Tassie Trip Day 4: George Town

OK, so I guess it’s only fair that we found this town, Shelly has all her beaches and her own roadhouse and gorge (Mt Barnett) in Western Australia, so it was only a matter of time before he found his own town!  Yes, there is a George Town!

Now to be honest, this was basically on the way to where we were going, but the main reason we went to George Town was so that George could get a photo in front of the sign!

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Actually it was quite a pretty town, but not as old looking as we were expecting, given that George Town is Australia’s third-oldest settlement after Sydney and Hobart.

It’s a beautiful little town located on the banks of the Tamar River, about 45min from Launceston.

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It’s had a long maritime history and European settlement can be traced back to 1804 when William Paterson camped there after running his ship, HMS Buffalo, aground at York Cove.

He raised the Union Jack at Monument Point and fired a salute from his ship and claimed the area. The town itself is was named George Town, in honour of King George III.

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The Paterson Monument marks the spot where Colonel William Paterson took possession of northern Tasmania.

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Tassie Trip (Day 3):  Salamanca Markets to Launceston

img_3047Our Saturday started with an early morning visit to the world-famous ‘Salamanca Markets’.  What a coincidence that we just happened to be in Hobart on the day of the markets …. Ok, maybe a little bit of secret planning on Shelly’s part!

In 1974 local traders established the first Salamanca Market and this was taken over by Hobart City Council and really came into its own as a tourist attraction by the 1980’s.

Every Saturday morning, Salamanca Place comes alive with market stalls filled with fresh Tasmania produce and plenty of other goodies. The street is filled with about 300 stallholders setting up to sell their wares for the day.  There is so much variety on offer, including fresh fruit and vegetables, clothing & jewellery, toys, gifts & souvenirs and plenty of handmade arts of craft items.  Of course there is plenty of yummy food around for you to try as well.

Attraction InformationSalamanca Market is open every Saturday from 8am until 3pm at Salamanca Place, Hobart

After a morning at the markets it was time to head off to Launceston, our home for the next two nights.  We decided to head up the coastal road which took a little longer, but the views were definitely worth it.

On the way we called in to Bicheno.  This is a very picturesque town on the east cost of Tasmania, approximately half way between Hobart & Launceston, on the coast.  We called in here as everyone had told us how beautiful it was and how good the seafood was …… well the beautiful part we will agree with, but the seafood part we didn’t really find unfortunately.  Although George did enjoy an overpriced crayfish roll.

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OK so now George was really wanting some decent seafood!  We asked at our hotel and we were recommended to go to Cataract on Paterson as it was probably the best restaurant in Launceston.  Luckily we were able to get a late booking for dinner, so off we went.  Wow, this place certainly didn’t disappoint …. the venue, the food and the staff and service was all impeccable, we couldn’t fault any part of our night.

Cataract on Paterson is located about 5min from the centre of the Launceston CBD.  The venue itself is slightly industrial inside, but still warm and welcoming with its quirky features.  The menu was a contemporary mix of Tasmanian produce with plenty of choice for all tastes.  They also offer their interactive dining experience that serves your meal cooking at your table on a 400 degree volcanic stone!  Neither of us had this, but our dessert did come on a frozen stone!

Attraction Information:  Cataract on Paterson is located at 135 Paterson Street, Launceston

Telephone:  03 6331 444

Website:  http://www.cataractonpaterson.com.au

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Fraser Island 

We are back to one of our favourite places, Fraser Island! Absolutely love this place and here are a few pics from this trip. 

On the barge on our way to the island

Sunset from our campsite

Late afternoon stop at Eli Creek

Wanggoolba Creek at Central Station

Dingo at camp

Maheno shipwreck

The Western Beach

Turtles at Lake Allom

Sandy Cape

Travel Blog Awards 2017 ….. we’ve been nominated!

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So, here’s some exciting news …… we’ve been nominated in the Travel Blog Awards 2017 held by Mr Promocode.

We enjoy writing this blog, it gives us a record and memories of our trips and it also allows us to share our adventures with family, friends and our many blog and social media followers. It’s rewarding to know that people enjoy reading our stories.

But now is when we ask you for something.  We need your help and ask that you vote for us if you think we are worthy of this award. Simply click on the link to see who we are up against, search for “George & Shelly” (you’ll see our logo) and click to vote for us!

