Catching up with my brother, Paul, in Launceston
25.10.2013 6 °C
The Spirit of Tasmania 1 entered the River Mersey at 6.15 am on Sunday 20 October. We had a fairly uneventful crossing. Last time we had cruise seats and Colleen tried to sleep behind a very loud snorer. This time we booked a cabin. This was so much better. Here are some pictures of the Spirit of Tasmania pulling into the River Mersey at Devonport.
We set off for Deloraine as a breakfast stop.
There was not a lot open on a Sunday morning so we turned around and went back to the Raspberry Farm where we had an excellent breakfast.
The place was busy as a European car Club contingent had also stopped there after coming over on the Spirit of Tasmania.
Paul was at home to greet us after we dropped our caravan off at the Treasure Island Caravan Park at Glen Dhu. We were staying with my brother Paul but as he lived on one of the steepest streets in South Launceston it was not a suitable parking place for our caravan.
Launceston is a city in the north of Tasmania, Australia at the junction of the North Esk and South Esk rivers where they become the Tamar River. Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania after Hobart. With a population (greater urban and statistical sub division) of 106,153, Launceston is the ninth largest non-capital city in Australia.
Settled by Europeans in March 1806, Launceston is one of Australia's oldest cities and is home to many historic buildings. Like many Australian places, it was named after a town in the United Kingdom – in this case, Launceston, Cornwall.
Launceston has also been home to several firsts such as the first use of anaesthetic in the Southern Hemisphere, the first Australian city to have underground sewers and the first Australian city to be lit by hydroelectricity. The city has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons.
We have had a fair bit of rest and relaxation in Launceston. Yesterday we wandered around the CBD. Here are a few photos.
As Saturday is another rest day, we had a leisurely start and went with Paul to do some house hunting as he is looking to downsize. We went up past Cataract gorge to the old hydroelectric station on the South Esk River which started operation in 1895. Duck Reach Power Station was the first publicly owned hydro-electric plant in the Southern Hemisphere, and provided the Tasmanian city of Launceston with hydro-electric power from its construction in 1895 to its closure in 1955.
This picture shows Paul and I on the lookout with the hydro station at the bottom of the Cataract Gorge. In the background are workers houses built a century ago.
There were some magnificent photo opportunities driving back down to Launceston.
We had planned to leave in the morning but have decided to stay one more day. On Monday morning we will travel north east to Scottsdale and then north to Bridport. Our first camp will be at Waterhouse Point Camping Area about 40km north east of Bridport in the Waterhouse Conservation Area. We plan to stop for three days before heading for Cape Naturaliste south of Musselroe Point on the north east coast of Tasmania.