28th December, 2017.
Back to our normal routine at Old Macs Farm, it was time to catch up with the washing and generally recover from our trip to Melbourne. Just a few photos from around the campsite.
29th December, 2017.
With nothing much planned for the day, we decided to drive up the eastern side of the Tamar estuary, cross the Batman Bridge and return to Launceston along western side of the waterway. It was not a particularly nice day weatherwise which always makes taking interesting photos a challenge.
Keeping to local roads as much as we could, we came across the historic St Matthias Church at Windermere. Built in 1842, it is claimed to be the oldest continuously used church in Australia.
So many interesting headstones that reinforced what a harsh life it must have been for the early pioneers.
Batman Bridge, the first cable-stayed bridge built in Australia.
The view of St Matthias Church from the opposite bank of the Tamar.
There was not really that much to see as we drove along until we came to the town of Rosevears which clings to the western bank of the river and where the hotel seems to be the only business. It looked promising and as it was lunchtime we decided to give it a try. While not cheap, the food was very good and the outlook over the river was pleasant.
Today’s route. We made a detour to drive through the town of Grindelwald, simply because it was named after a Swiss town and purported to have buildings built in the Swiss style. It was underwhelming to say the least.
30th December, 2017.
One of the reasons for remaining around Launceston for so long was that we were awaiting the arrival of a new battery for Erich’s laptop. As it still had not arrived, there did not seem much point waiting around for another 4 days for the Post Office to open again so we packed up and headed west; this time the town of Waratah was our destination. We hoped to make a day trip from there to Cradle Mountain once the weather brightened a bit.
This waterwheel channels water from the lake over a waterfall which can be viewed right in the centre of town.
Waratah was once reputed to have been the location of the largest tin mine in the world. A reconstruction of a typical miner’s hut sits alongside the Waratah Museum on the main street. Named the Philosopher’s Hut after James ‘Philosopher’ Smith, who discovered tin at Mt Bischoff in 1871.
Erich was surprised to see this memorial to the Boer War in Waratah.
31st December, 2017.
The weather was still being a little unkind but all the same, we decided to drive out to Philosopher’s Falls, around 10 kilometres from town.
It began to drizzle again just as we arrived but we soldiered on! The rainforest walk was very pretty.
These fungi were so vibrant in the low light.
While most of the track was in good condition, there were some muddy sections.
Then we arrived at the 210 steps down to view the waterfall.
A different fungus.
This time we found a black fungus.
1st January, 2018.
New Year’s Day and it was very quiet in Waratah. Lunch at the pub seemed like a good idea and then a closer look at the Waratah Falls.
Bischoff Hotel, Waratah.
Looking at the falls from the lookout opposite the hotel.
Looking up at the falls from the walk at the bottom.
The roof of the hotel can just be seen from the walk at the base of the falls.
There are lots of abandoned old houses in the town.