Tasmania Loop

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  1. maccajim

    maccajim Holding the Awesome

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    Hiya,
    Got the bike ready for a trip to Tasmania an island south of the mainland BIG island Australia with some very nice scenery and roads leaving from Sydney.
    Here is what the nice silica roads look like but you have to get there first and its a pretty long way.

    Added spot map a bit rough but it will give people from thw rest of the world a rough idea of where I went
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    Added spot map a bit rough but it will give people from the rest of the world a rough idea of where I went

    http://www.spotadventures.com/trip/view?trip_id=192833


    Bike packed and looking very clean Ktm 640adv 07

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    First stop through the national park Garie beach lookout still early and nice no wind, people live in those shacks from the depression era still have leases some really cool ones no road there so you have to cart your supplies in on a wheel barrow.
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    Coastal cliff road snaking along the cliffs.
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    Nowra to Braidwood road supposed to be mostly gavel but being upgraded now DO NOT USE IT you get stopped by the road workers and they then escort you at 20kmh max 40kmh for about an hour total waste of time bike overheating and me overheating as well.
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  2. Nicko W-S

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  3. maccajim

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    using the camping iphone app new free one only for NSW and found this site near Bombala
    http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/thats-camping/id351738368?mt=8
    It just tells you what is around where you are with a brief description this one had a toilet fireplaces that was all i needed
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    I was filling up in Bombala and thought to ask a local directions to the campsite the petrol station attendant says I have no clue but the guy behind you will know. I turn around and it is a National parks and wildlife guy in his uniform, he gets the maps from the display and tells me all the stuff to see how to get there etc off we go on 20km of fire trails great riding.
    The road to camp looks like this with forestry trails branching off everywhere
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    The campsite in amongst the tall woods after some great gravel tracks

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    Found this fresh mushroom so cooked it up with some Army stuff

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    I cooked this meal up then the gas cylinder ran out so need a new one
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    This is what the roads from the campsite look like back to the main road and Delegate in the morning

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    The logging is pretty savage

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    A lot of exploring to be done in this area there were tracks branching off all the main roads

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  4. maccajim

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    The Twisty road to Delegate absolutely amazing I see why the Victorians use it a lot at one stage there was a sign saying 65km of windy road i thought it meant 6.5km but it just goes on and on plus the scenery is superb.

    I stopped to take this photo and a local stopped to ask if i was ok

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    This was the guy stopping to see if i needed help

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    A toilet stop beside the road you get scenes like this the whole road has stunning scenes I only took these few definitely ride this road heaps of fun.

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  5. nicholastanguma

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    Great posting! I had no idea Tassie was so green; for some reason I kind of had the impression it was a desert.

    More pics! More pics!
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  6. Anna

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    I believe those pics are taken on that little island north of Tassie. :evil
    Tassie is actually even greener than that. :thumb

    Looking forward to more pics of my home-island. It's a beautiful place for motorcycling - on the road ond off as well.
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  7. maccajim

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    Your right i haven't even caught the ferry yet spirit of Tasmania it gets much greener in fact it rained every day i was on the island.
    Will post more tomorrow
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  8. Marcbar

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    I thought Tassie was a part of Australia not an island south of Australia.
    Ya don't want to get those Tassie blokes off side!
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  9. maccajim

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    Arrived in melbourne on a very hot day 30c and tried to find the ferry terminal as GPS was not showing how to get there. They treat bikes well in melbourne you can park on the footpath anywhere.

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    Just after this photo i ran into a fellow ADV rider with same bike as mine who gave me directions to the ferry thanks very much.

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    Lining up to get on the ferry sucked especially for bikes it was hot and just creeping line I couldn't keep the bike on as it was overheating and melting the clutch so had to push it, that silver Subaru next to me overheated as well.

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    Finally strapped down on the ferry at 9pm time for a shower and beer it has been a very long day started riding at about 7am.
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    The BMW next to me was a guy from Tasmania who had just spent 3 weeks on the mainland they did about 8000kms and also did the crap Braidwood road resurfacing section i had to endure, we met for beers and i got some local info on where to go etc.

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  10. maccajim

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    Cabin on the ferry not bad everything i needed.

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    There are a few decks and outside spots but the ferry is best described as a floating RSL with bars and even pokies which are gambling machines for wasting time. There was even entertainment with a singer and karaoke from the crowd please get me off this boat.
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    The ferry wasn't that bad I met the 2 Tassie BMW riders that went over some maps with me and told me some good roads and camp spots to try out thanks very much guys!

    Finally I arrived in Tasmania and it was raining so don all the rain gear and head out of town to Scotsdale
    heading to the east coast the road is great very twisty my first view point.
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    The view

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    Constant rain so i headed into town and got a dodgy 70's style room to wait out the rain it just hangs
    in the air and is very hard to see the road

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    My place for the night at the back of a pub cheap but dry

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    I met with some discrimination i this town big signs saying no thongs or ugg boots allowed in the Bistro so i had to splurge on some
    appropriate footwear, dunlop volleys.

