Day 2 - The journey begins...

Trip Start May 07, 2009
Trip End May 17, 2009

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Flag of Australia  , Tasmania,
Saturday, May 9, 2009

After waking up we had breakfast where people were very talkative and we even had an elderly lady looking after Mattie while we ate.
Today is a marvellous day - clear skies and not too cold.
The first thing we saw in Launceston was the Gorge.  We took the chairlift from where we could see everything well.  There were a lot of peacocks, a couple of small waterfalls and the famous bridge.
After giving Mattie a feed (actually Roxy did that) we drove to Deloraine from where we went to Chudleigh to see the Honey Farm.  There were a thousand different honeys you could sample taste and it was hard to pick a winner.  In the end we bought a couple of flavours (Wildflower and Clover).  They tasted awesome.
From there we went to an area called Mole Creek.  Here we saw "King Solomon Cave".  The cave was pretty impressive.  Mattias wasn't that impressed in the beginning but in the end was starting to enjoy it too (we think!). 
From there we took a scenic drive to a town called Sheffield.  The drive went through an area called "Paradise" - it was very nice.  It had the beautiful green colour with awesome mountain in the backdrop.
Sheffield was unique town with many "graffiti painted" buildings.  This is not dodgy graffiti but actual pictures.. .see the photos.  
As soon as we came it was time to eat and Roxy instead of enjoying the scenery was just spotting restaurants. :-) It was about 2pm so I guess it's understandable.  We ate at a local place and again people were soooo friendly.  We had one of the chefs come and looked after Mattie while we had our lunch - the best ever home made pumpkin soup.  It was awesome.  They also had their own bagpipe player (apparently the place is full of Scottish tradition).
Following the lunch we were on our way to Cradle Mountain National park.
We stopped on the way to see various lookouts, rivers and Lakes.
We arrived at our destination (Cradle Mountain Lodge) around 4:30pm.  Here we unpacked our stuff put Mattie to bed and went to sleep. 
The accommodation here was more like a cabin/lodge style with our own fire place (we love fire places).  The reception, restaurants, etc are located in the main building at the entrance of the complex.
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