Saturday 18 November - Launceston
Happy Anniversary Denise and
Well we are
packing it in today... lots to see. For a start
some pics of the view from the tower of "The Turret
- Cataract gorge
- Penny farthing royal water
- City Park and the Monkeys
- Anniversary Dinner
More views.....only 600 meters up the road is the
famous Cataract Gorge and Penny Royal Complex.
More views....In the distance you can see some
silos. They are being converted into a luxury
Below the narrow passage way that leads to the Turret
porch. The city of Launceston directly in front.
First thing this morning we took the chairlift over
Cataract Gorge. The old walking bridge in
sight. The chair lift has one of the longest
spans in the world from end to end (308m). It is
extremely high and the chairlift chairs are like those
that were used previously before Arthur's Seat
chairlift in Victoria got dismantled after all the
accidents it was having. (Ed: that is a simple
seat with a bar over the lap)
Here we are well on our way over to the other end.
Views below - hang onto that kid fella!!!!!
Sensational views of the basin.
No sooner we got off we found wild life. Check
out the eyelashes..... adorable.
Now for the Gorge walk. They tell us the zig zag
walk is very steep and quite challenging so we piked
out and did the Gorge walk instead. It also had
its ups and downs but a lot less challenging that is
for sure. Here is one of the view points.
On the way back on the walk there were a whole bunch
of teenagers swimming in the gorge. Must have
been cold. It was 23 C today so it was a heat
wave to Launcestians. LOL.
Nearly to the end .... it was just over a kilometer in
each direction. But it took longer coming back because
it was mostly up hill.
Pictured below. We finally make it to the bridge
and we continue our walk over the bridge to the Penny
Royal complex to the right (not included in this
The last time we were here it was a bit old water mill
but apparently we must have been the very last people
to look through the old building on our honeymoon mid
November 1978. The following year the current
complex was built. It was very nice but it was a
bit 'Disney' (for those who have visited those sorts
of theme parks). Still the restaurants were very
good. We had morning tea in the Penny Royal Bar
and Restaurant and booked to have our anniversary
dinner there in the evening.
The restaurant was the first one on the left
after the second set of stairs.
Here is what was left of the old mill we
remember. A little sad.
On the way back to the Gorge walk - some heritage
buildings at the starting point.
More wild life pictured below.
The gorge had been created by huge earthquakes that
ripped apart the earth to create this massive
gorge. Water has eroded it down over the
More wild life - a beautiful Peacock posing for the
camera. There are so many of them in the Gorge
Park. There are also some nesting and you don't
want to get to close. One of them went to charge
at me and I was only on the regular footpath passing
Getting a bit peckish by now. Time to find some
lunch. 'The Seaport' was highly recommended so
we went down there to decide for ourselves. We
ended up having a very nice pizza at a very popular
Now its time for some R&R so the Launceston City
Park won us over. Deep sigh ... take the weight
off our feet and watch the world go by.
You may wonder why I have a photo of a monkey
here. The park had a monkey
enclosure! Over the years there have been
several exhibitions of different monkeys. On
this occasion it was an exhibition of Japanese Macaque
Monkeys. I could have stood there for hours
watching them. Here is one watching me watching
him watching me..... I wonder if he understood what I
And here is little Gollum. :-) I named the
monkey myself. So looks like the Lord of the
Rings inspiration for the character of Gollum.
And finally saving the best till last.... our Wedding
Anniversary dinner. What a great day.
Some heart to hearts over a wonderful meal.
Sunday 19 November - Launceston
continued. Mt Barrow,
Swiss Village Grindelwald, Green's Beach, Beauty
Point, Batman Bridge
The challenge is on....Mt Barrow here we
come. How will we go with those death
defying hair pin bends on a gravel road no wider
than 1.5 cars in width and sometimes not even that.
A little gathering of the courage
here as we look at the climb ahead.
Up we go....slow and steady.
Short stretches of straight road
then ...... straight into a hair pin bend.
Getting closer to the top.....then
had to pull over for a group of cyclists coming down
We made it! The top of Mt
The 180 degree views are
spectacular.... looking to my left
Looking straight down
Looking to the right.
The views are really worth the
Can't get enough of these views.
Pictured below - The other side of
Ta ta Mt Barrow. It was a
great experience. As we got to the bottom of
the mountain... Den wipes the sweat off David's
brough.... phew...... we made it.
Time for lunch at a little Swiss
Village just north of Launceston.
Pretty little shops.
Views from above.
The Alpenrose Bistro where we had
lunch. Den had a most delicious steak sandwich
and David had the Potato and bacon soup.
Next stop Greens Beach at opening
of the Tamar. Looking out to Bass Strait here.
More of Greens Beach. The
tide is out a bit. It was a lovely warm 27 C
today. Out on the point pictured in the centre
of the photo is a light house......
Here it is in 40x zoom. Den
loves her camera.
Another angle of Greens Beach.
On our way back to Launceston we
passed through Beauty Point.
Then over the Batman Bridge.
Then a fairly uneventful quick
trip back to Launceston via Woolworths to pick up
some provisions to tide us over during our stay at