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And the winner is Hobart! Tentatively for November 2018. More details to follow. Organized by davemurray101

https://www.facebook.com/---/138428713467361/

 

 

Pleased to see you are organising it davemurray101, I thought I would end up doing it!

 

Sounds like fun!

 

I was beginning to wonder if there'd been any discussion about next year's Australasian Unconvention.

I notice you've sensibly avoided the winter months in Tasmania!

 

I would be interested in coming as I have not been to Tasmania before.

 

I reckon I might have 4 plus ones.

 

Unconvention is being held mid-November away from the Melbourne cup when fares will be astronomical.

 

Unconvention is being held mid-November away from the Melbourne cup when fares will be astronomical.


Hi Dave, so we voted for Cup week after all? I'm not sure if people realised this when they selected the 9-11 weekend.

 

Great stuff Dave! Oozy67 and I hope to go too.

 

We've got a website! https://www.facebook.com/---/138428713467361/

It's also in the original post for ease of finding (I'm such a librarian!)

 

We've got a website!

It's also in the original post for ease of finding (I'm such a librarian!)
In this company, that's not a bad thing. Not at all.

 

We've got a website! https://www.facebook.com/---/138428713467361/

It's also in the original post for ease of finding (I'm such a librarian!)

Can you make it public please, so I can see it.

 

Hi Kiwiinengland

Group is now public.

DM

 

Hi Kiwiinengland

Group is now public.

DM

I still can't see it....

 

And the winner is Hobart! Tentatively for November 2018. More details to follow. Organized by davemurray101

https://www.facebook.com/---/138428713467361/

Please post the winning dates for non FB users. 9 - 11 Nov I believe.

 

wingoozy67wing 1 yr ago
Confusion.
I am somewhat confused that it is now being held this weekend straight after Melbourne cup after it was decided to be held mid-November away from the Melbourne cup when fares will be astronomical. Is this so people can go to both?
Anyway, thanks for organising it Dave, Hobart is a great place and has many attractions.

 

I am somewhat confused that it is now being held this weekend straight after Melbourne cup after it was decided to be held mid-November away from the Melbourne cup when fares will be astronomical. Is this so people can go to both?
Anyway, thanks for organising it Dave, Hobart is a great place and has many attractions.


I put this on Facebook too, and I think it is so people can go to the Cup as well. The majority voted for the date.

 

I am somewhat confused that it is now being held this weekend straight after Melbourne cup after it was decided to be held mid-November away from the Melbourne cup when fares will be astronomical. Is this so people can go to both?
Anyway, thanks for organising it Dave, Hobart is a great place and has many attractions.


I put this on Facebook too, and I think it is so people can go to the Cup as well. The majority voted for the date.

I didn't even know there was a vote going on..
No mention of it on the book crossing forum.

 

I didn't even know there was a vote going on..
No mention of it on the book crossing forum.


It was on the Facebook page.

 

I didn't even know there was a vote going on..
No mention of it on the book crossing forum.


It was on the Facebook page.

I have been hesitant to give an opinion here, as someone has kindly volunteered to organise the next Unconvention, but why must it be on facebook? Not everyone uses it, but everyone can visit here. The unconvention and discussion is more inclusive if it is here, and what is there that can't be discussed here?

 

I didn't even know there was a vote going on..
No mention of it on the book crossing forum.


It was on the Facebook page.

I didn't know there was a vote going on.
No mention of it on the book crossing forum.

 

I didn't even know there was a vote going on..
No mention of it on the book crossing forum.


It was on the Facebook page.

I didn't know there was a vote going on.
No mention of it on the book crossing forum.

Neither did I. Votes should be taken here.

 

I didn't even know there was a vote going on..
No mention of it on the book crossing forum.


It was on the Facebook page.

I didn't know there was a vote going on.
No mention of it on the book crossing forum.

Neither did I. Votes should be taken here.

I gather if you are not on Facebook the Hobart convention is not interested in you/your opinion.

 

I think the organizer can organize in any way they choose.
They are volunteers, we are not mbrs as such we just go along if we want to. There is also no requirement as such to use this site for all BC associated activities. We are a 'no rules' kinds group.

Having been one of the organizers of a couple of these it is my personal view that FB is much easier to use when compared to this site.

BTW I don't think it was a binding referendum it was just an invitation to give an indication/vote for preferred dates.