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    Next morning i headed to the coast and found this beach where they train trotting horses it seems
    very popular here, the weather was still raining as you can see.

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    I then found this road very nice and heaps of fun the rain means no dust and surprisingly not slippery
    perfect riding conditions.

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    Very fun road only saw 3 cars

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    The pub in the paddock very touristy as i got here on the weekend, the pig having a nap

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    The North East coast Bay of Fires very beautiful and the weather cleared up a bit as well.

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    It is basically these rocks with a red lichen covering them but when you combine the colors and the views they are
    spectacular.

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    Down some dirt roads you come to beaches like this and they let you camp for free whynot.

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    Keep going north and you get this view crystal clear water and spectacular views of the ocean along entire strip of road.

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    Great place to stop for a beer.

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    around about here
    http://maps.google.com.au/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=binalong+bay+tasmania&sll=-25.335448,135.745076&sspn=51.123825,82.265625&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Binalong+Bay+Tasmania&ll=-41.165308,148.28195&spn=0.002669,0.005021&t=h&z=18&layer=c&cbll=-41.165214,148.281932&panoid=axK7_N-w8bGXtw6Kf2O-Nw&cbp=12,89.07,,0,5

    This is the road that gets you there a tiny strip like a goat cart track takes you right next to the beach with lots of twists and turns
    great views along the entire road.

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  11. Nitzo

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    nice, very nice report
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  12. maccajim

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    Camp site right next to the beach totally free the only rule is maximum stay is 3 or 4 weeks.


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    My gear for camping comfy chair is a must

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    A guy with a moving house on wheels setup felt sorry for me and gave me some firewood good stuff one log lasted all night, he had been here 3 weeks so time to move on.

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    Discreet toilet as well

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    Here is my campsite under the tree you can just make out my bike, the pole in the foreground signifies the start of the beach.

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    This is the beach very nice spot no wind plenty of firewood just a lot of possums.

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    Sunset

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    Sorry Tassie Tourism information you just give out too many brochures
    I used a few to start the fire

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    They burn well

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  13. GB

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    Riding in Tas can't be beat! How long's the ferry ride from the mainland? :ear
    Thanks for the report and pics!
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  14. maccajim

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    Hiya gadget
    It is overnight you can get on at 9pm and arrive at around 6 or 7 am you would love it get drunk play pokies and karoke until you are there
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  15. Nitzo

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    and mine gb? hello?
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  16. nicholastanguma

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    Jim, you write a RR like Cormac Mcarthy writes a novel. Very entertaining! Now give us more photos.


    P.S. Holy moly, Tasmania is frakking beautiful.
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  17. maccajim

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    You know when you are camping and you have dreams about something attacking your tent, I had them last night a possum went for my food and actually bit a hole in the swag so i wasn't dreaming. Very tired night got no sleep.

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    Next day still raining stopped at a beach heading south
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    Doubting my sanity it has been constantly raining since i have been here, i'm wearing gortex jacket to bed

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    Frecinyt national park very crowded and they wanted 26$ to ride around it, so i used the facitities and left it is all bush walks. I will have to come back it was raining again.

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    Swansea away from the crowds
    Sorry will have to save it here my computer is having a cheeky poo
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  18. Curryinahurry

    Curryinahurry Born 2 Ride

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    :lurkWell.. Cheeky Poo or not Jim..... The show must... Go On...:lol3:lol3

    Just kidding Mate....

    Great RR so far....:clap:clap:clap

    Pity about the rain though...:bluduh

    More pictures phuleeze..:deal

    Cheers

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  19. maccajim

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    Swansea bay looking back at
    Freycinet National Park


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    kept running into these guys old vintage cars traveling around the island

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    Swansea views

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    The wind seems to pickup in the afternoon about 30 knots gusting so got a backpackers for $30
    it was empty room to myself with pub next door beer and pizza time. I still don't understand the beer sizes here
    They have 10oz glass 13oz, handle and pints to complicated for me so i will have to stick to pints until I understand better.

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    Next morning nice weather heading to Hobart the Tasmanian capital city and an old city as far
    as Australia is concerned.

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    Hobart bridge over the bay got to kill some time here as can't check in until 3 or so into my room.
    The rain has destroyed my iphone headphones so mission one is to replace them and check out the boutique brewerys here.

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    Exploring around the Battery point area with some nice old buildings similar to the Rocks area in Sydney,
    lots of pubs and restaurants.

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    Found a nice boutique brewery with moo beer not bad

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    I decided to stay somewhere nice in Hobart after recommendation from a friend parked here at vineyard,
    one of the windiest places in the world.

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    My room is not ready yet so i hit the tasting cellar door very nice.

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    The bad point of staying here during the cheap midweeks times is the restaruant is closed so got to make do.

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    I had a good sleep but early call in the morning from reception saying the wind had blown my bike over in the night, that is how strong it was that morning so not a good start to be riding.
    Anyway nice breakfast next morning.

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  20. TimCz

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    Looking great! I love tassie.

    Went for a photography holiday down there a few years back. Absolutely beautiful place. Much cooler than up here in QLD too.
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