Tasmania Journals

The west & north west coast of Tasmania

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A December 2012 trip to Tasmania by auskiwi

On the way to Cradle Mountain Photo, Tasmania, Australia More Photos
Quote: Rainforest wilderness, wild, windy beaches, steam train rides, river cruises and plenty of history - this is an great area to visit.

Penny Royal Hotel and Apartments - Leisure Inn

Hotel | "Central Launceston - just what we wanted"

Cataract Gorge, Launceston Photo, Launceston, Australia
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The Penny Royal Apartments were central, which was just what we wanted. We didn't want to be out of the way.Note to self, or anyone else wanting to stay there, the rooms are not available until 2.00pm. So don't bother arriving earlier unless you have something planned to do in Launceston. They will let you utilise the car park if you're early.The studio room apartments are nice and have been recently refurbished. The studio apartment rooms consist of a room in which there is a queen sized bed, a work table a small dining table with two chairs and a comfortable lounge. There is also a partially equipped kitchenette with a fridge, microwave, toaster, plates, utensils, etc. Lastly...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 8, 2013

Penny Royal Hotel and Apartments - Leisure Inn
147 PATERSON ST
Launceston, Australia 7250
0363316699

Pol and Pen Cottages

Hotel | "Pleasant surroundings in a great location"

Pol and Pen Cottages Photo, Tasmania, Australia
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This was a great find, a nice apartment in a great location for a good price -$110 per night.The apartment consisted of a fully equipped kitchen, a combined bathroom and laundry with a separate toilet. There were two bedrooms, one was the main bedroom with a queen bed, tables and wardrobe. The other bedroom had a set of single bunks and a separate single bed. The living room/dining room had a lounge and two lazy boy chairs, a wood fire place and a table with 6 chairs.Outside there was a carport, a clothesline and a garden.The decor is nice and nothing is falling apart. Everything is well kept and clean.All the mod cons you'd ever need.The apa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 8, 2013

Pol and Pen Cottages
Pearse Street, Stanley
Stanley, Tasmania 7331

Discovery Holiday Parks Strahan Lodge

Hotel | "Another great location, why drive if you can walk"

Strahan lobster trawlers Photo, Strahan, Australia
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I am glad I booked a deluxe cabin for our 4 night stay in the Strahan Holiday Park, I've stayed in standard cabins in other parks and they're usually not much.The cabin had one main room with a fully equipped kitchen which we quickly filled with enough food to get us over the 4 nights, a lounge and a table with 4 chairs. There were two bedrooms, one was the main bedroom with a double bed, side tables, wardrobe and counter with mirror over. The other bedroom had single bunks. There was also a separate ensuite. The basics - that's all you need.The outside veranda had a couple of chairs on it. There was each car parking space for one, maybe two cars.On site services in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 8, 2013

Discovery Holiday Parks Strahan Lodge
8 Innes Street
Strahan, Tasmania 7468

Cradle Mountain Highlander Cottages

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Hotel | "Great place, great location, great price"

Cradle Mountain Highlander Cottages Photo, Tasmania, Australia
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Wow, this was a find. I looked up accommodation in the Cradle Mountains and the Highlanders Retreat came up.I selected the Bushman's Cabin, not only because of the cost - only $110 per night - but also because of it's location - only 5 minutes drive from the Cradle Mountain National Park - great location.We came close to the retreat a wombat walked out on the road to cross to the other side - another plus, love to see the wildlife like this.We walked into the reception area to collect our key and we didn't walk out again until another 1/2 hour later -yet another plus, helpful, friendly staff, love it even more.We approach our cabin and there's a sound o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 8, 2013

Cradle Mountain Highlander Cottages
3876 Cradle Mountain Road
Tasmania, Australia 7306
(03) 6492 1116

