Day 4 – Tuesday, 30th September 2003
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We dragged our almost refreshed bodies out of bed, had
brekkie, washed some clothes then off to adventure. Darani drove north
towards the Tamar River and took the West Tamar Hwy to explore the western
side of the river.
The views of the river are spectacular and the
surrounding country is lush and green. One thing we noticed were the dead
possums on the road at regular intervals; there must be thousands around
We took a turn off towards a place called Grindelwald,
a Swiss style resort, very clean and perfect, as you would find in
Switzerland. There is a nine-hole golf course, 18-hole putt-putt, a lake
and a small town square
plus the hotel. Near the lake the girls
found some black swans and chicks,
very cute. We bought cakes for the girls
and some souvenirs.
Back to the main road and drove onto Beaconsfield to
look at the Grubb Shaft Gold
& Heritage Museum. The old mine ruins and workshops
are next to a new working mine. [Info]
On display were several examples of steam engines and working mining
Also on display are several everyday articles from bygone times.
Including an apple
grader and fruit
delivery truck. The girls had lots of fun with the working
telephone exchange panel watching the internal relays operating when
they dialled each other. There was also a ceramic
mural outside and a miners
hut in the park.
Before we went into the museum we walked past a media
scrum around a small monument with a running water tap. Apparently today
is the 50th anniversary of fluoridation of water to prevent
dental decay and Beaconsfield was the first town in Australia to do it. [Photo,
A spot of lunch then off to Beauty Point for the Seahorse
Farm, an aquaculture venture breeding seahorses for the pet and Asian
markets. The male seahorse carries the eggs that the female lays in him,
he fertilises them and looks after them until they hatch. The hatchlings
are on their own then, so the farm workers scoop them up, lest they become
food for the others and are deposited into nursery tanks. The seahorses
are fed very small shrimp like creatures commonly known as sea monkeys. [Pamphlet]
We were also shown aquarium tanks with sea dragons and
other varieties of sea horse plus other marine life but we were not
allowed to take photos. The flash scares the horses and they may bolt
away. Finally we saw the saddlery where the tiny saddles and bridals are
Anyway drove back down the highway and crossed over
the Tamar River using the Batman
Bridge to the East Tamar Hwy and headed north to the Low
Head Lighthouse. Very
spectacular views of the river mouth and out to sea. [Pamphlet]
Pointed the car south driving through George
Town and then onto the Strawberry
Farm & Fruit Wine Centre at Hillwood.
Unfortunately the strawberries were not ready but we tried yummy
strawberry wine, raspberry vinegar and a variety of cheeses, bought some
to have later. We had a photo
next to a Waratah bush.
By this stage we are all tired so back home to Charlton Lodge. But would you believe we got stuck in peak hour traffic in Launceston!