*DING DONG* “Good Morning and welcome to Devonport. The time is 4.45 am and we will be disembarking from 5.30 am.”
Sailing conditions were pretty comfortable last night, the 4.45 am wake up call was probably the worst part!
As we drove off the boat we were greeted with drizzly rain and a balmy 12 degrees! We stopped off in a park close to the terminal and had some breakfast before working out where we were going to go for our first few nights.
Our Tyler boy turns 10 tomorrow and he has decided he would like to go to Hollybank Wilderness Adventures for a tree ropes session which is near Launceston. So, with this in mind, we head to Old Mac’s Caravan Farm Stay just out of Launceston. It’s a low-cost camp at just $15 per night for unpowered sites and is in a beautiful grassy area with plenty of room.
After such an early start this morning, our day was made up of a quick trip to the grocery store and bakery for supplies and then a quiet day around the van… and an early night!
Today is all about the youngest member of our travelling team. Tyler turned 10 and we celebrated with presents, playground fun, burgers for lunch, and an afternoon session swinging through the trees on the high rope courses at Hollybank Wilderness Adventures, and of course ice cream!
No pictures to share of Hollybank as we had to lock our phones away before heading over to the course but if you jump on their website you can see what it’s all about.
Today we had a bit more of a look around Launceston. We headed into City Park to see the Japanese Macaques (also known as snow monkeys). These cute little animals have called City Park home since 1980 and are quite entertaining to watch and the baby is particularly cute!!
We also stopped in at QVMAG (Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery), the Museum side anyway as the Art Gallery is in a different location across town.
There are some interesting displays to wander through including the Blacksmiths Shop that was built between 1909 and 1937. This is actually the site of the former Inveresk Railyards and sections have been converted for use as the Museum and they have some areas, such as the Blacksmiths Shop, open for viewing.
Ben Lomond National Park is just under an hour southeast of Launceston and is Tasmania’s main snow skiing destination and home to some incredible scenery. To reach the top you have to drive up Jacob’s Ladder, a tight and twisting short piece of road. The views on the way and at the top are nothing short of spectacular! This would have to be up there with one of our favourite places we have visited.