It’s fine to say “Hey! Lets head off to the black stump, its only 500km (300 mi)” but what do you see?
Endless black top, other vehicles, dust, maybe a wallaby grazing on the side of the road?
Sometimes it’s better to break the trip down in to two 250km (150 mi) runs and see all the little things along the way, stop and smell the roses as it were.
Such were most days on our recent holiday; we stopped at so many places that it would be difficult to catalogue them all.
This week I thought I’d share some places that deserve an honorable mention.
Grindelwald Swiss Village
Just north of Launceston is this little village called Grindelwald. Well its really a resort, but you can play putt-putt golf there and it has some awesome wood carvings set amongst the greens.
Richmond – Captured In Time
About 20 minutes north of Hobart is one of the finest examples of a town that has gone to great lengths to preserve its heritage. We initially went there for a quick look around and brunch but ended up staying all day.
The town is essentially as it was in 1872, there are very few if any modern buildings in the town.
Sheffield – Town of Murals
Settled in 1859, the people of Sheffield were inspired by the story of Chemainus, a small Canadian town that rescued itself from ruin through mural art.
Sheffield’s first mural was painted in 1986 and now there are over 60 murals scattered around the town. Some are very, very good while others, not so much.
Established in 1826, Campbell Town was one of four garrison towns along the Midland Highway linking Launceston to the north and Hobart to the south.
Today Campbell town is one of the only major rest areas along the Midland Highway. Blackburn Park lies right next to Red Bridge in the centre of town and is the oldest bridge on the national highway.
It’s also home to some really remarkable wood carvings.
Kate’s Berry Farm
We stopped here on the advice of our host in Launceston.
Kate grows all of her own berries and creates some mouth-watering jams and jellies from them. The Pillion and I enjoyed some of her home-made ice-cream and chocolates while taking a break from riding
The view to Coles Bay was breathtaking.
Not only does The Longley Hotel have a huge axe out front and an eccentric collection of machinery memorabilia out in the beer garden, it puts on a great meal and live music too.
We stopped here on our ride down to Southport from Hobart one afternoon.
Latrobe – Pig Island
We rode out to The Australian Axemen’s Hall Of Fame for breakfast one morning and stumbled across this pristine park across the road.
The park lies on the banks of the Mersey River and has a walking trail around its perimeter and surrounds. The walk was just long enough for us to work off the bacon and eggs we had just devoured.
Hobart – Franklin wharf
Hobart is full of history and one of the places we spent a bit of time at was the Franklin Wharf. The Wharf is teaming with activity with fishing boats, ferries and pleasure craft coming and going all the time.
There are also a lot of art type stores and first class eateries scattered around the wharf too. One could get very fat in Hobart just from eating too much, Especially at The Drunken Admiral.
Launceston – Tamar River
The Tamar River isn’t really a river, it’s actually an estuary formed by the North and South Esk Rivers. That becomes irrelevant when you realise how close it is to Launceston and how much wildlife it supports.
I managed to snap this picture of a seagull in flight while on a cruise up the river.
In case you’re wondering, I’m not using any whiz-bang camera’s in any of my photography.
Most of the photos I take are with a Samsung Galaxy S4, a Contour Roam II helmet camera and a Nikon L-120 digital camera (when I remember to take it with me!)
At the beginning of this post I said these places deserve an honorable mention. The reason for this, is because I have so few photos from these places, and that’s entirely my fault.
Either I forgot to take a camera, or I was just so engrossed in looking around and feeding my eyes and I totally forgot to take photos.
Untill next week
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