We’ve been in Tasmania about
three four weeks now, and it’s about time I bought this up to date, and posted a few notes and photographs about the journey. We drove more than 3,000 kilometers in 5 days, to cross from Western Australia through to Victoria via South Australia. From there we caught the ferry across to Tasmania. The drive was largely uneventful (all in all, a good thing).
Day 1 : Lake Clifton WA to Norseman WA (via Esperance)
We had dinner (fish and chips) in Esperance, and then drove onto Norseman after dark.
Day 2 : Norseman WA to Border Village SA
A long day of driving …
Wasn’t easy getting a decent place to stay at Eucla, so we crossed the border into the Border Village.
Day 3 : Border Village SA to Wilmington SA (via Ceduna SA)
We began the day with some whale watching at the Great Australian Bight Marine Park, and the drove to Ceduna, where we looked around the Aboriginal Arts centre.
We planned to stay in Port Augusta, but when we arrived, it turned out they were decommissioning or repairing some power station, and all the motels etc. were full up with contractors. So we drove a little further to Wilmington in the Flinders Ranges and stayed there.
Day 4 : Wilmington SA to Bordertown SA
Did some further sight-seeing in South Australia, including a ride on the ferry, while growing closer to our destination …
When it got dark we decided to drive throught to Bordertown, to cross into Victoria in the morning. The motel there was the nicest we stayed in.
Day 5: Bordertown SA to Melbourne VIC, Ferry
Victoria was raining most of the time, and a large percentage of a perfectly good highway was limited to 100kph. We managed to do the Grampians scenic drive from the main highway to Halls Gap. As with almost everywhere else, we wished we could explore a little more thoroughly. It’s a nice area. The traffic in Melbourne however was absolutely horrible, and the signage for the ferry was useful only to someone who knew exactly where they were going.
The ferry ride wasn’t bad I have to say, aside from getting a little queasy! We had a decent food from a sort of serve-yourself as you-wait-in-line dinner and piled our plates high with mostly vegetables … our example inspired those behind us to do the same!
Day 6 : Arrived in Devonport Tasmania
Yayyy! We’re here!