Tassie tour day 5: St Helens to Launceston

Trip Start Nov 06, 2009
Trip End May 28, 2011

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Binalong Bay

Flag of Australia  , Tasmania,
Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Binalong Bay, a 20 minutes drive away from St Helens at the southern end of the Bay of Fires, was originally an old fishing hamlet, but was recently voted the second best best in the world after someplace in the West Indies.

As it was too dark to appreciate it when we arrived the previous evening, and since we needed to return the camper and catch our flight from Launceston about 3 hours away by 11.30am, and because everything seems like a good idea when you've drunk enough Hellyers whiskey, we'd decided to set the alarm for 4.30am and drive to Binalong in order to watch the sunrise before driving back to the airport.

Miraculously we did actually get up when the alarm sounded and by 4.45am were on the road.

Chris drove (don't worry parents - he'd very sensibly stopped drinking long before the rest of us), I played at co-pilot counting up the roadkill, whilst poor Harry threw up in the sink and Becks practised her yoga moves in the back.

It was still pitch dark when we parked up  at Binalong Bay so we all immediately got back into bed for a snooze. Next thing we knew it was 8.30am and the sun had well and truly risen. Oops!

But it looked beautiful anyway so we made tea on the gas stove, drank it on the beach and breathed lots of lovely fresh sea air into the old lungs.

The first half of the journey back to Launceston was a little bit tense as we kept getting stuck behind annoyingly slow traffic and were slightly concerned we'd miss our flight, but in the end it was fine and we had plenty of time to spare after returning the camper and checking in.

Slept all the way back to Melbourne and felt much better once we'd landed so went for a run in an attempt to start making up for the damage we've inflicted on our bodies these past few days - and knocked 3 minutes off our time!

All in all we had a ball in Tassie. It's a beautiful place; stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, fascinating wildlife and great people. We also loved the campervan lifestyle which has made us even more excited about doing the same when we get to New Zealand.

We all would have loved to have stayed longer and seen more of the coast and done more wilderness walks, but as has been the case with everywhere we've been so far, there's too much to see and we have too little time.

But above all it's been brilliant spending quality time with Becks and Harry - thanks guys, gonna miss you loads!
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