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Tassie Tour 2020 - 5th March to 10th?? March

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Anybody want to cruise through Tassie in March?

I’ve already booked the boat for Thursday night 5th March, returning on the Sunday night 14th March.  I’ll be taking the week off as I plan do a bit of R&R - maybe do a bit of fishing.   

I’m planning do the Island anti-clockwise as this worked well on previous trips.    

Some of the places I plan on seeing include: Stanley, Tarkine Rain Forest, Strahan, New Norfolk, Strathgordon, Freycinet Peninsula, and Ben Lomond (Jacob’s Ladder).

You are welcome to join up and leave as your time/plans permit.

Either way - I'll be going for a spurt round the Island on these dates.  

Route, sights and stopovers are extremely fluid at this stage. 

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Yep I have my annual leave booked for the Friday 6 March and Tuesday 10 March at the moment.  But I have some days owing in-lieu so I just had a look at the Spirit of Tassie bookings and cheapest cost fares are if we go take the boat Wednesday night 4 March $279 (with car) and come back on Wednesday 11 March $279 (with car).

 

I'll be booking a cabin both ways 4 berth sleeper at $139 per trip - no way am I gonna sleep in a recliner (I remember last time when I booked a chair :blink: - Rab saved me with his cabin :roflmbo: )

 

Total boat cost return for me leaving Wednesday night 4 March and coming back Wednesday night 11 March (back in Melbourne Thursday 12 March) would be $836

 

@YLD127 I won't be booking the Thursday night boat cos right now its a whopping $439 for the boat alone (no cabin) :omg:

 

Everyone else's thoughts?  

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Booked Spirit of Tassie for Melbourne-Devonport Wed 4 Mar 7:30pm and coming back on Devonport-Melbourne Wed 11 Mar 7:30pm :thumbsup:

 

Discussed with @YLD127 and @Rab 

 

I also booked a 4 bed cabin each way - so Rab is going to share that with me.  Leaves 2 other beds available if anyone going across and coming back same dates.  I chose those dates cos they were the least expensive fares - either side the fares are more (varies differently).  That means if you want to book on those dates and there's still room left in the cabin - just book the recliner option which is $0 as your "seat" on the boat over.  There will be linen and towels enough for 4 people in the cabin.  Just beware though - both Rab and I are chronic snorers - so bring your ear plugs :roflmbo:

 

Just need to sort out the itinerary now so we know where to book the accomodation!   Thinking Rab and I will spend some time around Launceston and the gorge area on the first day Thursday - that way we can be nearby to meet YLD127 on Friday morning :drivingalong:

 

Anyone else interested in those dates?

:beerchug: 

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Just proposing some places to stay.  Your thoughts guys?

 

Wed 4 Mar    Catch 7:30 ship

 

Thu 5 Mar        Stay George Town
        York Cove Holiday Hotel  $169
    
Fri 6 Mar        Stay Strahan
        Bushman's Cafe $180 (only 1)
        Strahan Village $206

 

Sat 7 Mar        Stay Pontville
        Brighton Hotel Motel $108

 

Sun 8 Mar        Orford
        Orford Blue Waters Hotel $134

 

Mon 9 Mar    Stay Bicheno
        Beachfront Bicheno $166

 

Tue 10 Mar    Stay George Town
        York Cove Holiday Hotel  $169

 

Wed 11 Mar    Catch 7:30 ship
 

Who's coming as well?

1. YLD127

2. Rab

3. EvilDaifu (possibly another passenger)

 

Anyone else?

 

:beerchug:

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Just updating where accomodation has been booked for anyone else thinking of joining us :beerchug:

 

Wed 4 Mar    Catch 7:30pm ship

 

Thu 5 Mar        Stay George Town
        Comfort Inn The Pier, Georgetown $131 - RESERVED EvilDaifu
    
Fri 6 Mar        Stay Strahan
        Strahan Village $206 - RESERVED EvilDaifu, YLD127

 

Sat 7 Mar        Stay Rosetta
        Riverfront Motel & Villas, Rosetta $99 - RESERVED EvilDaifu
        
Sun 8 Mar        Stay Triabunna
        Stay Triabunna at YLD127 Place (BYO sleeping bag!)

 

Mon 9 Mar    Stay Bicheno
        Tidelines of Bicheno $169 - RESERVED EvilDaifu, YLD127

 

Tue 10 Mar    Stay George Town
        York Cove Holiday Hotel, George Town  $169 - RESERVED EvilDaifu, YLD127

 

Wed 11 Mar    Catch 7:30pm ship

 

@YLD127 I have booked a twin room at Rosetta so you are welcome to bunk in with me there as you have not booked that night's accomodation yet.  I also took liberty of bunking at your place in Triabunna if okay with you and your relatives :thumbsup:

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My sis recommends Bruny Island - potentially an option when we do the cider run maybe?  She said it's very beautiful there and it does look scenic from Google maps 🍻

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So less than a week - anybody else interested.  Can share rooms potentially if accommodation is scarce at our designated night stays :beerchug:

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All good.  Weather looks okay next week.  Will prolly be driving along the top of the island and visit Stanley's Nob for lobster lunch on Thursday and also visit the Gorge near Launceston time permitting  :beerchug:

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Ended up doing a short walk in the Tarkine just south of Stanley after a Tassie Salmon brekky.  Will post some pics soon.

 

@YLD127 I'll meet you at the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm cafe at 7am (when they open) as its shorter time to there if okay (need my beauty sleep :roflmbo:).

 

So this cruise is definitely ON (for YLD127 and me) :beerchug:

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Day 1 Thursday

 

Breakfast Tassie Salmon looking out to Stanley's knob

 

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Crossing Arthur's River in Tarkine

 

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Stopped to look at one of many Sink Holes in the Tarkine (underground rock dissolves and earth on top collapses into sink hole)

 

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Huge Tree Ferns in Tarkine near Rapid River

 

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View out to sea right outside my motel door at the Pier Hotel George Town :beerchug:

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Day 2 Friday

 

Raspberry brekky except no pancakes on the menu this morning so had waffles instead ...

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Oliver's Hill near Liena - WOT a view :thumbsup:

 

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Then after a day of twisties - time to relax in Strahan with James Boag in hand and another fantastic waterfront view from our balcony :beerchug:

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Similar - great views always up the hill from Strahan :beerchug:

 

Some fantastic roads again today - luv Tassie's West coast - we managed to fit in Strathgordon today - swear it gets shorter and shorter every year :drivingalong:

 

Anyways @YLD127and I bunking together tonight - everything's booked out ... :thumbsup:

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Day 3 Saturday

 

Getting brekky by the boats in Strahan ...

 

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On the Tassie Targa route near Queenstown :drivingalong:

 

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Now that's a big tree in Mt Fields National Park ... :omg:

 

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Ended the day with a run up to Strathgordon Dam - so much beautiful panorama :thumbsup:

 

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Day 4 Sunday

 

We decided to do the Tahune tree top walk and it also helps with tourism into the area that was devastated by bushfires in 2019
 

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Then we did the cider run paddling our way through Franks Ciders (excellent burgers there) and then hitting up Pagans to try some strawberry and quince ciders ...

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Distances are misleading in Tassie and we barely had time to do the southern coast but managed to fit in Verona Sands with the Mavic :thumbsup:

 

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