On The Road Again
We then hired a car to drive up the east coast of Tasmania. This drive including Port Aurthur (an old prison settlement), Freycinet (pronounced Fray-sin-ay, this is a LOVELY national park with simple hikes along pristine beaches), St. Helens (a sleepy fishing village where we caught our dinner), Bay of Fires (gorgeous beaches), and the Pub in the Paddock. This last place was a hotel in the middle of a farming valley, the only local pub for miles. It attracts all the locals and was swamped during lunch, but come evening time, Ronit and I were the only ones there. This meant we had the run of the place, including access to the beer guzzling pig. All in all, we had the car for 5 days, and ended our trip back in Launceston to catch a flight to Sydney for New Years Eve.
Our New Years plans were rather hectic, due to
our two friends Danny & Justine flying in during the afternoon of
the 31st. Luckily, their flight was a ½-hour early, and we got
out to catch the 9:00pm fireworks show over the harbour with plenty
of time to drink wine and eat some cheese & crackers. After the
half-ass fireworks show, we booked over to the Warren View (our neighborhood
pub) and spent a few hours hanging with friends and watching the band
Spurs for Jesus in the smoke-filled & over heated bar. After the
band finished, we all tromped down to a friends house for the post party,
which included more beers and sitting around the fire in his back yard.
Unfortunately, no one was down for the sunrise hike, so we just settled
for watching the Ali G movie and promptly passing out.
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