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Next stop: Coles Bay.

It’s time to move on and leave Hobart. Next stop: Coles Bay. It’s on the east side of Tasmania and it is there for only one reason: Freycinet National Park. There are not many options when it comes to getting to my destination. But some deviations from the Tom Tom route are possible. And one of them brings me to the Seven Miles Beach.

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This bridge is the first bridge to get to Sorell. The first bridge will get you to Midway Point (I told you so: the Australians are not very creative). Just an impression of what you will encounter here.

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It surprised me that it’s allowed to cycle on all the roads in this country. So you will encounter cyclists everywhere… It’s a bit tricky now and then.

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Every now and then I just had to stop. Most of the times because I think I need to digitalize what I see. Like this:

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There are other ways to “do” a holiday. I couldn’t find whatever is put on the trailer.

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Been there. Done that.

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Hey a lookout. Let’s investigate…

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Bummer. Is that it?

Another one.

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Okay, it’s getting ridiculous now.

The scenery has changed over the last hours. I came from city and hills, rocks, trees, beaches and now this.

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And then it was time to stop stopping. When I searched for the address of the hotel on my Tom Tom, it stated that the street doesn’t exist. Let’s go there and find out. Well it’s not that difficult. Basically there’s only one street and everything will eventually lead to:

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It’s already quite late and after my stop at the visitor centre to purchase a pass, I did a “Japanese” tour. Meaning: you drive to the light house, take pictures, get in car, drive to other side of the peninsula, take pictures, get in car, drive to hotel, eat and sleep.

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The track of today:

Wednesday 22 April 2009

Let’s hit the road.

There are so many nice things to see and do on this island, but I have limited time and the distances are enormous. Therefore I need to make some choices. I choose to go to the Huon valley and to see the Tahune Forest AirWalk.

Let’s start with the weather of the day: it’s cool (I am getting used to temperatures below 20 now), dry (there’s overcast) and hardly any wind. Result: it’s nice out here. And since there’s no wind you can take pictures like these:

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It’s fall over here. The leaves are changing color or just falling off.

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There we are: Tahune National Forrest. Let’s find out what this AirWalk is all about. Well this is it:

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After walking along the tree tops, it was time to get back on the ground. There’s a nice track back to the entrance. It will take me over two nice bridges over the river and since I haven’t walked for a few days…

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Then it was time to move on again. But it’s too early to return to Hobart. Let’s go south. Tom, where can we go? Let’s try “Dover”. After some discussions with Tom (he wants to get to places fast and efficient; I just want to see nice things) we found these views.

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Eventually we got to Dover and since it was getting darker and late again, I asked Tom to do what he does best: get me to my hotel fast and efficient. He did… And my PhotoTrackr gave up again. I still have no idea why.

The track of today:

Tuesday 21 April 2009

Exploring Hobart and surroundings.

The day starts with some shopping. I am not equipped for 15 degrees and potential rain showers. Luckily my hotel is just meters away from the shopping centre of town.

And I had to stop by Thrifty: my car key came apart and I don’t want to risk losing any part, since one is used to open the door and the other part to start the beast… The “rent a car” man looked surprised. But a drop of glue should do the trick.

During my walk through town I concluded that I will not spent a lot of time in this city. It’s not that interesting. Here are some views from the harbor.

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According to my little book there are some nice views just a few car minutes away. Time to hit the road then.

First stop: Mount Wellington. Nice drive! A winding road of about 20 kilometers to the top. On my way over I noticed that there was a big cloud surrounding the mountain top. Hope that’s not going to impact my pictures! Then a few minutes later I was IN the cloud and a few minutes later again the sky was clear again. Interesting, so the top is above the cloud. And it looks like this:

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And there’s more.

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There is a big radio mast on top of the mountain; therefore there’s also this warning.

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From here you can follow several walking tracks. But that’s not for me today. I walked a few hundred meters of one of the tracks because of these views.