Day 1 Launceston to Cradle Mountain

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On the way to Cradle Mountain Photo, Tasmania, Australia
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The plane from Sydney land in Launceston at about 11.30am, we picked up our rental car, and headed straight of to our first destination - Cradle Mountain.As we only got the cheap seats and didn't get food we were starving so the first stop was at cafe near Deloraine - our first taste of the delicious food that we would be having while we were here - although I do wish we had stopped at the raspberry farm and cafe we saw previously on the road.Then it was on the road again, travelling along country roads, winding their way through the wilderness with plenty to see - high rocky mountain ranges, pastures with cows, sheep or alpacas and small townships. We stopped to watch a echidn...Read More
Dove Lake walk, Cradle Mountain Photo, Tasmania, Australia
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It was a beautiful day, we said good-bye to the pademelons that were hanging around our cabin, wishing we were staying another couple of nights.We went down the road to the Cradle Mountain Visitors Centre and purchased tickets to gain access to the Cradle Mountain National Park, waited for the shuttle bus a started out on our adventure. We were heading to Dove Lake, a walk my boss had said was worth going on. We had got up early to take advantage of the still weather, there was not the breathe of wind, great for water shots.We filled in the hiking book that was compulsory before setting of on any walk in the area, you have to fill out the time you leave, the walk yo...Read More

Day 3 The West Coast Wilderness Railway

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Strahan lobster trawlers Photo, Strahan, Australia
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I had booked this trip before we had even arrived in Tasmania as I had heard only good reviews about it. I had only booked standard tourist seats but when we arrived a Queenstown Railway Station, after getting a bus from Strahan - a 3/4 trip with a interesting video about the railway history and a brief commentary by the driver - we decided to upgrade to the premier carriage and take advantage of some free drinks and additional free food along our trip. The tourist seat ticket holders only got a free lunch and drink at the nominated lunch stop.Along the length of the trip we got free Tasmanian wines and beers, fruit juices and water. For food were started of with locally made chicken and c...Read More

Day 4 Christmas Day Gordon River Cruise

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Gordon River Cruises - Macquarie Harbour Photo, Tasmania, Australia
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On the day we arrived in Strahan the receptionist at the Strahan Holiday Park, where we were staying, recommended that, if we had nothing organised for Christmas Day, the Gordon River Cruises had a cruise operating that would be good to go on and that it was advisable to book the tickets as soon as possible so we decided it sounded like it was a great idea.We walked from our accommodation, around the waterfront, to the wharf where the Gordon River cruise boat was docked and waited with all the other passengers to board the boat - it appeared to be booked out so lucky we did book out tickets, there were a couple of people who were disappointed about not getting the seats they wanted....Read More

Day 5 Zeehan and The People's Walk

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Zeehan West Coast Regional Museum Photo, Tasmania, Australia
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Today we set out for Zeehan along the main road B27 - if you go via the GPS it would probably take you via the other route which passes through Queenstown. On the way to Zeehan we stopped of at a small lookout which over looked a small tract of native scrub and the edge of the sand dunes at Ocean Beach. These dunes are supposed to be some of the highest and you can hire snowboards in Strahan to go down the dunes on.Then it was onto Zeehan where we were going to have a look at the Pioneer Museum. Zeehan is one of many mining towns that exist on the West Coast of Tasmania - whereas the East Coast is scattered with abandoned tin mines the West Coast has many operating mines and these small to...Read More

Day 6 Strahan to Stanley

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On the way to Stanley - Table Cape Photo, Stanley, Australia
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We woke, packed our bags, packed the car and headed to Stanley, via Zeehan, Rosebury and the Hellyer Gorge.Like Zeehan and Queenstwon, Rosebury is a small mining town with working mines in the area and hence most of the residents are mine workers and their families. As with the other towns there is a lot of history surrounding the place and houses have been here many years - some since the original settlers in the area.About 3/4 hour later a windy stretch of road winds it's way from high ground, down through a pleasant tract of rainforest, to the Hellyer Gorge and a bridge across the Hellyer River and up again on the other side. There is a car park at the bridge and a bit of a ...Read More

