Group visit to Tasmania

Is there still enthusiam for this proposal first raised late last year?
 
Theo has prodded me so it seems we have 2 starters and to give you something tangible to consider I've outlined a 14 day tour but everything is negotiable.Would particularly like imput from our Taswegian members including whether they could join us for all or part.
There are some constraints however.
 
Tassie can start to get chilly April onwards. (It can also be glorious  in April and Snowing on the peaks in January) 
 
Easter is Fri 6 April - Mon 9th April(schools 15 April)   Tas School Term commences 14 Feb until 1st June with Easter break
 
The shipping service to Tasmania -Spirit of Tasmania fare structure has the following low and high demand times which affect fares:-
Low demand: 11 Feb - 25 March   & 21 April -2 December
High Demand Dec -10 Feb & 26 March -20 April.
Fares are cheapest for day sailings which are infrequent and do not include any cabin or recliner. A restricted number of pensioner concession tickets are made available and occasional "specials" are advertised.
A Syncro under 2.1 metres(including luggage racks and any loading) is $83 each way.
As a guide the cheapest accomodation Ocean Recliner seats are $123 on special; $143low $148 high & $89 pensioner compared to deluxe cabins $207,L $373 H $214 P
conditions on refunds etc are quite restrictive particularly on specials. They do not give general rates and advise that you have to plug your details in their site to get a specific quote which is not guaranteed until payment in full is made.
 
What would you think of this itinerary for starters going clockwise round the Island.
 
Day 1


Hi,
I can hardly believe its nearly a year since I put my hand up for this but I haven't been entirely sitting on them since as have some worthwhile feedback and suggestions which I have tried to take on board. 
Can I repeat some of the basic parameters
 
  •  Early 2013 was the preferred time
  • Tassie can start to get chilly April onwards. (It can also be glorious  in April and Snowing on the peaks in January)
  •  2013 Easter is Fri 6 April - Mon 9th April(schools 15 April)   Tas School Term commences 14 Feb until 1st June with Easter break
  • The shipping service to Tasmania -Spirit of Tasmania fare structure has the following low and high demand times which affect fares:-Low demand: 11 Feb - 25 March   & 21 April -2 December  High Demand Dec -10 Feb & 26 March -20 April.
  • Fares are cheapest for day sailings which are infrequent and do not include any cabin or recliner. A restricted number of pensioner concession tickets are made available and occasional "specials" are advertised.
  • A Syncro is generally under 2.1 metres in height (including luggage racks and any loading) but is still $89 each way if its moderately over this height and lengthened by bull and tow bars.
  • As a  fare guide there are the cheaper 9am Day sailings on Sundays and Mondays in February plus specified Sundays and Mondays in March.
  • Given this I plugged in 12 passengers and vehicles going over on the day rate (cheapest but pay extra for accommodation) on Monday 18th February 2013 which showed tickets available for passengers and vehicles each $89 which rises to $114/110for upgrading to ocean recliner seats or shared cabins
  • I put in returning Sunday 10th March 2013 which only has a 7.30pm night sailing starting with Ocean Recliner seats at  $128  
  • conditions on refunds etc are quite restrictive particularly on specials. They do not give general rates and advise that you have to plug your details in their site to get a specific quote which is not guaranteed until payment in full is made.
  • I think we should limit the tour to 10 vehicles and would not go with less than 3 vehicles.

 These dates are still flexible but give 3 weeks leaving Monday 18 Feb -Sun 10 March. It would allow those who wanted more time  to extend by at least a week before hitting the high demand fares plus allow people to go earlier and meet the main group on arrival.
What would you think of this itinerary for starters going clockwise round the Island.
 
Day 1 Assemble in Melbourne for 7.30pm sailing OR leave 9am for daytime sailing and camp Devonport

Day 2  Arrive Devonport 7am from overnight sailing or having camped overnight Devonport from Monday daytime sailing
On to Cradle Mountain via Sheffield (Wall murals) and viewing of hot springs pool.
       Walk round Dove Lake circuit (2 hours) 
Stay overnight Cradle Mountain Caravan Park

Day 3 Make way to Launceston via Deloraine, Liffey Falls, Westbury, Evandale
 Stay overnight Launceston

Days 4/5 Choose from Visit Monkey enclosure in Park, National Auto Museum across Road, Cataract Gorge,  Boag's Brewery Tour (1hour includes 4 glasses of beer!),Queen Victoria  Museum ,Design Centre/ Wood Museum/workshop, cable hang gliding River Cruise. plus VW repair shop available if needed. Free time. Local Cherries possibly  still available.
Stay Overnight Launceston  (90minute Ghost tour (walking) available

Day 6 Down Central Highway past Longford race Track to Historic Town of Ross with its Colonial Architecture, attractive carved Convict built bridge, wool centre, churches and old women's factory/prison. Back to Campbelltown turning East to Coles Bay -entry to Freycinet Peninsula.
Stay overnight around Coles Bay sampling scollop pies.

Day 7 Go to Park visitors Centre possibly after having coffee at Freycinet Lodge looking out over Great Oyster Bay. Walk to Wineglass Bay lookout or keener parties can continue down to the bay itself and then back round along Hazards Beach to the car park. Go down 4WD track to Whitewater Walls and on to Bluestone Bay.  On to quick look at Bicheno then Swansea.
Stay overnight Swansea/Dolphin Sands.

Day 8  Go to Swansea Jetty to view Freycinet from other side of Gt. Oyster Bay. Can have short coastal walk. Continue south along coastal road past Maria Island. Some may want to go over for tour of convict settlement (no vehicles on Island) whilst others will want to spend more time in  Richmond with Australia's oldest bridge  famous church and prison cells before going on to the Tasman Peninsula with its narrow Eaglehawk Neck, Remarkable Cave, Tesselated Pavement, Blowhole and of course Port Arthur.
Stay overnight Port Arthur possibly go on night time Ghost Tour of the ruins.

Day 9 Tour Port Arthur Settlement including trip to the "Island of the Dead"  The Historic coal mines site before returning from the peninsula and on to Hobart.
Stay Hobart.

Day 10/11   Hobart -Choose all or some of Mt Wellington, Hobart Museum, Salamanca Place (market on Saturdays) and Battery point, Constitution Dock, Cruise Derwent River, climb the Shot Tower, Cadbury Tour(need to book ahead) Cascade Brewery,Wrest Point Casino (Australia's first?) Australia's Antarctic Headquarters with public display, Wilderness flights to South West available from Hobart Airport.
Stay Hobart

Day 12  On to Bruny Island   Cross on Ferry. Go on the Bruny  Island charter boat trip around SW coast of South Bruny (4 hrs waterproof coat provided). Cliff Top walk available to those who don't want to go) Go to Cape Bruny Lighthouse (easy 4WD track)  view Souhern Ocean from climb to top of the hill. Investigate 4WD logging tracks.
Stay at free camp site at The Neck and walk to beach at night to watch penguins and shearwaters returning to their burrows.

 Day 13  Leave Bruny heading for most southerly road in Australia Cockle Creek. On way through Huan Valley look out for local apples and possibly cherries for sale. Finns Beach and on to Hastings Caves. Before this stop at Franklin to see Australia's only wooden boat building school preserving this craft. At Cockle Creek there are the remnants of the old whaling industry and a 15km return walk to Cape bay through forest, ferns, heathland and grasses is there for the more athletic.
Camp at Cockle Creek.

Days 14/15 Making for Strahan via Queenstown with possibility of taking all day wilderness railway trip between these settlements. Need to first take in the Tahune Airwalk high above the tree tops and the road in and out to the Gordon River Dam and Lake Pedder.
Camp overnight Queenstown.                

Day 16  To Strahan - Go on Macquarie Harbour  Gordon River Trip and then on to Zeehan
Camp overnight Zeehan

Day 17 Take coastal road via Reece, Corinna crossing the Pieman River enjoying some of the cleanest air in the world. 
Camp Balfour

Day 18 Investigate 4WD track to Hazard Bay on West coast.(permit required)on to Arthur River and Marrawah then east to Dismal Swamp forestry maze and visitor centre with its tube slide to the ancient blackwood forest walk.
Camp Smithtown

Day 19 Go to Stanley walk/get cable car to top of Nutt  and on to Penguin which has little things in black and white tuxedos come ashore at night.
Camp Penguin

Day 20 lay day/catch up
Camp Devonport?

