Legerwood Memorial Carvings

The sacrifices of Legerwood

In 1914, many of the then unnamed town of Legerwood, husbands, fathers, sons and brothers bravely went to fight in World War 1. Unfortunately seven of these brave men would not return.

  • Private Thomas Edward Edwards
  • Private Alan Robert Andrews
  • Private William Henry Hyde
  • Lance Corporal John Charles Ernest Riseley
  • Private Robert James Jenkins
  • Private George Peddle
  • Private John Henry Gregg McDougall

On the 15th of October in 1918, the families of these brave men planted nine trees. One in Memory of each man, one for Gallipoli and one for all the Anzacs.

But time takes it’s toll on man and on trees, and just over 80 years later, in 2001 the trees were declared a safety risk, and therefore the memorial that once stood so tall, seemed lost.

But the community did not want to see it lost, they held true to the saying “Lest we forget” and they fought to protect the memory. The Legerwood Hall and Reserves Committee hired Eddie Freeman to sculpt the tree trunks into masterpieces. Each of the tree trunks have a different image, seven in the likeness of the soldiers that they are in memory of, one for Gallipoli, a lone soldier leaving for war, and the Anzac tree.

The first tree completed was The Anzac Tree. The carving depicts an Anzac soldier, the Australian flags, an Anzac cross and the Battle of Lone Pine.





The memorial is in the Main Street of Legerwood, with a gently rolling parkland, picnic area and BBQs. Their is a gorgeous restored Train Carriage that is manned by friendly volunteers to buy souvenirs. A great place to remember to take time out to and remember the stories of the brave men represented in the carvings.

The War heroes of Legerwood, Dorset are now forever Immortalised, they forever stand tall.

The next time you are in the North East of Tasmania make sure you visit.





Three Capes track – Tasmania

Australia’s great Walks

Three Capes track – Tasmania

The gorgeous Three Capes track walk was only recently opened and starts and ends at the Historic Port Arthur Site. The Path itself is about a meter wide and is often made up of gravel, rock or timber surfaces. The Path itself has no fences blocking your view of the amazing site.

Its a Four day / 3 night walk with easy to moderate terrain.

Along the way you stay in Cabins that are equipped with comfortable beds, Gas cooktops, dining tables, so you don’t need to cart your tent with you.


46 km walk over 4 days
Grade – Easy – moderate
SKILL LEVEL – You need to be able to comfortably walk 4 hours a day for 4 days in a row.
Accommodation – Shared Cabins with bunk facilities and Host Ranger stying at each location to answer questions, toilets, Cabin on 2nd night has cold water shower, Charging stations for mobile phones
Mobile coverage – Mobile coverage is quite good on Day 1 and 2, intermittent on day 3 and 4.
Long term parking available for your car and caravan at Port Arthur site

Cadbury Visitor Centre – Closing December 18th

Cadbury Visitor Centre – Closing December 18th

It is with a heavy heart that I write this post, my favorite place to visit in Tasmania, the Cadbury chocolate factory, a highlight of our trips for the last ten years is closing its door for the final time, on December 18th 2015.

Each trip to Tasmania we have made we happily pay our $4 each to see how they make their Chocolates. We head into the shop and purchase some yummy chocolates at a great price.

Cadbury have decided to focus on their manufacturing operation to make it more sustainable, by being more globally competitive.

So if you are in Tasmania before the 18th of December head down to the Cadbury Factory in Hobart.

Awesome walks around Australia – Part 1 The Overland Track

Awesome walks around Australia – Part 1 The Overland Track

So you have your Jayco Ballarat Caravan and you are heading off on your trip, not content to sit idly in Caravan Parks? Then we have a list of some great walks around Australia guaranteed to get you out and about in the Australia’s beautiful scenery.

Tasmania – Overland Track (65KM)

The overland track runs straight through the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park (The home of the Iconic Cradle Mountain).

Not for the fainthearted this trek will take you six to seven days, in an area that year round can experience, Sun, rain wind or even snow.

You need to book (1st October – 31st May and pay a Fee (Overland Track Fee) $200 for Adults, $160 for Seniors, Children under 17 (Walk not recommended for children under 8) as well as a national Parks Pass.

This contribution helps with the management of the track, huts, toilets, signage and staffing.

The Overland Track walk starts at Ronny Creek in Cradle Valley, situated beside the majestic Cradle Mountain.

Following hour is based on being moderately fit. Allow a couple more if you are a bit of a paparazzi with the camera.

Day 1 –
Ronny Creek to Waterfall Valley
(4-6 Hours)
Day 2
Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere
(2.5 – 3.5 hours)
Day 3
Lake Windermere to Pelion
(5-7 hours)
Day 4
Pelion to Kia Ora
(3-4 hours)
Day 5
Kia Ora to Windy Ridge (Bert Nichols Hut)
(3.4-4.5 hours)
Day 6
Windy Ridge to Narcissus (Ferry terminal)
(3-4 Hours)
Then it’s decision time, do you take the 30 minute ferry trip to Lake St Clair Visitor Centre or do you walk on one more day

Optional Day 7
Narcissus to Cynthia Bay (via the Lakeside track)
(5-6 Hours)

Jayco That’s Freedom

Jayco, That’s Freedom

The one thing we have learnt over the last few years of traveling is the freedom you have when you are on the road with a caravan behind you.
With the help of Camps 8, we are able to map out our days and travel around this amazing country.
If we decide we like somewhere we are able to stop for a few days, if we have enough we can move along to the next place.
Australia really is a beautiful place.

Spirit of Tasmania, – travelling with kids

Spirit of Tasmania, – travelling with kids

Back in October last year we took our four kids over to Tasmania, when we were planning it we were tossing up whether I would fly over separately with the four kids and my husband take the car and caravan over, or whether we would all go on the boat.
 We were a bit concerned whether all of us would fit comfortably in a cabin, as unfortunately with four kids we often run into trouble finding accommodation to fit us all and we didn’t know if it would be the same on the boat.
We looked online and it seemed as though the inside 4 berth cabins had two cots so we booked and hoped for the best (actually I rang the helpline to confirm)

The day of our trip arrived and I still worried that we would be squished, and have a long sleepless night.

The kids loved driving into the boat, they thought it was so exciting that the back of the boat was opened up and you could drive right on.
The boat starts boarding about 5pm but by the time we got on it was about 6pm so we headed straight to our room to leave our bags then headed upstairs to have a look around and grab dinner.

We dined at the Captains table (a self serve Bain mare style) option that had great variety of food, that was ready without waiting, heaps of high chairs available and reasonable prices.
Whilst we were still eating the captain informed us that we were about to leave, so my husband and Miss J, and Master L, headed out whilst I sat inside with our two youngest, to watch the boat leave port

travelling with kids
We then headed back to our room for the kids to go to bed and settled in for the night.
The room was actually a lot bigger than I expected, with room beside the cots for us to walk around. My daughter (2) is in a toddler bed at home, but loved her special camping bed.

The rooms have their own toilet and shower which is a must with four kids.
The boat has a kid’s movie that plays at around 7pm, whilst we didn’t watch it on the way over (the big kids did on the trip home)
I settled in expecting a rough night, however the gentle waves actually helped the kids sleep, probably better than they were sleeping at home at the time.

I woke up at 6 telling us we were almost in Port, quickly got the kids dressed and headed to the car.
By far the easiest 12 hour trip we have done as the kids (and the adults) slept for most of it.
If you are going to go over on the boat I recommend a cabin and a night sail.