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Truckie says this spot is a top place to stop

When Big Rigs saw Gary Simmons parked outside the Detention River Roadhouse, he was sitting in the cab of a new Kenworth.

Simmons, 43, has been a truckie for 25 years and is enthusiastic about the road transport industry in Tasmania.

He works for Josh Chamley Contracting based at beautiful Boat Harbour and was heading for Smithton with machinery.

Simmons barracks for the North Melbourne Kangaroos in the AFL and we yarned about how they finished with the wooden spoon in season 2023.

“Some team has to hold up the ladder from the bottom,” he said with a smile.

Simmons likes spending time with family outside work and loves Tasmania, which is where he was born.

The Detention River Roadhouse is one of his favourites to stop at.

“They serve good food, have friendly staff and lots of drivers come here,” he said.

Boat Harbour is one of the most beautiful and scenic places in Tasmania and a big attraction is the excellent beach.

It is located 11km north-west of the town of Wynyard. To get there you leave the Bass Highway and travel a short distance which includes a hilly section with sensational views.

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