Day 38 - Launceston (Tasmania)

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Tasmania,
Monday, May 6, 2013

We all woke up freezing cold this morning after not a great night of sleep. The hostel we are staying in has a ridiculous heating policy. The rooms can only be heated from 7pm til 5am. The only room in the whole hostel heated earlier than that is the lounge, from 5pm! The heater is completely inefficient and barely heated the room anyway. This morning it was in fact colder inside than outside. On the case to sort tonight. Strange old place, also has a no drinking policy, except a glass of wine or beer is acceptable with your dinner!! It's a backpackers, but feels more like a prison regime. The walls are littered with typed notices about the do's and don'ts in the hostel.

This morning we had a little explore of Launceston, nice enough but nothing that got us too inspired. The waterfront area was nice with some lovely boats, cafes and a boardwalk. The weather is amazing, crisp sunny days, we have been very lucky so far.

After naps this afternoon we drove just up the road to Cataract Gorge. It's a gorge that is cut pretty much right through the city. It's a really pretty area. The greatest excitement is a ride on the chairlift - another mode of transport to add to the list. This chairlift is the world's longest single span chairlift. Dylan of course loves it but weirdly keeps asking "why can we not fall off?"! It's a great ride over the water with lovely views of the gorge. At the top we take a walk down one side of the gorge to look at the views. Dylan and Rich spend a long time playing imaginary cricket. This involves Rich throwing the ball, Dylan pretending to bat it, then Rich running like a nutter pretending to field it. Dylan LOVED it, and Taya loved watching Dylan enjoying himself and giggled along too. Ice cream time to spur us on for the rest of the walk, and Rich teaches Dylan a new trick of walking whilst licking a lolly. Progress is still slow. We cross a slightly wobbly suspension bridge and spend some time playing in the playground. We have visited so many playgrounds in Australia we are becoming quite the playground connoisseurs.

Back to the chilly hostel to cook dinner for everyone, before what hopefully will be a good night's sleep. Dylan is amazed to learn that not everyone away travelling is a mummy and has their children with them. He is also learning about different people. He was speechless pointing at an older guy with lots of "fluff" on his chin.

Success! We have an extra heater for the night.
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Some wonderful shots of Dylan.

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