South to Hobart

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We chose to drive a “scenic” route down to Hobart. What an adventure! The road was narrow, steep, winding and spectacular!

I am hoping Lauren has taken some pics as we found we were so spell-bound by the mountain range that we forgot!

We drove along the edge of the Central Plateau Conservation and chose a lunch spot by the Great Lake near Miena. After some much needed lunch we did manage to get some pics!

It was a fairly long day on the road for us all but we were so happy to get to Hobart and some nice warm showers!

Devonport and Forth Valley

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We have been non-stop down here!

Non stop great company, non-stop sight-seeing, non-stop eating great food, non-stop sampling local beers/ciders and non-stop exhausted! šŸ¤£

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We chose to spend our first few nights at an awesome camp about 10min from Devonport. Forth Valley Recreation Ground is a beautiful green oval that the locals are happy to have you stay at for a small donation.

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From there each day we went out and explored the impressive country side. We honestly have done so much I can’t even remember where we have been!

Highlights (in no particular order) have been:

  • A drive out towards Sheffield
  • A tasting paddle of local cider
  • Famous Tasmainian scallop pie
  • Beaconsfield Mining Centre
  • Various chocolate and cheese factories
  • Launceston
  • Boags beer experience
  • A dodgey “haunted” boat ride on a fake lake.

There was certainly plently happening with tired eyes limping back into camp each afternoon. We have hardly found time to stop and blog. What a great part of the world!

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Melbourne and the Spirit Of Tasmania

20190929_170024.jpgIt was a nice easy drive down from Beechworth to the Spirit of Tasmania dock near St Kilda. We were thankful it was a Sunday afternoon as the traffic was not too bad. I think Richmonds win in the GF may have contributed to the lazy Sunday feel.

We met up with Matt, Lauren, Lilly and Hamish on Fitzroy St down by the bay. While we were there we figured a quick look at The Block was in order. Noah was keen to place an order on house No. 1 but we reminded him the price tag was around the 3 million mark!

We also started what seems to be the gastronomic theme of this trip… beer, wine & cheese!

The load onto the boat was pretty seemless. They certainly have got it down to a fine art as we were quarantine checked, firearm checked and background checked in no time. Deemed worthy to grace the pristene shores of Van Diemans Land we were loaded into the belly of the big ferry.

 

More beer awaited us inside…

“Playing” in Beechworth.

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Our first stop was the lovely town of Beechworth. We haven’t seen our good friends Millie, Tilly, Mya and Maisie Player for three years… to that exact weekend actually!

Alex was sadly missing as he had been dragged to some sort of big AFL game on the “MCG”. I hope he was backing The Tigers! But, there was also the addition of Hayley from NZ, a cousin of the girls.

It was the perfect start to our trip. While we were heading out to feed the horses I said to Millie,Ā “I feel so relaxed!”. We had only been there a matter of hours and had slipped right into holiday mode.

Our Saturday consisted of:

  • Eating a massive country breakfast
  • Bottomless coffee mugs
  • Motor bike rides
  • Horsing around
  • Grand final watching at the pub
  • Bonfire with added Smores

It was so good to see such good friends again. We need to make sure it isn’t so long next time. We had so much fun playing at the Players!

Tassie bound we are!

Big Red Bash – the wrap up.

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We have been back for three days now and I just realised that we didn’t finish the blog on the trip.

We had an uneventful run home. We shot out of Birdsville slowly along with plenty of other traffic. The drive to Windorah was interesting with the dust and amount of other people trying to get out. Most drivers were sensible and considerate but as expected some didn’t seem to want to make it home.

We came across a beautiful campsite at place called Cooper Creek. We were thankful that we could finally put up the shower tent and with full tanks could each have some long, hot showers!

We enjoyed a fire in Weirdo and took in beautiful night sky.

We had a long way to travel home so the days were spent in the car with over night stays in Cunnumulla and back over the border in Bourke.

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So we are now home, unpacking, de-dusting, repairing and preparing. It was so much family fun!

Stay tuned for our upcoming “Smiths Go South” 2 week Tassie jaunt!

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BRB day 3… the ‘Oils!

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Dusty day 3 of Big Red Bash 2019. We were getting pretty stinky by now!

You see a big part of the event was the environmental considerations. First up were the interestingĀ “enviro-toilets” that Noah euphemistically coined the phrase of “putting some sawdust in the hole”.

They were basically drop toilets with wheely-bins under. You did what you had to do and tipped a tin cup of sawdust on top. Apparently the contents were being composted off site. They may sound terible but they were really pretty good! The “Dunny Angel” volunteers staffed them constantly, keeping them in good nick.

All grey water was collected and no showers were provided. This ment baby-wipes all round trying to get off layer on layer of dust.

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Enough of that mundane stuff like personal hygiene and cleanliness… we were here for the music!

Today was the best of the best! Midnight Oil had arrived and were due on stage tonight. The excitement in the BRB community was palpable.

The artist bill on day 3 consisted of Neil Murry, Steve Kilby of the Church, Busby Marou and Kasey Chambers. A bit of something for everyone in there. I am also pretty sure Steve Kilby has had a “bit of something” before his performace as he did not seem to be functioning too well šŸ¤”. All the other acts were great.

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Busby Marou is a favorite of ours and they did not disappoint. They were filming for an upcoming Queensland Tourism advert. All of the Smiths will surely be featured spruking the cane toad state as “beautiful one day, perfect the next”.

One of their songs Best Part of Me has been earworming Chloe. She has declared they were her favorite band from the whole 3 days.

Although Kasey Chambers’ music is not on our “favorites” playlist, we did enjoy her performance and stage presence. Her in-between song banter was genuinely hilarious and gave me a new appreciation of what she has achieved over her long career.

And then there was the almighty Midnight Oil. It was clear a vast majority of the 10 000 strong crowd were here to see Mr Garrett and his mates finish their world tour on home turf.

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Their connection with the aussie outback and indigenous culture made this venue on Big Red so so special. They blew away the crowd with a massive long set that inclued two encores and a good selection of their signature hits.

Noah, Chloe, Kaz and I worked our way into the mosh pit up the front and had a blast! What an experience!

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