Our days were running out and we still had a few things we wanted to tick off our list.
We left Derby and set up camp at Low Head. We camped next door to the East Beach Caravan Park –check out the low cost camp we stayed at here.
ATTRACTIONS IN THE AREA
We used this campground as our base to visit the following attractions in the area.
LOW HEAD LIGHTHOUSE
At the entrance we spotted some fairy penguins!!
SEAHORSE WORLD – Beauty Point
A 45 minute guided tour with loads of information about these cute little creatures! The kids were even able to hold a seahorse at the end!!
PLATYPUS HOUSE – Beauty Point
A short 20 minute informative video followed by a fantastic 30 minute guided tour where you can see platypus swim and feed in front of you. The last part of the tour you are able to go into the echidna enclosure where they are fed within centimetres of you and wander freely around (over your feet even!!) Quite the experience!!
BEACONSFIELD MINE & HERITAGE CENTRE – Beaconsfield
We spent around 1.5-2 hours here looking at their fascinating collection from the past. This is a very interactive display (great for kids). Old telephones to talk into, levers to push and pull, gold panning and loads more! They also have a display room full of information about the Beaconsfield Mine Disaster.
We set off south and stayed at Old Mac’s Farm & Fishery so we could visit Cataract Gorge and have a look around Launceston.
- FREE access to the reserve.
- Many different walks to choose from… a couple of easy 1km walks to more difficult longer tracks.
- Ride on the chairlift – this DOES cost $$.
- 2 cafes.
- BBQ areas.
You can swim in the gorge itself or they have a pool for public access too. It’s a very popular spot and worth a stop – we enjoyed it!
Our days were numbered and Justin hadn’t really had too much opportunity to catch a trout and wanted to do so before going home. So with this in mind, we decided to camp at Lake Leake for a couple of days! And…he caught some trout!!
Lake Leake was a great low cost camp and very quiet location! Check it out here.
Today was the day we had to venture towards Devonport so we could board the Spirit the next day. Quamby Corner Caravan Park was where we had our last night in Tasmania.
Our last day in Tasmanina was filled in with a visit to the Don River Railway, a BBQ lunch on the beach and a walk around the water at Devonport before we reluctantly jumped on the Spirit to make our way home.
DON RIVER RAILWAY
A family ticket is $40 and gives you access to the museum and workshops where you can climb aboard many old trains and carriages! A 30 minute train ride along the Don River to Coles Beach is also included!
Lunch with a view of the Bass Strait!
And there it was, waiting for us to board!
THE TRIP HOME
The trip back across the Bass Strait was a very calm one and we disembarked by 6am and were heading north!
We stopped at Gunning Showground for a quick overnight stay before arriving back home on Saturday afternoon.