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Port Arthur - March Long Weekend - Part 1

Friday 6 March to Monday 16 March 2015

Once again we headed for the Port Arthur Holiday Park for the March Long weekend and the following week. We have now been doing this for about 5 years and it serves as a useful shakedown for our regular winter sojourn to warmer climes. The Port Arthur caravan park has been a BIG4 park since 1 February, so we got a $30 discount for our membership. We had our usual site 25 and did a full set-up with the new annexe we bought last year in Queensland.

Before we headed for Port Arthur we had a new chequer-plate storage box made by Minty's Sheet Metals in Hobart. The box measured 280 by 280 by 1530 mm long and fitted between the chassis rails at the rear of the van. The box is designed to carry all of our annexe poles and rafters, and has the added benefit of transferring some weight from the front of the van to the rear, it takes about 100 kg off the pin weight. The box is exceptionally well made and even has hinges with grease nipples for lubrication. We are waiting for two small matching boxes to fill the gaps outside the chassis rails.

New box for annexe poles and rafters

New box for annexe poles and rafters

This was the first time that we had set up the annexe on our own and it took us about 3 hours. Last time it was set up it was done by Colin from Australia Wide Annexes with David's help. Next time will be quicker we hope. Another new acquisition to be tried out this weekend was a camp oven which we christened with a casserole. A bit of trial and error about how many coals under and on top of the oven, but it all turned out well.

All set up on site 25 - fire going as well

All set up on site 25 - fire going as well

The new Porch on the annexe

The new Porch on the annexe

New camp oven - we had a casserole that turned out well

New camp oven - we had a casserole that turned out well

During the first few days we did a few modifications to the van - LEDs in the annexe to improve the light, and a computer fan at the back of the Convection Microwave to expel the hot air. The LEDs were 60 led strips and we connected two each to the existing lights - very successful too as it is now like daylight in the annexe at night. While the fan worked well we think that a second fan will be an improvement.

Near 300 LEDs make it just like daylight in the annexe

Near 300 LEDs make it just like daylight in the annexe

On Wednesday we were joined by old friends Neil and Sandra who stayed for a couple of nights sleeping on air beds in the annexe. While they were with us we visited a few of the local sites, including Roaring Beach, the Lookout on the Cape Raoul Track for views of Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff, and the Remarkable Cave. On Friday David and Neil took the rubber duck out for a bit of fishing, but no luck - perhaps the Carington's seals have eaten all the fish.

Roaring Beach

Roaring Beach

Another shot of Roaring Beach

Another shot of Roaring Beach

Sand Dunes behind Roaring Beach

Sand Dunes behind Roaring Beach

Not much surf today

Not much surf today

Wedge Island from Roaring Beach

Wedge Island from Roaring Beach

Di and Sandra at Roaring Beach

Di and Sandra at Roaring Beach

Another surf shot

Another surf shot

Sand Dunes behind Roaring Beach

Sand Dunes behind Roaring Beach

Secluded house at Roaring Beach

Secluded house at Roaring Beach

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