Day 21 Return on ferry 7.30pm

 Those wanting extra time suggest  back to Launceston along Highway Scottsdale (formerly Gunn's Headquarters) North west to Mt William National Park, Eddystone Lighthouse, Bay of Fires, St helens, Scamander , Cranbook , Hardings Falls Forest Reserve, Ben lomond, Back to Devon port. Or could explore the Central Highlands and Lakes around Poatina.

Over to you for comment but I think we should aim to have our Ferry bookings in place by early December. Hope it appeals . I'll try and post some enticing photos in the next week. (Am still trying to paint my house and get T3 ready for sale.)

Cheers
Roger
Melbourne


Hi Roger and ALL,

Excellent work and a very appealing Tour de Tassie itinerary indeed, now is time to get the Tassie map out again and get ones bearings.

Hope you don't mind, I've taken the liberty to edit/lay out your post into MS Word landscape format, separated out the itinerary onto 3 pages with each roughly 7 days itinerary, making more space under each day to allow the penciling in of pertinent notations/preferences by individual participants. Total printout is 4 pages. Hope this helps.
Cheers.
Ken


To: syncro_t3_australia@yahoogroups.com
From: bellrmit@yahoo.com.au
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2012 07:56:36 -0800
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Group visit to Tasmania

 



Hi,
I can hardly believe its nearly a year since I put my hand up for this but I haven't been entirely sitting on them since as have some worthwhile feedback and suggestions which I have tried to take on board. 
Can I repeat some of the basic parameters
 
  •  Early 2013 was the preferred time
  • Tassie can start to get chilly April onwards. (It can also be glorious  in April and Snowing on the peaks in January)
  •  2013 Easter is Fri 6 April - Mon 9th April(schools 15 April)   Tas School Term commences 14 Feb until 1st June with Easter break
  • The shipping service to Tasmania -Spirit of Tasmania fare structure has the following low and high demand times which affect fares:-Low demand: 11 Feb - 25 March   & 21 April -2 December  High Demand Dec -10 Feb & 26 March -20 April.
  • Fares are cheapest for day sailings which are infrequent and do not include any cabin or recliner. A restricted number of pensioner concession tickets are made available and occasional "specials" are advertised.
  • A Syncro is generally under 2.1 metres in height (including luggage racks and any loading) but is still $89 each way if its moderately over this height and lengthened by bull and tow bars.
  • As a  fare guide there are the cheaper 9am Day sailings on Sundays and Mondays in February plus specified Sundays and Mondays in March.
  • Given this I plugged in 12 passengers and vehicles going over on the day rate (cheapest but pay extra for accommodation) on Monday 18th February 2013 which showed tickets available for passengers and vehicles each $89 which rises to $114/110for upgrading to ocean recliner seats or shared cabins
  • I put in returning Sunday 10th March 2013 which only has a 7.30pm night sailing starting with Ocean Recliner seats at  $128  
  • conditions on refunds etc are quite restrictive particularly on specials. They do not give general rates and advise that you have to plug your details in their site to get a specific quote which is not guaranteed until payment in full is made.
  • I think we should limit the tour to 10 vehicles and would not go with less than 3 vehicles.

 These dates are still flexible but give 3 weeks leaving Monday 18 Feb -Sun 10 March. It would allow those who wanted more time  to extend by at least a week before hitting the high demand fares plus allow people to go earlier and meet the main group on arrival.
What would you think of this itinerary for starters going clockwise round the Island.
 
Day 1 Assemble in Melbourne for 7.30pm sailing OR leave 9am for daytime sailing and camp Devonport

Day 2  Arrive Devonport 7am from overnight sailing or having camped overnight Devonport from Monday daytime sailing
On to Cradle Mountain via Sheffield (Wall murals) and viewing of hot springs pool.
       Walk round Dove Lake circuit (2 hours) 
Stay overnight Cradle Mountain Caravan Park

Day 3 Make way to Launceston via Deloraine, Liffey Falls, Westbury, Evandale
 Stay overnight Launceston

Days 4/5 Choose from Visit Monkey enclosure in Park, National Auto Museum across Road, Cataract Gorge,  Boag's Brewery Tour (1hour includes 4 glasses of beer!),Queen Victoria  Museum ,Design Centre/ Wood Museum/workshop, cable hang gliding River Cruise. plus VW repair shop available if needed. Free time. Local Cherries possibly  still available.
Stay Overnight Launceston  (90minute Ghost tour (walking) available

Day 6 Down Central Highway past Longford race Track to Historic Town of Ross with its Colonial Architecture, attractive carved Convict built bridge, wool centre, churches and old women's factory/prison. Back to Campbelltown turning East to Coles Bay -entry to Freycinet Peninsula.
Stay overnight around Coles Bay sampling scollop pies.

Day 7 Go to Park visitors Centre possibly after having coffee at Freycinet Lodge looking out over Great Oyster Bay. Walk to Wineglass Bay lookout or keener parties can continue down to the bay itself and then back round along Hazards Beach to the car park. Go down 4WD track to Whitewater Walls and on to Bluestone Bay.  On to quick look at Bicheno then Swansea.
Stay overnight Swansea/Dolphin Sands.

Day 8  Go to Swansea Jetty to view Freycinet from other side of Gt. Oyster Bay. Can have short coastal walk. Continue south along coastal road past Maria Island. Some may want to go over for tour of convict settlement (no vehicles on Island) whilst others will want to spend more time in  Richmond with Australia's oldest bridge  famous church and prison cells before going on to the Tasman Peninsula with its narrow Eaglehawk Neck, Remarkable Cave, Tesselated Pavement, Blowhole and of course Port Arthur.
Stay overnight Port Arthur possibly go on night time Ghost Tour of the ruins.

Day 9 Tour Port Arthur Settlement including trip to the "Island of the Dead"  The Historic coal mines site before returning from the peninsula and on to Hobart.
Stay Hobart.

Day 10/11   Hobart -Choose all or some of Mt Wellington, Hobart Museum, Salamanca Place (market on Saturdays) and Battery point, Constitution Dock, Cruise Derwent River, climb the Shot Tower, Cadbury Tour(need to book ahead) Cascade Brewery,Wrest Point Casino (Australia's first?) Australia's Antarctic Headquarters with public display, Wilderness flights to South West available from Hobart Airport.
Stay Hobart

Day 12  On to Bruny Island   Cross on Ferry. Go on the Bruny  Island charter boat trip around SW coast of South Bruny (4 hrs waterproof coat provided). Cliff Top walk available to those who don't want to go) Go to Cape Bruny Lighthouse (easy 4WD track)  view Souhern Ocean from climb to top of the hill. Investigate 4WD logging tracks.
Stay at free camp site at The Neck and walk to beach at night to watch penguins and shearwaters returning to their burrows.

 Day 13  Leave Bruny heading for most southerly road in Australia Cockle Creek. On way through Huan Valley look out for local apples and possibly cherries for sale. Finns Beach and on to Hastings Caves. Before this stop at Franklin to see Australia's only wooden boat building school preserving this craft. At Cockle Creek there are the remnants of the old whaling industry and a 15km return walk to Cape bay through forest, ferns, heathland and grasses is there for the more athletic.
Camp at Cockle Creek.

Days 14/15 Making for Strahan via Queenstown with possibility of taking all day wilderness railway trip between these settlements. Need to first take in the Tahune Airwalk high above the tree tops and the road in and out to the Gordon River Dam and Lake Pedder.
Camp overnight Queenstown.                

Day 16  To Strahan - Go on Macquarie Harbour  Gordon River Trip and then on to Zeehan
Camp overnight Zeehan

Day 17 Take coastal road via Reece, Corinna crossing the Pieman River enjoying some of the cleanest air in the world. 
Camp Balfour

Day 18 Investigate 4WD track to Hazard Bay on West coast.(permit required)on to Arthur River and Marrawah then east to Dismal Swamp forestry maze and visitor centre with its tube slide to the ancient blackwood forest walk.
Camp Smithtown

Day 19 Go to Stanley walk/get cable car to top of Nutt  and on to Penguin which has little things in black and white tuxedos come ashore at night.
Camp Penguin

Day 20 lay day/catch up
Camp Devonport?

