The Reunion

The Tasmanian Chapter of the RAN Clearance Divers Association extends an invite to all members, ex serving Clearance Divers, current Clearance Divers, and their families to attend the 2017 Biennial Clearance Diver’s reunion. An invitation is also extended to the diving and EOD communities of allied and Commonwealth defence forces around the world.

Tasmania, the island state, where much is considered world heritage, offers a unique setting for the reunion.

The reunion activities will be focused in the Hobart area as well as a deployment to the West coast wilderness. We have chosen the West coast to showcase some of the stunning areas and activities Tasmania has to offer. A packed program will give visitors the opportunity to not only catch up with old colleagues and fellow warriors, but encourage new friendships while fostering the younger generation to continue the growth of the Association.

The organisation of any reunion poses many challenges. We ask that you please bear with us and assist by indicating your intention to attend events early. If you have any questions you can contact me direct and I will endeavour to answer them.

Please pass the message on and we look forward to hosting you in Hobart September 2017.

United and Undaunted.

Accommodation at a discounted rate is available at The Old Wooolstore in Hobart. Quote 'Tas CD reunion' when booking.

Contact: Corry Van den Broek -

Event schedule

Prices to be confirmed.

Board the Bus in Hobart in the early hours for a fun filled journey through the beautiful Tasmanian country side. You will be entertained by the countless stories that a group of ex and current Clearance Divers can spin. Meet and become acquainted with fellow members, encourage the young to continue the united and undaunted traditions. The ladies will not miss out on this deployment. It is a time to hear the real tales of the Clearance Diver and the unwavered support that you all provide.

The bus trip will take us through the historical hydro town of Tarraleah, then on to the “Wall in the Wilderness”, a magnificent wall completely hand crafted from Huon Pine. You will be completely amazed at the skill of this master craftsmanship.

A Lunch break at Lake St Clair hotel will be a pleasant break to the journey.

Then onto Strahan through Queenstown and through some of the temperate rainforests in the World Heritage area of Tasmania (If you spot a Tasmanian Tiger with confirmation, all you expenses will be covered!).

Once in Strahan, check into the accommodation then have a stroll through the small village and maybe pick up some Huon Pine.

In the evening, sit down to a wilderness BBQ showcasing some of Tasmania’s best and unique foods, indulge in some of the best wines and beer locally brewed with the purest water found anywhere.

Bus departs at 9am. Total bus return - $100 per person.

Hotel Accommodation at the Strahan Village
Costs for two persons including full breakfast’s = $360 ($180 per person)
Single occupancy rates are $360 per person.
Tuesday Morning, wake up to a hearty breakfast ready for the day’s activities. Then embark on a Gordon River Cruise that will take you to Hell’s Gates to witness a treacherous opening that early ships were required to navigate to enter the harbour.

Continuing on to the Atlantic Salmon farms, where the best salmon in the world is farmed. The licensed cruise includes a lunch (including smoked salmon!).

Sarah Island (a historic penal colony that has the reputation as one of the harshest in Australia) provides the first opportunity to step off the boat and walk among its ruins. You will get a good appreciation of how hard it was to survive.

The cruise will then take us on to the Gordon River, where you will have to chance to take a walk through the world heritage area and walk amongst some of the oldest trees in the world.

On return to Strahan, you will have the opportunity to either rest or have a look around. As we all know, at times some of those in prompt gatherings provide some of the best memories.

Gordon River Cruise depart 0830 – 1430 (Lunch included)
Cost $95 per person
Wednesday, wake to another breakfast before boarding the historical rack and pinion train through the world heritage park to Queenstown. This is a train journey that you will never forget with steep climbs and descents, stopping at various small water stops along the way.

Once in Queenstown, board the bus for the journey back to Hobart.

Depart Strahan on West Coast Wilderness Rail Depart 0830 arrive Queenstown 1230 Depart Queenstown 1400 for Hobart Cost $125 per person
Thursday Hobart, the morning and early afternoon are yours to explore Hobart. Take a stroll through town, explore some of the Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, take a look at MONA, the choices are endless. However remember RENE Hiddings MP has organised a BBQ on the Parliament lawns in a show of appreciation to the Branch for the assistance given of the years.

BBQ Parliament Lawns (Navy Band) 1600 – 1800
Cost $10 per person
Friday Hobart, maybe take a trip to Port Author historic site. Have a look at Battery Point, bike down Mt Wellington. All is possible. BUT do not miss the cocktail party reception at Government house. It is an event that you cannot miss. Make sure you register early as numbers may be limited.

Government House reception 1800 – 2000
Cost $10 per person
Saturday in Hobart, you have to go to the world famous Salamanca Markets. This is where you will load those suitcases with Tasmanian treasures. Saturday is yours to do as you wish, however be ready with those dancing shoes for the evening Gala dinner at The Old Woolstore. It would not be a function without the Navy band, so we have secured a three piece Jazz band to entertain you through the night.

Reunion Dinner U/W theme Woolstore (Navy Band) 1900-2300
Cost $130 per person
Sunday, we will ensure a farewell BBQ is organised somewhere to send you all on your way.

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