Tasmania Stories and Tips

Day 11 Stanley to Launceston

Cataract Gorge, Launceston Photo, Launceston, Australia

We got up early and I cooked up the food that remained for breakfast more than enough to keep us going for 3 1/2 hours.

We didn't stop anywhere along the way as the wind was blowing a gale. The road took us back along the coast, through Wynyard, Somerset, Burnie, Sulphur Creek, Penguin, Ulverstone to Devonport and then inland on The Bass Highway to Launceston.

The beaches on this coast are bit more wild then the east coast, with large rocky outcrops at each end of any beach. It was a very scenic road to travel as it followed the shore line.

We stayed at the Penny Royal Hotel in Launceston. When we got there the room wasn't ready so we went for a walk into Launceston to get something for lunch - as it was New Years Day there was much open but we found a bakery which was doing a roaring trade.

We then went for a walk around the Cataract Gorge. We had been there 2 years earlier but hadn't done the circuit track. We tackled the difficult side first - it was a steep track from the bottom of the gorge to the top and back down again when you reach the green, with a couple of lookouts along the paths. On the return trip we took to easy path which followed the bottom of the gorge all the way along the length. Very scenic and not too difficult. Enjoyed the walk, don't mind getting a bit of a sweat up and it was during the first half of the walk, cooled down again on the way back.

The room/apartment was newly renovated with a combined bedroom/living area, a partially equipped kitchenette and ensuite.

We went to Murphys Irish Bar for dinner that night and we were glad we did - the food was nice and the atmosphere was great. It was only a short walk around the corner and across a couple of streets.

After dinner we walked around the waterfront back to our hotel - it's great to visit places where it's easy to get around on foot.

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