A July 2001 trip
to Tasmania by aussiemate
Quote: We had a wonderful time in Launceston. I didn't think I would like it much but I loved it. We thought it would be easy to see everything in two days, but we should have allowed at least 5.
We fed wild wallabies. I put food in my hand and walked through the forest toward some. They cautiously approached and gingerly ate the food from my hand. One appeared to have six legs. I found out that the two extra legs belonged to a baby who was getting too large for its mum's pouch!
We drove toward Cradle Mountain, but we got sidetracked by Lake Rowallan and the huge rock dam there. We never made it to the Mountain!
Cataract Gorge and Batman Bridge are two musts. The Bridge was built in 1968 and was the first suspension bridge of its kind. Cataract Gorge had a cable bridge that swayed when we crossed it. I was happy to get my feet on firm land.
We also went to the Marakoopa Caves, the largest in Tassie. We saw amazing white, orange, and green stalactites, stalagmites and columns. With the lights off, we saw glow-worms on the ceiling. Cool!
On Friday, Pseudo Echo, the Aussie 80s band, performed at our hotel. The casino had a great club venue. The band didn't mind when a few women got on stage to dance with them, so everyone had fun. There was a big mosh pit in the front and tables and chairs.
Many locals were in the casino for what looked like a regular Friday night of gambling. Being used to Las Vegas, I found it amusing that this was the big casino since there were only four black jack tables, two roulette tables, and a couple of Caribbean stud tables flanking the many pokie machines. There was a bar and a large screen tv for sports betting, so we caught some of the footy matches there on Saturday night.
The rooms were a good size and were comfortable. The amenity basket had everything in it. For some reason, our room had a queen bed and a single bed.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2001
Country Club Casino
Country Club Road
We went to the Trowunna Wildlife Preserve on our way to Cradle Mountain. We planned to spend about half an hour but stayed for two rather than going to see Cradle Mountain.
At the park, I got to hold an 18 month old wombat. He was really cute. Their fur is like steel wool, so he wasn't soft. He was getting aggressive, and he would chase after us from inside his pen if we ran the length of his fence. He tried to bite the worker's pant's leg several times, but he was really just being playful.
The Tasmanian Devils, were very aggressive. We pet them, but we didn't hold them. They had softer fur. They are carnivores and were tearing away at meat and fighting each other for it. They growled very loudly! One had two babies in her pouch, and we could see claws through the pouch because it was translucent.
We also saw a family of four koalas that were very active and fun. They were in the high branches of a eucalyptus tree, but they scrambled down really quickly when the trainer came by with fresh branches. The mother also had two babies in her pouch. We could see the bulge, but that was it. We got to go pet them, and they were really soft!
We also got to feed wild wallabies. I was scared, but I put food in my hand and walked through the forest toward some. They cautiously approached and gingerly licked the food out of my hand. I didn't know what was going on with one of them because he had six legs. I found out later that it had a baby in its pouch which was getting too big, so two of its legs hung out! I could have spent all day there and definitely plan to go back. We didn't even get to see some of the other animals. Also, there were only about 15 people there, which was cool. The small children loved petting the animals.
There is also a nocturnal exhibit, a snake pit, and a blue-tongued lizard area. We didn't get to see any of those, but we did visit the eagle, cockateel, and owl areas. The trainer, Andrew, was very knowledgable and friendly.
Trowunna Wildlife Park
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2001
Mole Creek Karst National Park
Rock climbing, fishing and whitewater rafting are popular activities in the park. There is a swimming pool in the Reserve. It was empty when we were there, and many children were skateboarding and riding scooters in the empty pool. Further downstream you can cruise the Gorge in the paddlesteamer MV Lady Stelfox.
Close to the Gorge is the Penny Royal World. The Penny Royal Watermill has a working cornmill, and is connected to the Penny Royal Gunpowder Mill by a restored tramline. See photo.