Day 21 Return on ferry 7.30pm

 Those wanting extra time suggest  back to Launceston along Highway Scottsdale (formerly Gunn's Headquarters) North west to Mt William National Park, Eddystone Lighthouse, Bay of Fires, St helens, Scamander , Cranbook , Hardings Falls Forest Reserve, Ben lomond, Back to Devon port. Or could explore the Central Highlands and Lakes around Poatina.

Over to you for comment but I think we should aim to have our Ferry bookings in place by early December. Hope it appeals . I'll try and post some enticing photos in the next week. (Am still trying to paint my house and get T3 ready for sale.)

Cheers
Roger
Melbourne



All,
I suggest print out the attached file ... some formatting changes made but content remains the same.
Cheers.
Ken


To: syncro_t3_australia@yahoogroups.com
From: unclekenz@hotmail.com
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2012 17:10:08 +1100
Subject: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Group visit to Tasmania

 

Hi Roger and ALL,

Excellent work and a very appealing Tour de Tassie itinerary indeed, now is time to get the Tassie map out again and get ones bearings.

Hope you don't mind, I've taken the liberty to edit/lay out your post into MS Word landscape format, separated out the itinerary onto 3 pages with each roughly 7 days itinerary, making more space under each day to allow the penciling in of pertinent notations/preferences by individual participants. Total printout is 4 pages. Hope this helps.
Cheers.
Ken


To: syncro_t3_australia@yahoogroups.com
From: bellrmit@yahoo.com.au
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2012 07:56:36 -0800
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Group visit to Tasmania

 



Hi,
I can hardly believe its nearly a year since I put my hand up for this but I haven't been entirely sitting on them since as have some worthwhile feedback and suggestions which I have tried to take on board. 
Can I repeat some of the basic parameters
 
  •  Early 2013 was the preferred time
  • Tassie can start to get chilly April onwards. (It can also be glorious  in April and Snowing on the peaks in January)
  •  2013 Easter is Fri 6 April - Mon 9th April(schools 15 April)   Tas School Term commences 14 Feb until 1st June with Easter break
  • The shipping service to Tasmania -Spirit of Tasmania fare structure has the following low and high demand times which affect fares:-Low demand: 11 Feb - 25 March   & 21 April -2 December  High Demand Dec -10 Feb & 26 March -20 April.
  • Fares are cheapest for day sailings which are infrequent and do not include any cabin or recliner. A restricted number of pensioner concession tickets are made available and occasional "specials" are advertised.
  • A Syncro is generally under 2.1 metres in height (including luggage racks and any loading) but is still $89 each way if its moderately over this height and lengthened by bull and tow bars.
  • As a  fare guide there are the cheaper 9am Day sailings on Sundays and Mondays in February plus specified Sundays and Mondays in March.
  • Given this I plugged in 12 passengers and vehicles going over on the day rate (cheapest but pay extra for accommodation) on Monday 18th February 2013 which showed tickets available for passengers and vehicles each $89 which rises to $114/110for upgrading to ocean recliner seats or shared cabins
  • I put in returning Sunday 10th March 2013 which only has a 7.30pm night sailing starting with Ocean Recliner seats at  $128  
  • conditions on refunds etc are quite restrictive particularly on specials. They do not give general rates and advise that you have to plug your details in their site to get a specific quote which is not guaranteed until payment in full is made.
  • I think we should limit the tour to 10 vehicles and would not go with less than 3 vehicles.

 These dates are still flexible but give 3 weeks leaving Monday 18 Feb -Sun 10 March. It would allow those who wanted more time  to extend by at least a week before hitting the high demand fares plus allow people to go earlier and meet the main group on arrival.
What would you think of this itinerary for starters going clockwise round the Island.
 
Day 1 Assemble in Melbourne for 7.30pm sailing OR leave 9am for daytime sailing and camp Devonport

Day 2  Arrive Devonport 7am from overnight sailing or having camped overnight Devonport from Monday daytime sailing
On to Cradle Mountain via Sheffield (Wall murals) and viewing of hot springs pool.
       Walk round Dove Lake circuit (2 hours) 
Stay overnight Cradle Mountain Caravan Park

Day 3 Make way to Launceston via Deloraine, Liffey Falls, Westbury, Evandale
 Stay overnight Launceston

Days 4/5 Choose from Visit Monkey enclosure in Park, National Auto Museum across Road, Cataract Gorge,  Boag's Brewery Tour (1hour includes 4 glasses of beer!),Queen Victoria  Museum ,Design Centre/ Wood Museum/workshop, cable hang gliding River Cruise. plus VW repair shop available if needed. Free time. Local Cherries possibly  still available.
Stay Overnight Launceston  (90minute Ghost tour (walking) available

Day 6 Down Central Highway past Longford race Track to Historic Town of Ross with its Colonial Architecture, attractive carved Convict built bridge, wool centre, churches and old women's factory/prison. Back to Campbelltown turning East to Coles Bay -entry to Freycinet Peninsula.
Stay overnight around Coles Bay sampling scollop pies.

Day 7 Go to Park visitors Centre possibly after having coffee at Freycinet Lodge looking out over Great Oyster Bay. Walk to Wineglass Bay lookout or keener parties can continue down to the bay itself and then back round along Hazards Beach to the car park. Go down 4WD track to Whitewater Walls and on to Bluestone Bay.  On to quick look at Bicheno then Swansea.
Stay overnight Swansea/Dolphin Sands.

Day 8  Go to Swansea Jetty to view Freycinet from other side of Gt. Oyster Bay. Can have short coastal walk. Continue south along coastal road past Maria Island. Some may want to go over for tour of convict settlement (no vehicles on Island) whilst others will want to spend more time in  Richmond with Australia's oldest bridge  famous church and prison cells before going on to the Tasman Peninsula with its narrow Eaglehawk Neck, Remarkable Cave, Tesselated Pavement, Blowhole and of course Port Arthur.
Stay overnight Port Arthur possibly go on night time Ghost Tour of the ruins.

Day 9 Tour Port Arthur Settlement including trip to the "Island of the Dead"  The Historic coal mines site before returning from the peninsula and on to Hobart.
Stay Hobart.

Day 10/11   Hobart -Choose all or some of Mt Wellington, Hobart Museum, Salamanca Place (market on Saturdays) and Battery point, Constitution Dock, Cruise Derwent River, climb the Shot Tower, Cadbury Tour(need to book ahead) Cascade Brewery,Wrest Point Casino (Australia's first?) Australia's Antarctic Headquarters with public display, Wilderness flights to South West available from Hobart Airport.
Stay Hobart

Day 12  On to Bruny Island   Cross on Ferry. Go on the Bruny  Island charter boat trip around SW coast of South Bruny (4 hrs waterproof coat provided). Cliff Top walk available to those who don't want to go) Go to Cape Bruny Lighthouse (easy 4WD track)  view Souhern Ocean from climb to top of the hill. Investigate 4WD logging tracks.
Stay at free camp site at The Neck and walk to beach at night to watch penguins and shearwaters returning to their burrows.

 Day 13  Leave Bruny heading for most southerly road in Australia Cockle Creek. On way through Huan Valley look out for local apples and possibly cherries for sale. Finns Beach and on to Hastings Caves. Before this stop at Franklin to see Australia's only wooden boat building school preserving this craft. At Cockle Creek there are the remnants of the old whaling industry and a 15km return walk to Cape bay through forest, ferns, heathland and grasses is there for the more athletic.
Camp at Cockle Creek.

Days 14/15 Making for Strahan via Queenstown with possibility of taking all day wilderness railway trip between these settlements. Need to first take in the Tahune Airwalk high above the tree tops and the road in and out to the Gordon River Dam and Lake Pedder.
Camp overnight Queenstown.                

