Tassie here we come. Melbourne to Stanley

Spirit of Tasmania docking
Our cabin

 Well today’s the day and we headed off Bendigo to Melbourne to catch the “Sprirt of Tasmania” to Devonport. It was with some trepidation given Di and boats normally don’t mix but ever the adventurer (and travel calm) we tested fate. I will say right up front she travelled better than the rest of us. She is now mumbling things about cruises to the islands. We arrived at our appointed time – to an empty pier. Apparently over the long weekend they have run day and night services. Once the boat had docked it took 2 hrs to actually get the car on and to our cabin. I must say the trip was pretty smooth. Another 2 hours to disembark and clear quarantine and we were on our way. Apart for a 20 km detour ( my fault) it was a pleasant trip from Devonport to Stanley. Good road and nice views. An interesting side note, the Taswegans have taken to growing roads – well at least I think that is what they are doing. We passed a couple of signs on the road side indicating “irrigated roads” . Interesting concept doomed to failure I expect. We deviated off the main A2 to Table Cape Light house.

Stanley Village in the old rail station

Table Cape Lighthouse

 It had some real nice views of the coast line and hinterland both east and west. Beautiful clear water and smooth as a table top. Stanley is a bit of a sleeper and we didn’t realize there was a bigger town till later in the afternoon. Very nice place and the caravan park looked magic. Sits right on the beach and well presented. We are staying at Stanley Village which is a mix of new accommodation and the old railway complex (Station, station masters quarters etc) we are staying in what I think is part of the old station masters quarters. I was wishing I had brought the rods the bay is beautiful.

The nut

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