We arrived in Melbourne around 5.30am on Thursday morning 18th May we managed to have quite a good nights sleep, could have been something to do with the wine we drank, we were about the 4th off the Spitit of Tasmania and managed to find our way out of Melbourne very easily with our 50cent map worth every penny.
We watched the sun come up as we headed towards SydneyIt was a long drive we stopped a couple of times to stretch our legs and have a bite to eat, we even climbed into the back of the Sunliner and had 90 mins shut eye, that’s the great thing about th motor home you just stop and rest up when you need to recharge the batteries.
We arrived at Chris’s house around 6pm it was great to see him and give him a big hug, he had dinner waiting for us which was great, we sat down and had a glass of win an caught up on what had happened over the last 3 weeks.
Brian and i had an early night after a very long drive we were exhausted
Friday we spent doing all kinds off stuff, I started at the doctor, i had to get new prescriptions for the medication that went missing when my bag was stolen, next stop was the RTA to get a new drivers licence then Specsavers to order new glasses, we spent the whole day trying to replace all the stolen items, the low life scum have no idea how inconvenient they have made thinks for us but you just do what you have to do.
Saturday it was great to see Ayshea our daughter, we had a lovely family day together and just reassured each other that we were ok just a bit of a set back with the van but hope to be soon back on our journey. We sat outside and shelled a bag of almonds that I brought back from Tassie, i think more were eaten than but bin the container!!!!!
Today Sunday we went up to Springwood in the Blue Mountains had a wonder around the book shops, it was a glorious Autum day, Brian and i then did the river walk which is about 7kms so got our 10,000 steps in easily today. It was lovely to see all the autum colour, the river was busy on such a fabulous sunny day we saw one of Chris friends kayaking with her friend so took a shot of them When we arrived back at Chris’s place he was flat out doing errr nothing lolII love the native cockatoo that come and sit in Chris’s tree, they are Very noisey but a great bird to just sit and watch, nice way to finish the day
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…
The view across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel toward Garden Island Creek and South Bruny Island
Across the Huon River Mouth
Dawn’s Grand Entrance to Roaring Beach
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…
On the drive up we stopped at The Devil’s Corner Winery. Nice Views, Great Wines
The Sunliner has her Daily Selfie – nestled safely at The Wineglass Bay Walking Track Park
Dawn on the Lookout – half way up a mountain
This is Wineglass Bay. The camera never captures the true Natural Beauty of a place…
The Wineglass Bay Lookout
Hmmm, I know these 2
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…
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”…
Well today was our last day in Tasmania 17th May it has been an eventful couple of weeks that’s for sure.
We are now onboard the Sprit of Tasmania heading to Melbourne, Brian and I had a nice dinner then headed back to our cabin for dessert nice bottle of wine, chocolate covered raspberries for me, fresh raspberries for Brian
We stopped off a couple of times on the drive up to Launceston to break up the journey, we saw these two fishing on the beach didn’t look like they were having much luck but hay what a beautiful place too be on a Wednesday morning
It was a nice breezy morning on the beach, we walked for a while before heading off again blew the cobwebs away
It was time to say goodbye to my Brother Charlie today, we had a good couple of weeks catching up and reminiscing,
Charlie was very sick about four years ago he had bowel cancer and we nearly lost him, it was hit and miss for a while but after a long 5 hour operation he made it through, He ended up staying with Brian and I for about 6 months, through all the radiation and chemotherapy treatment , it wasn’t easy for any of us, but family stick together.
Seeing him look so well this visit really lifted my spirit, watching him work in the garden planting endless gloves of garlic made me smile, he has so many different things growing I was picking and shelling Almonds never tasted so good, we made at least three apple crumbles and apple pies in two weeks lol Brian had the grapefruit and Pears,
Sitting around the fire out side most night, I became accustomed to the smell of smoke on all my clothes, we chatted about all sorts of stuff, from when we were kids to the plans for our futures.
Driving away today I wasn’t sad, just the opposite, Charlie lives his own life always has always will, but it was good to share some quality time together hope we catch up soon brother of mine, love you xxx
Well Mothers Day this year was a little different spent in Dover Tasmania with Brian my hubby, we went out for a drive over to Dover another beautiful part of Tassie, we had a stroll on the beach, almost had it to ourselves the sun was out after a couple of very cold days, so we made the most of itWe had lunch over at the local RSL Club which was lovely, the staff and locals were all very friendly which was great, I was given chocolate from the young girl who served our lunch, it was definitely all about making mums feel special
I also captured the rainbow shooting out of the howitzer (field gun) out the front of the RSL Dover As I was eating my lunch and looked out of the window there was this beautiful rainbow across the bay just for me !!!
