Australia 2010

A circumnavigation (with risks).

Tasmania (or not)?

We are now back on the Australian mainland after a week on Tassie. Lots of people we met between Brisbane and Melbourne said "you must go to Tassie", but then they often added "it's just like England". Which, if you are English, is not necessarily a great recommendation.

Getting to Tassie with a campervan involves a relatively expensive trip on the Melbourne to Devonport ferry (The Pride of Tasmania 1 (or 2). The 9 to 12 hour journey costs around €660 return with two people and an 8 metre campervan.

Note the pelican in the foreground.

Tassie has some nice beaches, this one is Stewart's Bay near Port Arthur.

This one is a roadside lunch stop on the Tasmin Highway near Orford.

And this one is the famous and very popular Wine Glass Bay. (None of them to my mind a bit like England).

Tassie has some fine bird life.

And some great sunsets (this one in the Coles Bay Conservation Area).

The island capital, Hobart has a harbour with an enlightened fishing fleet.

Rather surprisingly we have seen two Tasmanian Devils in the wild at night wandering round our camp site.

And a couple if Echidnas, which we managed to avoid.

The convict settlement at Port Arthur is very commercialized, but still well worth a visit.

Small Town Tasmania (Derby) can be attractive and the weather "changeable" not to say wet.

All in all Tasmania was well the visit.