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  • aussirose 2y

    Hey guys. Just wrote a big message here and should have copied it before posting. Lost the lot grrr!

    Will have to re-post in my lunch hour at work :(

    Couple of last minute things to note -

    Meet up at Boags has been pushed back to 4pm as there are a few of you arriving early afternoon.
    There's no Uber in Launceston (Launy). It's coming in June....

    Parks Pass - No need to pre purchase. We are only going through 2 parks so can buy at entry - $24 per car.

    Rug up as it'll be coldish down the bottom end.

    Lastly.... for now - I'll be back later to post a few links of what we will see and do.

    PS - Don't forget to send a private message to me with your phone number if I don't already have it.

    Until later.....



    Ok, there's the promised links. Should keep you busy whilst you are waiting for your flight ;)
    The fishery in Launceston is closed ! Apparently they are doing renovations. So we'll have to find something else to do. Let's talk about it at the meet and greet.
    Also Steve has advised that there may not be plastic shopping bags at the supermarket so either be prepared to pay for some, or BYO.

    Sat 5 May –

    Sun 6 May – Fishing and picnic @ Mountain Stream Fishery.
    Dinner at the Alchemy Bar and Restaurant @ 7/7.30pm.

    Mon 7 May -

    Tues 8 May –

    Wed 9 May -

    Thur 10 May –

    Fri 11 May –
    Day Trip - picnic with wine and fresh shucked oysters.

    Sun 12 May -

    Sun 13 May –

    Mon 14 May –

    Mon/Tues 15 May –

    Wed 16 May -
    Hobart - 3 nights 16,17,18.


    Travel Slut

    Awesome! Whoo, Hoo! We depart TPA is just a few hours for our 26 hour journey to Tassie. Thanks so much for picking up Jennie.





  • CharlieCoachLee 2y

    Hi there from sunny Florida in the USA and looking forward to a 7th or 8th return to Australia (but 1st time to Tasmania) in May and then an extended stay on the mainland. Former low-active VT'er because I let my wife Ann (Ann Lee TS) do most of the posting. Our daughter will be there before us by 4 days as we are obligated to a destination wedding in Jamaica until May 7. Looking forward to meeting with everyone!


    Heya Charlie. You guys are probably in Jamaica now. Looking forward to it.

  • illbtraveling 2y

    Hi Guys!!! My name is Jennie. I am the daughter to Charlie Coach Lee and Ann Lee TS. I am so excited for this trip. This is my second trip to Australia , but first time to Tasmania. I look forward you meeting all of you. Ann and Howie I can't wait to see you again soon. I will try and bring the Florida sunshine. :)


    Hi Everyone,
    My name is Nancy (cnango) from California. My husband Jeff and I are so looking forward to attending the Taste of Tasmania Tour. We have been all over Australia and have attended 4 Australia VT Meets but have never been to Tasmania. We are so looking forward to touring beautiful Tasmania. It will be great to see some of you again and to make new friends along the way :)


    Heya Jennie and Nancy! :) So happy that you guys are coming. We have a lovely small and friendly group so should be a lot of fun.


    Well guys it's our first time in Tassie too .... so we are all on a big adventure :)
    Can't wait!!

    Travel Slut

    See you soon. Ann (Travel Slut) in Florida

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  • aussirose 2y

    Hey all.

    Not long now. I hope you have your air fares and accommodation booked. I have just booked our tickets on the lunch cruise in Launceston. Please check out the itinerary on my profile page.

    Latest line up of those going is as follows -

    Ann, Jennifer & Charlie from Florida,
    Nancy & Jeff from California,
    Steve from Brisbane,
    aussirose & Howard from Perth
    Peter (TP owner), partner and kids from Melbourne.

    Not too many which is a good thing. We don't want to lose anyone on the way :)

    Be good if we can all catch up on the meet and greet in Launceston..... exchange phone numbers etc.
    Howard and I are staying at the Grand Chanceller. My phone number is 0420 400 787. If I don't answer, please send a message.

    Please make sure you bring layers of clothes and a jacket as it will be cold at night.

