Day 43–Thurs., Feb. 17, 2011–Tasmania, Australia

     I was up at 5 am again, so I sent out a bunch of blogs.  I could not fall back asleep because I knew we had to go to immigration.  There was a 6:30 am mandatory immigration inspection in the dining room.  Everyone was given a number and when it was called we had to go for a face to face inspection.  You had to go even if you were not getting off the ship.  We were number 18, so we went up to the Lido for breakfast to wait.  At 8:45 we were finally called in.  We decided to go to Wii before going ashore.  We played trash can basketball.  Ray came in first and I came in second.

     We took the shuttle into town and then signed up for a $30 pp. shuttle to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary because Ray wanted to see a Tasmanian Devil.  It was then $19. pp. to get into the Sanctuary.  Was it ever worth every penny.  It was the highlight of the trip so far.  We got to pet a kangaroo, a koala, a wombat, and to see a quoll, birds, possum and a lizard.  Oh, and yes, we saw many Tasmanian Devils!  Bonorong is an Aboriginal word which means “Native Companion”.  Bonorong is not a zoo.  It is a sanctuary that specialises in giving you an up-close and personal experience with the wildlife.

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               Emu                                              Echidna

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       Quoll                                                    Wombat

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We saw some Tasmanian Devils that would not let you get a good picture but when we reached the end, there was a pen with 4 of them in it.  I wish I could post the video I took of them growling.  Petting the koala was a bonus!

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             Tasmanian Devils

     The countryside was gorgeous on the 30 minute ride there.  We also walked around the town a bid and looked in some shops.

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    Ray and Willy decided to eat at the Aussie Outback BBQ and Christine and I went to the dining room.  Christine and I finished our appetizers and in walks Ray and Willy.  They came down for dessert and had appetizers also.  The entertainment was the Tasmania Police Pipe Band and Lahl Irish Dancers.  The pipes weren’t as loud as I thought they were going to be.  I loved the guy twirling his drum sticks with balls on the end.

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Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great.”            -Fernando Flores-

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