Day 7 Seaquarium and Highfields, Stanley

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Highfields Historic Homestead, Stanley Photo, Stanley, Australia
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Dale wasn't the best this day, after his belt of gastro the day before, so we decided to stay in Stanley and not venture too far.First of all we went down to the Seaqurium, which is situated down at the Stanley port area. This isn't your typical aquarium where you see tropical fish and the like. These tanks hold fish that the local Tasmanians would find in the sea - leatherbacks (fish with sharp teeth), octopus, lobsters, seahorses, sharks, salmon and other interesting things. It's well worth the visit and at $12 per adult, not too badly priced. We spent about 1 1/2 hours there looking around.Then we headed to Highfields Historic Homestead, situated on top of the hill over look...Read More
Arthur River mouth Photo, Stanley, Australia
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In the morning we headed of to the mouth of Arthur River - it was overcast and blowing a gale so we were wondering if that was such a great idea or not, but it wasn't raining so we kept going. We headed out through Smithton to the blustery west coast where the mouth of the Arthur River is located.Dale was hoping to go fishing but, unfortunately, the wind was blowing way too strongly for casting fishing lines even though a couple of locals were giving it a go - it didn't look like they were getting anything.I could imagine that on a nicer day it would be quite a beautiful, scenic place to be. On the day we were there the weather was wild, the sea was wild and the skies were grey...Read More
The Nut, Stanley Photo, Tasmania, Australia
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This was the day that we set out to conquer The Nut, a large volcanic rock formation that is said to plug a hole in an extinct volcano. It dominates the coastline behind Stanley.We stand at the base of The Nut looking up at the, somewhat, daunting task ahead of us - nothing could really prepare you for the steepness of the 450m length of track that leads to the summit. At some locations it feels like it would be easier if you walked on your tip-toes. Lucky it is a zig-zag track as it gives you a chance to catch your breathe at the locations where the path changes direction. It's a good calf workout.For those who are not up to being that active and don't want the workout, there ...Read More
Kanunnah Bridge in the Turkine Photo, Stanley, Australia
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We headed inland on this day and drove out through Irishtown and Edith to Kanunnah Bridge which is just beyond the edge of the Turkine Wilderness - beautiful, leafy, rainforest country. It's was only about 1 hours drive each way, except for on the way back when we came across a herd of 50-100 cows crossing the road heading for the milk shed, we had to wait for about 1/2 hour for them to finish crossing - gotta love the countryside.Kanunnah Bridge is not a town or anything like that, it is just a bridge that crosses the Arthur River. If you carry on across the bridge you hit a unsealed circuit road that takes you on a scenic tourist drive around the Turkine rainforest area. ...Read More
Cataract Gorge, Launceston Photo, Launceston, Australia
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We got up early and I cooked up the food that remained for breakfast more than enough to keep us going for 3 1/2 hours.We didn't stop anywhere along the way as the wind was blowing a gale. The road took us back along the coast, through Wynyard, Somerset, Burnie, Sulphur Creek, Penguin, Ulverstone to Devonport and then inland on The Bass Highway to Launceston.The beaches on this coast are bit more wild then the east coast, with large rocky outcrops at each end of any beach. It was a very scenic road to travel as it followed the shore line.We stayed at the Penny Royal Hotel in Launceston. When we got there the room wasn't ready so we went for a walk into Launceston to...Read More
The Automobile Museum, Launceston Photo, Launceston, Australia
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This was the last day of our brief trip to Tasmania. We stayed the night in Launceston so we can be handy to the airport, hence we woke up reasonably early to pack our cases and put them in the boot of the car. At 9.00 we headed of to the Automobile Museum, located opposite City Park in Launceston.The entry fee was $12(AU) per adult. When you first enter there is a small floor area where they have special displays - when we went they had a show that had all the iconic Australian motor vehicles - Ford and Holden vehicles.The museum has a great array of vintage and prestige car on show from all countries - Mustang, Chevy, Jaguar, Fiat, Ferrari, etc just to name a few....Read More