Day 1: Saturday July 2nd  Dicky Beach to Hobart and New Norfolk.

Left Dicky Beach at 7:00am with Graham our chauffeur from Quick Silver limousines. Driving to Brisbane, we encountered VERY heavy fog. Planes were all delayed in and out of Brisbane airport. Our plane was late arriving from Cairns and was 15 minutes late. We left at 9:30am and arrived in Hobart at 12:00 The flight was able to make up a lot of lost time as Captain Kerry said he had “the rubber bands wound as tight as they could go!!”

Arriving in Hobart, we got off the plane down the stairs and made our way to the “shed” terminal. We were met by Tas quarantine officers but we had nothing to declare. Picking up our bags!!! What an experience! No high-tech luggage carousels here- NO!! The Virgin baggage handlers emptied the plane onto the trailers as usual and then…..they opened a big roller door in the terminal and simply drove the tractor-trailer into the terminal and invited everybody to collect their luggage.  We made our way to the AutoRent-Hertz counter and collected our Motorhome. Wayne from Hertz was very helpful and took just on an hour to show us around the van and explain how to use all the gadgets. (TV, water pump, toilet, gas bottle etc) For the last 20 mins he sat us down in the dinette with our Hertz supplied map and showed us some suggested stopping places and attractions to visit. (I was congratulated on my preparations) Wayne suggested that, due to the current fine weather, we should head west today – so we did!!

Heading out of the airport, we journeyed into Hobart on our way to New Norfolk. New Norfolk is about 30kms west of Hobart. We had planned on staying at a caravan park here so we rang Maxine at Heimat Chalets and booked an ensuite site for that night. Heimat Chalets offer ensuite sites for $25p/n. These were lovely little huts, complete with camp kitchen with hot and cold water.  We settled in at about 3:30pm, unpacked our bags and fully investigated the van.  We had shopped at Woolies in New Norfolk and bought the basics (milk, bread, butter, steak and red wine!!) At 6:00 Mick cooked us a lovely dinner and we had a most enjoyable evening of steak, veges and a glass (or 4 ) of wine.

Temps:  Hobart on arrival: 12ºc

              Heimat  4:14pm: 9ºc

Weather: Fine with just a light cloud cover. Clouds rolled in in the afternoon. There was a decent breeze at Heimat.

Travel  Hobart to New Norfolk 37km
New Norfolk to Heimat – about 10km