Day 0: RECOVERING THE CAMERA
Today was nothing more than a logistics day. However, given that we had gone these last two days in South Australia without my DSLR camera (especially a bummer when we could’ve used the zoom on the koalas), I was actually quite anxious to at least get back to the airport in Melbourne where we expected to get back the camera.
After going on the short flight back to Melbourne, we immediately picked up our luggage and then went down to the car rental area where we went to the Hertz office. Sure enough, they had our camera in a bag over the larger camera bag. And with a huge sigh of relief, I now felt like the trip could resume as normal again.
Of course, it would be a while before that would happen because we still had to layover in the Melbourne Airport for a bit, then the flight was delayed, but eventually we got onto the Jet Air Flight over to the island of Tasmania.
After landing in the Hobart Airport at 4:45pm, we got our belongings, headed over to the Hertz rental car spot, then learned that GoWay didn’t hire us the car rental. Geeze, what else did they screw up?
Luckily for us, they hired us a Toyota Avalon at the Camry rate of $649 or about $70-$75/day. We knew this longer car was going to be a gas guzzler (our rental car experience up to this point consisted of the pretty reliable and fuel-efficient Toyota Camry), but beggars can’t be choosers in this circumstance.
In any case, we loaded up the car and were ready to embark on our final week in Australia. It was 5:50pm when we left the airport.
By 6:15pm, we were at our accommodation in Hobart (The Leisure Inn). Being that we came here to late in the evening, there wasn’t a whole lot we could do on this night. So we just went out for a dinner nearby our place at the Astor Grill.
The food was actually quite good as we had some seafood (knowing that Tassie was an island). We even engaged in some friendly banter about language differences with some of the staff upon learning we were from LA.
That made up for the pretty uneventful logistical day of today. And so when that was over, we returned to our room and then called it a night.