Day 14 – Friday, 10th October 2003
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The weather woke us during the early morning. Strong thunder, heavy rain
and hail. At daylight a layer of small hail covered the car. [Photo1,
Photo2] We had our
breakfast, cleaned up, packed the car and off we went. Bye to Queenstown
not the best part of our holiday but that was the weathers fault.
Headed north to Burnie and it wasn’t long before we struck snow. No
joking we travelled through about 90klms of it. [Photo1,
The snow wasn’t falling other than what was falling off the overhanging
tree branches. To say the amount we saw is reminiscent of post card images
of Switzerland or Canada is an understatement. At the side of the road
piled at least 2 feet deep, the trees sagging under the weight and as far
as the eye could see. Truly awesome and will stay in our minds forever.
Thankfully there had been plenty of traffic so the road was wet not icy.
The road from Hobart we used two days earlier was completely blocked,
according to the news and snowploughs were clearing the way. Thankfully
that was not our problem but we nearly struck disaster at a town called
We stopped for a toilet break but when Sam started the car again the
battery died. Sam thought the car was sluggish starting at Queenstown so
the cold has exposed a weakness. After the third attempt he let it rest
and for a few minutes and then it started, phew! Come hell or high water
we would not stop until we got to Burnie.
About 40klms from Burnie the snow scene receded and was replaced by a
perfect spring scene. What an amazing place Tasmania is. Anyway the
priority was to find a new battery. Great! A Repco store, we parked in
their backyard leaving the car idling with Darani and the girls. Sam went
into the store and was given excellent service; the battery was $90, very
reasonable we thought. Sam installed it while Darani and the girls went to
Macca’s for lunch. No worries.
That crisis over we followed the coast road east to Devonport, stopping at
Ferndale Platypus Reserve but did not see any so we took out the bread we
fed the ducks.
even running on water. It wasn’t until we finished giving them all of
the bread that Sam saw
sign warning not to feed the ducks.
Anyway continued on the coast road, a more scenic route than the freeway,
as we could see the crystal clear ocean, the beaches and headlands. The
line is between the road and the beach probably because it the
flattest land around.
Penguin is a quaint seaside town, which uses its name to promote itself.
Penguin motifs on the
in shop doorways and the
in the park decorate the town. [Info,
Pamphlet] The kids played in
the playground equipment [Photo1,
Photo4] while Darani
and Sam soaked up the sun and
Upon leaving penguin we saw a garden that the local Lions Club has
established along the railway line for at least 2klms obviously very proud
of their town.
We soon drove into Devonport. We had some time to kill so we
window-shopped and then decided to watch “Pirates Of The Caribbean” at
the C-Max Cinemas. Everyone enjoyed it. At the end we bought dinner from
Subway and then drove to the other side of the Mersey River to line up
with hundreds of other cars to board Spirit of Tasmania I.
Left the car and with the overnight bag found our way to our cabin on Deck 8 with real beds and ensuite. We also had a porthole, which gave us a view to the front of the ship. The instruction sheet on how to put on a lifejacket had an image, which bore an uncanny resemblance to Lindsey.
Before bed though Darani and Sam went up to Deck 10 a glassed in semi
opened area and watched the ship rotate 180°
in the Mersey River before heading across Bass Strait. The girls met up
with friends they made in the cabin park in Hobart.
Darani soon went to bed while Sam watched the first World Cup Rugby Match between Australia and Argentina; every TV in the lounge was tuned to it. By ten o’clock Sam rounded up the kids for showers and bed.