IMO it is Dave's choice when to hold the event, how the event will be structured and what method(s) of communication he will use.

 

That's why I said initially, "I have been hesitant to give an opinion here, as someone has kindly volunteered to organise the next Unconvention."
Having been one of the organizers of a couple of these it is my personal view that FB is much easier to use when compared to this site.

I personally find FB difficult to navigate and this site much easier and clearer to use.

 

wingBillbookswing 1 yr ago
Yah!!
Haven't been to Hobart or Tasmania for quite a few years could be an extended trip on the horizon :)

 

Haven't been to Hobart or Tasmania for quite a few years could be an extended trip on the horizon :)

I will extend my holiday in Tasmania. I will take my car on the ferry.

 

There hasn't been much information; it would be reassuring to know if the date was set in stone so air tickets booked would not be a waste.

 

Also please, where in Hobart please. Thank you :)

 

Also please, where in Hobart please. Thank you :)

Again, davemurray101 would be the person to speak to. I'm not sure if you've ever visited Hobart but it's really not a big city. The CBD area is really quite compact.

Like you, I don't have any real information but I'm assuming most events will be in/near the CBD (pretty much all the Australian Uncons I've attended in the past have followed this pattern). I've gone ahead and booked accommodation in the CBD on this basis. Basically, any accommodation in the CBD will not be far from the action.

If, for some reason, the Uncon doesn't go ahead on the planned dates in November 2018, I have to admit I'm not particularly worried. I would have taken a short holiday at roughly that time of the year anyway, and my Hobart holiday will be going ahead, irregardless of a BC Uncon.

I understand the circumstances may be different for people who have further to travel.

 

I'm not sure if you've ever visited Hobart but it's really not a big city. The CBD area is really quite compact.

I have visited Hobart several times. Last time I stayed (just over a year ago) about 11kms from the centre, but it was still in Hobart, so that's why I wanted a better idea where to stay. The centre of Hobart might not be big, but the city of Hobart spreads out.

The previous visit to that I stayed in the CBD, but the hotel had no on-site car parking.

 

There hasn't been much information; it would be reassuring to know if the date was set in stone so air tickets booked would not be a waste.

As far as I'm aware, davemurray101 is the only organiser. I'm not sure how often he peruses the BC fora. You could try PMing him if you require a speedy answer.

 

Hi Kiwiinengland

Sorry I haven't been on forums since December.

Date is set for 9-11 November. I'm currently working out the details for program. I'm definitely including Salamanca Markets and Moma at some point in the event.

DM

 

Hi Kiwiinengland

Sorry I haven't been on forums since December.

Date is set for 9-11 November. I'm currently working out the details for program. I'm definitely including Salamanca Markets and Moma at some point in the event.

DM

Brilliant, thanks for confirming....I can now start planning g 😊

 

wingBillbookswing 11 mos ago
Many thanks
Dates pencilled in looking forward to MOMA on the bucket list and we thinking of heading down later this year now we can combine it with meeting some of our fav friends and some of the others from across the pond

 

Battery Point Manor
13-15 Cromwell Street Battery Point.
Only 850 metres walk to Salamanca Place. $125 a night. There were still other rooms when I booked.


If you don't need car parking this one looks nice. In an old character building at Salamanca.
The Quarry Boutique Apartments
27 Salamanca Place. $159 a night, but that's cheaper than most nearby hotels.

If you book using this link: https://www.booking.com/---/97e8fe54
we both get $25.

 

Hi!

I've never been to an Unconvention before. What happens at these? :)

 

What goldenwattle said. It's up to the organisers. Sometimes there's a release walk with maps, a scavenger hunt, quiz night.

Generally it's just a matter of exploring a place, having a few meals together, swapping a few books, just having fun. Most of us know each other quite well now, but there's always a few new faces.

