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Heading west

I left Melbourne on my way to Adelaide. It’s going to take about 6 days to get there and on today I will drive to Apollo Bay. Today I will start to drive on the so called Great Ocean Road. But before I get there, I first need to get out of Melbourne. And that wasn’t easy. Again, Tom Tom failed to help me and the local road works didn’t help either. After quite some time, I managed to get out and to get on the right track.

Well, after quite some time I got to the south coast. And one of my first stops was at Bells Beach, a known name for anyone who is into surfing. For all the others: click on this link

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This was one of many stops today. The scenery is just too nice to go on without stopping every now and then. Here’s an impression:

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And for those who don’t know where they are:

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It’s difficult to show how this road looks like. But I’ll try anyway. Have a look at these:

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All this stopping resulted in me arriving after sunset at Apollo Bay. It was a nice drive out here. I will stay two nights here before I will go on to the next part of the Great Ocean Road. More on that later.

The track of today:

Friday 1 May 2009

Back on the big island

Well, if you have looked at the dates of the previous posts you probably have found that the blog is way behind by now. It’s been quite difficult to keep it up to date and over the last week or so I just couldn’t keep up. There were just too many days without Internet access or I just ran out of time doing all sorts of holiday-thingies. In order to get back in sync, I will make the next few posts quite brief.

Wednesday 29 April I left Tasmania and flew to Melbourne. I planned this stop in Melbourne to prepare for the next part of my holiday: driving to Adelaide. So it’s all about washing, doing some shopping and find out what’s interesting along my route for the next days. Well, the best source for the last part was the visitor information centre here in Melbourne. They provided me with lots of maps and leaflets of things to do and see.

I stayed 2 days in Melbourne and saw only a small part of the city. I will be back here in just over 2 weeks and by then I will have a better look at this place. I will not include pictures in this post, since that’s quite time consuming. Just follow this link and this one. They will bring you to the pictures I took during my stay in Melbourne.

Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 April 2009

A long drive

Today I will have to drive back to Hobart. It’s going to be a long day, since there’s a long and winding road between Strahan and Hobart. The day started great and I had to go back to Strahan harbor to take the pictures I couldn’t take yesterday anymore. It’s already quite busy here; there’s a boat leaving for a cruise on the river and some people have booked a nice flight over this area. That must be good fun, since there’s no wind and the cloud level is quite high.

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After all those pictures it was time to leave this place. And as I said before: it’s a long and windy road. Initially it’s more or less like yesterday; trees on both sides. The difference: it’s going up and down and constantly turning.

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And again, there are some “scenic lookout” signs and therefore I have to stop and fill my memory card with images like this:

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Hey, that’s a familiar image… On short final for runway 09.

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Then I get closer to Queenstown. This place is famous and not for good things. As a result of the copper mining here there’s substantial damage to the environment. At a lot of places the trees are gone and nothing will grow here anymore. But let’s start by (hey what a surprise) go up to a local lookout.

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It’s quite a town here. Then along my way the first signs of the mining and the results became visible.

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As I mentioned in previous posts, this country is big. And Tasmania is no different. For today this results in the following info from Bloke and Sheila: turn right after 222 kilometers.

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Well, I did some homework before I left Strahan. And I found out that I need to stop a certain points along my route today. And this is the first one: Nelson Falls. It’s massive…

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Back on the road, the scenery changes. I have reached a plateau after going up and down for the last few hours. And these are the new views.

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Next planned stop: Donaghys Hill.

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Some more snow on my way.

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After this I got to Derwent Bridge; just a few houses, a pub and a gas station on this road to Hobart. But it is also the home of “The Wall in the wilderness”. Unfortunately you can’t take pictures inside the building, but believe me, this is worth stopping for.

A few more nice shots on my way from Derwent Bridge on to Tarraleah.

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Then I run into the hydro electric power stations here. Most of the electrical power on this island is generated by this type of stations. So, what do you need? Well in reverse order: a power station, a lot of pipes to transport water from a high lever to the power station, a reservoir with the water and in this case: canals to transport the water to the reservoir. And all the pictures you see are from the Tarraleah hydro power station.

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By now it was getting late and this road goes on and on and on. Therefore I decided to switch from tourist mode into driver mode. I wanted to make sure that I still had some time in Hobart to pack my suitcase again and being well prepared for the flight to Melbourne tomorrow. No more pictures from here on and that’s not a bad thing; it’s not that interesting anymore along this road till you get closer to New Norfolk. But by then it was getting dark and that would not result in good shots.

It’s been a long drive, but it was beautiful. Now it’s time to leave this island and go for the bigger one that’s a bit more to the north…

The track of today:

Tuesday 28 April 2009