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10-24 November 2001 Tasmania

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Datsun Sports Owners Australia

THE RaTTAToT TOUR
(Ramsay's Terrific Tag-a-long Adventure Tour of Tasmania)


For 18 November 2001


Report by Paul and Diann

We left the motel car-park at 9:00am with the Geoff and Debbie Duggan leading us out. We drove
along the South West coast of the Derwent River past Battery Point to a Shot Tower, built to make shot to defend the colony in 1870, Megan and Syd counted 259 steps to the top where (despite light rain) we had a clear view of the heads. It was then all the way back down again, in the cars and off to Huonville for morning tea.

Hastings Caves was the next stop after an hours drive along and around the Huon River and d'entre castreaux channel. The weather was awful with most cars experiencing a water leak. Once we arrived at the caves most of us went on a tour and saw the caves their different chambers and formations. We also saw cave dwelling crickets and spiders. The caves were discovered by loggers when they were logging someone else's land.

While we were exploring the caves, the Honers and Duggans, Jan and Angelique prepared a fantastic BBQ lunch. We all stuffed ourselves silly and Megan and Rachel had a quick swim in the thermal pool.

We packed up lunch and set off for Kettering for dinner. There were two ways to go, relaxed and easy over the hill or winding around the coast road. Both were very scenic. A quick stop in Cygnet for some souvenirs and bits.

Dinner was great, at a really nice pub with the most fantastic wooden sculptures in the garden carved from the trees. Also there were log fires inside and a lovely view over the Bay and Marina.

Brun-Hilda the waitress was a bit rude, but I think the idea of having 27 people for dinner stuck the fear of god into her. Someone literally severed Steve the 'raw prawn'. Unfortunately Liz, our expert on food hygiene, had chosen to stay in Hobart that day, otherwise we could have used her in our battle over paying for that particular meal. Thankfully everyone else enjoyed their meals.

A quick drive back to the hotel to wash the cars (which had become extremely muddy again) and to sleep up for the next day - Port Arthur.

A special thanks to Geoff and Debbie for making sure we saw the best roads of the Huon Valley.


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