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GoSee Tows Around Tas meets great beauty, convict ghosts and reads logs written by Capt. William Bligh

March 22, 2010
GoSee Tows Around Tas meets great beauty, convict ghosts and reads logs written by Capt. William Bligh

GoSeecontinues part two of our Around Tasmania towing tour today. We visited White Beach Tourist Park on Saturday and toured through Hobart and down the Huon Trail to Kettering and the ferry ride to Bruny island and Captain James Cook Memorial Caravan Park at Adventure Bay on Sunday. On Monday and Tuesday we towed via hospitable Wayatinah to West Coast Strahan through wilderness beauty. Now we areback in Devonport via Wynyard aftercircling Tasmania

All theTasmanian Tourist Parks we have seenare part of astonishingly beautiful parts of the world. For GoSee White Beach Tourist Park Port Arthur is part of great beauty and great tragedy. This is a place of angry ghosts. Here is Australian history with a jagged cutting edge.

Bruny Island is plastered with the calling cards of the great seamen navigators. Captain 1777(Lieut) James Cook and William Bligh, Bruny Dentrecasteaux and Tobias Furneaux 1773.. GoSee read some of Blight's logs in an unlikely Bligh Museum near Captain JamesCook Memorial Caravan Park at Adventure Bay.

White Beach Tourist Park lives up to its name. Guests step from the Tourist Park to a magnificent white beach. White Beach Tourist Park is absolute beachfront in a real Aussie bush environment of ghost gums and native coastal flora.

White Beach Tourist Park has comfortable accommodation in fully self-contained cabins plus powered sites that can handle motorhomes big and small.

White Beach facilities include amenities block, undercover barbecue and camp kitchen. There is a kiosk which supplies basic requirements, fuel and LPG.

White Beach Tourist Park is well placed for guest to enjoy the natural beauty on the Tasman Peninsula.

The many local walks delight photographers. Now the Three Capes Walk is an option too. The walks can be great or small depending on the needs and experience of the walkers.

The panoramic vistas from the sandstone cliffs is unique in the world as their butresses plunge deep into crystal clear ocean waters. To face a great ocean gale on this coast not only provides the purest air available. It also is guaranteed to cut any ego down to size with its natural majesty.

White Beach Tourist Park's seaside location offers plenty of family activities, from boating and fishing to an early morning stroll along protected swimming beaches which are perfect for children.

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White Beach lives up to its name 072

Port Arthur is a heritage icon with a convict horror past which breeds angry ghosts. Port Arthur is a remarkable historic site. Convicts labour built the impressive architecture, gardens and chilling prison facilities which attract todays tourists.
A lantern lit walk around the Port Arthur Historic Site after dark will focus the feel of the place. It is different after dark.

GoSee also remembers the historic coal mine site near Saltwater River. This mine was worked by prisoners from Port Arthur and is an interesting side to the history of the penal colony.

Eaglehawk Neck and the Blowhole, Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen and Tessellated Pavement, all interesting geological features to be investigated and enjoyed by visitors.

Like all good things time must be taken to fully appreciate the Port Arthur region. A quick dash down the Tasman Peninsula will just touch the surface. But this is an experience worth two nights at a minimum.

Here is some information fromGoSee experiences and Tourism Tasmania on Port Arthur. As a huge bonus the Tasman National Park has some of the nations best coastal bushwalking in a scenic experience the equal of any in the world.

Lookouts beside the road at Eaglehawk Neck and Remarkable Cave emphasis the ease of seeing the best from good sealed roads.

At Eaglehawk Neck the Convict Trail leads to seven historic locations. Yellow convict arrows by the roadside point the way. The Tasmanian Tourism Award winning Port Arthur Historic Site has interpretive and interactive displays.

Things to see and do:

Go surfing, fishing kayaking or diving.

Play the picturesque Tasman golf course with its signature 8th hole across the chasm.

Go trail riding.

Laze about while the children enjoy the playground.

Captain James Cook Memorial Caravan Park, Adventure Bay, Bruny Islandoffers a variety of accommodation options.

The park offers excellent accommodation options for singles, couples and families. Included are very comfy 1 or 2 bedroom self-contained villas and cabins with linen provided, on site caravans with or without unit attached for the budget conscious, together with spacious powered and unpowered sites for caravanners and campers.

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Childrens playground White Beach 067

Captain James Cook Memorial Caravan Park has one of the most amazing sea views GoSee has seen anywhere. The whole caravan park outlook is across Adventure Bay Beach.

Adventure Bay Beach is the most popular swimming beach on the island. Captain James Cook Memorial Caravan Park is about 100m from the Adventure Bay General Store.

The seaside township is home to a range of activities and attractions which include:

Swimming, surfing, boating and other watersports.

Excellent fishing.

National Park to explore.

Fine food and wine.

Walks offer stunning views.

Wildlife spotting and birdwatching.

Bligh Museum at Adventure Bay. Read the captain's logs.

Cape Bruny Lighthouse.

Penguin Rookery.

