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

Reading time: 2 minutes...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!
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 42.2Β°C (in 2009) and the coolest -13Β°C (in 1983). Somewhere around 25Β°C would do us nicely for the next few days please!
“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 comfortableΒ  and only cost Β£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…
Victoria Dock, Tasmania
We made it! Hello Holiday! 😁 πŸ‘ Our Studio Apartment (room 21). More about the local area tomorrow, but for now a bit of unpacking and then some sleep! 😴😴

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