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Road to the HorizonWe’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)

Road to the Horizon

Road to the Horizon

Between Lake King and Lake Grace

Between Lake King and Lake Grace

Stuck behind a wide truck on a narrow road near Ravensthorpe

Stuck behind a wide truck on a narrow road near Ravensthorpe

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 …

Cleaning the Bugs off the Windscreen

Cleaning the bugs off the windscreen

Sue really loved the colours here... (between Norseman and Balladonia)

Sue really loved the colours here... (between Norseman and Balladonia)

Avocado sandwiches at a picnic area

Avocado sandwiches at a picnic area

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.

Signpost at Border Village

Signpost at Border Village

Whales in the Great Australian Bight

Whales in the Great Australian Bight

Brett on the Ceduna Jetty

Brett on the Ceduna Jetty

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 …

Scenery in the Flinders Ranges

Scenery in the Flinders Ranges

Melrose - Typical of many of the charming SA towns we passed through

Melrose - Typical of many of the charming SA towns we passed through

Waiting for the Ferry

Waiting for the Ferry

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.

Canola Field with the Grampians in the Background

Canola Field with the Grampians in the Background

Wildflower in the Grampians

Wildflower in the Grampians

Cabin on board the Spirit of Tasmania

Cabin on board the Spirit of Tasmania

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!

Spirit of Tasmania from across the port

Spirit of Tasmania from across the port

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October 22nd, 2009 at 5:25 am