Blogs from Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Launceston February 23rd 2021

From Cradle Mountain we set out about 9am and headed north.We were ultimately heading for Launceston, but decided to check out the north coast on the way. Our first destination was Burnie which only took us about an hour or so to get there. We drove into the city and headed towards the Harbour, however, nothing extraordinary struck us so we drove past the port and headed east. Fletcher had a great desire to visit Penguin, one, because he was intrigued by the name, but two, because there was an athletics track there. We drove along the coast road which was very scenic. Penguin was a great little town. We parked on the foreshore opposite a very attractive old wooden church. As we walked along the edge of a grassed area we soon saw how the ... read more
The Tardis
Library inside the police box
Giant Penguin

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Launceston February 22nd 2021

We woke in Cradle Mountain to another glorious day. We have had beautiful weather during our trip and today was no exception. At about 9am we drove to the Visitor Centre at the entrance to the National Park, parked and walked to the bus stop. Here we boarded the bus which takes visitors to the various locations around the park. We decided to go first to the furthest destination which was Dove Lake. We alighted, signed in and then walked along the boardwalk to the shores of the lake. The scenery was breathtaking having the actual Cradle Mountain as the backdrop and we enjoyed sitting at the edge and taking in the view. We then walked towards Lake Lilla and were able to see the vista of that lake nestled in the mountainside.. But we are ... read more
Cradle Mountaiin Visitor Centre
Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain
Views of Dove Lake

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Launceston September 8th 2018

We got stuck into the washing today at the Big4 Caravan Park, chatting to the other campers there and getting ourselves better organised. The Launceston Big 4 is huge although this time of year fairly empty. Like all the other van parks we've stayed at, it's pretty clean as well. I read about a Farmers Markets in the city centre and thought it would be a good idea for breakfast. We of course tried some cider. And why wouldn't you. We liked the Champagne cider from Bradys Outlook, a new entrant to the ever increasing number of cider makers in Tasmania. Bought a tallie for later. One of the things I had planned was a walking foodie tour of Launceston. I phoned to reconfirm and was told it had been cancelled as they wanted to get ... read more
Cataract Gorge Launceston

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Launceston April 7th 2018

Our day started with an early 5:15 wake-up call by the captain of the ship. We were due to arrive in Devonport at 5:30 and passengers were to disembark by 5:50. It wasn’t the best night’s sleep we’ve ever had, though it wasn’t awful. We went to bed just as we exited Port Melbourne and almost immediately after that, the trip became a little rockier. I’m lucky and don’t get sea sick, but Albert felt a little queasy and was determined to fall asleep quickly in order to avoid being sick. It was a little more difficult for me to fall asleep, but eventually we did, and after that it wasn’t an awful night. By about 5:20, we were up and busy packing. Our cabin’s shower left little to be desired with only a few moments ... read more
On the river cruise
Devonport, 5:30am
On the river cruise 2

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Launceston March 16th 2018

A wander around Cataract Gorge, packing and bus to Devonport.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Launceston March 14th 2018

A quiet day of packing and a last wander around Hobart quayside then bus to Launceston arriving 530pm.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Launceston November 14th 2017

Today was a drive from Sheffield saying goodbye to Jan, via Launceston to the costal town of Swansea where we will stay for 3 nights. Just a drive on a hot day. We stopped at the gorge in Launceston and walked over the bridge and along the paths to see the peacocks and watched one of them strut it’s funky stuff to try and get fruit’s with a peahen. We got to Swansea early to our bungalow. It’s just us so it’s great to be able to spread out And be able to cook for ourselves. Sausage, mash and veg! Tomorrow we hope to trek in Freycinet national park.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Launceston January 27th 2017

It was another early morning departure. We took the bus back to Bicheno, where we had a quick break. The bus driver took pity on us and said that we had enough time to run over to the bakery for a coffee and savoury scroll. Then it was the drive back to Launceston through the beautiful countryside. It was a bit of a trek from the bus stop to where we were staying, but we mae it in the end. We were a bit disgruntled to find out that bedding wasn't included especially as we had booked a private room. We had sleeping bags for later in our trip, but they were packed away at the bottom of our huge pack and we really didn't want to disturb everything for the sake of one night. A ... read more
Penny Royal
Penny Royal
Cataract Gorge

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Launceston December 21st 2016

We flew out to Tasmania to spend Christmas and New year with Ashok the owner of the Windrose and his family in Launceston. His home is beautiful and I loved meeting all his family and his parents, plus in laws. They own the Iron Pot Bay vineyard in the Taymar Valley which his wife Julieanne runs which is stunning, fabulous location and interesting to see the process they go through to make their wine. We had a great time exploring the area in Ashok's Land Rover which is brand new although old style and the classic racing green. Christmas Celebrations was good fun with Julieanne's family and the BBQ was a very different experience for Christmas, but we're in Oz now so you go with the flow. Scott and I did our fair share of cooking ... read more
flight out
Leaving Melbourne
Land/sea scape

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Launceston August 15th 2015

I know it has been a while since I last wrote, but this work thing gets in the way of travel and life just gets busy. But I am here now so here goes. As a special wedding anniversary fast approaches we knew we wanted to to do something different, so I have been dreaming of long white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, palm trees, long days lolling in the sunshine drinking G&T with the condensation dripping down the side of the glass, sounds like my perfect type of bliss. Well we are not going to get any of that. One night while Andy was out a friend of ours emailed me a video of wombats playing in the snow, and inspiration suddenly struck me, Tasmania, Cradle Mountain. Perfect. I posed the idea when Andy came home ... read more
Struck by Inspiration
Struck By Inspiration
Struck by Inspiration

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