Bruny Island Cruises, about a kilometre 1km away offers cruises along the coastline of the South Bruny National Park including hundreds of seals in their natural habitat. Ol'Kid Fishing Charters also depart daily for a unique fishing experience. Ask about catching crayfish and the Ol'Kid offer of no fish - you get your money back.

Captain James Cook Memorial Caravan Park guests get full use of facilities which include numerous barbecue sites and an enclosed camp kitchen. Inclement weather is no problem as there are several wet weather shelters scattered around the caravan park for the use of visitors.

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Adventure Bay Bruny Island 105

Wayatinah Lakeside Caravan Park half way between West Coast Strahan and Hobart is popular with Tasmanian families. The park offers bush, fishing and adventure. Wayatinah Lakeside Caravan Park is off the main highway and has plenty of space for big rigs.

In fact the camping space includes what used to be the Wayatinah football oval.

The Wayatinah turn comes up quickly so take it easy as you come down the hill. If you are using GPS there will be some warning. In the warm months the huge solar heated pool is big enough to cater for a town and there is a tennis court for fun and games.

Caravanners and campers have all the space they can use from $10 a double per night. Powered sites are $20. Members of the CMCA will get a 10 percent discount.

Controlled pets are fine provided the animal is not a crocodile.

Wayatinah village is a short walk away. Wayatinah has its own small and challenging 6 hole golf course, which is lovingly maintained by local volunteers.

Fishing in Wayatinah Lake is superb. Many a large fish finds its way onto campers plates.

Fishing is fine from small boats or the bank and the camp manager has a map available which points out good spots.

Wayatinah Lakeside Caravan Park is an ideal first night stop on a trip between Hobart and Strahan, but the peace of this park is like the fishing-catching and longer stays than intended are common.

Wayatinah Lakeside Caravan Park owner David will help with places of interest in the vacinity.

Apart from fire ban periods firepots are available for those that like to sit around the campfire.

Less than 3km from Wayatinah Lakeside Caravan Park are a group of huge trees in the World Heritage area which borders Wayatinah some are over 80m tall.

At Wayatinah Village is the Wayatinah Tavern and Store. The shop stocks a wide range of canned and frozen goods as well as general shop lines.

Fresh or frozen meat and ice are available but there are no fresh vegetables.

Petrol and Diesel are available. For the fisherman, licenses and some fishing gear are available.

The Wayatinah Tavern is more like a club than a pub and the atmosphere is friendly and warm. Open from 4.30 pm.

Things to see and do at Wayatinah:
Wooden Pipeline
Trout Fishing
Canoeing and boating

Lakeside campsite Wayatinah Lakeside CaravanPark
Lakeside campsite Wayatinah Lakeside CaravanPark
Strahan Holiday Park is the caravan park most central to town. It is an easy walk to the many sights and attractions that make Strahan one of Tasmania`s most popular destinations.

Booking ahead for powered sites in peak periods (Feb- March)is essential.

Strahan is a charming fishing village that also serves as the gateway to one of the worlds most magnificent wilderness areas, with ancient Huon pine rainforests and old convict settlements.

Located only 150m from West Strahan Beach convenience store Strahan Holiday Park is also close to a jetty and boat ramp.
Strahan Holiday Park has tall gums and native flora with a creek which winds through and around the 4 acre property.

GoSee visited the local family owned Eagle, flagship of World Heritage Cruises.

Harry Grining and his brother took their first paying passengers into the Gordon River more than 100 years ago. Five generations on, the Grinings continue their family tradition.

An intimate knowledge of the river also gave rise to the unique, low-wash design for their purpose built cruiser, which provides passenger comfort and preserves of the riverine environment.
Strahan Holiday park
Strahan Holiday park

A World Heritage Cruises experienceincludes:

Some of the oldest convict ruins in Australia on Sarah Island.
The intriquing tale of Macquarie Harbour and its settlement
Passage through Hells Gates - the narrow entrance to Macquarie Harbour named by the convicts on their way to Sarah Island
High-tech aquaculture where hundreds of thousands of Tasmanias famous Atlantic Salmon and Ocean Trout are farmed.
The majesty of the rugged mountain ranges in Tasmanias World Heritage listed South West Wilderness National Park.
Two hours in the serenity of the Gordon River.

A scrumptous buffet luncheon and a narrative which brings the river and its rich history to life complete what is an ultimate wilderness experience.

Things to see and do in Strahan include:

River cruises,
Beach, swimming, watersports
Golf course,
Jet boat,
Four wheel drive tours,
Bush walking,
West Coast Wilderness Railway,
Magnificent history and scenery.
Enjoy the live show The Ship That Never was.
Travel to Ocean Beach to see 40km of the wild west coast.
Stay to see the magnificent sunsets or the flight of the Shearwaters in Nov - March.

Heritage Cruise flagship Eagle
Heritage Cruise flagship Eagle
GoSee found a gem of a lunch-stop off the A10 at the picturesque Tullah LakesideChalet which over-looks Lake Rosebery.
Tullah LakesideChalet is in the heart of the Lakes District and the outlook is craggy mountains, forest and shimmering lake waters.