After our fish and chip lunch we went for another walk, as we did also have a big dessert and needed to walk it off, Brian was running around chasing the seagulls ( too much sugar I think) We saw a guy that reminded me of Wurzel Gumage collecting seaweed for his garden, Brian had a chat to him, he washes it of then dries it out and then puts it on his garden, he was a lovely old chap We had a lovely day, I wish to thank Brian as he knew I was missing the kids on Mother’s Day but made it very special
Thank You Love You xxxx
We only have a couple of days left in Tassi before heading back to the mainland so we will be making the most of them, who can resist theses gorgeous beaches
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
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…
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.
The narrow isthmus between North and South Bruny is less than 50 metres wide…
The narrow channel through the Monument is taken at high speed as a thrill for the tourists. Deep breath in folks…
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…
Charlie decided to have a veranda party last night, He has been working on it all week with a little help from Brian, they did a pretty good job I think. We had a very wet day yesterday but that did not dampen the spirits of the guys that came round.I made a lovely meal in the slow cooker which went down a treat on the cold night, I picked apples from the tree and made two apple pies, no one went hungry, these are a couple of pictures of me and my brother Charlie and one of his mates Simon we managed to keep nice and warm around the fire, although I am over my clothes smelling of smoke yuk !!
One of the guys Govner even brought some fireworks which didn’t go down well with the neighbours but it was fun for a while !!
He has lots of interesting potted plants around the plants some of which he sells.
It sure has been a different kind of a week for Brian and I and I think Charlie’s been glad of a bit of company, it can be very lonely on your own, but there again he does sometimes prefer his own company, he does lots of reading I don’t think I have ever seen so many books in one persons home. These are a few he picked up the other day lol. He also has lots of unique things in his home some freak me out a bit but hay that’s Charlie wouldn’t have him any other way.
Today Brian and I got up early and headed off to Kettering to meet up with the bus to take us over to Bruny Island, it was a very cool start to the day but soon warmed up with a hot drink and a hot lamb and rosemary pie, not an ideal breakfast but did the trick.
We then crossed over on the ferry about a 20 min trip and headed off to Adventure Bay, we did stop at a look out on the way where I took this picture, well worth the climb up the 250 steps
We got on our boat and headed out to look for the colony of fur seals, we stopped on a number of occasions to look at the beauty of the rock formations, we saw Albatross gliding and swooping into the sea such a magnificent bird, we also saw the biggest pod of dolphins I have every seen at least 300 they were every where putting on a real show for us.
As you can see from our attire we are rugged up nice and warm, All the seals are just lazing around getting nice and fat waiting for mating season, there is a lot of squabbling and noise and the smell is quite over powering It was a three hour tour, well worth the money, and for me I think the highlight was seeing so many dolphins and seeing them so close to the boat just riding the waves, great day out and once back on shore finished off with a lovely salmon lunch, and a hot drink to thaw out the fingers.
Good morning fellow campers, hope you are all well.
What a first week it has been in Tasmania adjusting to our new life, plenty of ups and down, plenty of good food wine and heaps of laughs with Charlie. Brian has been helping with the building and labouring, he is having a ball working outside.
These are a few of the things we have done.
Completing Targa Tasmania Mark, Warwick and Brian
I had ago at helping Charlie with his Garlic, got better with practice lol
Charlie sorting Garlic
I had ago at picking and shelling Almonds, which I might add are amazing eaten straight from the tree.
I found the chairlift ride over the Gorge a great way to see everything from a different perspective
Looking down on the magnificent ferns for instance, amazing
We got to get up close and personal with the wallabies and the peacocks that roam freely around, it sure was a great way to get Our 10,000 steps in for the day.
We headed back to the Sunliner around 1.30pm only to find we had been broken into, what a horrible sinking feeling, my handbag with every thing in had gone, purse, glasses, sunglasses, camera, and all the things a women carry around. Brian backpack with wallet sunglasses etc, we spent the next couple of hours in the police station and cancelling all our cards, the low life scum had already made 7 fraudulent purchases on our cards.
It’s the inconvenience of it all, we had to spend the next day getting the lock temporarily fixed up and bits and pieces done just so it was safe to drive around.
We got a call from a lady in Launceston saying she had found some stuff in the park, my makeup, some cards of my husbands nothing of value but it made me feel worse knowing someone was sat in the park going through my bag just randomly throwing stuff away.
Well as they say tomorrow’s another day, chin up !!!!!