Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Tassie Day 9/10

We left our such nice unit in Hobart to travel to Devonport to catch the day ferry the next day, Sunday. We were becoming very nervous about being away from home as the COVID-19 threat increased.

We stopped once or twice to stretch our legs and then at the Elizabeth Town Bakery where we had stopped before to stretch our legs but this time for lunch and very good it was too.

Neither of us liked Devonport much. Our cabin near the sea at the Abel Tasman Caravan Park was expensive and very old and shabby, although clean with adequate equipment. It was quite a downer from our accommodation in Hobart. Reception lady was very nice. A rough and noisy family were in the cabin next to us. Reception staff told us how to use the keys we were given to get to the beach but the beach wasn't much and neither was the river inlet.

The best thing about Devonport was its take away Charcoal Chicken which we bought for dinner. By this time people were starting to stand apart. Very nice food.

The next morning the queue system for the ferry seemed so unfair. We were there before the prescribed time of 8.45 for a 9.30 sailing. It became clear that the Spirit of Tasmania would not sail at 9.30. It is hard to imagine why it left so late.

The return trip was quieter than the journey over, with more sensitisation in place and maybe 2/3rd of the number than when as we travelled to Tasmania. The ferry was supposed to dock at 7pm. It arrived late and then we just sat and sat and sat waiting to get to our car to leave. It was about 9.30pm when we drove off the ferry. We were cross. Very late going to Tasmania and even later was our return journey. We will never catch The Spirit of Tasmania again. We were stupid in that we should have done the night sailing, paid for a cabin instead of paying for the rubbish cabin in Devonport.

We stopped at a Port Melbourne supermarket as there was little left at home, but there was little on the supermarket shelves.

Our last Tasmanian day and trip home have not marred our great holiday memories, just tainted them a little. Maybe I am judging Devonport unfairly. I did manage to take three photos.

The uninteresting beach.



Galahs feeding.

14 comments:

  1. It is a sign of the times, but Tasmania is sounding fairly exotic to me at the moment.
    I also don't do waiting and delays well (particularly with no reason given).
    I am very glad you went to Tassie - and even more glad you shared so much of it. Thank you.

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    1. I am pleased you liked the details of the trip EC.

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  2. What pretty birds. It's a disappointment when things don't go as planned. I must make my trip for mail, prescriptions and groceries on Friday. I will buy enough for a month if I can. Right now the cases of the Virus blossom each day. As does the death notices. Would so love some lamb for Easter, but I think a roasted chicken will be on the menu.

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  3. Well, at least you are home now and you can get groceries delivered instead of going out searching for unavailable stock. Even wine can be delivered now and chemists will deliver your prescriptions also I think.

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    1. River, we still go out to supermarkets and buy takeaway coffee. It is a risk we take and the only person we now see is my mother and my brother who she lives with. R is prevaricating as whether he will come tomorrow on Mother Thursday. I have to go to get her some to sign some forms.

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  4. I thought I would never see bare shelves.

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    1. Dora, me either bur things are much better in supermarkets now.

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  5. If you become very bored you might like to watch the BBC's A Cook Abroad No 5 Rick Stein's Australia (it's on YouTube). He goes to Tasmania and shows some sides of the island that you may not have seen. It's part food, part travelogue.

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    1. Cro, Stein is just great. I am sure we must have seen the series. Not sure. I will check and I will soon remember.

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  6. Not a good end to your holiday then at all.
    Devonport is rather a nice small city. I know it fairly well as my parents lived there for a number of years before they passed on. The Mall is nice.
    Never would we stay on the Eastern side of the city and that beach is a poor excuse for a beach.
    The Bluff and Coles Beach much better but not perfect all on the western side of the Mersey River.
    Never been held up on the Spirit as you were, (most annoying) we always have a cabin and always sail at night.

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    1. Margaret, I knew I was probably doing Devonport a disservice, but I still think there are much nicer similar towns in Tasmania. I think it is just the daytime sailings that are a problem. Night sailings as I observe from here seem punctual.

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  7. I hate having my time wasted by someone or something else that's not on time.

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    1. Strayer, you suffer badly from that, I am sure.

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