Day 16  To Strahan - Go on Macquarie Harbour  Gordon River Trip and then on to Zeehan
Camp overnight Zeehan

Day 17 Take coastal road via Reece, Corinna crossing the Pieman River enjoying some of the cleanest air in the world. 
Camp Balfour

Day 18 Investigate 4WD track to Hazard Bay on West coast.(permit required)on to Arthur River and Marrawah then east to Dismal Swamp forestry maze and visitor centre with its tube slide to the ancient blackwood forest walk.
Camp Smithtown

Day 19 Go to Stanley walk/get cable car to top of Nutt  and on to Penguin which has little things in black and white tuxedos come ashore at night.
Camp Penguin

Day 20 lay day/catch up
Camp Devonport?

Day 21 Return on ferry 7.30pm

 Those wanting extra time suggest  back to Launceston along Highway Scottsdale (formerly Gunn's Headquarters) North west to Mt William National Park, Eddystone Lighthouse, Bay of Fires, St helens, Scamander , Cranbook , Hardings Falls Forest Reserve, Ben lomond, Back to Devon port. Or could explore the Central Highlands and Lakes around Poatina.

Over to you for comment but I think we should aim to have our Ferry bookings in place by early December. Hope it appeals . I'll try and post some enticing photos in the next week. (Am still trying to paint my house and get T3 ready for sale.)

Cheers
Roger
Melbourne




Ba humbug! Same old version file sent again! Try again here with latest.
Cheers.
Ken


To: syncro_t3_australia@yahoogroups.com
From: unclekenz@hotmail.com
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2012 17:32:16 +1100
Subject: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Group visit to Tasmania

 

All,
I suggest print out the attached file ... some formatting changes made but content remains the same.
Cheers.
Ken


To: syncro_t3_australia@yahoogroups.com
From: unclekenz@hotmail.com
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2012 17:10:08 +1100
Subject: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Group visit to Tasmania

 

Hi Roger and ALL,

Excellent work and a very appealing Tour de Tassie itinerary indeed, now is time to get the Tassie map out again and get ones bearings.

Hope you don't mind, I've taken the liberty to edit/lay out your post into MS Word landscape format, separated out the itinerary onto 3 pages with each roughly 7 days itinerary, making more space under each day to allow the penciling in of pertinent notations/preferences by individual participants. Total printout is 4 pages. Hope this helps.
Cheers.
Ken


To: syncro_t3_australia@yahoogroups.com
From: bellrmit@yahoo.com.au
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2012 07:56:36 -0800
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Group visit to Tasmania

 



Hi,
I can hardly believe its nearly a year since I put my hand up for this but I haven't been entirely sitting on them since as have some worthwhile feedback and suggestions which I have tried to take on board. 
Can I repeat some of the basic parameters
 
  •  Early 2013 was the preferred time
  • Tassie can start to get chilly April onwards. (It can also be glorious  in April and Snowing on the peaks in January)
  •  2013 Easter is Fri 6 April - Mon 9th April(schools 15 April)   Tas School Term commences 14 Feb until 1st June with Easter break
  • The shipping service to Tasmania -Spirit of Tasmania fare structure has the following low and high demand times which affect fares:-Low demand: 11 Feb - 25 March   & 21 April -2 December  High Demand Dec -10 Feb & 26 March -20 April.
  • Fares are cheapest for day sailings which are infrequent and do not include any cabin or recliner. A restricted number of pensioner concession tickets are made available and occasional "specials" are advertised.
  • A Syncro is generally under 2.1 metres in height (including luggage racks and any loading) but is still $89 each way if its moderately over this height and lengthened by bull and tow bars.
  • As a  fare guide there are the cheaper 9am Day sailings on Sundays and Mondays in February plus specified Sundays and Mondays in March.
  • Given this I plugged in 12 passengers and vehicles going over on the day rate (cheapest but pay extra for accommodation) on Monday 18th February 2013 which showed tickets available for passengers and vehicles each $89 which rises to $114/110for upgrading to ocean recliner seats or shared cabins
  • I put in returning Sunday 10th March 2013 which only has a 7.30pm night sailing starting with Ocean Recliner seats at  $128  
  • conditions on refunds etc are quite restrictive particularly on specials. They do not give general rates and advise that you have to plug your details in their site to get a specific quote which is not guaranteed until payment in full is made.
  • I think we should limit the tour to 10 vehicles and would not go with less than 3 vehicles.

 These dates are still flexible but give 3 weeks leaving Monday 18 Feb -Sun 10 March. It would allow those who wanted more time  to extend by at least a week before hitting the high demand fares plus allow people to go earlier and meet the main group on arrival.
What would you think of this itinerary for starters going clockwise round the Island.
 
Day 1 Assemble in Melbourne for 7.30pm sailing OR leave 9am for daytime sailing and camp Devonport

Day 2  Arrive Devonport 7am from overnight sailing or having camped overnight Devonport from Monday daytime sailing
On to Cradle Mountain via Sheffield (Wall murals) and viewing of hot springs pool.
       Walk round Dove Lake circuit (2 hours) 
Stay overnight Cradle Mountain Caravan Park

Day 3 Make way to Launceston via Deloraine, Liffey Falls, Westbury, Evandale
 Stay overnight Launceston

Days 4/5 Choose from Visit Monkey enclosure in Park, National Auto Museum across Road, Cataract Gorge,  Boag's Brewery Tour (1hour includes 4 glasses of beer!),Queen Victoria  Museum ,Design Centre/ Wood Museum/workshop, cable hang gliding River Cruise. plus VW repair shop available if needed. Free time. Local Cherries possibly  still available.
Stay Overnight Launceston  (90minute Ghost tour (walking) available

Day 6 Down Central Highway past Longford race Track to Historic Town of Ross with its Colonial Architecture, attractive carved Convict built bridge, wool centre, churches and old women's factory/prison. Back to Campbelltown turning East to Coles Bay -entry to Freycinet Peninsula.
Stay overnight around Coles Bay sampling scollop pies.

Day 7 Go to Park visitors Centre possibly after having coffee at Freycinet Lodge looking out over Great Oyster Bay. Walk to Wineglass Bay lookout or keener parties can continue down to the bay itself and then back round along Hazards Beach to the car park. Go down 4WD track to Whitewater Walls and on to Bluestone Bay.  On to quick look at Bicheno then Swansea.
Stay overnight Swansea/Dolphin Sands.

Day 8  Go to Swansea Jetty to view Freycinet from other side of Gt. Oyster Bay. Can have short coastal walk. Continue south along coastal road past Maria Island. Some may want to go over for tour of convict settlement (no vehicles on Island) whilst others will want to spend more time in  Richmond with Australia's oldest bridge  famous church and prison cells before going on to the Tasman Peninsula with its narrow Eaglehawk Neck, Remarkable Cave, Tesselated Pavement, Blowhole and of course Port Arthur.
Stay overnight Port Arthur possibly go on night time Ghost Tour of the ruins.

Day 9 Tour Port Arthur Settlement including trip to the "Island of the Dead"  The Historic coal mines site before returning from the peninsula and on to Hobart.
Stay Hobart.

Day 10/11   Hobart -Choose all or some of Mt Wellington, Hobart Museum, Salamanca Place (market on Saturdays) and Battery point, Constitution Dock, Cruise Derwent River, climb the Shot Tower, Cadbury Tour(need to book ahead) Cascade Brewery,Wrest Point Casino (Australia's first?) Australia's Antarctic Headquarters with public display, Wilderness flights to South West available from Hobart Airport.
Stay Hobart

Day 12  On to Bruny Island   Cross on Ferry. Go on the Bruny  Island charter boat trip around SW coast of South Bruny (4 hrs waterproof coat provided). Cliff Top walk available to those who don't want to go) Go to Cape Bruny Lighthouse (easy 4WD track)  view Souhern Ocean from climb to top of the hill. Investigate 4WD logging tracks.
Stay at free camp site at The Neck and walk to beach at night to watch penguins and shearwaters returning to their burrows.

 Day 13  Leave Bruny heading for most southerly road in Australia Cockle Creek. On way through Huan Valley look out for local apples and possibly cherries for sale. Finns Beach and on to Hastings Caves. Before this stop at Franklin to see Australia's only wooden boat building school preserving this craft. At Cockle Creek there are the remnants of the old whaling industry and a 15km return walk to Cape bay through forest, ferns, heathland and grasses is there for the more athletic.
Camp at Cockle Creek.

