Family Road Trip – Day 3

The final day of our road trip saw us spend a couple of hours at the wonderful Cataract Gorge in the heart of Launceston – what a beautiful oasis this place is – I will definitely be back. There are lots of lovely walks, a swimming pool, bbq areas and the cable lift that gives you a wonderful view and different perspective of the park. There are also a couple of cafes for you to stop for a coffee or more, so you don’t have to bring in your own supplies.

We opted to take the cable car just in one direction and then walked the trail back ensuring that we went via the suspension bridge which is really another must if visiting the gorge.
The chairlift covers about 457 metres, with the central span of 308 metres believed to be the longest single chairlift span in the world.

Launceston’s Cataract Gorge has recently added a new pedestrian Inclinator, a mechanised people mover consisting of a glass compartment, similar to a cable car, resting on twin rails set into the ground. Capable of carrying up to eight people the inclinator has wheelchair access and transports visitors from the top entrance to the lawn area below (or visa-versa) and is easy to operate and free of charge.

From here we headed to Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm for lunch. Be sure to book, especially over the summer break as this place is seriously popular as we found out when we arrived on the Friday to a packed house – so we immediately booked for the Sunday and were even lucky then to secure a table! After a wonderful lunch (there will be a post just on the raspberry farm next week) we started our journey home via Evendale (home to the penny farthing races) taking the back road past Clarendon House to the Midlands Highway and then detouring at Oatlands to stop at the old Carrington Mill for our last break before arriving home.

A morning at the gorge
A morning at the gorge

Taking a ride
Taking a ride

Peacock and people spotting
Peacock and people spotting

A couple of kangaroos were there to greet us
A couple of kangaroos were there to greet us

Peacock and chics
Peacock and chics

Male peacock putting on a show
Male peacock putting on a show

Picnic spots dot the park
Picnic spots dot the park

A view from the bridge of the rushing waters
A view from the bridge of the rushing waters

Looking across the park
Looking across the park

Evidence of penny farthings abound in Evandale
Evidence of penny farthings abound in Evandale

Carrington Mill, Oatlands
Carrington Mill, Oatlands
We have lift-off!
We have lift-off!

An aerial view
An aerial view

Coming in to land
Coming in to land

The rotunda flanked by ferns
The rotunda flanked by ferns

Mum about to head across the suspension bridge
Mum about to head across the suspension bridge

View of the bridge and surrounding area
View of the bridge and surrounding area

The inclinator
The inclinator

Ben Lomand in the distance
Ben Lomand in the distance

Coffee time
Coffee time

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