Farewell Tasmania and other travels

You may have noticed that we have been in Tasmania, sorting out lots of things as it may be a long, long time before we return. We decided to drive Mark’s mother’s car home, which was a fairly big undertaking.

Before leaving we packed the car with personal things such as paintings, photographs and odds and ends. I found eight wool blankets that I could not leave behind so they are in there too. At one point the pile seemed quite small but by the time we left the car was rather full. This is the view from over my shoulder and it’s just the back seat, the boot is also packed.

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The car is German built and very solid but it’s 14 years old, although it had only done just over 70,000km when we set off. We were going to put it on a transporter but then I read the fine print and it had to be completely empty. So that wasn’t going to happen! However, can you see that blanket? It has to be from the 1950s or 1960s and there are two of them. I found them right at the top of a wardrobe and was rather thrilled. I also found six other wool blankets so they are in there somewhere too.

We left Hobart in fairly wet conditions, but by the time we made it to Launceston, Hobart was awash with cars floating away and many businesses in the CBD flooded. The police were advising people to not drive on the highway to Launceston. A lucky escape. We had a pleasant day sightseeing and went to Penguin; a place I have never visited.

It is a most charming place. This building houses a shop that sells refashioned clothing and recycled furniture.



Penguin is the home to fairy penguins and, as you might expect, has a giant penguin stationed by the beach.


The day was just fabulous. I love these sort of moody clouds with the sun peeking through making the ocean look silver. IMG_4701

A fascinating part of Penguin’s history is this little building. It is the gaol and was in use until 1962! I cannot imagine how awful it would be to be incarcerated in this building, especially in high summer or the depths of winter. I am not sure whether it is more of a holding cell than an actual prison, but it’s still horrific.IMG_4702

On the drive to Devonport we passed this fabric shop and I made Mark stop so that I could investigate. The shop is in Ulverstone and I actually knew about it because my friend Catherine has told me about it. IMG_4705

It looks a little tired from the outside, but I was rather charmed by this fabulous fire inside. It was so warm, I could have taken up residence!IMG_4706

Speaking of fires, we stayed in a gorgeous manor house in Devonport waiting for our ferry across Bass Strait, and it was total luxury. However, this is a fake fire, which is rather a shame, but I understand why the proprietors would not want to be managing real fires all through the house.IMG_4707

I took a photo of the ferry the night before we left. This was to be our home for the next ten hoursIMG_4719

Our trip across Bass Strait commenced with a long queue and then a drive into the maw of the ferry.


Once in Melbourne we made straight for Hepburn Springs where we stayed in a friend’s holiday home, which was beyond wonderful. Think warm fires and electric blankets. We’ve never stayed in this part of Victoria at all and were blown away by the scenery and the amount of things to do. The area is known for its spa springs, and although we didn’t indulge we did enjoy lovely walks.

There is a gallery locally known as the Convent. Well worth a visit, with glorious gardens at this time of the year.

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The building is an old convent and school, now repurposed as a gallery and function area.

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and it has beautiful views over Daylesford

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They produce their own wine called “Good Catholic Girl”, which Mark was rather taken with. I did think of a couple of my friends and had I had room in the car, I might have bought them a bottle each!

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It was a quick trip to Bendigo, and we had a lovely day exploring the area and visiting the Marimekko exhibition at the Art Gallery. I took a gazillion photos, but here is just one. It’s a quilted coat and skirt and I went into full-blown covet mode!



We also visited Ballarat, and it was interesting as I’ve done quite a bit of work in Ballarat but never visited as a tourist and it was lovely to have time to visit the galleries. I included a photo of the Archibald Prize winning painting of Jenny Kee in a previous post but I had to include this knitted man.


He is knitted in one piece from jute and I was fascinated by how this was achieved. Just imagine!

Whilst on the subject of art, we found lots scattered across our journey. This was found (by Mark) in the men’s public convenience in Minyip. I would love these in my outdoor area at home.

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I really liked this mosaic in Coonalpyn.


and thought it worth highlighting this very cut echidna.


