Our 2023 Circumnavigation of Tasmania

Navigating these pages: In the following itinerary, there are several columns describing the day. Text within [brackets] in the heading line explains the purpose of the link to the corresponding item.

shows the ordinal number of the day of travel, and in parentheses, the day of the cruise. Note that I number the cruise day with 0-origin indexing, whereas the cruise companies use 1-origin indexing. I do this a) because I am a computer scientist, and b) the "first" day usually goes nowhere.
Date [Photos]
Clicking on a link in this column will take you to the corresponding photo album page for the day.
All times are local times, with offset from UTC (if known) in parentheses. Where a range is given, it shows the hours of travel for the day. This can give anomalous timings when travel across time zones is involved. (See 14 Sep!) Where a change of time zone is involved, offsets from UTC are given in parentheses. A single UTC offset indicates the local time for the day, and if multiple UTC offsets are given, these indicate the UTC zones travelled. Calendar dates are always local to the starting time zone, trip days are elapsed night times.
Activity [Blog]
What we did that day. This is usually a link to a later part of the page, describing in more detail what we did that day.
Locations [Track]
Where we were that day. Where this is a link, it will take you to the track for the day. These are separate html pages. Not all days were tracked, and these days will have no link to open.
Just to show we didn't sleep on the streets.
Bookings, Maps and various Travel Documents. For privacy reasons, these documents are not loaded to the public server. Note that we cross the International Dateline 4 times, and the direction (+|-) indicates whether we jump forward or backward a day. The calendar day is not altered for Christmas Island, as the dates become too confusing!
as recorded by my FitBit for the day.

Within the diary entries, the date heading is a link to the photo page (as for the itinerary). The day of the week/ordinal number is a link back to the itinerary, and the day's title is a link to the track (as for the itinerary).

These pages are under construction, and may have anomalous entries. Note that the pages will change over time as I edit in travel progress. Note also that when the document refers to 'John', the author is assumed, unless stated otherwise.


Day Date Time Place Blog Track Sleep Notes Steps
-1 13 Dec (Tue) Tullamarine blog link here MEL-HOB somewhere in Hobart?
0 14 Dec (Wed) 16:00-17:00 embark;
18:00 depart
Hobart, Tasmania blog link here track link here on board
1 15 Dec (Thu) Port Davey blog link here Port Davey on board

Trip Blog

13 Dec 2023, Wednesday (Day -1),

(This will be about getting to Hobart.)

14 Dec 2023, Thursday (Day 0), Hobart, Tasmania

Hobart occupies a wonderful location at the mouth of the Derwent River, overseen by majestic Mt Wellington and surrounded by natural bushland. The Tasmanian capital is Australia's second-oldest city, after Sydney, and the picturesque waterfront is bordered by 19th-century warehouses and colonial mansions. Salamanca Place is packed with shops, galleries and restaurants and the fascinating Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a short ferry ride from the quay. Hobart is within easy reach of some of Tasmania's best-known destinations, from historic Port Arthur and the rugged Tasman Peninsula to Bruny Island, the Huon and Derwent Valleys and Mount Field National Park.

15 Dec 2023, Friday (Day 1),

The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is one of the largest conservation areas in Australia and one of the last expanses of temperate wilderness in the world. Located at the heart of the World Heritage Area, the Port Davey Marine Reserve is a unique protected waterway featuring a layer of rich red-brown tannin freshwater overlaying the tidal saltwater from the Southern Ocean. Port Davey is only accessible by foot, boat or light aircraft, preserving the pristine natural environment that is characterised by rugged coastlines with blowholes, caves and dramatic rock formations home to wildlife that includes the little blue penguin and Australian fur seal. If weather permits, guests will have the opportunity to explore the coastal environments and view the wildlife from our fleet of zodiac.

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