TW3 – That Was The Week That Was

Still not a lot happening although I was speaking to the smash repairer and the Sunliner door is being painted – we hope to be reunited with her on the 20-21st with a bit of luck.

We’ve tried to make the best of our enforced dalliance in Sydney – I have brought all my documentation up to date so will be ready to file my tax returns as soon as the FY ends!!

Did I tell you that the Sunliner now sports NSW registration plates.

Still with our wings clipped in Sydney we headed off into the Blue Mountains (The Blue Mountains National Park starts just behind where we are staying so we didn’t have to go too far). We went up to Lawson and then walked the “Waterfall Circuit”, the first one we came to being Cataract Falls. It was at Cataract Gorge where the Sunliner was molested – but this was a different Cataract altogether… I had just bought a new camera and so it was an ideal location to try some of the more elaborate settings. We had our son Chris with us who is something of a photography guru and he showed me how to perfect one of the effects I have always wanted to achieve – but never knew how.

Here are some of my initial efforts with the new camera

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I always love it when Rainbow Lorikeets come into the garden. I used to have one as a pet…

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You would swear that the trees had been painted – but this is their natural winter look…

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Delicate Wild Flowers – even winter time has its beauty

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This is Cataract Falls

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You can see the effect I was trying to master – the milkiness of the water

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I am quite happy with my first attempt. All I have to do is remember the settings…

 

 

Clovelly to Bondi

On Monday the 12th it was a public holiday – Queen’s Birthday – and so we decided to go off to Clovelly and do the Coastal Walk to Bondi (and return).

It was a beautiful winter’s day, just touching 20 deg, and clear as any day could be. You never tire of the walk in the clean Pacific Air and the views are always spectacular. We were lucky enough to spot the plumes from 4 or 5 Humpback Whales about 2kms off shore as they migrated North – which is exactly what we should be doing in the next week or so once we get our Sunliner back again.

Stay tuned for another That Was The Week That Was…

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Dawn with the Beautiful view toward Bondi

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I Love it when the Ocean sparkles in the afternoon sun

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Where else but Bondi Beach

That Was The Week That Was

Another week or so has past for Dawn and I still in the limbo caused by having the Sunliner broken into. However the good news is that our insurer CIL has pulled out all the stops and the Assessor has put me in contact with a repairer in the Sydney suburb of Smithfield. The CIL instruction to the repairer is to get the job done as a priority.

Happily, I have taken the Sunliner to the workshop today (Saturday) and the Proprietor will start work on it on Monday. We have been told by Sunliner/Dometic/Uncle Tom Cobley and All that there are no replacement doors to be had that will fit my model Sunliner and therefore I contacted Roam Safe who custom build RV Doors. Hopefully between the efforts of ourselves, the repairer and possibly Roam Safe Dawn and I should be able to get back on the road sooner rather than later. I sincerely hope so.

In the meantime of course we have renewed our acquaintance with Sydney and Surrounds, even though it is only 5 weeks since we lived here!! We have managed to have all our bank cards, club cards, transport and Medicare cards replaced as well as taking in a few trips to Darling Harbour and The City for the Vivid Festival.

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Dawn loves her lobster lunch

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I always feel proud when the flag flies above Darling Harbour

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Projection onto one of the Martin Place Buildings – this was very clever…

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Never get tired of this view – photographed from The Cahill Expressway above Circular Quay

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Guess Who…

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Vivid really is spectacular and well worth a visit

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The Harbour Bridge and Opera House always play a starring role

I managed to get the Sunliner off the West Australian plates and she is now registered in her new “Home State” of New South Wales. The brown slip (pre-registration) exercise was reasonably painless but I could have done without the hefty Stamp Duty tax. It amazes me that I have to pay duty on the GST component of the purchase price as well which seems a bit like double-dipping but at least I don’t have to think about that again until May 2018.

So my friends┬ánot a lot has happened since my last posting but I hope to be able to tell a good success story of how well the repairer has done in the next TWTWTW….

TW3 – That Was The Week That Was #2

The week started with Mother’s Day and Dawn and I went to the small fishing town of Dover, one of the Southern-most parts of Tasmania. We went first of all to Roaring Beach – which is just a bit of an exaggeration as the waves were tiny, but the white sand stretched away. It was almost deserted but for the 2 of us and a couple of stragglers…

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The view across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel toward Garden Island Creek and South Bruny Island


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Across the Huon River Mouth


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Dawn’s Grand Entrance to Roaring Beach


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Happy Mother’s Day Love

We had lunch at the Dover RSL Club which was very nice. The staff were so attentive and friendly and the meal was delicious…

