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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 now see.

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Larger Version - 01 - Outside
01 - Outside
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Larger Version - 02 - Dining Room
02 - Dining Room
3/16/05 4:43 PM, 362 KB

Larger Version - 03 - Bar
03 - Bar
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Larger Version - 04 - Stairs
04 - Stairs
4/28/07 5:36 PM, 236 KB

Larger Version - 05 - Nut Carved Column Tops
05 - Nut Carved Column Tops
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Larger Version - 06 - Stairs
06 - Stairs
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Larger Version - 07 - View of Queenstown
07 - View of Queenstown
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Larger Version - 08 - View of Queenstown
08 - View of Queenstown
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