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Happy New Year! We retrieved everything, no damage
When the itinerary was roughly planned and drawn up (on the back of our card table) on a weekend that emptied out many wine bottles, we had originally planned two nights in the Cradle Mountain National Park area.  Bookings were not being taken in July for December, but when I rang in November, could not get two nights for 3 vans and a tent.  The plan was re-shuffled adding an extra night at Somerset and as the weather was pretty bad to attempt to do any decent walks around Dove Lake we looked to Zeehan.  On the road on the morning of 30th December, we headed back to Burnie as there was a gallery which primarily used recycled paper from a paper mill it was housed near.  We all bought some art works then headed off to a cheese factory to sample.
Life sized papier mache art work
  Loaded with our cheese selections we headed inland and south.

The night before the group split into Cooking Team A and B.  Each person put $25 into a kitty and Team A purchased food and cooked, Team B washed up.  Despite being peak season which meant that the ferry and camping were at premium prices, it also meant that it was the season for all the wonderful fruit, vegetables, crayfish, oysters................  The dinners were not meant to be limited by budget, only the best would do.  By lunch time we had reached the town of Waratah which had a waterfall right in the middle of it.  We failed to find anything open that would provide a good lunch so we dined out of the rain in our vans on cold chicken and salad stuff.
We reached Zeehan in the late afternoon.
Storm clouds over Waratah and waterfall
  Nothing is a great distance in Tasmania once you have lived on the mainland.  Zeehan was an old mining town and very reminiscent of Captains Flat in NSW where many of our group had once or are still living.
Two nights here and the Caravan Park was cheap ($20 per night) and we were told of the bonfire and fireworks for New Year's Eve.  One of the vans was made the party van as it had more space inside as the double beds extended out.  This became the meals area then card playing area.
The weather turned really bad, our van leaked no more, another van did, the bonfire never did get lit, our table and chairs blew away in the night but we all had small fan heaters.  We drove around the area visiting the museum crammed full of stories of settlement and mining and disasters.  

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Happy New Year!  We retrieved ever…
Happy New Year! We retrieved eve…
Life sized papier mache art work
Life sized papier mache art work
Storm clouds over Waratah and wate…
Storm clouds over Waratah and wat…
We have a convoy!
We have a convoy!
The standard is high!
The standard is high!
Zeehan
photo by: koala