Champagne Trail

Tasmania Take 2 Tour: Days 28-30

Thursday January 31 – Saturday February 2, 2019

Launceston, Low Head Point and Devonport

Bridport is a relatively short distance from Launceston. So we took a slow route detouring to a few wineries visiting Piper Brook, Janz and Clover Hill winery. This was a real bonus to our revised travel plan.

Friday we were in Launceston and spent part of the day at the Museum to learn more about Chinese in the North East Tin Mines.

Accomodation in town was hard to find as it was the Festivale weekend. It is a food and wine festival with night time entertainment. We had dinner at an interesting Japanese restaurant and as were staying across the road from City Park, which was the venue for the festival, we listened to the opening night bands from the comfort of the hotel bed. Ross Wilson from Mondo Rock followed by the Hudu Gurus was a blast from the past.

On Saturday we visited the Launceston Markets. It’s a perfect size for a morning visit with intersting and fresh local produce.

We left Launceston in the afternoon. As we had plenty of time on our way to Devonport, we drove via the Tamar River to the north, stopping to visit the Low Head Point Lighthouse. I have photos from the 1980s taken in Tasmania near this lighthouse. It was a real treat to revisit and see what has changed in the intervening period.

We made it to Devonport by late afternoon. Just in time to walk over to Drift Cafe Restaurant, at the Devonport Surf Club, for the best fish and chips dinner ever.