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Day 14

Lake St Clair to Queenstown to Strahan

rain 11 °C

Day 14
Tuesday
September 20
Lake St Clair to Queenstown to Strahan
142km
Sometimes sunny, mostly misty with rain 2.7 to 11 degrees

Feeling not so sleepy!

No phone, no computer, no TV, no radio. Nice and warm by the fire in the common room makes you sleepy so we crawled into our sleeping bags around 9pm and soon fell into a blissful sleep. Didn’t wake up till after 8am when Erika rang!!! That is the longest we have slept all trip.

The trouble with coin showers is you have to be all ready to jump in the shower as soon as the water comes on and reaches temperature. Trouble is it is so cold while you wait. So I decide to have a morning shower, get undressed, ready to go – Oh No! I have forgotten my dollar coin. Quick, get dressed, run up through the cold back from the amenities block to the room. “Pat, have you got a dollar?” Back, to the shower, get already, put in the coin. OH NOOOOO!!!!! It ate my dollar coin. Get dressed, run back, another coin, this time change cubicle ... third time lucky.

Corners, corners, corners. We were warned that this stretch of road was ‘car sick’ heaven. We had allowed lots of time and drive really slowly and it was fantastic. Breathtaking scenery as we drive through the World Heritage Listed Franklin/Gordon Wilderness. Steep and rugged mountains, waterfalls and, of course, super windy roads. The weather is wet and misty which kind of adds to the feel. Unfortunately we had to forget our planned walks as the rain is too heavy.
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And from the wilderness, the stark contrast of Queenstown.
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Still rugged and steep but completely different. We loved the town. Such character. Lots of buildings that appear to be falling apart. Others that are great. A bit like a movie set. Spent a lot of time driving around the town in the heavy rain just taking it in.
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We checked out the train service that runs between Queenstown and Strahan. Being around the old steam train makes me feel that it is hard to believe that Arch is still not around. He would have loved it.
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Off to Strahan. Now this road has even more corners than the last stretch. What a great town. The opposite of Dewent Bridge. First stop, Info centre and there is so much choice for accommodation heavily discounted for standby rates. Like $240 5 star apartments down to $85 or numerous B & Bs. After cruising around looking at the choices we opt for a studio apartment, Gordon Gateway Motel, where we can cook for ourselves, with uninterrupted harbour views - $90 a night. We look directly across at our boat for tomorrow.
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After settling in, we go down to the harbour for a walk around the shops and check out the town.
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We confirm our Gordon Cruise for tomorrow and there is a really nice restaurant that does an amazing seafood platter for $95. We are thinking about it for tomorrow night??????? Went for a drive out the headland and looked at avillage of fishermens' shacks. Just looking through our window now, writing this, and watching the harbour lights as the sun goes.

Some things about this trip,

  • We now have all our accommodation worked out except for next Sunday night. That’s good because I always feel a bit unsettled if we are arriving late and we don’t know where we are staying or if we are going to be ripped off with overpriced stuff!
  • As we drive we have been listening to mp3 recordings of Richard Fidlers ‘Conversation Hour’. It is such a good show and the people he interviews are so interesting. We have nearly finished June, 2010.
  • We have taken our camping stuff for such a lovely adventure. It has been so comfortable riding in the back of the car.

" Most of the photos being posted are from my video camera which are easy to upload. Pat has been taking heaps of photos on Erika's good camera as well which will be better quality. We will have to sort through them when we get home.

  • Have been averaging 8.6 litres/100 kms - the car has been great.

Next, Looking forward to our Gordon River Wilderness Cruise tomorrow.

Posted by peterjday 03:50 Archived in Australia

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