Early arrival into Devonport it was pack up time and off to the coach for me. For everyone else it was a short wait to be called to disembark and then meet our coach onshore and our Tasmanian Tour Guide, Brian.
A short scenic tour with our guide to the Maritime Museum for breakfast and a tour of this informative collection. A beautiful breakfast was available for us hungry people!! After breakfast it was time for our tour of the museum. Information, models and even a simulator for the brave to try. One clever lady came away with a certificate for her sailing skills on the simulator, bragging rights when she gets home. Of course there was a good shop for the ladies so some early xmas shopping was done. Knot making kits, a pirate section and all things to do with boats. A very interesting stop and shop!
Sheffield the town with all the murals was our next stop. We were able to wander the streets viewing all of this clever artwork. A real outdoor art gallery. Mount Roland was trying to peep out of the clouds.
Next stop was the Ashgrove Cheese Farm after another scenic drive, viewing the topiary statues at Railton on the way. After our informative talk about the wonderful cheese story, we were able to taste some of the yummy cheeses. Each of us were given a cheese, chocolate and cherry jam package a lovely souvenir that we provided for our passengers. A quick morning tea from the coach then on the road again to see more sights.
On arrival in Launceston it was time for lunch, then some touring on the way to City Park. Here we saw the monkeys enjoying the sun and putting a display on for the audience. The gardens and conservatory were appreciated by us all. Many photographs were taken for memories to share with all at home.
Cataract Gorge was our next visit. Some enjoyed a scenic ride on the chairlift across the flooding water to the cliff top gardens to view the rhododendrons of many colours making a beautiful display. Some enjoyed a walk around the paths that had not been covered by the flooding water. The rushing water made quite a noise!
Then it was off to our accommodation in the Tamer Valley Resort "Grindelwald ". A lovely Swiss village with our separate units surrounding the beautiful lake and golf course. Ducks, rabbits, water hens all wandering around the grassed area. None seemed bothered about our arrival. Time for a wander around the village shops and the grounds and then off to dinner. Wow what a feast! Great day had by us all!
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