Monday 5 January 2015
The day has dawned bright and sunny for our last day in Launceston. Our flight is no until late afternoon so we have the day to fill.
Firstly we check out and wander down town. On the way we chat to a elderly man doing his rounds selling his home made muffins – just a bit of play money he says. Howard has not had his quota of pies yet so we find a bakery to take up the slack.
Then we head down to Cataract Gorge (#1 tourist attraction in Launceston) which is just on the outskirts of the town centre. Its a lovely stroll through the gorge – along the way we see a couple of seals sunning themselves on rocks along the river.
Its school holidays of course and its obviously a favourite spot for the local teenagers. They are jumping into the gorge from a variety of launching rock platforms, music pumping and chip packets and soft drink bottle a plenty.
At the end of the walk there is a lovely park “The Basin”, and to our great surprise we run into Marissa and Ben, who are also taking a stroll around the park. The happy couple are enjoying a few days off, living on Ben’s boat that he intends to take off into the great blue younder when its ocean ready.
Taking the short cut back (the steep bush track) we traverse up and over the cliff on the other side of the gorge. Its hot and dry walk so we are keen for a drink and find ourselves a pub for a brew. The good thing about Launceston is there is plenty of pubs!
We still have quite a bit of time to kill before our flight home so we head back across town to the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania. Its not really my scene so I chill out in the City Park across the road while Howard goes in. Upon his return, H reports to time that apart from a few old Ford GT’s there is not really much there.
Its now time to go to the airport for our flight to Melbourne and then transfer home to Brisbane. The airport by all reports is brand spanking new and although check in is fairly efficient, going through security is painfully slow. We find ourselves still waiting in the security cue after the scheduled departure time of the plane. They only have 1 scanner working and 3 planes ready for departure at the one time – what a shambles.
Luckily we make our transfer with plenty of time and apart from loosing my glasses (again) everything goes as planned. We are back in our home by 9:30 – work tomorrow – bummer!