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AAT1701 - Australian Adventure Tour: The home of the Devils!

Monday, February, 20nd, 2017 | Laurens Corijn / Anthony Fairweather | Pacific

Day Eleven: Warrnambool to Melbourne 

Ballarat's history as an important gold mining town is evident in its fantastically maintained town centre.
Eight riders went out and all eight returned.

Day Ten: Melbourne - Warrnambool, the Great Ocean Road.

Back on the mainland we had some great breakfast in Melbourne, then set off to Geelong for the start of the Great Ocean Road, one of Australia's most famous roads. There were a lot of great sights and curves. Since it's very busy on this road, so everybody was free to explore themselves and head to the hotel by themselves. There's just too much to see if you want to stop at every sight!

Great Ocean Road coastline!
Rolf doing as everyone else does on the GOR!
Big Tasty Platter for Lunch!
Cape Otway.
Yes, we saw all of these creatures on our tour! (Ok maybe not in exactly that form).
London Arch on the GOR.

Day Nine: Launceston - Melbourne

Our last day in Tassie was spent with some of the best roads yet; amazing twisties and views while heading to Scottsdale! We then continued to the coast and had lunch in Bridport, at a very empty and nice beach. Finally we got to the ferry well in time, and set off over the Bass Strait for Melbourne next morning.

A great at Sideling lookout, after riding some amazing twisties up (and down afterwards).
Lunch at Crank-It Cafe in Derby.
Beemers on the Beach in Bridport!

Day Eight: Hobart to Launceston 

It's another sunny day in Tasmania as we leave Hobart's traffic behind and head north along the Great Eastern Drive. The road is full of fantastic sweepers as we make our way to Tasmanias East Coast and an excellent lunch of oysters and pizza by the sea. The tight twists and turns of Elephant Pass help us burn off some of the calories before we take the final stretch into Launceston, our stop for the night. 

A quick dip in the sea before we hear our bikes calling for more riding
A short walk down a gravel track takes us down to Wineglass Bay.

Day Seven: Port Arthur

Tasmania is the state of Australia with the richest convict history. No other site represents that more than historic Port Arthur, where visitors can walk among the ruins of the old prison and read about the stories of convicts and their guards 150 years ago. Oh and the riding there and back was pretty fantastic too, one of our best days so far!

Thomas admiring the view on Pirates Bay.
The flour mill building at Port Arthur.
Port Arthur Ruins
The Tesselated pavement at Eaglehawk Neck.

Day Six: Queenstown - Hobart

We rode out of the mountains to Hobart, the capital of Tasmania. There we shook the last of the grey weather and were welcomed in the city on the last day of the Royal Regatta.

Mark admiring pictures from the old days at the Lake St Clair visitor centre.
Lake St Clair vista.
Hobart harbor.

Day Five: Devonport to Queenstown, our first day in Tasmania!

After a relaxing night on the ferry we set foot in Tasmania at the harbour of Devonport. After  breakfast at an old rectory we head out towards our first highlight of the day, Cradle Mountain National Park. The landscape changes constantly, from rolling farmlands to rainforest and to high alpine plains, all with in a few square miles. A short ride up to the shores of Dove Lake and we feel transported to Scottish Highlands. Along the way we stop for at a Wildlife Sanctuary to visit some of Tasmanias iconic inhabitants.  From here we head southwest towards the remote western coast of Tasmania before finally  reaching the old mining settlement of Queenstown, our stop for the night. 

Tasmanian Highlands.
Not a bad view for lunch.
A spot of Tasmanian Devil Wrangling, anybody?
Gloomy skies don't discourage our intrepid group!
Dove Lake and we are fairly sure that Cradle Mountain is somewhere there too.
Some sunshine at the start of the day
Vladimir is presented with his exclusive Worldtourer shirt on his birthday!

Day Four: Lakes Entrance to Melbourne and Tasmania 

We wake to clear blue skies and set out on the longest day of the tour, 450km along the south coast of Australia. Our first stop is at St. Mary's Church in Bairnsdale to take a look at the famous murals painted just over a century ago, before heading of to Port Albert for a fantastic seafood lunch. We ride through gently rolling farmlands and finally arrive in Melbourne and bord our overnight ferry for Tasmania!

In a country that's barely 250 years old, a 120 year old church is truly ancient.
"I sea food and I eat it." Sorry.
An Edelweiss still life.
A new Land awaits.

Day Three: Eden - Lakes Entrance

Day three was a bit longer again, we made our way to the second state of the tour, Victoria. The day started cloudy, which lead to a nice temperature, and eventually warmed up considerably when we headed inland through Buchan and down to Lakes Entrance.

Starting off with a group picture at the Boydtown beach!
Forest roads inland towards Cann River. We also crossed into the state of Victoria!
Coffeestop at Relics in Cann River
Sailor's Grave beach at Cape Conran.
Vlad's bike grew a tail! He's intending to keep it until the end of the trip.
The lagoon at Marlo.
Mark & Charlene enjoying some alternate entertainment after lunch.
Coffeestop after a great ride down Orbost-Buchan road!

Day Two: Bateman's Bay to Eden

Our second day was blessed with much, much better weather. We had sunshine and blue skies all day long, while ridng along some of the nicest coastline NSW has to offer. Heading inland temperatures even hit 37 degrees Celsius! Our day went by leisurely, leaving us with plenty of time to see the sights and to have a swim in the ocean at the beautiful Boydtown Seahorse Inn. Life is good here in Australia!

The coast at Narooma was really spectacular.
Volker and Sabine enjoying our first coffeestop at Bodalla Cheese Factory.
Vladimir is very excited about the "Australia Rock" at Narooma!
A highlight of our day: the seals just lounging on the rocks at Narooma. These guys just did not care at all that we were around taking their pictures.
Tilba Central Village feels like a step back in time!
Our Russian friends flying past!
Tathra Wharf, what a beautiful place for lunch!
Old Tom's skeleton at the Eden Killer Whale Museum.

Day One: Sydney to Batemans Bay 

Australia is a country full of surprises, one of which is the rain and wind as we make our way through Sydney Morning traffic and onto the twists and turns of Royal National Park. Our route hugs the coast as we head south on Princes Highway towards the small town of Kiama, home of the famous blowhole and our lunch stop. The menthol scent of the eucalyptus trees welcomes us on our last leg of the to Batemans Bay, our stop for the night.

 

Charlene and Mark, braving the storm.
Kiama's blowhole is fantastically active today, all thanks to the wild Tasman Sea!
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ferdinand
Wednesday, February, 15nd, 2017 at 11:55

excited to follow your journey, beautiful pictures. Im looking forward to see more .)
Ursula Peter
Wednesday, February, 15nd, 2017 at 03:14

Hi Sabine, hi Charlene and Mark,
nice to see you on the Australian blog. I am close - I am still in New Zealand enjoying little Karla.
Have a nice trip
Ursula
Charlene Butler
Wednesday, February, 15nd, 2017 at 12:01

Hi Ursula! Hard to believe that when we were on tour in Australia with your daughter there were no grand babies yet! Enjoy!!!
SABINE
Wednesday, February, 15nd, 2017 at 09:06

Hey Ursula, schön von dir zu hören, unser Tasmanientrip ist wunderschön, mal ein ganz neuer Teil auf meiner Weltendeckerrunde.
Genieß deine süße Enkelin, ich vermiss meine beiden schon nach zwei Wochen.
Vielleicht sehen wir uns mal wieder auf einer Tour

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