Days 14/15 Making for Strahan via Queenstown with possibility of taking all day wilderness railway trip between these settlements. Need to first take in the Tahune Airwalk high above the tree tops and the road in and out to the Gordon River Dam and Lake Pedder.
Camp overnight Queenstown.                

Day 16  To Strahan - Go on Macquarie Harbour  Gordon River Trip and then on to Zeehan
Camp overnight Zeehan

Day 17 Take coastal road via Reece, Corinna crossing the Pieman River enjoying some of the cleanest air in the world. 
Camp Balfour

Day 18 Investigate 4WD track to Hazard Bay on West coast.(permit required)on to Arthur River and Marrawah then east to Dismal Swamp forestry maze and visitor centre with its tube slide to the ancient blackwood forest walk.
Camp Smithtown

Day 19 Go to Stanley walk/get cable car to top of Nutt  and on to Penguin which has little things in black and white tuxedos come ashore at night.
Camp Penguin

Day 20 lay day/catch up
Camp Devonport?

Day 21 Return on ferry 7.30pm

 Those wanting extra time suggest  back to Launceston along Highway Scottsdale (formerly Gunn's Headquarters) North west to Mt William National Park, Eddystone Lighthouse, Bay of Fires, St helens, Scamander , Cranbook , Hardings Falls Forest Reserve, Ben lomond, Back to Devon port. Or could explore the Central Highlands and Lakes around Poatina.

Over to you for comment but I think we should aim to have our Ferry bookings in place by early December. Hope it appeals . I'll try and post some enticing photos in the next week. (Am still trying to paint my house and get T3 ready for sale.)

Cheers
Roger
Melbourne





Hi Roger, can't wait, please book me in. If I sell the Kamper I come per Tristar, or else I use the Kamper. Just one more visit ti NZ and than it's all systems go here. We will be back here by mid January 13.
Hartmut




On 11/11/2012, at 2:56 AM, Roger Bell wrote:

 



Hi,
I can hardly believe its nearly a year since I put my hand up for this but I haven't been entirely sitting on them since as have some worthwhile feedback and suggestions which I have tried to take on board. 
Can I repeat some of the basic parameters
 
  •  Early 2013 was the preferred time
  • Tassie can start to get chilly April onwards. (It can also be glorious  in April and Snowing on the peaks in January)
  •  2013 Easter is Fri 6 April - Mon 9th April(schools 15 April)   Tas School Term commences 14 Feb until 1st June with Easter break
  • The shipping service to Tasmania -Spirit of Tasmania fare structure has the following low and high demand times which affect fares:-Low demand: 11 Feb - 25 March   & 21 April -2 December  High Demand Dec -10 Feb & 26 March -20 April.
  • Fares are cheapest for day sailings which are infrequent and do not include any cabin or recliner. A restricted number of pensioner concession tickets are made available and occasional "specials" are advertised.
  • A Syncro is generally under 2.1 metres in height (including luggage racks and any loading) but is still $89 each way if its moderately over this height and lengthened by bull and tow bars.
  • As a  fare guide there are the cheaper 9am Day sailings on Sundays and Mondays in February plus specified Sundays and Mondays in March.
  • Given this I plugged in 12 passengers and vehicles going over on the day rate (cheapest but pay extra for accommodation) on Monday 18th February 2013 which showed tickets available for passengers and vehicles each $89 which rises to $114/110for upgrading to ocean recliner seats or shared cabins
  • I put in returning Sunday 10th March 2013 which only has a 7.30pm night sailing starting with Ocean Recliner seats at  $128  
  • conditions on refunds etc are quite restrictive particularly on specials. They do not give general rates and advise that you have to plug your details in their site to get a specific quote which is not guaranteed until payment in full is made.
  • I think we should limit the tour to 10 vehicles and would not go with less than 3 vehicles.

 These dates are still flexible but give 3 weeks leaving Monday 18 Feb -Sun 10 March. It would allow those who wanted more time  to extend by at least a week before hitting the high demand fares plus allow people to go earlier and meet the main group on arrival.
What would you think of this itinerary for starters going clockwise round the Island.
 
Day 1 Assemble in Melbourne for 7.30pm sailing OR leave 9am for daytime sailing and camp Devonport

Day 2  Arrive Devonport 7am from overnight sailing or having camped overnight Devonport from Monday daytime sailing
On to Cradle Mountain via Sheffield (Wall murals) and viewing of hot springs pool.
       Walk round Dove Lake circuit (2 hours) 
Stay overnight Cradle Mountain Caravan Park

Day 3 Make way to Launceston via Deloraine, Liffey Falls, Westbury, Evandale
 Stay overnight Launceston

Days 4/5 Choose from Visit Monkey enclosure in Park, National Auto Museum across Road, Cataract Gorge,  Boag's Brewery Tour (1hour includes 4 glasses of beer!),Queen Victoria  Museum ,Design Centre/ Wood Museum/workshop, cable hang gliding River Cruise. plus VW repair shop available if needed. Free time. Local Cherries possibly  still available.
Stay Overnight Launceston  (90minute Ghost tour (walking) available

Day 6 Down Central Highway past Longford race Track to Historic Town of Ross with its Colonial Architecture, attractive carved Convict built bridge, wool centre, churches and old women's factory/prison. Back to Campbelltown turning East to Coles Bay -entry to Freycinet Peninsula.
Stay overnight around Coles Bay sampling scollop pies.

Day 7 Go to Park visitors Centre possibly after having coffee at Freycinet Lodge looking out over Great Oyster Bay. Walk to Wineglass Bay lookout or keener parties can continue down to the bay itself and then back round along Hazards Beach to the car park. Go down 4WD track to Whitewater Walls and on to Bluestone Bay.  On to quick look at Bicheno then Swansea.
Stay overnight Swansea/Dolphin Sands.

Day 8  Go to Swansea Jetty to view Freycinet from other side of Gt. Oyster Bay. Can have short coastal walk. Continue south along coastal road past Maria Island. Some may want to go over for tour of convict settlement (no vehicles on Island) whilst others will want to spend more time in  Richmond with Australia's oldest bridge  famous church and prison cells before going on to the Tasman Peninsula with its narrow Eaglehawk Neck, Remarkable Cave, Tesselated Pavement, Blowhole and of course Port Arthur.
Stay overnight Port Arthur possibly go on night time Ghost Tour of the ruins.

Day 9 Tour Port Arthur Settlement including trip to the "Island of the Dead"  The Historic coal mines site before returning from the peninsula and on to Hobart.
Stay Hobart.

Day 10/11   Hobart -Choose all or some of Mt Wellington, Hobart Museum, Salamanca Place (market on Saturdays) and Battery point, Constitution Dock, Cruise Derwent River, climb the Shot Tower, Cadbury Tour(need to book ahead) Cascade Brewery,Wrest Point Casino (Australia's first?) Australia's Antarctic Headquarters with public display, Wilderness flights to South West available from Hobart Airport.
Stay Hobart

Day 12  On to Bruny Island   Cross on Ferry. Go on the Bruny  Island charter boat trip around SW coast of South Bruny (4 hrs waterproof coat provided). Cliff Top walk available to those who don't want to go) Go to Cape Bruny Lighthouse (easy 4WD track)  view Souhern Ocean from climb to top of the hill. Investigate 4WD logging tracks.
Stay at free camp site at The Neck and walk to beach at night to watch penguins and shearwaters returning to their burrows.

 Day 13  Leave Bruny heading for most southerly road in Australia Cockle Creek. On way through Huan Valley look out for local apples and possibly cherries for sale. Finns Beach and on to Hastings Caves. Before this stop at Franklin to see Australia's only wooden boat building school preserving this craft. At Cockle Creek there are the remnants of the old whaling industry and a 15km return walk to Cape bay through forest, ferns, heathland and grasses is there for the more athletic.
Camp at Cockle Creek.

Days 14/15 Making for Strahan via Queenstown with possibility of taking all day wilderness railway trip between these settlements. Need to first take in the Tahune Airwalk high above the tree tops and the road in and out to the Gordon River Dam and Lake Pedder.
Camp overnight Queenstown.                