Coonalpyn is also home to this amazing piece of silo art. We saw a few decorated silos but this was my absolute favourite.


We travelled over 4,000kms to get home and saw some fabulous sunsets


wide open spaces


some quirky things, and some unusual things. One of the lesser known (to non-Australians) facts is that we have the world’s longest golf course, being over 1300km long!


Each hole has it’s own name and I did miss taking photos of most of them. However, I did stop and look at this one. Can you spot the tee off area? Yep, that piece of green artificial turf.



We had the foresight to pack one of our Trangias, and this proved to be so useful for when we had the urge for a cup of tea. We stopped in some amazing spots and it was lovely to have a break from the car.


I posted photos of the trangia on IG and a couple of people asked me what it was. Basically a camping stove that has its own frypan, saucepans and kettle. This is what it looks like when it is packed up.IMG_5131

When we contemplated this drive I was very concerned about the little car and how it would handle road trains whizzing past. Can I say that it didn’t miss a beat, and these long trucks didn’t bother it at all.


So we are home now and it is nice that we have no trips planned (except maybe some short excursions) until next year. I might actually get some serious sewing done.





36 thoughts on “Farewell Tasmania and other travels

  1. You guys turned what could’ve been a mundane trek, into a glorious adventure!! Always love how you share your travel photos and a little about your beautiful country Sue. Have to say I’d never heard the term Road Train….. and that term is certainly appropriate! And thank you for showing and talking a little more about the Trangia. Now looking forward to seeing all the fabulousness of what your sewing time produces!! 🙂

  2. Thank you for sharing your journey and all the pictures you shared. I am sure it’s good to be home and hopefully we can all look forward to reading more about your sewing adventures.

  3. Thank you for taking us along 🙂 What an interesting trip :). 4000 km in this nutshell of a car must have been exhausting. You certainly made the best of it,it looks and sounds like you had a great time 🙂

  4. I love your travel posts. I’m a great lover of road trips with my son… stopping in little towns. I am envious as I am really wanting to see the silo art works. I cooked on a Trangia (old boyfriend’s) when backpacking/camping/motorcycling through UK and Ireland many years ago. It’s quite the useful thing… I made dinner in it nearly every night for months.

    1. You can’t beat a trangia in my view – we have two, a big one (this one) and a little one that my sons used to take on camps. I now want to see the rest of the silo art, so it’s added to the bucket list.

  5. What a long distance you covered in this road trip! Benjamin was greatly impressed by your itinerary as he now follows you on IG. I hope it was not too heartbreaking for Mark to say good bye to Tasmania and his mum’s house. At least, you could bring back quite a few meaningful family items. Actually, this post is brimming with beautiful shots, my favorite being the one with the silver ocean and dramatic skies. What a view! Thanks for sharing xx

    1. It was a bit of a wrench leaving Tasmania and all the memories, but yes, we bought a few things back which helped. I like the dramatic shots too!

  6. Home sick! Prior to Coonalypn you must have gone through Keith, if you had turned left there and gone about 2 hours, is the place I grew up! (Naracoorte). A great read, thank you for sharing. We have a similar camp stove, and I drove some of that highway on my little 250cc Honda motorbike going to and from Uni in Adelaide- those road trains are no joke!

    1. We did go through Keith and I saw the signs to Naracoorte! I would hate to be near a road train on a motorbike. They are so terrifying!

  7. I live in Melbourne and have never heard of that golf course. We are heading to WA next year so I will check it out. Love the knitted man. Happy sewing.

    1. Thanks Judy. It’s really interesting as the names of the holes flash past. If you are into golf you could play one or two…

      1. I adore Tassie so I completely understand that. I was gutted when my husband said we would be there for New Year. I love that state.

  8. What an amazing journey – I’ve loved reading about it and the photographs are wonderful again.
    I couldn’t have left those wool blankets behind either!

    1. It was a fabulous trip, although a bit sad. The blankets are sitting in a big pile and I currently have no idea what I’m going to do with them.

  9. So glad you found Jan’s discount fabric shop in Ulverstone, just round the corner from our house! And of course I also love Penguin.

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