It is just past Rosebery for travellers heading north coming from Strahan and Queenstown on the A10 Zeehan Highway or the B28 and about 190km from Burnie via the B18 Murchison Highway heading west of south.

Tullah is about 330km northwest of the Tasmanian capital Hobart via the A10 Lyell Highway. Tullah was established as a mining settlement in 1900. Bush walking, canoeing, fishing, wagon tours behind big horsesand rock climbing are local activities.

Tullah Lakeside Chalet is about 45 min drive south of Cradle Mountain and one hour north of Strahan.

GoSee appreciated the comfortable lounge dining area, good coffee, toasted sandwichesand astonishing natureviews through the big glass windows of Tullah Lakeside Chalet. From Tullah B18, the Murchison Highway provides better than average road running heading towards Burnie on Tasmania's north coast.

The route northvia Hellyer Gorge to Wynyard winds about in hilly going and demands slower road speeds for safe travel.
Natural views Tullah Lakeside Lodge
Natural views Tullah Lakeside Lodge

Leisure Ville Holiday Centre at Wynyard has an Indoor heated pool and spa which ignores the weather. It is open all year.For travellers the wonderfully warm 31c indoor heated pool and spa eases body and mind.

Plus versatile Leisure Ville has a range of accommodation options which include nine spacious, modern two bedroom apartment style Villas which accommodate up to six people each.

All the pleasant Villas have queen size beds, fully equipped full-size kitchens, bathroom and laundry.

There are also Standard, Deluxe and Superior Cabins (Queen Beds) which have from one to three bedrooms.

All bedding is supplied in the Villas and Cabins. Leisure Ville is on the beach 4km east of Wynyard town centre.

There is real value in the comfort which comes with the facilities Leisure Ville offers. Leisure Ville Holiday Centre also has powered caravan and camping sites at $27to $29 a double. Play tennis or basketball on Leisure Ville's court, or barbecue in the spacious grounds. There is also a completely equipped playground for children.

Leisure Ville facilities include:

Indoor heated pool and spa- open all year.
Games room.
Tennis and basketball area - enclosed.
Modern safe playground.
Free electric barbecues.
18 hole golf course 100 metres away.
Garden setting and grass sites.
Caf on site.
Leisure Ville is opposite the beach.
Wireless Internet
All year 31C pool and spa wins friends
All year 31C pool and spa wins friends

Things to see and do:

Wynyard Exhibition Centre.
Boat Harbour.
Table Cape.
Fossil Bluff.
Hellyer Gorge.
Scuba diving.
River cruises.
A game of golf.
Scenic walks.

Pets are allowed at Leisure Ville managers discretion.
They are not allowed inside cabins or park buildings.

About Tasmanian Tourist Parks:

Pet Friendly -
Most Tasmanian Tourist Parks are pet friendly contact each Tourist Park for their pet policy specific info when booking.

Direct Booking - All Tasmanian Tourist Parks have a direct Booking facility on GoSeeAustralia.

Mates Rates - Tasmanian Tourist Parks have special Mates Rates offers.

Free Book Ahead and VIP Membership - There is a free Tasmanian Tourist Parks book ahead service and free VIP Membership.

Discount Cards - Visitors can pick up their 10 per cent Tasmanian Tourist Parks discount cards as soon as they arrive in Tasmania from any participating Tasmanian Tourist Park.

Editor's Note:
The GoSee Holden Captiva is fitted with a DPChip whichimproves power as claimed and to some extent fuel efficiency.

Tasmanian roads like New Zealand require cautious driving. Too much speed will quickly bring problems. The Speed limit is NOT a Target, Drive to the Conditions

The gearbox should be used for its braking affect as there are long steep, winding downhill sections. GoSee increased our Hayman Reese electric brake controlled setting from 12 which we use in flat running like the Hume Highway to 17 after the hilly winding run from Launceston to St Helens on the East Coast.

Before leaving Wayatinah for Strahan on the West Coastwe increased the Hayman Reese electric brake controller setting again to 20.

Thisworks well as the caravan brakes come in earlier. Settings will vary between caravans so check that the setting chosen is doing its job. In motorhomes and campervans the gearbox should be used to bring in engine braking and help keep brakes cooler.

GoSee is posting this Tasmanian Tourist Parks touring series using Telstra. Tasmania is a Telstra island. GoSee is using Telstra 7 Series broadband gear and a Dell Vostro 1510 laptop. Up to Seven Mile Beach the broadband connection speedswere acceptable
. Last friday night at Seven Mile Beach only eight kilometres from Hobart the broadband signal became so weak weshut down our laptops in frustration. On Saturday the signalwas better and we talked to the GoSee Servers again. The internet was poor again on Sunday. On Monday we lost internet and phone connection completely from Hamilton to Queenstown. On Tuesday at Strahan the internet connectionwas good. At Wynyard and Devonportthe connection is strong.

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