A Travellerspoint blog

February 2014

Ross to Hobart

Thursday 20 February 2014

Weather today is still cloudy and windy with a temperature in the low 20s.

We left Ross at about 10:45 am and arrived home at about 12:30 pm, having called at the Montrose Bay dump point to empty our holding tanks and give them a good flush out with the macerator pump. The pump allows us to pump fresh water back into the tanks without removing the pump, them pump it all out again - we repeat the exercise until the water comes out clean. Once home we spent about an hour emptying our food and clothing from the van, before returning the van to storage at the Barilla Caravan Park at Cambridge. We have booked the van in for a service at Kings Caravan Service Centre next week as the caravan brakes are not working as well as they should.

We were away 18 days in total, and covered about 1,800 kms, 935 kms with the van and 1,045 kms without the van. The average daily travel with the van on was about 130 kms, which is considerably less than we do when going north for the winter. We used 344 litres of diesel, and averaged 20.9 litres per 100 kms with the van on, and 14.3 l/100k without the van. Average cost of diesel was $1.66 cpl, with the cheapest being $1.627 cpl at Forth. We stayed in caravan parks for 11 nights at an average daily cost of $33.50, 4 nights at the Myrtle Park Camp Ground at $6 per night and 3 nights free camping at the Forth Sports Ground, an overall average of $22.00 per night.

No Photos.

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Forth to Ross

Wednesday 19 February 2014

The forecast for today was cloudy and windy with showers later. The temperature range was 10 to 26 degrees, but so far no sign of any showers.

We had packed up and hitched up last night so we had a lazy breakfast and got away about 10:15 am. We made a short detour to Evandale to empty the holding tanks, and arrived at the Ross Caravan Park at about 1:15 pm. We booked in for one night and were allocated a fairly long site (No. 17), which allowed us to stay hitched up. Still very windy at Ross and none of the vans have their awnings out.

After lunch we went for a walk around the town for a few photos, and to check out the dinner menu at the Man O' Ross Hotel, it seems that some-one has an anniversary but it is so long ago that we cannot remember! The township of Ross was founded as a garrison in 1812, and it was gazetted as a town in 1821, and has many Georgian buildings dating from the 1830s. The Ross Bridge was built by convicts in 1836. The main intersection in the town is humorously referred to as the "Four Corners of Ross" with each corner having a label; Temptation: the Man O' Ross Hotel; Recreation: the Ross Town Hall; Salvation: the Roman Catholic Church; and Damnation: the Ross Gaol (now a private residence).

Ross Bridge - Circa 1836

Ross Bridge - Circa 1836

Hobart Town - 69 miles

Hobart Town - 69 miles

Ross Uniting church - Circa 1885

Ross Uniting church - Circa 1885

Man O' Ross Hotel - Circa 1836

Man O' Ross Hotel - Circa 1836

Ross Town Gaol - now a private residence

Ross Town Gaol - now a private residence

Ross Town Hall behind the War Memorial

Ross Town Hall behind the War Memorial

Ross Post Office

Ross Post Office

Christopher Hall's colonial cottage

Christopher Hall's colonial cottage

St John's Anglican Church - Circa 1868

St John's Anglican Church - Circa 1868

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Forth - Day 3

Tuesday 18 February 2014

Mainly sunny today with temperature range of 13 to 23 degrees, although it felt hotter in the sun.

Apart from a trip to the shops and the servo we spent the day relaxing with the papers. During the afternoon the local cricket club turned up for practice. Every player took their turn in the middle to face the bowling machine, which had been set up at the other end of the wicket. The rest of the team got their fielding practice, but not sure what they do for the bowlers - no evidence of any practice for them.

No photos today.

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Forth - Day 2

Monday 17 February 2014

Forecast for today was intermittent cloud with a temperature range of 13 to 20 degrees.

We decided to do the tourist thing today and started at the nearby Braddon Lookout which gave us views across Forth and its surrounding farmland. From there we drove along the old highway to Stanley, which took us in and out of all the small towns along the coast, On the way we checked out all of the free camps and their associated dump points for future reference. There is a nice free camp along-side the Penguin Surf Club, and another at Cooee Point that was a bit barren and uninviting. The Rocky Cape Hotel also runs a free camp behind the Hotel, but charges for showers and laundry facilities. When we got to Stanley we found that many of the eating places were closed, with only a couple open for the tourists.

Forth township from Braddon Lookout

Forth township from Braddon Lookout

Looking west from Braddon Lookout

Looking west from Braddon Lookout

Looking west from Sisters Beach

Looking west from Sisters Beach

The Nut at Stanley

The Nut at Stanley

Memorial Park, Stanley

Memorial Park, Stanley

Stanley Hotel

Stanley Hotel

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Deloraine to Forth

Sunday 16 February 2014

We had more rain off and on overnight, but woke to a nice sunny day. Forecast for Forth was mostly sunny with a temperature range of 13 to 22 degrees.

We left Deloraine at about 9:45 am and arrived at the Forth Sports Ground soon after 10:30 am. A big day in the saddle today - only 60 kms! There were more than 20 vans at the sports ground, and many of them use the this spot as there last stop before catching the Ferry to Melbourne. The Sports Ground is a free camp on the Forth River and could probably cater for about 50 vans. The time limit - apparently not rigidly enforced by the caretaker - is 3 days, and there are toilets and fresh water available. Even better there is diesel available at the local servo for $1.629 - the cheapest we have seen in Tassie for a long time. The free camp is provided by the local community in the hope that travellers will spend a bit of money in the town. We have been to the servo and the shop today and are planning on tea at the pub tomorrow.

Forth Sports Ground - Home of the Magpies - Where's Wally?

Forth Sports Ground - Home of the Magpies - Where's Wally?

A view across the Forth Sports Ground

A view across the Forth Sports Ground

A very popular free camp in Forth

A very popular free camp in Forth

Our camp site at Forth Sport Ground

Our camp site at Forth Sport Ground

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