Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania and is situated at the junction of the South Esk, North Esk and Tamar Rivers. It is the gateway to the north of the state. We had fun exploring this city by car, foot and boat. We enjoyed a cruise on the Lady Launceston an 1890’s style boat built in 2005. The skipper took us around the Old Launceston Seaport, along to Kings Wharf and then to the new riverfront precinct.
Then we cruised along under the bridge and into the spectacular Cataract Gorge. Wow, a truly amazing sight to see from the water but later in the afternoon we walked along the pathway that follows the Gorge along its northern cliffs. Even more spectacular and what should have been a 15 minute walk was probably three times as long due to us stopping and admiring the different views. We were even spellbound by the sight of two men abseiling up the steep cliff face. We finally made it to the cafe for a drink and watched the amazing dance of the resident peacocks.
For the past three weeks we have been staying in Smithton in the far northwest of Tasmania. From here we have explored areas of rugged coastline/winding rivers/ancient rainforest/a volcanic rock and stood on The Edge of The World! This has included places such as Marrawah and Arthur River. We also explored The Tarkine Drive which includes the Sumac Lookout, Julius River, Trowutta, Edith Creek, Stanley and The Nut!
Click on the blue hyperlinks for further info about these areas and also visit our new website smiffstraveloz.com which showcases the “best bits” that we have seen!