ACROSS THE OCEAN TO TASMANIA
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
322Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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STATION ROAD HOUSE
DOVER via SPIRIT OF TASMANIA FERRY OVERNIGHT TO DEVONPORT
Mileage: 8530 kms
After queuing for nearly 2 hours prior to boarding "The Spirit of Tasmania" we hoped we would be one of the first vehicles to disembark. We were!!!
The ferry left on time at 7pm and the 11 hour trip was smooth; it can be very rough if the sea is raging. We enjoyed catching up with Mick and Ulla, who had driven straight through from Brisbane to Melbourne with the two dogs, that's 1700kms!! So it was have a few drinks, something to eat and an early night. The 2 berth porthole cabins are spacious and comfortable and we all had a good sleep.
As mentioned we were one of the first vehicles off so were well on the road by 6.30am. A breakfast stop at a Westbury café saw us entertained by the owner with his stories and those of the district. Apparently Tasmania produces half the world’s supply of medicinal poppies for opiates, and the company Alkaloids has a processing plant in Westbury and according to our host they are a very generous employer.
As there was much to do in Dover, we all just drove to Dover!! With just mini rest stops we reached our destination around 1pm.
Dover, a small quiet fishing village of about 600 people will be our home until mid January. Atlantic salmon farming is a major industry here along with abalone, oysters and crayfish.
Apple and cherry tree orchards line the road in and we are lucky to be here during the cherry harvest. There is a pub, post office, supermarket, newsagent, Caravan Park and a couple of good cafes. Whoops forgot to mention the golf course!
So, this is the perfect seaside town for a summer holiday. However, low temperatures, overcast skies and wild winds keep us inside regularly; we have a huge pile of wood to keep the combustion heater burning brightly and staring into the warm red flames seems to take the chill off the air.
Mick and Ulla have renovated the little house into a very comfortable abode and we have everything we need for our extended stay. The garden is full of rose bushes and fruit trees and it’s lovely to sit outside and enjoy the sun when it shines.
They have 140 acres of land with 700 metre beach front,
4 kms from the house and bought the hall to accommodate them while planning to build their dream home on the land. The "block" previously held cattle and the hay shed and fences remain.
Mick and Ulla are visiting their daughter in London. We are taking care of their two dogs and as most of our previous dog minding experience has been with smallish laptop- inside- dogs this dog minding event will be a big learning curve for us. On advice, we take the dogs to the block to exercise strenuously; mostly retrieving sticks in the dam, in between chasing creatures among the grasses and hay.