Launceston - Tamar Valley - Launceston
Sunny and cold. 2 – 14 degrees
Feeling well rested.
After sleep in and relaxing breakfast, headed up the western side of the Tamar valley, Bradeys Lookout, Exeter, crossing Batman Bridge to east and up to George town. Very historical town, but not such a great stop.
There is a dangerous reef with strong tides and through the centuries many ships have hit the reef despite all the markers and pilots services. Last one in 1995 which spilt oil and hurt many of the penguins. Some of the penguins were rescued, tagged and released elsewhere. Some were released in Bicheno and somehow navigated back to the area in a day.
Returned to Launceston after driving to the coast to Beechford and back along the eastern side of the Tamar.
After lunch we headed off on foot to the Cataract Gorge circuit. From the hostel we went down to the Kings bridge, climbed really rough and steep ‘Zig Zag Track’ with great views of the gorge and bridge. Across the Alexandra Swing Bridge and return along the well formed Cliff grounds walk.
At the beginning of the walk into the gorge there are a lot of buildings associated with the early mill works. These are near the original Penny Royal Mill and are used as modern accommodation.
And there are daffodils everywhere. In general, peoples' gardens are amazing and houses really well cared for.