Day 18 – Cradle Mountain to Stanley

Another really cold night, but we had the heater up a little more than the previous night and I use the remote to bump it up a bit more before getting out of bed.

We’re up a little earlier to get on the road by 9.  

We take the main highway that heads to Burnie.  There not much along this road, but plantation forests.  Closer into Burnie there’s a bit more farming and the like.

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Day 17 – Dove Lake Walk

Did I mention cold?  We had the diesel heater running, albeit, on its lowest setting last night, and it was still fresh in the van.  At least the floor wasn’t freezing.  I would have hated to see what it would have been like had we not had it running.   I think it got down to about 1 or 2° overnight.

The main thing on today’s agenda is the Dove Lake Circuit, a 6km, 2-3hr walk so it’s not like it will take all day.  The buses start at 8, but we figure we’ll let the day walkers take the early buses.

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Day 15 – Gordon River Cruise

I may as well cut and paste the first paragraph from yesterday.  Rained overnight, restless sleep, early start……. We’re all caught up.

At least it’s only a 2-3min drive to the wharf.   Tickets collected we wait for 20mins or so for the boarding.   This time we get away pretty much on time at 8:30. It’s a pretty flash boat, it’s certainly been upgraded since we were last here.   Upstairs is the posh premium section which is priced to be un-kid friendly.  Hey who can blame them.  So we’re downstairs, but at least we have window seats.

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Day 11 – Hobart Day

Showing such restraint the kids don’t really get up till just before 8.  I’ve got to say an easter egg hunt in a van is really not much of a challenge.

We discussed last night what we’d do today.  I kinda wanted to do a drive down to Bruny Island, but it would be an hour each way to the Ferry, and probably close to an hour each way to drive down to the south of the island and back.  That would be 4 hours for the kids in their seats.

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