Off to Stanley for the second time

You know how when you see a place and like it and then return again its often not as good as you can remember? The whole trip to Stanley was NOT like that.

If anything it was BETTER than the first time.

The rolling, green hills, the deep blue sea, the well looked after properties, everything was as spectacular as the first time we travelled this road.

Our arrival into Stanley had only one mishap, we heard a noise and a car pulled up beside us and yelled that the back leg on the caravan was dragging.

That’s the same wretched one that I had trouble with a couple of months ago.

I’ll look at it again in Melbourne. It’s OK for now, just need to bash it into place before we travel.

We free camped under The Nut on a strip of ground where an old timber mill used to reside in Stanley more industrious days. It’s very well utilised even though no free camping books mention it. It’s right on the old wharf where the water is so blue and crystal clear you can see 20 metres to the harbour bottom.

The old Stanley wharf and the deep blue, crystal clear sea

The old Stanley wharf and the deep blue, crystal clear sea

There were about 15 motor homes, caravans and slide campers here.

So many friendly people – we spent what seemed like hours talking first to some people in a slide on camper from Ulverstone in Tassie, then with a couple from Burnie who were fishing on the wharf and told us the history of the port at Stanley. Then we talked to a young school teacher from Cairns who’s travelling Tassie in a station wagon.

We also met a lovely couple from Somerset in Tassie, just out of Burnie and they showed us inside their beautiful 20 foot van.

It was amazing.

The little home in the shadow of The Nut at Stanley

The little home in the shadow of The Nut at Stanley

She had a pop out Weber BBQ and was roasting the most delicious smelling Lamb and veggies.

This fired up a dilemma that Kerrie and I will need to face soon.

If we are going to continue doing this travelling for a more extended period (which at the moment we could easily do) life would be much easier and more enjoyable with a bigger van.

If we are going to come back to Brisbane in 12 months or so (as was the original plan) it would be a waste to spend 50 to 60k on a van that would devalue 30% the day we bought it and would be difficult to sell.

The advantages of a bigger van are:

  • Toilet and shower – No Porta Potti or bucket showers while free camping
  • Large water storage – up to 3 x 80lt tanks
  • Hot water system
  • Queen sized bed – Kerrie still longs to get back to sleeping together
  • Large fridge/freezer
  • Much more storage
  • Lounge/relaxation area
  • Air con
  • Diesel heating
  • Solar power
  • Large extra spaces for extra fuel, water, toolboxes, rods, etc.
  • Black out glass at night is now standard on most new vans
  • Generator storage in van
  • Washing machine – Saves heaps at coin operated van park laundries
  • Much easier hitching/unhitching systems
  • Easy to get at under bed storage
  • Easy to get at General storage
  • Much More

We still like the Paramount Regent which we were contemplating buying before the gold was stolen (for those that know the story).

The Paramount Bedroom

The Paramount Bedroom

 

The Paramount Dining area

The Paramount Dining area

The Paramount Kitchen

The Paramount Kitchen

 

Paramount Extra lounge room which would be changed to the Office

Paramount Extra lounge room which would be changed to the Office

We are going to make the decision about our next move in Melbourne when we find out the extent of the programming the University wants and the extent of the work they want us to do.

We’ll also leave it up to God’s direction – He’s never let us down yet!

We went for a walk down the pier after dark as we heard penguins everywhere.

Kerrie was envious of Chris and Fay (who we met at Sulphur Creek) that they managed to get a glorious photo of some Penguins and we couldn’t.

Well this time Kerrie finally got her picture of one of these beautiful but very elusive creatures.

Elusive and very hard to photograph Fairy Penguin

Elusive and very hard to photograph Fairy Penguin