2006 Tasmania Tour
SYDNEY - DEVONPORT - SYDNEY (Sunday 16th April &
Saturday 29th April 2006)
We started out with 33 cars, 66 adults and 2 children but our numbers
dropped away slightly. Sadly Hugh Lane passed away on the ship sailing
from Sydney and Angela returned home. He had been unwell but was not aware
to what extent. A few days later Greg and Jeanne Watson left us and
returned home to Maryborough as Greg was unwell with the flu.
SYDNEY TO DEVONPORT
Whilst waiting at the wharf I was bragging because my cabin was 3rd
from the front of the boat. On our departure we were advised there would
be a 10 to 15 knot wind and a swell of around 1 metre. This was nothing!
We recently sold our 5.25m boat and, even in
that little boat we were very comfortable in these conditions - and we both
suffer from sea sickness. This was going to be a great trip. Wrong!
The voyage on the Spirit of Tasmania from Sydney to Devonport
could only be described as "horrific". One of the members of our group
reached for the sick bag even before we were out through the Sydney Heads.
I really don’t know why because conditions were good at this stage.
We were told that the seas were up to 11m but
I believe this was a reduced figure that they told the passengers.
The majority of the passengers on the boat received injections for
motion sickness. Those that did not were not aware that these
were available. Greg and I eventually ventured into our cabin at around
It took some a few days to totally recover but eventually we were all
enjoying our holiday. I am unsure of the total distance travelled
but I would imagine it would be in the vicinity of
3200km, sailing out of Sydney and back
to Sydney. I am sure someone out there will have the statistics.
The Model T drove well from Jillaby (North of Gosford) until it
reached Sydney and that was where our problems commenced.
No hard luck prize was given out for the tour because our 2 cars
had their share of problems. I had a hire car at one stage and
even it was hit by a rock from a council mower resulting in a
hole in the passenger door.
Anyway, we tried not to let our car problems ruin our holiday and
got on enjoying the Tasmania Scenery.
Those touring Tasmania split into several groups but we all managed
to catch up several times as we crossed over. The scenery was diverse.
One day we were driving winding our way up and down hills we would be
driving through hills and traveling through places like Derby,
Weldborough Pass, Pyengana. The next day we had the peace and
tranquility of places like St Helens, Binalong Bay, Falmouth
TITANIC THEME EVENING
All were encouraged to dress in the "Titanic Theme" for dinner on the
final night. There was an additional option being "Era of your Vehicle".
Approximately half took this simpler option. Thank-you to those that
came along and made this an enjoyable holiday.