Australia - 2005-03-17 - 1 - Queenstown - Empire Hotel & City
The Empire Hotel was the place we stayed for our first night on the road.
Queenstown, Tasmania is a town in the middle of nowhere. The drive there
was complicated because it is about the only place you can stay in the
area. The drive there was the scariest part of the trip. The road leading
there is cut out of the side of a mountain & you can't really see the
bottom off the side. They don't have many guard rails, so if you go of
the edge you die. Regardless to say Grant & myself were pretty nervous.
It was one of the few places that didn't have speed cameras in Tasmania
where I did not speed (because there are no cops anywhere it seems). According
to Grant it was very picturesque, but I decided to just take his word
for it :) When we got there we asked directions from this woman walking
a dog. She gave us the most confusing directions to get to the camp grounds,
which changed from the first to the second time. She said something about
Plum Pudding hill & we are still trying to figure out what that meant.
We finally just gave up because we had seen the Empire & knew they had
dorm beds. It turned out to be a good choice, as the hotel was really
nice to look at. It was very old & well done. It was the nicest place
I stayed in Tasmania. We also got a free breakfast the next day & had
the dorm to ourselves. We got gas the next morning which was outrageously
expensive, but I can see why, a truck driver would have to be crazy to
do that drive. Not many people come to Queenstown for a reason, as I can