22nd January, 2018.
A day trip to Launceston was necessary to collect a replacement battery for Erich’s laptop so it was an early start from our campground, up the main highway to arrive in Invermay before the depot closed for lunch. We also managed to achieve a few other things while we were there which took us through to lunchtime. I had in mind a place recommended by a friend but sadly it was closed. Not a problem, we will pop across the road to the pub I thought. No, they didn’t open until 3pm. Not in the mood to drive around looking for somewhere to eat, and, due to the roadworks that had slowed down our northbound journey, we decided it was too long to drive to Ross to try out the bakery so we opted instead for the Prince of Wales Pub in Evandale – our third visit there! As usual, the meal didn’t disappoint and soon we were back on the road headed south, but this time we photographed one of the churches in Evandale that we had missed on our previous visits.
The beautiful old rectory.
Once we got to Ross, there was no question of driving straight through. We stopped at the renowned Bakery 31 for a coffee and bought a couple of cold Scallop Pies, reputed to be the best in Tassie, to take home with us.
The town of Ross boasts some significant structures from convict times, one of which is the convict built Ross Bridge.
We love the old dry stone walls in these historic towns.
We made a quick stop in Oatlands. While I was picking up something from the pharmacy, Erich took a couple of photos of some historic buildings and then we drove around to have a look at the camping area on the river.
Travelling on, we turned off the main highway just north of Jericho and travelled a pretty but hilly route to another historic town, Richmond, which is famous for its bridge built in 1825, Australia’s oldest bridge still in use.
Looking up underneath one of the arches.
Richmond’s St John’s Catholic Church, built in 1836, is considered the oldest Catholic Church in Australia.
As this was intended as just a quick day trip to Launceston and return, we did not have time to really explore the many very interesting towns along the way but have noted those that we hope to return to and spend more time in.