I wrote up some tales of the last one on my poor excuse for a travel blog: http://athousandflights.com/---/stewart-island/

 

We all usually turn up with books for the book table (for others to take and to take any you like yourself), socialise, go to dinner together and often sightsee together. See, very casual :) There's also a mass book release; usually the left over books from the book table. Some people might spend time following their interests. For example, sometimes there might be several who geocache and we will go off doing that... but be back to join everyone for dinner.
There is no fee for attending the Australian Unconvention. Everyone selects, and pays for their own accommodation, plus meals, etc.
Activities vary from Unconvention to Unconvention, depending who is organising. The last one in Stewart Island, NZ had very little organised, but some have had an author or two to chat about their work, but don't always expect that to happen.
Davemurray101 is organising this, so best to contact him. Some tours have been suggested, such as a visit to MONA and the Salamanca Markets. There is also a BC website, which can be found at the top.
Everyone is very welcome to attend :)

 

Jetstar Australia has cheap ( $45 AU) flights Melbourne to Hobart both ways - I was alerted by Kevin on the FB site and was able to get tickets - lots of flights to choose from.

 

davemurray101 7 mos ago
Bump
Feel free to join the facebook group.

 

Feel free to join the facebook group.


I'm not on Facebook and the page can not be seen without joining. please also provide information on the bookcrossing forum.

 

"!! 6 Months to go!! - What are people's thoughts on organised tours?"

 

"!! 6 Months to go!! - What are people's thoughts on organised tours?"

I will put my views here, so ALL can read them.

I personally am often happy going off walking and caching (with company if any others are interested in caching too) during the day, but having said that, I will consider other people's ideas for tours, so I will not dismiss the idea that I might join in. I will also have my car with me, so maybe I could offer a geocaching tour on one of the days to a small interested group, if there are any other interested geocaching bookcrossers.

Meeting up at Salamanca Markets is not exactly a tour, but would be a fun group activity.

 

Organised tours are a lot of fun. A captive audience of bookcrossers on a bus trip to almost anywhere is always memorable! The historuc town of Richmond could be a good destination as it is less than an hour away.

 

The historuc town of Richmond could be a good destination as it is less than an hour away.

I am planning to go and spend time there before or after our get-together. It is a lovely area and I have chosen that area for my extended visit. But others can enjoy the tour.
There is also south of Hobart. I think there might be vineyards there?

 

 

Excellent. Scanning this it seems like numbers are looking good.
However when I mention to people (for example Australian wishlist tag) they have no idea what I am talking about.
Can I suggest a PM is sent to all active bookcrossers in the region.
I did that for Queenstown. It took two Sunday afternoons to do NZ. But perhaps if we divided amongst 10 people or so? Be good to promote the GC at the same time.
Happy to assist, but not to lead.

 

...flights there at least! Picked up $65 Jetstar flights direct from Adelaide (then added on luggage - for the books of course!). Just got to hope the return flights get cheaper again, and sort some accomodation too.

So add hubby and I to the list of attendees!

 

Is anyone keen to go to the Cascades Female Factory https://femalefactory.org.au/---/heritage-tour/

 

If others want this, I will go too.

 

Please email me at invisible dot leopard at gmail dot com

 

For those that are not on facebook, I copied the itinerary and here it is for you to view.
https://flic.kr/---/28v6ZYo

 

I plan to spend Friday (but back for dinner) geocaching and site seeing, if anyone is interested in joining me. I will have a car and am thinking of driving south. But need to check the cache map first.

 

I can confirm Edwardstreet and my American friend Annette many met on Stewart Island

 

PM me for details.

 

 

on Sunday we leave for Australia and now I'm looking for a flight from Perth to Hobart on 7 or 8 November . I'm quite excited already . See you soon

Geocaching in Hobart:
come here before to get the souvenir of geocaching
https://www.geocaching.com/---/GC7XQAG_2018-geocaching-film-night-giff-in-hobart

 

I saw that. I will arrive that day, and I will see if I can attend. I could get dinner there, so that is good.
I am planning my geocaching. Friday I plan to visit a National Trust House, then go for a walk in bushland to find some local Hobart caches, before joining people for dinner. Sunday I might drive south of Hobart caching. Are you interested?

 

I saw that. I will arrive that day, and I will see if I can attend. I could get dinner there, so that is good.
I am planning my geocaching. Friday I plan to visit a National Trust House, then go for a walk in bushland to find some local Hobart caches, before joining people for dinner. Sunday I might drive south of Hobart caching. Are you interested?

Yes 😍🤗

 

just booked flights from Perth to Hobart. Arrive on 7.11. in the evening and fly back on 11.11.. My husband stays in Perth . Accommodation in Hobart I do not, have any recommendations yet ?

 

just booked flights from Perth to Hobart. Arrive on 7.11. in the evening and fly back on 11.11.. My husband stays in Perth . Accommodation in Hobart I do not, have any recommendations yet ?

