Van Diemen’s Land – Bicheno, Freycinet, Launceston, Walls of Jerusalem

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Bicheno is a sleepy little town a few kilometers north of Freycinet Peninsular. It was rather by chance that I ended up staying there; driving north from Port Arthur, it had become dark and that made it difficult to find a place to pitch the tent. Eventually Birgit and I decided to call on of the backpackers that were listed in Lonely Planet and got lucky at Bicheno Backpackers. Continue reading

Van Diemen’s Land – Hobart, Richmond, Tasman National Park

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Tasmania – a little island south of Melbourne, formerly known as Van Diemen’s Land. The Dutch explorer Abel Tasman had been the first to set foot on the island, which was later renamed to Tasmania in his honor. During my time in Melbourne I had always wanted to pay Van Diemen’s Land a visit but had to wait another couple of years until October 2012, when after a short stop-over in Melbourne I arrived in Hobart, the capital of Australia’s smallest state. Continue reading