Tasmania

A cunning plan in Launceston

February 3, 2019

This was our last day in Tasmania before catching the ‘Spirit’. I wasn’t looking forward being spirited away again. We spent half a day in Launceston on the way to Devonport. We parked the van near City Park and walked around the Esplanade alongside the North Esk River, past Custom House, along the boardwalk, through […]

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Beauty Point – Chill Central!

February 2, 2019

After some hectic days, a couple of dodgy night’s and with only two sleeps left in Tassie; the folks were looking for somewhere to chill before catching the boat back to the mainland. They chose Beauty Point, it turned out to be an ideal! Beauty Point We checked into the Beauty Point Tourist Park. Nice […]

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Derby and Scottsdale, If only dogs could ride bikes!

January 31, 2019

Mountain bike trails in Derby and Railtrail in Scottsdale, perfect for every cyclist. Derby Called in at Derby for morning tea at the Two Doors Down Cafe. Great little cafe with lots of those gluten-free cakes that the Sparrow loves. Nice silver dog water bowl with little bones stamped around it for canine patrons. I always […]

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Bay of Fires (don’t forget to check your water supplies!)

January 30, 2019

Arrived at Bay of Fires via St Helens. Well, there was more to it than that! First, we drove into St Helens and the Silverback wanted to go to the hardware shop to buy WD40 (a magic fluid that silverbacks spray on anything that moves to make it work better). It was 34 degrees and […]

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Laid low in Bicheno

January 28, 2019

On the way to Bicheno I mostly slept in the back of the van. We stopped briefly at Campbell Town, I’d been there before, seen the famous Red Bridge and peed on the sculptures carved from dead tree trunks. My scent was fading, so I topped it up. Last time we went on the riverbank […]

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Oatlands and Ross on the Heritage Highway

January 26, 2019

Travelling the Heritage Highway we stopped at Oatlands and Ross and had long walks in both. Oatlands Nice historic town with lots of sandstone buildings. Also, the home of the real estate office in the TV show ‘Rosehaven’. A bit of Sparrow research revealed that they use buildings in multiple towns to put together the […]

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Dog Friendly Tasmania

We loved Tasmania, it is great for touring in a campervan as the distances are small, the scenery beautiful and it is very geared for tourism. However, we found that Tasmania wasn’t quite as dog friendly as at home on the Sunshine Coast. The main issue is that there are a lot of places that […]

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Orford – a bit of doggy heaven

January 25, 2019

After some hectic days in Hobart with hot weather, wild winds and a couple of visits to Club Canine while the folks did art galleries and museums, it was great to get out of the city and back to the rural seaboard. Orford is a great little town based around the mouth of the Prosser […]

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Bruny Island and the giant penguin

January 22, 2019

Bruny Island roughly divides into North Bruny, the Neck and South Bruny. Sparrow research had indicated that most of the south part is national park and the Neck is a penguin rookery, so neither of those were going to be dog friendly. Basically, we went to explore North Bruny. First you catch the Bruny Island […]

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Hobart, Club Canine and MONA

January 21, 2019

There comes a time when a dog just needs the company of dogs for a change. Had one of those days today. Checked into Club Canine Hobart for a bit of dog time. Unfortunately, humans not allowed so bought the folks tickets for MONA  and booked them in for lunch The Source. I promised the […]

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A lunchtime gig in New Norfolk

January 20, 2019

Getting from Strahan to New Norfolk was mostly about sleeping. We stopped for breakfast and lunch at a couple of great lookouts. Met some lovely German people at the breakfast spot. The lady insisted on the full face-lick experience. Not too keen on all that myself, but happy to do the right thing occasionally in […]

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Strahan, Enzo’s First Play

January 18, 2019

Bypassed the mining towns through the middle of Tassie and headed straight to Strahan. What a beautiful place. Checked into Strahan Beach Tourist Park, where most things in town are within walking range, though the folks thought the showers were a bit decrepit. Camp site nearly full, got a good-sized site near the exit gate […]

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Enzo’s Morning Walk in Stanley

January 17, 2019

Drove into Stanley’s historic main street, pulled up next to the Brown Dog Cafe (seemed a prospect for morning tea) and went for a walk. The main street is full of early colonial and Victorian buildings. Stanley was apparently settled 1820’s becoming a town in 1842. A lot of the older buildings offer tourist accommodation. […]

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The Tarkine Drive

January 16, 2019

The folks checked with the official government site Discover the Tarkine and dogs are allowed most places on the Tarkine Drive. Very cool! So today is about driving (zzzzzz), scenery (zzzzzz) and multiple short walks (tail wagging in anticipation). Altogether we did the Smithton-Marrawah-Arthur River-Sumac Lookout-Lake Chisholm-Trowutta-Smithton loop. About seven hours with stops and lunch. […]

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“Guard the van, Enzo”

January 15, 2019

 Burnie to Smithton Leaving Penguin behind the folks drove into Burnie to go to the Regional Museum and Regional Art Gallery. Both apparently really worthwhile but ‘no dogs allowed’ so Bozo here gets to sleep in the van. Dad likes to refer to this by saying ‘Guard the van, Enzo’. Next up the Hellyers Rd […]

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