I would recommend trying to find accommodation in Battery Point, or other inner Hobart areas, if possible. Several of us are staying in that area. I am staying in 'Battery Point Manor' (a hotel), but unfortunately when I checked there was no more room. Skyring and at least one other BCer are also staying there. Check where events (dinners, etc) are being held and base accommodation on walking distance, if you can.
Where I am staying, but sadly booked out for one of the nights: http://www.batterypointmanor.com.au/

Check Expedia, booking, Airbnb, etc.

 

I have booked a room in Battery Point Manor from november 7th to november 9th, h I must to look for another room from november 9th, but maybe it will work out that I stay on the spot, let's see .

 

Great:) What room number? I am in room 9.

 

I just checked and I see that rooms 7 & 8 are now available on the 10th Nov. Maybe someone cancelled. I would get in fast and book, if I were you.

 

I just checked and I see that rooms 7 & 8 are now available on the 10th Nov. Maybe someone cancelled. I would get in fast and book, if I were you.

I've booked the remaining days at the hotel.

 

(Might not be clean by the time I arrive, but I made the effort :) )

 

Now we are in Australia ❤❤

 

Now we are in Australia ❤❤

Welcome! See you in Hobart next week!

 

Can someone publish the itinerary on this site. I don't have access to facebook and haven't had a copy of any details sent to me.

 

I did give you a link to Flickr with a copy of the itinerary in an earlier log here. For more details contact davemurray101.

 

Can someone publish the itinerary on this site.

If that's a question: here you are! Goldenwattle posted this earlier in the thread: https://flic.kr/---/28v6ZYo

 

Can the venues and addresses please be advised for us foreigners.
I don't need anything fancy just a list day, time, venue

 

Welcome Dinner - 6pm
Friday from 18:00-20:00
The Brunswick Hotel
67 Liverpool Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000

Salamanca Markets Release Walk
Saturday from 09:00-10:00
Salamanca Market
Salamanca Pl, Hobart, Tasmania 7000

Cascades Female Factory Tour
Saturday from 12:00-14:00
Cascades Female Factory
16 Degraves St, South Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 7004

Saturday Night Dinner
10 Nov at 19:28
Rockwall Bar and Grill
89 Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania 7004

SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER - $55 Set Menu - Table for 26 booked
https://www.rockwallbarandgrill.com.au/---/rockwall_set_menus_2018.pdf

Sunday Brunch - **New Time** 09:30
Mures Tasmania
Victoria Dock, Hobart, Tasmania 7000

MONA Visit 12pm - Tickets $28
MONA - Museum of Old and New Art
655 Main Road, Berriedale, Tasmania 7011

Sunday Farewell Dinner
Sunday at 18:00
The Standard Burger
Hudsons Lane Liverpool St, Hobart, Tasmania 7000

 

Thanks really helpful

 

Thanks Kevin, very helpful for we non Facebookers. Arriving tomorrow, Thursday, looking forward to seeing everyone. Thank you Dave for organising, see you Friday sometime? Bronwyna

 

Apparently Facebook had the wrong time. The booking at Rockwall is for 6:30

 

Apparently Facebook had the wrong time. The booking at Rockwall is for 6:30

Thanks for the message

 

I’ve landed in Hobart and its a balmy.... maybe double digits in temperature.

 

Just been with the state premier visiting Richmond goal.

Watch the news tonight to see some bookcrossers.

 

Lovely first night dinner, catching up with old friends and new. Good food, plenty of wine, books and great company. A few of us even learned a bit of Bollywood dancing afterwards at Dirwali.

 

87 Bathurst St

Apparently Hobart is closed Sunday evenings...

 

(And anyone else involved) Thoroughly enjoyed. Another fun Unconvention.

 

(And anyone else involved) Thoroughly enjoyed. Another fun Unconvention.

from me also thank you so much😍☺

 

Thank you for the great postcard, the outback scene enticing me back. Hope to see many of you in 2020! It's getting closer all the time.

 

I received my postcard today, I am so happy!! I hope the baby Tasmanian Devil won’t bite 😂😘

What a wonderful surprise thank you so much!

 

I received my postcard today, I am so happy!! I hope the baby Tasmanian Devil won’t bite 😂😘

What a wonderful surprise thank you so much!

 

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