Bass Strait to Devonport to Launceston
440km by ship
99km by car
Sunny and very cold.
Feeling really tired – need sleep.
Overnight sleep was OK but short. A little rough in places - although the ship had this really bad out of balance thing happening about every 20 seconds which sent strong vibration through ... everything.
I woke around 5.15am and ship berthed around 5.30. We were called to our cars around 6.30 and we were off the ship and through quarantine by 7. The cars were so tightly parked – 3 abreast – that most people had difficulty getting back in their cars.
Devonport breakfast 7am and cold!!!!!
Cornflakes for breakfast by the river and off to find a hardware to buy butane canisters for the stove - (as we weren’t allowed to have them on the ship). They had single cans selling for $2 each, or by the pack of 4 for $10.75, ... must be in Tasmania! Pulled in to the service station and a young girl came out and filled the car. A long time since I have seen driveway service when getting fuel.
Leisurely drive from Devonport to Launceston using all the back roads and stopping at most of the towns. Bought cheese, salami and pate at Ashgrove Cheese Factory.
A beautiful morning cappuccino with raspberries dipped in chocolate while warming my feet by an open fire at the Christmas Hill Raspberry farm.
The old farmhouse built in 1842
The farm was named after first discovery/settlement by white farmers on Christmas Day, 1820. We followed coffee with a little walk around the farm lake
This is the first time we have used a GPS on a trip and it is so good. Especially navigating or finding specific addresses in country towns and for when you divert down interesting roads and getting you back in the right direction.
Arrived Launceston at 11.30am, looking forward to settling in to accommodation at Launceston Backpackers, which was booked for 12.00, only to find the office was closed till 3pm.
3 hours to explore the town. Checked out City Park and the monkeys. So many beautiful old buildings with historical significance. Found a music shop and it had a lot of the Kala range of ukuleles. They haven’t been available on ‘the mainland’ for about a year. Loved playing them. I want another one or two! Also got the RM Williams deal that I couldn’t get in Sydney or Melbourne – and it was $50 cheaper. Returned to find that our room – the only double with ensuite - had no running hot water. After some negotiation, we were given another very basic room at reduced rate. $95 for 2 nights. Such is life.
I was on a lounge getting some sun in the common room while using the laptop when the hostel cat, (very big) attacked me after I was patting it. Turned out I was sitting in its favourite spot. And it was the only place with a power point!
Daffodils are everywhere