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Then we (me and my mate for the next 9 days) had to move on. At a certain moment I noticed a broken tail light on my car. That wasn’t on the form when I picked it up, but I know for sure that I didn’t hit anything… Well we need to visit the Thrifty office one more time.

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When I got back below the cloud I could just see the city beneath me. And looking up I could see the top of the mountain again.

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There’s a casino (Wrest Point) and another harbor with some nice views just to the south of the city centre.

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I wanted to make sure that my broken light was not going to give me issues for the next days. Therefore I visited the Thrifty office one more time. We came to the conclusion that the light was already broken by the time I picked up the car (there was a lot of water in it and it hasn’t rained, so that must be caused by washing the car). The light itself is working and therefore I will not have any problems with the police… We’ll see.

By mistake I took a wrong turn driving back to my hotel and ended up on the other side of the bridge (east side) again. Well, since I am here, let’s see what my little book finds interesting here. Hey, there’s a “lookout” sign. Deviate… Yes Tom I know I am going in the wrong direction…

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Then it was getting dark again and I noticed that the cloud around the top of Mount Wellington was fading. How would a sunset look from there? Only one way to find out… Well it’s nice, but for some reason I couldn’t get it “on film”. It’s freezing cold up here by the way. Temperatures are down to 5 degrees and the wind is strong making things worse.

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Then it was time to return “home”. It’s been a nice day again and I think I have covered Hobart and surroundings. Tomorrow I want to move away from this city.

Monday 20 April 2009

Switching islands.

No pictures today. Today I will travel from Sydney to Hobart (Tasmania).

The day started with a lot of rain in Sydney making leaving this city a bit easier;-) But when the sun showed for some time, I couldn’t resist walking to Circular Quay one more time. It was a nice stroll along many visitors again. Then I had to return to my hotel because the taxi would pick me up within 30 minutes. The moment I got back in the hotel, the rain started pouring again. Good timing.

It was a pleasant flight to Hobart. Here I picked up my next car, a Nissan X-Trail this time, to drive to all sorts of nice places on this island. One thing is clear: it’s much colder down here: 15 degrees… brrrrrr. A few weeks ago it was over 40… But then: it’s dry. And that’s not always the case on this island.

Let’s start by getting to the hotel. I noticed on my small map that Hobart city is all about one way streets and my hotel is in the middle of it all. Hey, where did I hear that before? Oh yeah: that was in Sydney where Tom Tom didn’t help much… Well this time he/she was performing very nicely again and I found the hotel in no time.

By the time I got there, it was dark and it’s Sunday, meaning everything is closed in this town. Therefore it’s going to be a relaxed dinner in the hotel and then it’s time to move on to tomorrow.

Sunday 19 April 2009

Darling Harbour

Someone suggested I should also take a look at Darling Harbour. It’s just a 30 – 40 minute walk from my hotel (seems that most things are in a 30 – 40 minutes’ walk range). The weather is not that warm today mainly due to the cold wind. But hey: put on some jeans and start walking.

Within about 5 minutes walking from my hotel (The Sebel Pier One) I got Darling Harbour in sight. There was a big cruise ship here, loading up to go nice places I assume.

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And today we will see a lot of planes ready to land at the Sydney airport.

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Darling Harbour is all about fun. There are a million restaurants, bars and shops to entertain the masses. Here you will find the National Maritime Museum, Wild Life World and the IMAX theater. It’s also the place to be when you want to get out on the water. There are water taxis, cruises and you can even hire sailboats and Jet Ski’s here. It’s a pleasant place to be. The street theater performances make it even better.

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During the afternoon I noticed that the IMAX was showing the 3D IMAX version of “Monsters vs Aliens”. That’s one that I will not find at home, so I just had to see it. And you know what: the theater was filled. Great movie and the 3D effects are amazing.

And another day has passed. Time is passing in record speed I think. Some many things to see and do and so little time left to do so. Well, let’s move on: tomorrow I will leave Sydney and fly to Hobart (Tasmania). Another island, switching from Ausies to Tasies.

Saturday 18 April 2009