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Merry Christmas!

Hope you all had a great Christmas. If you are anything like us, you would have eaten and drunk way too much, we all felt like a little nap after lunch!This was our first Christmas with our new nephew, Levi. He probably got more presents than any of us!This year Christmas was spent at our house with a huge Christmas lunch for both sides of the family, 14 in total. It was great to have all the family together, after all, isn’t that what Christmas is all about.

Of course the pups weren’t forgotten either. After stalking her Christmas stocking for the past few weeks, Gelly (and Charli) was pleased to be able to finally check out what was inside! Boxing Day was an early 4.30am wake up for our drive north to Urunga. Luckily our plan worked and we missed most of the holiday traffic and got a really good run.

We arrived just after 11am, found our mates who arrived yesterday and set up camp. What a magic spot this campground is, right on the water and so quiet.The next few days we will be out exploring the many 4WD tracks around the area and doing some sight seeing around Coffs Harbour.  Stay tuned for more photos and stories in the days ahead!

Our Latest Project ….

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The latest project that we have become involved in is “Protect Cape York”.  We are so excited to be involved with such a great cause and we are getting a lot of positive feedback which is amazing.  This idea came about by a few people who have visited Cape York recently and saw the amount of rubbish left around by fellow campers and thought that something needed to be done.

IMG_1270Back in 2013 we headed to Cape York as part of our honeymoon adventure and, after seeing this first hand, we decided to jump on board and help out this great cause. Now this issue is certainly not confined to the Cape York area only, we see this quite often in our travels.   You all know the old saying, “Take nothing but photos, Leave nothing but footprints”, if all of us abided by that rule, the amount of rubbish would be significantly less.  If there isn’t a bin where you are camping, does that give you the right to leave your rubbish on the ground, NO, your responsibility is to take it with you and deposit into the next bin you find.  It’s really not that hard, but it’s a concept that so many people seem to forget about once they leave their home.

The amount of rubbish that is left behind on the tracks by fellow campers is disgraceful.  We have been sent photos of lizards IMG_1160with their heads stuck in cans, we’ve all seen photos of turtles and birds with plastic wrapped around them, not to mention the fact that no-one wants to camp next to your dirty used toilet paper and nappies!

While up at the Cape we took a drive along the beaches run and the amount of rubbish lining the beach is unbelievable.  Now in reality, a lot of this would have wash up onto the beach from offshore, but that doesn’t mean that it’s ok.  At the end of the day, it’s all still rubbish and if we can organize clean up days and educate people on where they can dispose of rubbish and how to do so safely, just maybe we can help in some small way.

ThIMG_1183e team and us have achieved so much already in such a short amount of time.  Word is spreading and the feedback and support we are receiving is amazing.  We already have some great sponsors jumping on board, including our major sponsors, TJM Cairns and The Albatross Resort, Weipa.  We are also lucky enough to have Keep Australia Beautiful on board to help promote our cause, as well as more and more places coming on board.

We have set up a website which details exactly what we are trying to achieve and how you can help to promote our cause to others http://www.protectcapeyork.com/

So who are we and what are we trying to achieve?

We are just a small group of like-minded people, everyday Australians located all over the country, but with one aim in mind ….. to protect and preserve the beauty of Cape York.  We want to clean up the area and educate people in the process.  This is the iconic tip of Australia, thousands of people make the epic journey here every year and we want future generations to be able to experience this aswell.IMG_1172

Our Goals

Our immediate goal is to be in a position to hand out 200-300 ‘Cape York packs’ in time for the 2016 tourist season.  We are hoping that by handing out these packs, people will be reminded to clean up after themselves (and others as the case may be!).  These packs will include a map of rubbish disposal areas and helpful hints, as well as rubbish bags, tongs, gloves etc.   We aim to provide campers with the tools to clean up after themselves.

There are so many ways that you can become involved, so please take the time to check out our website and contact us if you would like to become involved or if you have any comments or contacts that may be able to benefit us.

Please help us on our journey to clean up our country and educate people in the process.

……… Remember, It’s Everyone’s Backyard.

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We want to share our photos, stories and experiences with all of you.

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