Category: 2016 Tasmania

Tasmania 2016, Day 15

The Salamanca Markets in Hobart were on Majella’s radar from the time that she began planning this trip. They operate only on Saturday so we needed to have a large part of a Saturday available for that activity. Because Hobart was the obvious point for arrival and departure and we were planning a circuit round Tasmania

Tasmania 2016, Day 14

Our plan for today was deceptively simple. We were to drive to Port Arthur to visit the historical site. We finished with a few interesting side excursions. Our drive to Port Arthur was expected to take a bit more than an hour after allowing for coffee along the way. We had agreed to leave around

Tasmania 2016, Day 13

St Helens to Richmond, where we will stay for our last 3 nights, is only 225 km by the direct route but we were planning a scenic drive down the east coast. That would increase the distance and require time for sightseeing. The final section yesterday from Scottsdale to St Helens had involved some tight

Tasmania 2016, Day 12

Today was golf day for our three golfers, Jim, Russell, and Warwick. Barnbougle Dunes is reputedly the best links style golf course in Australia. It is near the small town of Bridport on Bass Strait, a bit more than an hour of driving from Launceston. Our itinerary had been planned to allow 5 hours or

Tasmania 2016, Day 11

Majella’s plan for today was to explore the Tamar Valley north from Launceston. It changed slightly yesterday when, after eating lunch at the Wursthaus, she crossed the mall and found Gourlay’s Confectionery Shop. In the course of conversation with the man there she discovered that the factory was in the Penny Royal Hotel and, with

Tasmania 2016, Day 10

This was our day to explore in and around Launceston so we were not needing an early start. Laundry needed doing so that was scheduled for 8:00. Michael and Maria had an appointment at 9:30 so our plan was to leave at 9:15, drop them, visit Cataract Gorge, and pick them up before lunch and

Tasmania 2016, Day 9

Today was to be another big day of driving. Majella’s plan had us visiting Stanley, Burnie, Devonport, Sheffield, Deloraine, and possibly other locations before reaching Launceston where we will stay for 3 nights. It was an ambitious plan, worthy of Majella’s energy but difficult to accomplish.

Tasmania 2016, Day 8

We planned to leave Strahan at 9:00 am and drive 2 to 3 hours to Cradle Mountain with time for a walk in the afternoon. We were all ready before 9:00 am and we hit the road well before schedule. We passed by Zeehan but paused at Rosebery for coffee. We had expected there might

Tasmania 2016, Day 7

Our cruise across Macquarie Harbour and up the Gordon River was scheduled to leave from Strahan at 9:00 am and we needed to be there to claim our reservations and pay by 8:30 am. We had arranged to meet at 8:15 but everybody was ready to go before that so we set off. There was

Tasmania 2016, Day 6

We spent most of today in the van, traveling from Dover to Strahan where we will,stay 2 nights to see something of the west coast. Our plan had been to get away at about 8:30 am but, thanks to most of us being ‘early to bed and early to rise’ types, we managed to beat