Our time in Tasmania was rapidly drawing to a close as we were due to set sail on The Spirit of Tasmania on the evening of Wednesday May 17. We were still in the Southern Region of Tasmania and so decided to head up the East Coast before going across to Devonport, where The Spirit will depart from. We drove through Hobart and out to Coles Bay, which is close to the World Heritage Wineglass Bay. Wineglass Bay is a Tasmanian icon destination and we were determined to see it for ourselves (Dawn had been before but more than 20 years ago…). We booked into the Big4 Iluka Caravan Park and then drove to the Walking Trek car park as close to Wineglass Bay as you can get in a motor vehicle – then it’s “Shank’s Pony” to the Wineglass Bay lookout. The Parks and Wildlife service have spent a lot of time making the pathways a little more manageable but it is still quite a trek – but oh so enjoyable…

 

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On the drive up we stopped at The Devil’s Corner Winery. Nice Views, Great Wines

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The Sunliner has her Daily Selfie – nestled safely at The Wineglass Bay Walking Track Park

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Dawn on the Lookout – half way up a mountain

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This is Wineglass Bay. The camera never captures the true Natural Beauty of a place…

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The Wineglass Bay Lookout

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Hmmm, I know these 2

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That’s a much better “selfie”

The next day we continued motoring up The East Coast, towards St Helens but decided that we should head directly to Launceston and then on to Devonport for our “date” with the Spirit of Tasmania. There was time to stop on one more wind-swept beach to stretch our legs…

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Dawn loves her “Blanket” on a cooler day

The crossing on The Spirit of Tasmania was like a mill pond and we arrived ahead of time in Melbourne. We were lucky to be just the 4th vehicle off the ferry and so we were well into our 860km drive to Sydney by the time the rest of the passengers were off-loaded. The drive up The Hume Highway is one of the necessary journeys that you have to do to traverse this huge country of ours and we arrived at Chris’s house 10 or so hours later…

Now it’s down to the hard work of finding a repairer for our damaged Sunliner. I went to the Sydney RV Centre Service Department who will take on the work. It won’t be easy to locate the parts we need but we are hoping that very soon we will be “Back on the Road Again”…

TWTWTW – That Was The Week That Was

This first review should really be That Was The Fortnight That Was…

2 weeks ago we were still racing in Targa Tasmania and stayed overnight in a delightful little coastal town called…. See if you can guess, here is a clue

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That’s right – we were staying in the little town of Penguin in North West Tasmania…

After Targa had finished Dawn and I went down into the Huon Valley to Dawn’s brother Charlie’s house where the Sunliner had been parked whilst I was racing.

We went back up to Launceston, stayed the night at Longford and then on the “fateful” Thursday we visited Cataract Gorge. The Sunliner was unfortunately broken into whilst we were enjoying the scenery but we’ll concentrate on the positive which was the visit to the Gorge. The River Esk flows through the Gorge and our English followers will know that the River Esk flows through the beautiful town of Whitby where Captain James Cook was from. This is the South Esk.

Dawn and I had a lovely walk in the Gorge and we both took heaps of photographs. Dawn has posted some and here are a few more from my camera…

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The next day was taken up by needing some repairs to the door of the Sunliner following the break-in. Lots of thanks go to Kings Caravans in Hobart  who made room for us in their busy schedule to try to repair the damage. Alas, they were only able to make a temporary repair as they don’t carry Sunliner spares. Regrettably the main motorhome door is gaping still and is an open invitation to the next set of thieves who fancy rummaging around in our van to see what they can steal…

 

We are just a couple of weeks away from the onset of winter in Tasmania and picking the right day to go out on the water, especially when the water is the cold Southern Ocean, is crucial. Dawn was spot on again when she booked for us to go to Bruny Island which is marketed as The Island off an Island. It is a truly spectacular place and is rightly a favourite of all tourists to this area. We booked a morning cruise with Robert Pennicott Wilderness Tours and we cannot recommend it highly enough. The day was spectacular – yes it was cold, very cold, but the interest, the sights, the sounds all distract you from thinking about how cold you are. The company provide wind/water proof coats, beanies and gloves to help keep the cold at bay. The popularity of the cruises can be measured as we were one of a flotilla of 3 boats participating on Wednesday May 10… There are a couple of images of the sister boats where you can gauge the size…

Bruny was complete exhilaration. The scenery is All Grandeur, the Wildlife diverse and so plentiful and the environment constantly changing.

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The narrow isthmus between North and South Bruny is less than 50 metres wide…

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The narrow channel through the Monument is taken at high speed as a thrill for the tourists. Deep breath in folks…

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The weather has now broken and it has been cold and wet since we were on Bruny. We are hoping to head up The East Coast on Monday the 15th after we have completed a couple of chores  – so join us again…

 

 

 

 

Launceston – repair day

Wednesday May 3, Dawn and I drove up to Launceston to Brad Sheriff’s workshop where his talented team helped solve a problem we were having with our Lithium Batteries/Inverter set up. I learned a lot about our new van today and hopefully it won’t need to test my new found knowledge

We are now camped out at Longford Riverside Caravan Park. We arrived after dark and so we haven’t taken any pictures yet

What a lovely surprise when we woke in the morning to see we were on the river, even if it was only 2degs and very misty.