Tasmania 2020 B

We spend Sunday night close to the boat. We slept here several times over the years as well as a lot of others who go on the boat. The boat trip was uneventful. Ten hours. You are not allowed to take any fruit or vegetables in to Tasmania. We arrived late in the afternoon and spend the night in the car park of Woolworths. Next morning we drove a whole 30 KM to Penguin and found a camping spot overlooking the ocean.  Next day another 30 KM to Burnie. There is a river with platypus in it because we have seen it years ago but despite spending hours looking, nothing. Another camp overlooking the ocean. In Wynyard there is a Dutchman that grows tulips but never in bloom when we are there. Another crop they grow here are poppies. Tasmania produces 50% of the legal world trade. It is a lovely part of Tasmania. Rolling hills and fantastic views. There is also a picturesque lighthouse. Another 40 KM and Stanley. This is famous for the hill called the Nut. There is a cable car to the top but that is no fun. I have been up there several times over the years but this was the first time there was no gale force wind.
                                       Poppy field                                                                                The Nut at Stanley
31 January. We did not travel very far. Smithton and a nice spot in the harbour. Walking distance from town which was good so we could have dinner in town. The road to Marrawah is away from the coast and a bit wobbly. But the camping area is at the coast. From our site we could see the ocean. There were quite a few others camped here also. Next day was cold and rainy, so we decided to stay another day. It was still windy and drizzly but that happens when you near the edge of the world. This time we did not take the boat trip on the Arthur River. Just after we left here the brake light went on on the dashboard.   When I tried to stop in a turnout the bus just kept slipping towards a drain. Luckily it stopped just before that. There was enough brake fluid, so something else must have gone wrong. As I found out later the gray water tank had moved backwards and rubbed a hole in the flexible brake line and only the front brakes worked. Had to drive very carefully back to Smithton where we stopped overnight near the harbour again. Here was a flat bit of asphalt ant this is when I found out about the oil leak. Next day saw the two garages the town has and one of them agreed to let me stay there when I took the grey water tank out which took me a couple of hours. The courier picked up the part and brought it to Burnie where a new one had to be manufactured. Early the next afternoon I had the new part and again a few hours to put it all back together. Ready to roll again late afternoon. Stayed the night at tall timbers overnight stop. Time to get ready for the Devonport rally. Firs the Laundromat in Wynyard. We did not have enough coins to get all the washing dry. Camped again near the ocean just to put the washing lines out. This also gave me time to repair a grey water hose. Only 40KM from Devonport and decided to stay here for the night.
6 February. Next morning empty cassette and fill the water tank more shopping and ready for the rally. When we got there we heard that there were only 150 motorhomes booked.  When we walked around we saw a few familiar faces or people who recognised us from previous rallies.
                     Edge of the world                                                                 Davenport CMCA rally                             

Monday 10 Feb. After the free BBQ time to hit the road again. Spend the night in Avondale. We will be back here on the 22nd for the Penny Farthing championships. After a small detour through Campbelltown on to Scamander where we spend a few days with Lies Schippers and Paul Dingjan. We know them from when they lived in Townsville. The weather is on and off rain and sunshine. On Friday further north to the Bay of Fires. This time we were lucky to have a spot overlooking the ocean. Two years ago we tried the same spot but all booked out. First day here the weather cleared and no wind. What a difference one night makes. No rain, but overcast and a very strong wind which made for a very rough sea. We stayed here for four days. The weather is slowly clearing up. Tuesday drove around Binalong bay. Beautiful place. Can well imagine why it is so popular.

    Bay of fires we are one of the white dots.                                                     Binalong Bay        

Time to move on again. Only 50 KM and Derby. This is Australia's BMX capital. There are tracks throughout the hills. My turn to cook again and the meal in the pub was to our liking. Another 50 KM next day to Scottsdale. This free camp was packed. Hot showers and toilet always attracts a lot of campers. Every time we turned on the radio there were ads for the local bakery spruiking their pies. They were very good. After that we sat in the van all day because it was cold and raining. Inside, with the heater on very comfortable. Thursday 20th, clear skies but 7 degrees when we woke up. Luckily it warmed up quickly. First stop Bridgeport lavender farm. We should have been here a few month earlier because the harvest was just finished. The photo shows how it would have looked. Next the big smoke Launceston. Fill up with fuel and alcohol and out again. Gravelly beach overnight stop overlooking the Tamar river.  

                                       Lavender farm before and after harvesting