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plan­e­tar­ium) and there’s a free Tiger Bus to whisk you be­tween the venues. We wan­dered around the for­mer 19th cen­tury rail­way work­shop of the mu­seum and dis­cov­ered so much more about Tassie, in­clud­ing the mys­te­ri­ous Tas­ma­nian tiger (claimed by some to still be in ex­is­tence on the is­land.)

It’s no se­cret that Tas­ma­nia makes some out­stand­ing wines, and al­though this was a fam­ily hol­i­day, we weren’t go­ing to miss out on sam­pling some of the best. With that in mind, we made the 10-minute drive south to the gor­geous Josef Chromy Win­ery and Restau­rant. Boast­ing a stun­ning set­ting within the sprawl­ing vine­yards and a menu that draws on lo­callysourced, sea­sonal pro­duce, it’s no won­der it has been twice-voted Launce­s­ton’s Most Out­stand­ing Vis­i­tor Ex­pe­ri­ence. Need­less to say, the food was de­li­cious and the wine even more so.

Nat­u­ral pools, play­grounds and pea­cocks

On our fi­nal day in Launce­s­ton we headed first to the fa­mous Cataract Gorge - a spec­tac­u­lar area just a short 15-minute stroll from the city cen­tre. It’s home to nat­u­ral swim­ming pools, play­grounds for the kids and even a few res­i­dent pea­cocks, but it was a ride on the world’s long­est sin­gle-span chair­lift over the gorge that re­ally left us in awe.

Af­ter break­fast at the Basin Cafe near the start of the chair­lift, we glided above the park, tak­ing in the views across the South Esk River, be­fore dis­em­bark­ing at the Cliff Grounds. With a sus­pen­sion bridge and look­outs along the way, the trail me­an­dered along the river and through stone arch­ways, eventually emerg­ing at our desti­na­tion - the Duck Reach Power Sta­tion In­ter­pre­ta­tion Cen­tre. This for­mer hy­dro elec­tric­ity sta­tion now draws cu­ri­ous tourists to delve into what was once one of Tas­ma­nia’s most im­por­tant in­dus­tries dur­ing a pe­riod when man tried to tame this wild is­land.

The chang­ing face of Tas­ma­nia’s tourism

When we flew out from Launce­s­ton, back to the “main­land”, I re­mem­bered the days when Tas­ma­nia was just a re­mote is­land out­post where few but sea­soned trekkers ven­tured. To­day its cul­tural, nat­u­ral and culi­nary of­fer­ings are draw­ing a dif­fer­ent breed of trav­eller, and Launce­s­ton’s newly opened soft ad­ven­ture sights were a firm re­minder that fam­i­lies of all ages (and fit­ness lev­els) will also find their thrills. Desti­na­tion Launce­s­ton Leisure Inn Penny Royal Ho­tel & Apart­ments Penny Royal Wine Bar and Restau­rant Tree­top Ad­ven­tures Har­vest Mar­ket City Park QV­MAG Mu­seum Josef Chromy Cataract Gorge

“An­i­ma­tron­ics com­bine with dra­matic light­ing to cre­ate a nerve-in­duc­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that cli­maxed with a thrilling fi­nale …”

Penny Royal Ad­ven­tures 1 Bridge Road, Launce­s­ton Pur­chase in­di­vid­ual ad­ven­tures (such as the Penny Royal Dark Ride, gold fos­sick­ing or a trip on the Sand­piper) or just opt for an Ad­ven­ture Pass that in­cludes a range of Cliff and Park activities.

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