Day 16  To Strahan - Go on Macquarie Harbour  Gordon River Trip and then on to Zeehan
Camp overnight Zeehan

Day 17 Take coastal road via Reece, Corinna crossing the Pieman River enjoying some of the cleanest air in the world. 
Camp Balfour

Day 18 Investigate 4WD track to Hazard Bay on West coast.(permit required)on to Arthur River and Marrawah then east to Dismal Swamp forestry maze and visitor centre with its tube slide to the ancient blackwood forest walk.
Camp Smithtown

Day 19 Go to Stanley walk/get cable car to top of Nutt  and on to Penguin which has little things in black and white tuxedos come ashore at night.
Camp Penguin

Day 20 lay day/catch up
Camp Devonport?

Day 21 Return on ferry 7.30pm

 Those wanting extra time suggest  back to Launceston along Highway Scottsdale (formerly Gunn's Headquarters) North west to Mt William National Park, Eddystone Lighthouse, Bay of Fires, St helens, Scamander , Cranbook , Hardings Falls Forest Reserve, Ben lomond, Back to Devon port. Or could explore the Central Highlands and Lakes around Poatina.

Over to you for comment but I think we should aim to have our Ferry bookings in place by early December. Hope it appeals . I'll try and post some enticing photos in the next week. (Am still trying to paint my house and get T3 ready for sale.)

Cheers
Roger
Melbourne




Hartmut,

You need to go to your Instagram account and block and report the 6 people who are following you.

I have provided instructions on how to go about it on your 3rd photo.. If your having trouble going about it just send me a message and I'll walk ya through it

Cheers tony (fat_tony73)


From: Hartmut <hartis@live.com.au>;
To: <Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com>;
Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Group visit to Tasmania
Sent: Sun, Nov 11, 2012 8:40:29 AM

 

Hi Roger, can't wait, please book me in. If I sell the Kamper I come per Tristar, or else I use the Kamper. Just one more visit ti NZ and than it's all systems go here. We will be back here by mid January 13.
Hartmut




On 11/11/2012, at 2:56 AM, Roger Bell wrote:

 



Hi,
I can hardly believe its nearly a year since I put my hand up for this but I haven't been entirely sitting on them since as have some worthwhile feedback and suggestions which I have tried to take on board. 
Can I repeat some of the basic parameters
 
  •  Early 2013 was the preferred time
  • Tassie can start to get chilly April onwards. (It can also be glorious  in April and Snowing on the peaks in January)
  •  2013 Easter is Fri 6 April - Mon 9th April(schools 15 April)   Tas School Term commences 14 Feb until 1st June with Easter break
  • The shipping service to Tasmania -Spirit of Tasmania fare structure has the following low and high demand times which affect fares:-Low demand: 11 Feb - 25 March   & 21 April -2 December  High Demand Dec -10 Feb & 26 March -20 April.
  • Fares are cheapest for day sailings which are infrequent and do not include any cabin or recliner. A restricted number of pensioner concession tickets are made available and occasional "specials" are advertised.
  • A Syncro is generally under 2.1 metres in height (including luggage racks and any loading) but is still $89 each way if its moderately over this height and lengthened by bull and tow bars.
  • As a  fare guide there are the cheaper 9am Day sailings on Sundays and Mondays in February plus specified Sundays and Mondays in March.
  • Given this I plugged in 12 passengers and vehicles going over on the day rate (cheapest but pay extra for accommodation) on Monday 18th February 2013 which showed tickets available for passengers and vehicles each $89 which rises to $114/110for upgrading to ocean recliner seats or shared cabins
  • I put in returning Sunday 10th March 2013 which only has a 7.30pm night sailing starting with Ocean Recliner seats at  $128  
  • conditions on refunds etc are quite restrictive particularly on specials. They do not give general rates and advise that you have to plug your details in their site to get a specific quote which is not guaranteed until payment in full is made.
  • I think we should limit the tour to 10 vehicles and would not go with less than 3 vehicles.

 These dates are still flexible but give 3 weeks leaving Monday 18 Feb -Sun 10 March. It would allow those who wanted more time  to extend by at least a week before hitting the high demand fares plus allow people to go earlier and meet the main group on arrival.
What would you think of this itinerary for starters going clockwise round the Island.
 
Day 1 Assemble in Melbourne for 7.30pm sailing OR leave 9am for daytime sailing and camp Devonport

Day 2  Arrive Devonport 7am from overnight sailing or having camped overnight Devonport from Monday daytime sailing
On to Cradle Mountain via Sheffield (Wall murals) and viewing of hot springs pool.
       Walk round Dove Lake circuit (2 hours) 
Stay overnight Cradle Mountain Caravan Park

Day 3 Make way to Launceston via Deloraine, Liffey Falls, Westbury, Evandale
 Stay overnight Launceston

Days 4/5 Choose from Visit Monkey enclosure in Park, National Auto Museum across Road, Cataract Gorge,  Boag's Brewery Tour (1hour includes 4 glasses of beer!),Queen Victoria  Museum ,Design Centre/ Wood Museum/workshop, cable hang gliding River Cruise. plus VW repair shop available if needed. Free time. Local Cherries possibly  still available.
Stay Overnight Launceston  (90minute Ghost tour (walking) available

Day 6 Down Central Highway past Longford race Track to Historic Town of Ross with its Colonial Architecture, attractive carved Convict built bridge, wool centre, churches and old women's factory/prison. Back to Campbelltown turning East to Coles Bay -entry to Freycinet Peninsula.
Stay overnight around Coles Bay sampling scollop pies.

Day 7 Go to Park visitors Centre possibly after having coffee at Freycinet Lodge looking out over Great Oyster Bay. Walk to Wineglass Bay lookout or keener parties can continue down to the bay itself and then back round along Hazards Beach to the car park. Go down 4WD track to Whitewater Walls and on to Bluestone Bay.  On to quick look at Bicheno then Swansea.
Stay overnight Swansea/Dolphin Sands.

Day 8  Go to Swansea Jetty to view Freycinet from other side of Gt. Oyster Bay. Can have short coastal walk. Continue south along coastal road past Maria Island. Some may want to go over for tour of convict settlement (no vehicles on Island) whilst others will want to spend more time in  Richmond with Australia's oldest bridge  famous church and prison cells before going on to the Tasman Peninsula with its narrow Eaglehawk Neck, Remarkable Cave, Tesselated Pavement, Blowhole and of course Port Arthur.
Stay overnight Port Arthur possibly go on night time Ghost Tour of the ruins.

Day 9 Tour Port Arthur Settlement including trip to the "Island of the Dead"  The Historic coal mines site before returning from the peninsula and on to Hobart.
Stay Hobart.

Day 10/11   Hobart -Choose all or some of Mt Wellington, Hobart Museum, Salamanca Place (market on Saturdays) and Battery point, Constitution Dock, Cruise Derwent River, climb the Shot Tower, Cadbury Tour(need to book ahead) Cascade Brewery,Wrest Point Casino (Australia's first?) Australia's Antarctic Headquarters with public display, Wilderness flights to South West available from Hobart Airport.
Stay Hobart

Day 12  On to Bruny Island   Cross on Ferry. Go on the Bruny  Island charter boat trip around SW coast of South Bruny (4 hrs waterproof coat provided). Cliff Top walk available to those who don't want to go) Go to Cape Bruny Lighthouse (easy 4WD track)  view Souhern Ocean from climb to top of the hill. Investigate 4WD logging tracks.
Stay at free camp site at The Neck and walk to beach at night to watch penguins and shearwaters returning to their burrows.

 Day 13  Leave Bruny heading for most southerly road in Australia Cockle Creek. On way through Huan Valley look out for local apples and possibly cherries for sale. Finns Beach and on to Hastings Caves. Before this stop at Franklin to see Australia's only wooden boat building school preserving this craft. At Cockle Creek there are the remnants of the old whaling industry and a 15km return walk to Cape bay through forest, ferns, heathland and grasses is there for the more athletic.
Camp at Cockle Creek.

Days 14/15 Making for Strahan via Queenstown with possibility of taking all day wilderness railway trip between these settlements. Need to first take in the Tahune Airwalk high above the tree tops and the road in and out to the Gordon River Dam and Lake Pedder.
Camp overnight Queenstown.                

