Ross and Jo Whitty are now in Tasmanias North West "on the Around Australia via Tasmania road" with two other couples who are towing their own rigs. Ross and Jo have a brand new Giest 630 caravan towed by a Toyota Prado turbo diesel. Apart from two short shakedown trips they are novices who are learning fast.
Here is the latest in their adventures -
From: Ross & Jo Whitty
Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2007 12:17 PM
Subject: NW Tassie
Hi Garth, thought it was about time we gave you an update of our progress. Our 1st stop was the Big 4 at Ulverstone where we stayed for eight days while waiting for or friends to catch up.
While there we visited Penguin, Burnie, (Lactos cheese factory), Wynyard , Longford and Westbury. We also took a couple of scenic drives to Gunns Plains and Lake Barrington returning via Sheffield, famous for it's murals.
Our friends arrived a week later and we stayed on for two more days. After a happy hour meeting we decided to travel clockwise around Tasmania and headed off to Stanley in the Northwest.
We stayed at the park just below the Nut and a trip to the top was 1st on our agenda. The views are spectacular and worth the hike up, or the chairlift ride as a couple of us did.
The highlight of our stay in Stanley was an all day tag - along tour with a character called Bernie Atkins of West Coast Wilderness Tours, that we and one of the other couples did.
We toured the Milkshake Hills, where we had morning tea, South Arthur forest drive, Lake Chisholm and stopped for a four course gourmet BBQ feast at Julius river. Could have done with a nap after lunch, but off we went to the coast at Couta Rocks and after a short drive north we hit the beach.
West coast 4wd touring picture Ross and Jo Whitty
Sunset on the Nut picture Ross and Jo Whitty
Cradle Mountain adventure picture Ross and Jo Whitty