My first night in Tassie was going to be at Launceston. It is only around 100 kms from Devonport to Launceston, and I was not in a hurry as I could not book into the motel until the afternoon. I found an interesting old cafe overlooking a river, and had a coffee and raisin toast there.
I chose The Mews, based on price, location (near the city), and I like old historic places.
It turned out to be a great decision as the Mews was fantastic. I had a lovely suite, and the air conditioning worked a treat!! It was terribly cold, so I had to warm the room up from time to time.
While in Launceston I drove out to Beaconsfield, made very famous in 2006 when there was a mining disaster in the gold mine and Larry King was killed, and weeks later the two survivors came out of the mine. One of the buildings on the site is now the Beaconsfield Heritage Centre.
On the way back I did some detours to get more photos of the Tamar River.
It is so picturesque!! So many photos but I am only going to share a few.
On the way back I visited the Tamar Valley Wetlands too, which was most interesting. I walked along the boardwalk to where the bird hide was, but there were few birds to see. I did see their two resident copperhead snakes, and quite a few nesting black swans.
It was not very busy and I seemed to have the place to myself. It was quiet and a beautiful day. Great time to visit.