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Travel Blogs from Launceston
... between the UK and Oz: on Bank Holidays, it's a lockdown. The streets are deserted. Most of the shops and pubs are closed. Families hole up at home with supplies. As a result, Launceston was a total ghost town. A lot of the streets look a little like Western frontier towns too, adding to the effect.
We did have a nice walk along a gorge but really we couldn't wait to leave.
... can swim in the huge (free!) swimming pool just near the basin or take the chairlift up to the mount. And you can have a (free!) shower after all that.
Now it's time to head back towards Devonport as we take the ferry early tomorrow morning. On the way we'll stop by a brewery in Railton and a chocolate factory in Latrobe, for free tasting and very possibly some purchases :-)
We planned to ...
... to the pub – everything in Tasmania is very Irish). Then we did the market – also enormous and very diverse. But was it worth driving 250 miles for? I guess we are so spoilt for markets in France, this was no big deal.
Nor was Hobart. All very disappointing. Nothing very pretty about the place, even the harbour. Could have been Leeds. But not as nice.
On the way home (we took the central road home – just called ...
... meanders for 58 kilometres and is the perfect region for growing wine grapes and is renown for the quality of its sparkling wines, aromatic whites and pinot noir. Some of the well known wineries are Pipers Brook, Ninth Island, Clover Hill and Josef Chromy, just to mention a few.
From Launceston we travelled the Eastern side of the Tamar admiring the hilly landscape up towards George ...
We arrive at Launceston Airport where we are greeted by Wayne and his son Jesse. We also meet Tracy and Greg who have travelled down from Brisbane to do the trip with us.
We also meet Spike - our bus "steerer". Apparently there is a difference between a driver and a steerer - but I am still unclear about the distiction.
We all pile aboard the bus for the 2.5 hour trip to Cradle ...