Backpacking in Australia: Taste The Harvest Festival in Devonport, Tasmania

Harvesting, fishing and farming work are the main industries on the south Australian island of Tasmania. Within a week of living in “Tassie” I had got myself one of those farming and harvest jobs – I was a broccoli picker. I stayed at first in the city of Devonport. I had looked for a flat Read more about Backpacking in Australia: Taste The Harvest Festival in Devonport, Tasmania[…]

Ulverstone and Turner’s Beach, Tasmania, Australia

Ulverstone is really the next town up from my current base at Devonport. Without doubt it is nothing really special, but I felt it would be worth a drive at least to suss it out. The towns and cities here (with the exception of Hobart) all seem to have low buildings and a lot of Read more about Ulverstone and Turner’s Beach, Tasmania, Australia[…]

Dont Stop Living in Latrobe - World Capital of the duck billed platypus

Backpacking in Australia: Latrobe, Tasmania – World Capital of the Duck-billed Platypus

It sounds French. I’m not exactly sure what the link is there. But I’m living in Devonport, only about 10 miles from the village of Latrobe. Latrobe is the self-proclaimed world capital for the duck-billed platypus. Apparently this small village has loads of wild duck-billed platypus. Its a weird looking mammal. Not quite a fish, Read more about Backpacking in Australia: Latrobe, Tasmania – World Capital of the Duck-billed Platypus[…]

Backpacking in Australia: Hobart on Hobart Night, Tasmania

We didn’t plan to be in Hobart on Hobart Night. We didn’t even know there was such a thing as Hobart Night. I’m still not even sure why there is a Hobart Night. I mean, my capital city is Belfast and we don’t have a Belfast Night. But anyway it just meant a day off Read more about Backpacking in Australia: Hobart on Hobart Night, Tasmania[…]

Gordon, Huon Valley and the Southern Wilderness

It really was a trip into the cool chill of a Tasmanian wilderness in early February 2010. Ten years earlier I would have been back in Bangor, Northern Ireland stacking shelves in Tesco listening to the (then) new Oasis album, Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants. An album which never got the critical acclaim it Read more about Gordon, Huon Valley and the Southern Wilderness[…]

Thirsty Thursdays: Pizza, Pulp and Winning the Karaoke in Melbourne

Its almost too obvious doing all the major cities when you’re a traveller or a nomad, but somehow you end up in them anyway. In China I done Beijing, in Belarus Minsk and in Australia Melbourne. I like to get a mix of the big cities and the random smaller settlements however. But yet Melbourne Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Pizza, Pulp and Winning the Karaoke in Melbourne[…]

Lorne, Koala Bears, Kennet River, Teddy’s Lookout

It was on the Great Ocean Road trip that we finally saw wild Koala Bears – or any type of Koala Bears at that. And it was perhaps time to thank a few things in the twist of fate that meant we saw them. First up I’d say we have to thank Darren Penfold – Read more about Lorne, Koala Bears, Kennet River, Teddy’s Lookout[…]