Part 2 ~ North-based adventures (Launceston)!
Tasmania shines with light and clarity, sparkle and brightness. It’s a cliché, but the air really is like champagne, you can almost taste the bubbles 🙂
For a small island state, there is a huge amount of stunning scenery, and I know despite our month’s stay there, we didn’t get to see everything! But we did see and enjoy a great deal. Here’s some of the highlights for us. I’ve split this into two posts, South-based (Hobart) and North-based (Launceston), because there is JUST SO MUCH!
Harvest Market, Launceston
Have some fun, stock up on your fresh fruits and veggies in the Harvest Market, and then take a walk around and enjoy the beautiful architecture in Tassie’s second city.
Take the longest chair lift in the Southern Hemisphere at Cataract Gorge, just outside Launceston. Wonderful views, and then you can enjoy a hike along the side of the gorge, more beautiful views, and a lovely lunch in the restaurant.
Mole Creek Caves
Go caving! Not something I’m usually into, but this is easy caving 🙂 Take a guided walk through a couple of different sets of wonderful limestone caves at Mole Creek. Learn about the Tasmanian Cave Spider, and see extraordinary formations of stalagmites and stalagtites. (Tites go down!)
Hike round Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain
More incredible scenery! The light through the trees, the different shades of green in the forest, the hillsides, the lake, just lovely! Get some exercise hiking round the beautiful Dove Lake. Watch out for wombats. As we were leaving, driving out (slowly) a wombat crossed the road right in front of our car – luckily we were going quite slowly!
Do a Twilight Zipline through the trees
We’ve done ziplines in various places, and enjoyed the scenery and the adrenaline rush, but in Tasmania Hollybank Treetops Adventure offers twilight ziplines. The day we booked, it was raining, and still drizzly by late afternoon, but with rain gear, we did it anyway. We were the only people daft enough to be doing this in the rain, at night, but with two very enthusiastic young guides we found it lots of fun, and quite different to experience the forest at dusk and night. For safety reasons we couldn’t take cameras on the zip, but our lovely guides took a few silly pics of us! And on the way back to the office, we came across several pademelons, shy, nocturnal miniature kangaroos, that come out to graze the grass, once the sun goes down.
Tasmania has so much beauty and natural scenery to offer, and I know there’s much more that we didn’t see! I do encourage you to visit. The people are very friendly, and the animals and scenery simply outstanding 🙂 Click here to read about Translucent Tasmania Part 1 – South-based!
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