Day 16  To Strahan - Go on Macquarie Harbour  Gordon River Trip and then on to Zeehan
Camp overnight Zeehan

Day 17 Take coastal road via Reece, Corinna crossing the Pieman River enjoying some of the cleanest air in the world. 
Camp Balfour

Day 18 Investigate 4WD track to Hazard Bay on West coast.(permit required)on to Arthur River and Marrawah then east to Dismal Swamp forestry maze and visitor centre with its tube slide to the ancient blackwood forest walk.
Camp Smithtown

Day 19 Go to Stanley walk/get cable car to top of Nutt  and on to Penguin which has little things in black and white tuxedos come ashore at night.
Camp Penguin

Day 20 lay day/catch up
Camp Devonport?

Day 21 Return on ferry 7.30pm

 Those wanting extra time suggest  back to Launceston along Highway Scottsdale (formerly Gunn's Headquarters) North west to Mt William National Park, Eddystone Lighthouse, Bay of Fires, St helens, Scamander , Cranbook , Hardings Falls Forest Reserve, Ben lomond, Back to Devon port. Or could explore the Central Highlands and Lakes around Poatina.

Over to you for comment but I think we should aim to have our Ferry bookings in place by early December. Hope it appeals . I'll try and post some enticing photos in the next week. (Am still trying to paint my house and get T3 ready for sale.)

Cheers
Roger
Melbourne




Much appreciated Ken. 
The contributions by experienced knowledgeable people of goodwill have time and again optimised the activities and problem solving of our trusty group.
 I should have added to my email that my experience from the Kombis to the Kape  venture showed that although that group obviously couldn't spell, whatever the delights we have in store  from Tasmania they will be further enhanced by the personal qualities of those that prime their syncros and come along. I was therefore particularly pleased to have our living treasure Hart start the ball rolling for Tassie. The portents are indeed good as long as we can keep the Poms under control. No knotted handkerchiefs on the head and/or rolled up trousers will be allowed on the beaches. Laxity like that is how we lost the Empire!
Cheers
Roger
Melbourne


From: Ken Garratt <unclekenz@hotmail.com>
To: _T3_Australia forum Syncro <syncro_t3_australia@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, 11 November 2012 5:10 PM
Subject: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Group visit to Tasmania

Hi Roger and ALL,

Excellent work and a very appealing Tour de Tassie itinerary indeed, now is time to get the Tassie map out again and get ones bearings.

Hope you don't mind, I've taken the liberty to edit/lay out your post into MS Word landscape format, separated out the itinerary onto 3 pages with each roughly 7 days itinerary, making more space under each day to allow the penciling in of pertinent notations/preferences by individual participants. Total printout is 4 pages. Hope this helps.
Cheers.
Ken


To: syncro_t3_australia@yahoogroups.com
From: bellrmit@yahoo.com.au
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2012 07:56:36 -0800
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Group visit to Tasmania

 



Hi,
I can hardly believe its nearly a year since I put my hand up for this but I haven't been entirely sitting on them since as have some worthwhile feedback and suggestions which I have tried to take on board. 
Can I repeat some of the basic parameters
 
  •  Early 2013 was the preferred time
  • Tassie can start to get chilly April onwards. (It can also be glorious  in April and Snowing on the peaks in January)
  •  2013 Easter is Fri 6 April - Mon 9th April(schools 15 April)   Tas School Term commences 14 Feb until 1st June with Easter break
  • The shipping service to Tasmania -Spirit of Tasmania fare structure has the following low and high demand times which affect fares:-Low demand: 11 Feb - 25 March   & 21 April -2 December  High Demand Dec -10 Feb & 26 March -20 April.
  • Fares are cheapest for day sailings which are infrequent and do not include any cabin or recliner. A restricted number of pensioner concession tickets are made available and occasional "specials" are advertised.
  • A Syncro is generally under 2.1 metres in height (including luggage racks and any loading) but is still $89 each way if its moderately over this height and lengthened by bull and tow bars.
  • As a  fare guide there are the cheaper 9am Day sailings on Sundays and Mondays in February plus specified Sundays and Mondays in March.
  • Given this I plugged in 12 passengers and vehicles going over on the day rate (cheapest but pay extra for accommodation) on Monday 18th February 2013 which showed tickets available for passengers and vehicles each $89 which rises to $114/110for upgrading to ocean recliner seats or shared cabins
  • I put in returning Sunday 10th March 2013 which only has a 7.30pm night sailing starting with Ocean Recliner seats at  $128  
  • conditions on refunds etc are quite restrictive particularly on specials. They do not give general rates and advise that you have to plug your details in their site to get a specific quote which is not guaranteed until payment in full is made.
  • I think we should limit the tour to 10 vehicles and would not go with less than 3 vehicles.

 These dates are still flexible but give 3 weeks leaving Monday 18 Feb -Sun 10 March. It would allow those who wanted more time  to extend by at least a week before hitting the high demand fares plus allow people to go earlier and meet the main group on arrival.
What would you think of this itinerary for starters going clockwise round the Island.
 
Day 1 Assemble in Melbourne for 7.30pm sailing OR leave 9am for daytime sailing and camp Devonport

Day 2  Arrive Devonport 7am from overnight sailing or having camped overnight Devonport from Monday daytime sailing
On to Cradle Mountain via Sheffield (Wall murals) and viewing of hot springs pool.
       Walk round Dove Lake circuit (2 hours) 
Stay overnight Cradle Mountain Caravan Park

Day 3 Make way to Launceston via Deloraine, Liffey Falls, Westbury, Evandale
 Stay overnight Launceston

Days 4/5 Choose from Visit Monkey enclosure in Park, National Auto Museum across Road, Cataract Gorge,  Boag's Brewery Tour (1hour includes 4 glasses of beer!),Queen Victoria  Museum ,Design Centre/ Wood Museum/workshop, cable hang gliding River Cruise. plus VW repair shop available if needed. Free time. Local Cherries possibly  still available.
Stay Overnight Launceston  (90minute Ghost tour (walking) available

Day 6 Down Central Highway past Longford race Track to Historic Town of Ross with its Colonial Architecture, attractive carved Convict built bridge, wool centre, churches and old women's factory/prison. Back to Campbelltown turning East to Coles Bay -entry to Freycinet Peninsula.
Stay overnight around Coles Bay sampling scollop pies.

Day 7 Go to Park visitors Centre possibly after having coffee at Freycinet Lodge looking out over Great Oyster Bay. Walk to Wineglass Bay lookout or keener parties can continue down to the bay itself and then back round along Hazards Beach to the car park. Go down 4WD track to Whitewater Walls and on to Bluestone Bay.  On to quick look at Bicheno then Swansea.
Stay overnight Swansea/Dolphin Sands.

Day 8  Go to Swansea Jetty to view Freycinet from other side of Gt. Oyster Bay. Can have short coastal walk. Continue south along coastal road past Maria Island. Some may want to go over for tour of convict settlement (no vehicles on Island) whilst others will want to spend more time in  Richmond with Australia's oldest bridge  famous church and prison cells before going on to the Tasman Peninsula with its narrow Eaglehawk Neck, Remarkable Cave, Tesselated Pavement, Blowhole and of course Port Arthur.
Stay overnight Port Arthur possibly go on night time Ghost Tour of the ruins.

Day 9 Tour Port Arthur Settlement including trip to the "Island of the Dead"  The Historic coal mines site before returning from the peninsula and on to Hobart.
Stay Hobart.

Day 10/11   Hobart -Choose all or some of Mt Wellington, Hobart Museum, Salamanca Place (market on Saturdays) and Battery point, Constitution Dock, Cruise Derwent River, climb the Shot Tower, Cadbury Tour(need to book ahead) Cascade Brewery,Wrest Point Casino (Australia's first?) Australia's Antarctic Headquarters with public display, Wilderness flights to South West available from Hobart Airport.
Stay Hobart

Day 12  On to Bruny Island   Cross on Ferry. Go on the Bruny  Island charter boat trip around SW coast of South Bruny (4 hrs waterproof coat provided). Cliff Top walk available to those who don't want to go) Go to Cape Bruny Lighthouse (easy 4WD track)  view Souhern Ocean from climb to top of the hill. Investigate 4WD logging tracks.
Stay at free camp site at The Neck and walk to beach at night to watch penguins and shearwaters returning to their burrows.

