24 hours in Hobart
January 16, 2017

Thursday to Saturday, January 12 – 14, 2017 It was a long haul, commencing on Thursday January 12th, down to Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, with stops in LAX and SYD. Every so often a stopover can present a unique opportunity: our friends Fiona and Phil and their son Jonty, came out all the way to Sydney airport […]

King Solomons Caves, Mole Creek
July 30, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Had a wonderful stay in Devonport at the very up market B&B.  The plan for the morning was to visit King Solomons Caves in the Mole Creek region and a photographic exhibition in Launceston in the afternoon. The cave was very compact cave but with very nice colors.  And being winter […]

North West Corner
July 29, 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013 The Far North West is dairy country and looks a lot like the Central North Island of New Zealand. We spent the day enjoying the countryside and the good weather. First thing was to climb “The Nut”, which is a strange geological formation in Stanley township. Usually the chairlift is available […]

Cradle Mountain
July 28, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013 Today’s weather report was for rain, but this did not deter us from a walk in famous Cradle Mountain National Park. We started the hike where the Overland Track starts. Then we continued towards and partly around very pretty Crater Lake. A quick dash up to Marion’s Lookout to see if […]

Strahan
July 26, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013 The early morning rain stopped as we arrived in the beautiful quaint seaside town of Strahan.  We were not planning on staying the day, but quickly changed our mind and signed up for two tours:  a visit to the local Little Penguin colony in the late evening and a river cruise […]

Leg 2 - Tasmania
Update on Sterlin
July 25, 2013

Talk about being frustrated.  But at long last Sterlin has left Los Angeles, some 62 days after he was dropped off.  In the end we had to switch to an exclusive 20 foot container to get things moving.  Shipping company has been a disaster. Sterlin is now somewhere in Mexico on a little boat (Maersk […]

Central Tasmania
July 25, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013 Today was the day we made some serious ground towards the North West through central Tasmania. First stop was Mt Field National Park and Russell Falls. Caroline was heard to say, “this is probably the most beautiful falls I have ever seen”. During the drive back to the road North we […]

The Far South
July 23, 2013

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 Drove through the towns of Gordon, Cygnet, Huonville, Franklin and Geeveston on our way to the Tahune Forest Reserve and the Tahune Airwalk.  We walked above and among the giant trees where the Huon River meets the Picton River.  The rivers were running fast due to all of the rain that […]

Oyster Cove
July 21, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013 Left Hobart and headed South in rainy weather.  We were not going far, in fact only a few hours to see a friend we made during our 2011 Antarctica expedition.  Rod and his wonderful wife Jeannie live in Oyster Cove, which is a beautiful cove and gateway to Bruny Island.  Our […]

Hobart
July 19, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013 A few nights ago we caught an add on tv advertising serviced studios at Zero Davey Boutique Apartments in Hobart for AUD129. And this is where we checked in last night: cute little studio with kitchinette, washing machine and most of the trimmings. Just had our second home cooked meal here 🙂 Leisurely […]

Thursday, July 18, 2013 Travelled South from Triabunna to Dunalley via a small forest back road. It was beautiful in the early morning mist and completely void of other people. This is a great way to start the morning. At Dunalley we visited the Tessellated Pavement State Reserve which has an interesting rock formation which […]

Maria Island
July 17, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 We decided to stay 2 nights in Triabunna, to be able to enjoy a whole day on Maria Island.  We had arranged the night before for our “free” ferry ride to the island.  We were interested to find out what the catch was, as commercial operators do not typically provide services […]

Freycinet NP / Coles Bay / Bicheno
July 14, 2013

Sunday July 14 to Monday July 15, 2013 From St Helens and the Bay of Fires we made our way to Coles Bay where Stephen had found a nice vacation rental for us to stay at for the next 2 nights. Home cooked meals, yay! The first night we had rainbow trout; the 2nd Stephen […]

Bay of Fires
July 14, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013 First day of Australian rain today. We are still recovering from jet lag, so we were up early again. Did not burn the toast in the toaster but still managed to set off the smoke alarm and woke up our neighbors at 7:00am (ooops). We stayed at the Anchor Wheel Motel which […]

Mt William National Park
July 13, 2013

Saturday, July 13, 2013 Headed into the North East of Tasmania and the Mt William National Park.  First stop was the Low Head Lighthouse.  It was a cold and foggy morning and it was good to see the light house operating.  Although the beam was only visible for about 200 meters, so we suspect the […]