Holiday: Return to Oz – Day 3 (of 18): Arrival in Melbourne, then onward to Hobart

THURSDAY the 21st, 6.30am local time.

Morning loyal Reader…

At last, we’ve arrived! But although we’ve reached Australia, we’re not quite done yet!

But before any more travelling, a quick fuel-stop was required!

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A Quickie Brekky!

That’s better! Now back to the globe-trotting. It’s now just one more hop (I think I AM turning into a kangaroo!) and the holiday can officially begin.

melbourne to hobart flight

We’re bound for Tasmania but first we need a virgin!

Well, a Virgin flight that is (the VA1320 to Hobart, leaving at 11.20am and arriving at 12.35pm). And although we didn’t plan it, we actually walked about 5 miles in the airport due to THREE gate changes Gate 1… Gate 5… and eventually Gate 13!

I don’t know much about Tasmania (or ‘Tassie’ as the locals call it – the ‘s’ is pronounced as a ‘z’) so here are a few factoids…

  • Half-a-million inhabitants
  • 26000 square miles in size
  • Located 150 miles south of the Australian mainland
  • Its slogan? “The Island of Inspiration”…

The highest temperature ever recorded here was 42.2°C (in 2009) and the coolest -13°C (in 1983). Somewhere around 25°C would do us nicely for the next few days please!

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“Phew! Not quite a Scorcher!”

…but that’ll do nicely thank-you!

12.30: With the flying finally over for a while (it’s felt like we’ve lived on planes these past few days) we’re switching to fewer wheels for our short stay here – we booked a trusty Hyundai Tucson SUV we were given a newish Nissan X-Trail, courtesy of Budget Rent-a-Car. Although it wasn’t what we were expecting, it drove well and was very comfortable  and only cost £174.33 for 6 days.


And then it’s just a short 10 mile road-trip to our first accommodation of this break: The Zero Davey Boutique Apartments.

1.30pm, Arrival: Ann‘s booked us one of their Studio Apartments with a view overlooking the Harbour…

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Victoria Dock, Tasmania

We made it! Hello Holiday! 😁 👍

Our Studio Apartment (room 21).

More about the local area tomorrow, but for now a bit of unpacking and then some sleep! 😴😴