 Day 13  Leave Bruny heading for most southerly road in Australia Cockle Creek. On way through Huan Valley look out for local apples and possibly cherries for sale. Finns Beach and on to Hastings Caves. Before this stop at Franklin to see Australia's only wooden boat building school preserving this craft. At Cockle Creek there are the remnants of the old whaling industry and a 15km return walk to Cape bay through forest, ferns, heathland and grasses is there for the more athletic.
Camp at Cockle Creek.

Days 14/15 Making for Strahan via Queenstown with possibility of taking all day wilderness railway trip between these settlements. Need to first take in the Tahune Airwalk high above the tree tops and the road in and out to the Gordon River Dam and Lake Pedder.
Camp overnight Queenstown.                

Day 16  To Strahan - Go on Macquarie Harbour  Gordon River Trip and then on to Zeehan
Camp overnight Zeehan

Day 17 Take coastal road via Reece, Corinna crossing the Pieman River enjoying some of the cleanest air in the world. 
Camp Balfour

Day 18 Investigate 4WD track to Hazard Bay on West coast.(permit required)on to Arthur River and Marrawah then east to Dismal Swamp forestry maze and visitor centre with its tube slide to the ancient blackwood forest walk.
Camp Smithtown

Day 19 Go to Stanley walk/get cable car to top of Nutt  and on to Penguin which has little things in black and white tuxedos come ashore at night.
Camp Penguin

Day 20 lay day/catch up
Camp Devonport?

Day 21 Return on ferry 7.30pm

 Those wanting extra time suggest  back to Launceston along Highway Scottsdale (formerly Gunn's Headquarters) North west to Mt William National Park, Eddystone Lighthouse, Bay of Fires, St helens, Scamander , Cranbook , Hardings Falls Forest Reserve, Ben lomond, Back to Devon port. Or could explore the Central Highlands and Lakes around Poatina.

Over to you for comment but I think we should aim to have our Ferry bookings in place by early December. Hope it appeals . I'll try and post some enticing photos in the next week. (Am still trying to paint my house and get T3 ready for sale.)

Cheers
Roger
Melbourne





Roger,

I agree with your sentiments regarding the Poms and their dwindling empire.

However, I think the Poms are making another assault on Australia starting with the NSW Central Coast - they are everywhere!

Cheers,

Skot

On 12/11/2012 9:07 AM, Roger Bell wrote:
Much appreciated Ken.
The contributions by experienced knowledgeable people of goodwill have time and again optimised the activities and problem solving of our trusty group.
I should have added to my email that my experience from the Kombis to the Kape venture showed that although that group obviously couldn't spell, whatever the delights we have in store from Tasmania they will be further enhanced by the personal qualities of those that prime their syncros and come along. I was therefore particularly pleased to have our living treasure Hart start the ball rolling for Tassie. The portents are indeed good as long as we can keep the Poms under control. No knotted handkerchiefs on the head and/or rolled up trousers will be allowed on the beaches. Laxity like that is how we lost the Empire!
Cheers
Roger
Melbourne


From: Ken Garratt <unclekenz@hotmail.com>
To: _T3_Australia forum Syncro <syncro_t3_australia@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, 11 November 2012 5:10 PM
Subject: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Group visit to Tasmania

Hi Roger and ALL,

Excellent work and a very appealing Tour de Tassie itinerary indeed, now is time to get the Tassie map out again and get ones bearings.

Hope you don't mind, I've taken the liberty to edit/lay out your post into MS Word landscape format, separated out the itinerary onto 3 pages with each roughly 7 days itinerary, making more space under each day to allow the penciling in of pertinent notations/preferences by individual participants. Total printout is 4 pages. Hope this helps.
Cheers.
Ken


To: syncro_t3_australia@yahoogroups.com
From: bellrmit@yahoo.com.au
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2012 07:56:36 -0800
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Group visit to Tasmania




Hi,
I can hardly believe its nearly a year since I put my hand up for this but I haven't been entirely sitting on them since as have some worthwhile feedback and suggestions which I have tried to take on board.
Can I repeat some of the basic parameters
  • Early 2013 was the preferred time
  • Tassie can start to get chilly April onwards. (It can also be glorious in April and Snowing on the peaks in January)
  • 2013 Easter is Fri 6 April - Mon 9th April(schools 15 April) Tas School Term commences 14 Feb until 1st June with Easter break
  • The shipping service to Tasmania -Spirit of Tasmania fare structure has the following low and high demand times which affect fares:-Low demand: 11 Feb - 25 March & 21 April -2 December High Demand Dec -10 Feb & 26 March -20 April.
  • Fares are cheapest for day sailings which are infrequent and do not include any cabin or recliner. A restricted number of pensioner concession tickets are made available and occasional "specials" are advertised.
  • A Syncro is generally under 2.1 metres in height (including luggage racks and any loading) but is still $89 each way if its moderately over this height and lengthened by bull and tow bars.
  • As a fare guide there are the cheaper 9am Day sailings on Sundays and Mondays in February plus specified Sundays and Mondays in March.
  • Given this I plugged in 12 passengers and vehicles going over on the day rate (cheapest but pay extra for accommodation) on Monday 18th February 2013 which showed tickets available for passengers and vehicles each $89 which rises to $114/110for upgrading to ocean recliner seats or shared cabins
  • I put in returning Sunday 10th March 2013 which only has a 7.30pm night sailing starting with Ocean Recliner seats at $128
  • conditions on refunds etc are quite restrictive particularly on specials. They do not give general rates and advise that you have to plug your details in their site to get a specific quote which is not guaranteed until payment in full is made.
  • I think we should limit the tour to 10 vehicles and would not go with less than 3 vehicles.

These dates are still flexible but give 3 weeks leaving Monday 18 Feb -Sun 10 March. It would allow those who wanted more time to extend by at least a week before hitting the high demand fares plus allow people to go earlier and meet the main group on arrival.
What would you think of this itinerary for starters going clockwise round the Island.
Day 1 Assemble in Melbourne for 7.30pm sailing OR leave 9am for daytime sailing and camp Devonport

Day 2 Arrive Devonport 7am from overnight sailing or having camped overnight Devonport from Monday daytime sailing
On to Cradle Mountain via Sheffield (Wall murals) and viewing of hot springs pool.
Walk round Dove Lake circuit (2 hours)
Stay overnight Cradle Mountain Caravan Park

Day 3 Make way to Launceston via Deloraine, Liffey Falls, Westbury, Evandale
Stay overnight Launceston

Days 4/5 Choose from Visit Monkey enclosure in Park, National Auto Museum across Road, Cataract Gorge, Boag's Brewery Tour (1hour includes 4 glasses of beer!),Queen Victoria Museum ,Design Centre/ Wood Museum/workshop, cable hang gliding River Cruise. plus VW repair shop available if needed. Free time. Local Cherries possibly still available.
Stay Overnight Launceston (90minute Ghost tour (walking) available

Day 6 Down Central Highway past Longford race Track to Historic Town of Ross with its Colonial Architecture, attractive carved Convict built bridge, wool centre, churches and old women's factory/prison. Back to Campbelltown turning East to Coles Bay -entry to Freycinet Peninsula.
Stay overnight around Coles Bay sampling scollop pies.

Day 7 Go to Park visitors Centre possibly after having coffee at Freycinet Lodge looking out over Great Oyster Bay. Walk to Wineglass Bay lookout or keener parties can continue down to the bay itself and then back round along Hazards Beach to the car park. Go down 4WD track to Whitewater Walls and on to Bluestone Bay. On to quick look at Bicheno then Swansea.
Stay overnight Swansea/Dolphin Sands.

Day 8 Go to Swansea Jetty to view Freycinet from other side of Gt. Oyster Bay. Can have short coastal walk. Continue south along coastal road past Maria Island. Some may want to go over for tour of convict settlement (no vehicles on Island) whilst others will want to spend more time in Richmond with Australia's oldest bridge famous church and prison cells before going on to the Tasman Peninsula with its narrow Eaglehawk Neck, Remarkable Cave, Tesselated Pavement, Blowhole and of course Port Arthur.
Stay overnight Port Arthur possibly go on night time Ghost Tour of the ruins.

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