    Can't wait to enjoy a nice relaxed trip around Tassie, with plenty of good food and drinks :)

    Hugs to all.

    Travel Slut

    Hi Ann. Where will you and Howie be staying on My 8th and May 9th. I need to make hotel reservations for those two nights. Also, will we need to purchase a "Parks Pass" even if we will not be "camping"?


    I know your asking Ann but FYI we'll be staying at the Rest Awhile B&B right across the street from the campground where the cabins are not available.


    Ok on the 8th we'll be staying at the free campsite at Scottsdale and on the 9th at the Weldborough Pub. Howard and Jennie are coming down to meet you at the airport on the 9th so that you and Charlie can follow back.


    Parks Pass. I am going to update the info regarding that. I have looked at the National Parks and we will be at only 2 - Douglas Apsley and Freycinet so the $60 for a pass will be too much. Entry per car is $24 each time so that works out cheaper. I will post this change too.



  • Two Strides 2y

    Awwwwwww we are sad that we will not be able to come to the meet.
    We have a new grandchild on the way and a wedding to plan for.
    I know you guys will have an amazing time and we look forward to seeing all your pictures.
    Cheers Sue & Andy


    That's a real shame Sue. But must be exciting for you with the new grandchild! How many is that now? 2? And a wedding too! Cool :) Yes looking forward to Tassie. Haven't been there before and the food and wine looks amazing. Can't wait!
    Well you and Andy take care hey. Sounds like you have a lot on your plate.
    Hugs xx


  • aussirose 2y

    Just updated Coles bay with another option. Was looking at the reviews for the Cruise and if the weather is a bit iffy then you will get sea sick. It can get choppy out in the ocean. Hubby will probably do the bush walk to the lookout to see Wineglass Bay. Think I will just wander down to Coles Bay and take some pictures there. Small update.


  • aussirose 2y

    Hey Ann! The other Ann... TTS :) Great to see you here mate xx

    Travel Slut

    Hey, I just joined the group again under by VT name - Travel Slut. It's the same me. It was so great talking with you and Howie a couple of weeks ago. I am so excited about our Tassie meet. We won't be arriving until the 7th or 8th as we told you, because we have a wedding in Jamaica, to attend (plus I planned it for the Bride and Groom) but we'll quickly catch up with you. Thank you so much for taking Jennie under your wing until we arrive. It's not long now! Yippie. P.S. What is the final count now so I can start acquiring my "valuable" gifts for everyone, from the U.S,?

  • aussirose 2y

    Update. Please check my Profile page here for the full updated Itinerary.

    Just wanted to let you all know that there are still plenty of spaces on the Batman bridge luncheon cruise in Launceston. I have also called Wineglass Bay cruises and they still have plenty of spaces. So there is still time to book.

    For those of you that like fishing.... you already know that hubby wants to do the fishing thing on the Sunday in Launceston. Howard also wants to do some deep sea fishing from Hobart so for those that are interested, on the next day after we arrive in Hobart, Thursday 17th you are welcome to join him. Just message me here on TP.

    Lastly.... hope you are all excited! I know I am. I need a R&R holiday! lol.
    Can't wait to see you all.

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  • aussirose 2y

    Hey all,

    Just to let you know that I have made 2 small changes to the Tassie Itinerary.

    No. 1 is in Launceston. Hubby wants to go fishing. Not my cuppa tea ;)
    So we will move the Meet and Greet to Saturday 5th May. Boags Brewery at 2pm.

    Then on Sunday 6th, Howie wants to go to Mountain Stream Fishery - 30min out of town. Own transport is needed as Launceston does not have Uber.
    Hubby and I have extended our Camper hire to do this. Not being into fishing, I am going to try to get some action shots on my camera. Failing that, there is always Plan B..... picnic with cheese and wine :) So I will be preparing something to take along for this.

    Plan B is actually Plan A.... lol.

    Dinner on Sunday - Meet @ the Alchemy Bar and Restaurant in town @ 7/7.30pm.

    Monday 7th is still the same but we will need to pick up a National Parks Pass in town for $60 per car, otherwise it will cost you a lot more to pay on the way.

