pilot Station. Most of which is now holiday accommodation. Peter enjoyed visiting the Maritime Museum whilst I took photos around the buildings. 
Drove out to a small coastal town called Lefroy, countryside and ocean views,perfect!

Our next stopover was further down the coast to Mt William National Park. Campsite was called Deep Creek, nice and roomy. Sunday I spent the day reading a book called Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, a real page turner! 
Peter pottered around fixing small things and moving things around in the back of the ute!

There were a few other campers and a couple of hikers but there were plenty of well spaced out sites. We had two visitors whilst here, one black snake and one wallaby.

Monday 19th

Drove down the coast to St Helens, then onto Bicheno where we are staying for a few nights. We have a nice sea view from our door. Tomorrow we will go off and explore the town.

Tuesday 20th April 

Today we have woken up to cloudy skies and rain. The rain didn't stop all day!
Wednesday 21st

Beautiful sunshine for sightseeing around Bichen. Had a great meal at the pub for dinner.

Thursday 22nd 

Another sightseeing day. Went out to Douglas Asperly Falls. Lunch at the Seafood Restaurant at the Jetty.

Friday 23rd

Drove down the coast to Swansea where will stay at the CP for a couple of nights. Nice clean well spaced out park with great sea view.

Saturday 24th.

Lunch at the RSL, very enjoyable, we are going back tomorrow for the ANZAC service and lunch.

Then we drove out to Lake Leakes beautiful big clean lake.

Sunday 25th April 2021 ANZAC Day. Swansea Tasmani.

The Anzac Tradition- the ideals of courage, endurance and mateshi- began on the 25th of April 1915, when the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Anzac Day is the day on which all Australians remember those who have died in the war and their sacrific is commemorated every year on this day.

A very moving service, with a great turnout of townshi and visitors. After the service we enjoyed a lunch in the RSL with the members. 
Tuesday 27th

Heading for Bruny Island today.

Day Two on Bruny Island 

Had such a great day with Mark, we set off in the truck to collect the whey for the pigs. Luckily there were no cameras around to watch us getting into said truck 🤣🤣 Took the whey to Fifth Oaks Farm where Matt and Eliza have their pig. 

Then a lovely drive to Adventure Bay and a fish and chip lunch. Followed by a drink at the pub on the way back. Evening spent talking about the worlds problems and back to the van. Molly set for the night xx

Friday 30th April 

Happy Birthday Peter 77 years old! 
Today we had a drive down the Island to Killora and the old  Quarantine Station. Lots of winding roads! But the views around each corner just kept getting better.

Bruny certainly is a stunning place. We stopped and had some oysters at Get Shucked restaurant, oh my goodness the oysters were delicious.

When we got back to Marks he had been cutting wood all day. So the truck was filled and he went off to deliver it. After returning and a shower we headed out to celebrate Peters birthday at the Bruny Hotel.

Lots of congratulations to Pete, surprisingly he was the oldest in the bar (74 was the nearest) 

We shared garlic bread with mushroom, chicken wings and a Seafood pizza. All were mouth watering delicious.

All in all,I think the birthday boy had a good day. We also celebrated Marks settlement on Riddells Creek so he was also a happy Chappy. I will try and add some photos later today.

May 1st

Peter and Mark have gone off fishing, so hopefully we will have some fish later! Voting Day in Tasmania, be interesting to see how it goes. On return no fish! So we cooked up some scallops and rice. Then watchEd the Saints beat Hawthorn.

May 2nd 

Happy 94th birthday Dad. 
Today we went to the Bruny Hotel for lunch with 4 of Marks friends. Great company and food.

Picked up a book from the library exchange. They have lots around Tasmania and the Island.

May 3rd

Pouring down and it looks set in for the day! Time to read my book.

Trip over to Kettering,Kingston, Snug and around the loop. Beautiful coastal villages and winding roads.

May 7th

Time to say farewell to Mark and Bruny Island...thank you Mark we will be back.

Stayed the night at the council caravan park in Kimpton really nice little park.

May 8th

We are now at Ross where will camp up until it's time to catch the ferry home. Gorgeous town lots of interesting buildings which we will head out and explore. 
What a great little town Ross is. Beautiful especially at this time of the year. Had a great walk around town today. Happy Mother's Day x

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