Friday 17 November 2017 - St
Helens to Launceston
Visiting St Columba Falls, Derby
and Scottsdale - but we didn't go up to
Bridport and down the East Tamar Valley. We
left some of that till Sunday
is the Forest Walk at St Columba Falls. The tree
ferns were fantastic and so tall.
Here they are 90 meters tall, St Columba Falls.
Very impressive. This photo doesn't do the view
Pictured below is the Holy Cow Cafe - they do cheese
tasting and you can watch the cows milk
themselves. What happens is they come and go
from the milking station as they want throughout the
day. They work their way through a maze of gates
and finally end up in their milking stall. A
machine operated by robotics then maneuvers the cow
into position, attaches itself to the udder teats and
the milking commences. After that the cow
continues on for a back rub against a special brush
that is high enough for the cow to have a good
scratch. A bit of a reward for a job well
done. No wonder they keep coming back.
There was also the 'Pub in the Paddock' and we stayed
the last two nights at 'The Bed in the Trees'. I
love the names they give things here. The Holy
Cow Cafe was actually known in the brochures as The
The pub below wasn't the 'Pub in the Paddock' it was
just a nice pic I thought was interesting whilst we
had stopped to check our route. The new
Weldborough Hotel was on the opposite side of the
Just coming into a place called Derby was this
Derby is famous for its Tin mining.
I really liked the feel of Derby. There is some
great history here. We had a good look through
this old school. Heaps of memorabilia to look
These are the exact same desks both Den and David had
in state school (primary school). The books were
recognisable and the ink wells bought back memories of
the nibs we dipped to write with. No ball point
pens in those days. We also both remember
learning to type on the same sort of typewriter on
display in this picture.
The rest of the school house had a lot of household
memorabilia - check out the price on the Rinso.
The oldest wooden Bank in Tasmania - 1888.
Time for another rest stop and a great view.
We finally made it to Launceston just as school was
getting out so traffic was a bit congested. It
was Friday and everyone was knocking off as
well. It was only one stretch of road that
suffered congestion and it had to be the one that went
straight through the middle of town and that was the
only way we could get to our accommodation.
Actually for Launceston it wasn't that bad compared to
our freeway car parks back home.
Pictured below - our room at a lovely "Turret
House". It is an old three story mansion.
The picture below is a painting - this is the before
Here is the after shot. Our room is to the far left of
the porch. Notice the tower. Fabulous
views of Launceston from up there.
It has the most unusual steps we have ever seen.
Very steep. You have to climb them like a ladder
and it is near to impossible to walk forwards down
them because they are so steep. Well designed
for their day they only take up half the room of a
normal stair case.
Another view of our room below.
With plenty of space to spread out
and a decent sized table we ate dinner in our room
tonight and watched a movie from Netflix.