    No. 2 change is in Hobart.
    Price has gone up for the trip to Bruny Island. It is too expensive.
    So instead on Friday 18 May, we are going to catch an Uber to O’Sullivans Distillery Cambridge – 15mins.
    Then lunch at Barilla Bay Oyster Restaurant – 5 mins.
    Farewell dinner is open to whatever we decide.

    Hopefully by now you have your transport arranged and maybe checking out and booking your accommodation.
    The only other bookings you will need to take care of are the cruise in Launceston and Wineglass Bay Cruise if you plan to take it.

    Howard and I are looking forward to some relaxed and fun times with everyone. This holiday we plan to spend a lot more on food and drink because the accommodation has worked out so much cheaper.

    So...... Can't wait! :)

    See you all in May!!



  • aussirose 2y

    I see below a few TP members that have joined this group but have not added a message.

    If you are planning to tagalong with us in Tasmania next year, it would be nice to see some comments or you can message me here if you like. If not, then I take it that you are perhaps joining this group as you want to see if there are any more Australian TP Meetups in the future that you may be interested in. That's ok.

    But until I hear something more definite, I'll take it that you are just passing by with a mild interest in maybe joining us for a meetup sometime in the future.

    Happy travels to you.
    Cheers Ann.



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  • aussirose 2y

    Those that are coming so far are -
    Ann, Jennifer & Charlie from Florida,
    Nancy & Jeff from California,
    Steve from Brisbane,
    Steve from Canberra,
    Sue & Andy from Melbourne,
    aussirose & Howard from Perth
    Hopefully Peter (TP owner) and partner from Melbourne,
    Betty from Pt Macquarie,
    Sarah from Belgium
    Tabitha from London.



    Sadly Nic and I can't quite make this fit this into our trip after all. It's a shame, as it sounds like a lovely route, and it would have been fun to meet up with a bunch of you. Hope you all have a great time.



    That's a shame Tabitha. You have a wonderful trip though :)


    Nice crowd! I'd be there with two kids as well by the way. We'd bring our own car I think and stay in accommodation along the way.

    Two Strides

    Hey Ann,
    I just booked the hotel Woohoooo we can make it for a few days.
    Flying in on the 5th and out on the 8th, sad we can not do the tag along it sounds great, but at least we can catch up.


    Ok guys... Looks like it's all coming together. The itinerary on my home page shows full details including where hubby and I are staying. Remember, it's up to you to book your own transport and accommodation and then just follow along with us :)

    If we can all book at the same accommodation along the way (majorly caravan parks) that would be good to keep us all together. If you do find something that you like that is different..... that's ok, but be sure to meet us at our accommodation by the set departure time, or we'll be waving tattarrr...... and you'll be playing catchup lol.

    In Launceston and Hobart, you may want to choose different accommodation that is more suitable to you. That's fine. However when you can spare a moment ..... I'd like to have all of your mobile phone numbers so that we can keep in touch in case there is a problem...... and if you have WhatsApp, so much the better :)
    My number is 0420 400 787, so send me a message and I'll respond.


    Hey Peter, Nice to have you and your family with us :) We'll make sure there are some fun things to do along the way to keep your little ones entertained ;) It'll be an adventure for all of us. Not sure who has been to Tassie .... if any of us?


    Sue!! So glad that you can come down to Launy! Is that what the locals call it?... haha. Lawny?.... lol.

    But sooo sad that you and Andy can't make it for the full trip! Awwwe..... maybe we can talk about a Melbourne TP meet for 2019.... including a nice tagalong along the Great Ocean Road...? Could be a plan.

  • aussirose 2y

    Hey all. I have updated the Itinerary on my Profile page. Some of you are hiring a car for the journey so that has made me take Murdunna out of the list as there is no accommodation nearby. Instead, we'll drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur instead. Hubby and I will stay in the caravan park there as we have a Toyota Hilux 2 berth campervan.

    Ps.... if you are hiring a campervan, best book early because Launceston doesn't have much of a choice.